When it comes to furnishing and decorating your home, buying quality pieces that you love and that will stand the test of time is the way to go. While some pieces of decor might get swapped out or added as time goes by (new pillow covers, paint changes, little items picked up while traveling), the foundation pieces will remain. Since it is not always possible to have your dream furnishings, try starting slowly. Save up for that one item that you will always love and in the mean time, use your creativity and make do with temporary solutions — like this easy wine crate nightstand DIY.
Jacquelyn of the design blog Lark & Linen shows how easy this project is on her site, and explains:
When Justin and I first moved into our condo we picked up a few discarded wine boxes at the LCBO for a dollar a piece, unsure of what exactly we'd do with them. For the last year they've sat stacked next to our bed as a nightstand placeholder until we could afford those we really wanted.
Though they were unfinished, their rough and tumbleness began to grow on me. When operation get-bedroom-finished came into full swing not long ago, I decided they could stick around (dang budget) but they needed to step it up. Enter: stain.
After two quick coats (and three days of air drying on the balcony), I brought them in and couldn't believe the immediate difference.
The result feels rustic and well-loved, bringing about an immediate sense of warmth. Extra bonus: you would never even guess that the entire project cost a mere three dollars (plus a can of stain, which I happened to have on hand). I think I'll keep them around, for a while at least.
Find the full instructions at Lark & Linen: Condo life: $3 nightstands.
(Images: Lark & Linen)