I thrive on creative ideas that make StoneGable look updated and beautiful. Instead of more traditional ways to improve our home, I often rely on hacks… inexpensive shortcuts. And the great thing is they work! Today I’m sharing 10 home decor hacks that are my favorites! I hope they inspire you to think of creative ways to update your home without breaking the bank!
Now let’s look at my favorite home decor hacks around StoneGable…
EXTRA MOLDING ON WALLS
I have a love affair with crown molding! And the bigger the better I like it. But heavy molding can be expensive and very time consuming to up!
The back half of our home has nice crown molding but not fabulous crown molding. So we added a thin band of molding place about 18 inches below it on the wall. It gives the walls such nice detail and creates the effect of the molding looking more weighty. This one easy to do hack really makes our molding and walls look extra nice!
It really is all about the detail!
CREATE A HEADBOARD FROM SHUTTERS
Vintage shutters are still very hot right now and I like to find interesting ways to use them. Instead of buying a new bed for a guest room we bought an inexpensive frame and bolted a few tall old chippy shutters to the wall. Easy peasy! And so unique! We saved a ton of money on a rustic bed for that room!
Don’t you love one of a one of a kind thing? This has become many of our guest favorite bedroom for the bed alone!
HANGING CURTAINS HIGH
To create the illusion of taller ceilings hang curtains as high as you possibly can! Even though our ceilings are 9 feet tall I still like the look of taller ceilings! I usually hang my curtains right below our crown molding!
And don’t scrimp on the length of the curtain. Let it at least touch the floor if not puddle a bit. The look of pooling fabric will elevate your room! Another easy decor hack!
PAINTING BANISTERS AND STAIRS
If you don’t like the color of your banister and stairs why not paint them if you cannot afford to install new ones. New ones for us was not an option so we primed and painted the golden oak banister black. The spindles were already white so we just gave them a fresh coat of paint.
We also remove the runner and painted the oak risers white. It really toned down the look of the oak and made the whole foyer look a lot more updated!
This is such an easy fix it just takes a bit of time and paint!
To carry the look I also painted a tall cream colored mirror black to match the banister and added it to the landing wall!
Gotta love shiplap! I actually love all kinds of wood textured treatments on walls. I have such an easy way to hang shiplap!!! The very easiest way ever! NO spacing NO guessing. So easy!
This is a great project for an accent wall!
To see how to plank a shiplap wall the easy way go HERE.
Let’s put down the nailgun and the paintbrush for a few minutes and talk design. Make a room look cozier and welcoming by layering rugs. This will make a huge difference in how an entire room will look! I just could not believe the difference in my living room once I put down a large sisal rug and layered my beloved zebra pelt on top of it!
Not even buying a whole room of new furniture could do as much for my living room as layering the rugs!
If you cannot afford to get rid of your wall to wall and have hardwoods installed, try adding a great textural rug on top of what you have!
PAINTERS DROPCLOTH SLIPCOVERS
When I tell you I have a collection of dropcloths I mean I have several baskets full! I LOVE them. They are the greatest neutral material! They can be bleached, see HERE, and sewn into slipcovers. I use them to make tablecloths and table runners and placemats and pillows and more!
But my favorite way to use them is to slipcover furniture! HERE’S an easy tutorial for slipcovering a bench. Inexpensive, sturdy, beautiful and easy. What could be better?
DUVET COVER AS A BEDSPREAD
Why, or why did I not think of this before? This home decor hack was such a happy accident! I needed another layer for my Gable Room bedroom. I was looking around my stash and found a duvet cover that was perfect. But it was a duvet cover and not a bedspread. But who would care?
Without the duvet, it made the perfect bedspread.
So now I look for duvet covers (they tend to have beautiful patterns) instead of bedspreads. Genius right?
My mantra to you is “learn how to paint home furnishings”!!! Please! Do yourself a favor and learn. You can create gorgeous one of a kind pieces for your home by picking up a paintbrush.
The Venitian Mirrors above were white plastic ceiling medallions from the hardware store. Now they are a trio of extraordinary mirrors! The real deal would have cost thousands and I made all three for under $50.00!
A great place to learn how to paint is on youtube. My very favorite paints can be found at Ace Hardware stores. They are from Amy Howard At Home. She also has THE BEST painting tutorials. See them HERE.
I painted the large clock above the mantel too. It was a dull and heavy brown. With a little paint and Amy’s YouTube tutorials I was able to save the mirror and make it work with my decor!
VENEER YOUR OLD FIREPLACE
This was one of my very favorite hacks! Our home is almost 23 years old so we built it in the style of the time. The mantel was made as you see it today, but the fireplace surround and the hearth were dark green marble. And the metal around the marble was shiny brass.
Instead of knocking out the marble we just veneered it with brick. So easy! The brick was real but very thin and so easy to apply! Then we painted the shiny brass with a mat black spraypaint that was heatproof!
The new look fits right into to our decor!
BONUS HACK… MAKE A PILLOW WITH HOT GLUE
Let’s end with this very very easy hack! We all love pillows and I have an easy way for anyone to make one! You do not even have to know how to sew a straight line. You can glue one instead!
Just a warning… making pillows using a hot glue gun can be rather addictive! I have made so so many now!
See the tutorial HERE
There you have it… my 10 plus 1 favorite StoneGable home decor hacks!
Are you inspired yet? What hack could you use around your home?
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