If your bedroom's feeling a little blah, but it's just not in the budget to splurge on new pieces, stop and take a home inventory. Look around your bedroom, the attic, your storage unit. Maybe that table runner would be put to better use as a pillow, or two flat sheets can be sewn into that duvet you've been dreaming of. Let these projects by brilliant home bloggers inspire you to see the hidden potential in what you already own—then make it happen with some DIY magic.
This gorgeous credenza used to be a scratched-up dark wood mess that Kate from Centsational Girl bought at a thrift store for $40. After a coat of gray paint and some new brass hardware, the piece looks like it's worth much more.
If you have a fabric lampshade that could use some sparkle, follow One Kings Lane's gold leafing instructions. The curved fabric surface will look good even if the application is a little sloppy, making it a forgiving project for first-time leafers. When you're ready to really show off, try gold leafing this desk.
If your home has mirrored sliding closet doors that are starting to look a little dated, give them some flair with a molding-inspired overlay. The ones above from The Honeycomb Home were ordered from My Overlays and were attached to the mirror with strong clear adhesive.
If you own a plain wooden headboard, give it a colorful tufted treatment. Stephanie from Cre8tive Designs promises that the tufting process isn't as difficult as it looks.
Bre from Bre Purposed took a boring white filing cabinet—that's right, filing cabinet—and transformed it into a chic nightstand using cheap plywood and spray-painted pulls. The finished piece shows how transformative texture and metallics can be, even when the colors are kept neutral.
We probably all own a boring throw blanket that could benefit from a chunky tassel upgrade. The one above was created by Tell Love and Party using three skeins of craft store yarn.
After her cat Sev tore her duvet cover to shreds, Angean of the eponymous blog decided to turn two flat white sheets into a DIY duvet. Some RIT dye and pom-pom trim later, Sev is sitting pretty on a stylish new throne.
Have an extra table runner lying unused in your closet? Follow the how-to on Francois et Moi to transform it into a decorative lumbar pillow.
You won't believe what this chair looked like pre- faux-fur and gold spray paint. Check it out over on 204 Park, and then let the project inspire you to rethink that extra chair you have sitting in storage.
Many of us probably have a stray RAST dresser that could use a makeover (and if you don't, don't worry—you can find one on Craigslist for 10 bucks). This luxe-looking makeover from IKEA Hackers calls for paint, wood stain, and just 45 minutes of your time.
Want more RAST redo's? Here are 8 inspiring transformations.