You might not be able to afford a home makeover right now, but you can use some sneaky tricks to make your home look more polished and stylish that you ever thought it could be. Take these DIY design tips to make your home decor look like a million bucks, without draining your wallet.
MAKE FURNITURE LOOK BUILT-IN
Above, Gwen from The Makerista redecorated her friend Laura's living room and, as part of the project, brought someone in to create these remarkable "custom" library shelves, using the IKEA BILLY bookcase as the base.
CUSTOMIZE SOMETHING INEXPENSIVE
Designer Tommy Smythe updated his IKEA PAX wardrobe doors with molding and vintage knobs. Combined with the sleek black paint, the new storage unit looks high-end and beautiful.
ADD SOME HIGH GLOSS
When Sue De Chiara first saw the butler's pantry in her (now) new house, it had dark wood cabinetry. For a dramatic and glamorous change, she painted the cabinets a glossy deep blue and switched out the hardware.
Above, some fancy snakeskin fabric got cozy with Modge Podge to make over an ugly plastic table, courtesy of Recently.
ADD ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST
Look towards the walls, doors, and even ceiling for opportunities to pump up the details with woodwork and trim, which feel custom and beyond builder-grade. It can be as easy as this kitchen project from Involving Color, where Jen added molding and corbels to her plain island to give it details and character.
FAKE A FINISH
Everyone has a couple of favorite design elements they fantasize about in their future dream house, like exposed brick or marble countertops. Until we're in our "forever home" however, sometimes we have to fake it — and that's okay. Above, brick wallpaper hung by Fall for DIY gives this space a very loft-like look.