7 Easy, Affordable DIY Ways to Update Items You Already Have

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Don't want to make something new this weekend —want to make something you already have look better (and maybe even newer)? Then take a peek at these seven affordable DIY projects. They're cute in themselves (and totally worth making) but it's the ideas they feature that could be applied to other objects in your home. These DIY projects are idea spark-ers! And might spark some inspiration in your home today.

Pictured above: This modern black and white pattern is made using a potato! And this kind of simple idea could be used to update a throw pillow, pillow cases, blankets, curtains, table cloths, towels and more. Seen on Fifty Two Weekends of DIY.

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Wooden objects in your home, big or small, could be given a fresh update with this DIY idea spotted on Anderson & Grant.

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You could definitely update your plates with this DIY idea, but don't discount it as a great DIY art idea, either. Take plates you might not be using anymore and create a lovely wall display with the idea found on Saks Stein Papir.

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This dy pattern trend has been popular in recent years, but it's a great way to update any textiles in your home that are stained or just old. Seen on Alice & Lois.

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Marbelized paper instantly makes just about any surface in your home more sophistication, even a filing cabinet! This idea spotted on Persia Lou.

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Want to make something seem more expensive than it is and give a punch of metallic? Add the idea seen in this DIY project spotted on Makers Society.

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Bookcases can be so BORING. Spice any bookcase or shelf up with custom-printed shelf paper. And you'll squeal with delight when you see how the look above was created. Find out on A Beautiful Mess.

(Image credits: Fifty Two Weekends of DIY; Anderson & Grant ; Saks Stein Papir ; Alice & Lois; Persia Lou; Makers Society; A Beautiful Mess )

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.