Do-it-yourself decorating is the best way to get the most out of your home-improvement budget. Instead of spending big bucks, use time, energy and your imagination to give your home an inexpensive makeover. You donâ€™t even need to be handy with tools in order to get the results you want. Donâ€™t be shy. Get free advice and ask questions at hardware stores, fabric shops and the local lumber companyâ€”they are more than willing to help you if you just ask. All you need is confidence in your abilities, an active imagination and the willingness to get the job done. So letâ€™s get started. Cute End Tables Wooden crates make inexpensive end tables. Paint four wooden crates and decorate the sides with stencils or paint your own designs freestyle. Stack them together in whatever fashion suits your purposes and you have end tables with added storage space. You can find wooden crates in the dumpsters behind grocery stores or at flea and farmers markets. DIY Room Dividers If your home is wide open, then you might want to make use of room dividers to make it a little cozier. One easy way to make a room divider is to use three or more doors and hinge them together. You can find doors at thrift stores, in dumpsters where housing construction is going on, and at some Habitat For Humanity second hand stores. Paint them in solid colors and go crazy with stencils, appliquÃ©s or freestyle painting. This could be a great weekend project for the whole family. Unique Dining Room Table Purchase a used picnic table and benches from the thrift store for use as an inexpensive dining room table. Sand the table and benches if need be and paint in whatever color matches your dÃ©cor. Painting the benches a different color than the table makes a great contrast and can add much needed color. Restyle Your Old Furniture Donâ€™t toss your old furniture just because it is scratched or needs a few minor repairs. Restyle your old furniture for a new look and save a ton of money. For example, if you have an old desk that looks like it came from your great grandmothers house, restyle it using a spray-on antiquing paint. Once you have spray painted the desk, paint the trim in a contrasting color and add new hardware to the drawers if you need to. You now have a functional desk that looks new. Make a Creative Area Rug Cut out pieces of old rugs and carpet samples into different shapes and sizes. Piece them together on the floor until you find a pattern and shape that suits your needs. Sew the pieces together using thick carpet thread and a carpet needle. You might be surprised at how different colors, textures and thicknesses make a beautiful and unique area rug. You donâ€™t have to spend a fortune to decorate your home. Use your imagination and keep a positive attitude throughout your projects and you may find that you have a knack for creating useful and beautiful dÃ©cor for your home from used items, and still stay within your limited budget.
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