Budget's may be tight, but we still want to make our homes happy, inspiring places to be in. All we need is a little creative thinking and a willingness to DIY. New furniture can be expensive, so look to your walls – they are great areas to play with cost effective ideas that create visual impact within your space. Inside Out's March/April issue featured 4 DIY ideas to spruce up tired walls. Details below.
Painted Pegboard with S-Hooks
The silver pots and pans look great against the coloured background. Pegboard is cheap and you can paint it any colour you like. This is also a great idea if your kitchen is lacking in storage space or you want a quick-grab storage option for often used items.
Their tip: hang your board on a frame away from the wall.
This is actually a skirt, laid out flat within the frame. We like this idea because you probably already have something you can re-appropriate into a picture frame. Think scarves, things collected while travelling, even a favourite old t-shirt could look good framed – make it personal.
We always hang coats on door knobs, so we loved the idea of turning door knobs into wall hooks. Source vintage door knobs from flea markets or salvage yards. We're not exactly sure how you would attached them to the wall, so clever reader suggestions are welcome.
Decal Art with Hooks
Yes, there have been many posts on decal art, what appealed about this one was the incorporation of hanging hooks. This idea could work in the kitchen, bedroom (jewellery) or create a dramatic landing strip.
Their tip: Paint hooks to match the decal. Think about what you want to hang, e.g. leave plenty of space for necklaces.
[ Images Inside Out Mar/Apr 09 ]