Madhuri Print collection AW14:   by Designers Guild

20 economical DIY projects everyone can manage

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Small DIY projects can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home design, but if you don't know where to start or what to try your hand at, read on as we have some brilliantly easy and cheap suggestions for you. 

We've taken inspiration from some of the best interior designers out there in a bid to help you get the designer look for less. Your kitchen, bedroom and, well, every room in your home is about to get a whole lot more beautiful!

Shall we get started?

1. Paint old fashioned suite items. This goes doubly for any of you with avocado bathrooms!

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill:  Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill

Drummonds Bathrooms

2. Use sticky-backed tiles to freshen up your kitchen in an instant, and without grout!

3. Paint kitchen cabinets, but remember that proper preparation of the surfaces is key

4. Swap out standard cabinet knobs for something a little more 'you'. You could even cast your own in resin

Beau Rose A Stunning set of 20 mixed cupboard door knobs:  Kitchen by These Please Ltd
These Please Ltd

Beau Rose A Stunning set of 20 mixed cupboard door knobs

These Please Ltd

5. Stick down new vinyl flooring in your bathroom to instantly revive the room

6. Stencil paint existing floor tiles to give them a heritage feel

7. Swap bathroom fixtures out for designer lookalikes. Remember to turn the water off though!

8. Original or outdated fireplaces that you aren't keen on can be updated with a lick of heatproof paint

9. Modify off the peg shelving to perfectly fit a wall space in your home

Random bespoke bookcase:  Living room by Empatika

Random bespoke bookcase


10. Upcycle antique furniture to match a room scheme. Chalk paint makes this so easy!

11. Fancy an afternoon of folding? Have a bash at an origami lampshade

Chestnut lamp:  Living room by Studio Snowpuppe
Studio Snowpuppe

Chestnut lamp

Studio Snowpuppe

12. Add some storage to your hallway, either in the form of some coat hooks or a locker to hide away clutter

'Welcome' Contemporary hallway shoe storage with mirror by Birex:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Welcome' Contemporary hallway shoe storage with mirror by Birex

My Italian Living

13. Freshen up your banister rails with a coat of paint. If you're feeling brave, try a bright colour

Upper Park, Loughton:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by Boscolo

Upper Park, Loughton


14. While you're taking your stairs to task, you could whip up a beautiful runner from your favourite fabric

15. Dip-dye curtains to give them a new lease of life. You could also bleach splatter them for a modern look

Madhuri Print collection AW14:  Windows & doors  by Designers Guild
Designers Guild

Madhuri Print collection AW14

Designers Guild

16. Use fabric to create matching home accessories. Lampshades and cushions are a natural pairing

Cushions:  Living room by Sian Elin
Sian Elin


Sian Elin

17. Add chunky barn hinges to kitchen cabinets for a country chic look

18. Create a striking bathroom feature wall with sticky-backed mirror panels

Antiqued Mirror Bathroom Panelling:  Bathroom by Rupert Bevan Ltd
Rupert Bevan Ltd

Antiqued Mirror Bathroom Panelling

Rupert Bevan Ltd

19. Experiment with making your own lights from household recyclables

Lighting:  Kitchen by Decorum



20. Customise a cabin bed to create fun storage in your little one's bedroom

 Nursery/kid's room by homify

Clamberdoodle bed


For more budget home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 26 Brilliantly Thrifty Ways You Can Improve Your Home.

Are you feeling inspired to take on a DIY project?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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