Expensive Looking Home DIYs (That Are Secretly Cheap!)

Expensive Looking Home DIYs (That Are Secretly Cheap!)

Lauren Hannel
May 2, 2017

Spring is traditionally thought of as a time of fresh starts, so shouldn't the same thought process be applied to your decor? There's no need to break the bank or settle for less with this seasonal home update; we've found the best DIYs that only look like they cost a ton to execute. Be sure to head to Apartment Therapy Marketplace to grab supplies (or, for less DIY-minded folks, affordable style solutions to recreate these looks). We won't tell your friends how much you saved if you don't!

A New Duvet Cover

Your bed still needs to look cozy and put together, even as the warmer months approach. A custom duvet made from vintage sheets offers less bulk than most comforters, with the added appeal of being one-of-a-kind. Let people think you hunted down a stylish vintage find, and it'll be our secret.

Project: How to Make a Duvet from Sheets at My Moppet
Buy Supplies: This dip-dyed sheet set would be a beautiful starting point.

A Springtime Mantel

Nothing screams "lush" quite like a full mantel of springtime blooms. With a little know-how and careful placement, even leftover clippings and foraged yard flowers can look really stunning and expensive. Pair them with upcycled containers, and you have a real attention-grabbing piece. Hey, did you hire a florist?!

Project: 6 Foolproof Steps to Flawless Flower Arrangements All Summer Long on Apartment Therapy
Buy Supplies: Get a new vase for a great price when you shop secondhand.

Shibori-Dyed Pillows

Shibori is definitely on-trend, and the fastest way to update your home is with accessories. But since it can be costly to grab onto trendy items, dye some inexpensive white linens yourself! All you'll need is indigo dye, pillows, and to follow the easy instructions, and you'll have a newly brightened (and stylish) space.

Projects: Dare to Dye: Small-Scale Shibori Projects To Get You Started
Get the Look: After you've dyed your pillows, grab other shibori accessories for your home!

Wrapped Canvas Wall Art

Ready for a bigger statement? Most people would assume a giant piece of wall art was a solid investment, so there's no need to explain further that the look can be achieved with a shower curtain. A wood frame is swapped in for very costly canvas, and in no time you'll have a beautiful piece that can't be found anywhere else.

Project: DIY Art from a Shower Curtain on House of Jade
Buy Supplies: Snag a secondhand shower curtain in a bold pattern as your starting point.

Upgraded Sofa Legs

It's all in the details: update the look of your sofa with custom legs! Tapered mid-century modern inspired legs can completely change the direction of a couch, making it look more expensive and fresh. If you're happy with the body of the couch, skip the major investment and just update the little things.

Project: Replace the Legs on an Old Sofa to Give it New Life on Ella Vine
Get the Look: Not into your current seating? Now's your chance to get an affordable upgrade.

A New "Wood" Headboard

The headboard anchors your bed into the room, often providing some nice extra details. But since custom wood headboards are often hundreds (or thousands) of dollars, take the sneaky route with a fabric-based imitator. Yes, that really is fabric and pinboard, and yes, you've just found the best bedroom facelift DIY ever.

Project: DIY Wood Fabric Headboard on Craft Hunter
Get the Look: Save yourself the hassle and get a new-to-you headboard instantly.

Refreshed Cabinets

The fastest way to update the look of your kitchen is with new cabinet hardware. Use new or vintage knobs to simply but radically change the look of your cabinets or or get creative and go custom. You can make knobs or pulls out of almost anything (even toys!).

Projects: How To Upgrade Drawer Knobs, Pulls, and Handles on Apartment Therapy
How To Make DIY Drawer Pulls from Just About Anything on Apartment Therapy
Buy Supplies: Get 11 opalescent cabinet door knobs from the 1950's for only $32.

Refreshed Tableware

Take plain tableware to the next level with some abstract painting! Only the most basic art skills are needed to whip up a beautiful set, which looks like a breath of fresh air for the spring. You'll be ready to entertain and impress in no time.

Project: DIY Abstract Painted Tableware at Burkatron
Buy Supplies: Affordable white plates are the perfect blank slate.

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