15 Ways to Decorate Your Home -- on the Cheap!
Make a Tray
Repurpose mirrors as trays by applying felt backing to their undersides.
—Jonathan O'Hea, Jonathan O'Hea Antiques & Design
Put an end to kitchen-counter confusion: Use chalkboard paint to create labels on glass canisters. You'll always know whether you're scooping salt or sugar, and you can erase and change the wording whenever you like.
—Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien, the Haystack Needle
Make It Roll
Casters are the ultimate quick-change agents. These babies impart height and mobility to almost anything. Attach 'em to a farm table and voilà: It becomes an extra-large kitchen island with serious moves. Pop some wheels on a crate and you've got storage that rolls easily underneath a counter. The possibilities are truly endless.
—Paige Schnell, Tracery Interiors
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Make a Chair Rail
Amp up the architectural drama! Installing a chair rail can be a cinch — especially with stick-on molding. Paint the areas above and below it with two different shades of the same color for even more va-va-voom.
—Leah Shirey, houseobsession.com (48-inch-long, stick-on panel molding; bellaornamental.com)
Light Up a Jug
From empty jars to illuminating conversation pieces: Fill a glass jug with Christmas lights to fashion a tricked-out table lamp.
—Sirpa Cowell, textile designer
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Install a New Faucet
Replace your bathroom sink's faucet with a larger, kitchen-size version to give the fixture a unique, bespoke feel.
—Abigail Ahern, Atelier Abigail Ahern
Snag a stained glass effect in seconds. Just display colored-glass jars and vases on windowsills.
—Thomas Jayne, Thomas Jayne Studio
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Paint Your Door
For an affordable exterior upgrade, paint your front door an unexpected shade, like pumpkin-orange or chartreuse-green. The result: a happy punctuation point that modernizes an old house yet doesn't compromise its historic character.
—Carol Bokuniewicz, Carol B Design
A bare tabletop is nothing but a display opportunity waiting to happen. Have a piece of glass or Plexi cut to fit the tabletop's dimensions, then tuck snapshots, postcards, or printed fabric underneath.
—Ariel Ashe, Ashe + Leandro