What Are Your Favorite DIY Design Cheats?

What Are Your Favorite DIY Design Cheats?

Leah Moss
Jan 19, 2010

Yesterday, Catherine invited readers into her cozy equestrian condo, and while there were many creative elements, one of the most inspiring was also the most unexpected— her makeshift masking tape bedskirt! For those with limited budgets, time constraints, or in my case, real issues with impatience, creative cheats are worth highlighting.

Catherine made her headboard cover out of beautiful raw silk, and had enough left over for other projects. When I commented on how gorgeous her bedskirt (picture 2) was, she revealed a surprising detail— masking tape (picture 1)! As a frustrated seamstress and design cheater myself, I was instantly smitten with the idea. You can check out more of Catherine's creative home here.

In my own home, I've employed a few makeshift cheats. You can check out the how-to for my fabri-tac pillows (picture 3) here and my roman shade redo (picture 4)here.

They key to a DIY design cheat's success though, is making sure that it doesn't actually look like a cheat, which usually means that they are temporary solutions.

What creative cheats have you employed in your homes?

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