DIY Tips for a Shabby Chic Home

Social media has turned everything into a competition. It is easy to feel insecure if your home does not look like all of the pictures that are being posted online. Mimicking the decorating choices is tricky due to cost and access. Even worse, decor that is meant to look stylishly rustic and worn-in is often more expensive than classic furnishings. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to add some character to a home without breaking the bank.

Fresh Furniture
Individual pieces of furniture do not have to be from the same set to look like they belong in the same room. It is amazing how disparate pieces begin to complement each other after they are painted the same color. A shiny black lacquer goes a long way toward disguising middling quality and questionable materials. People with eclectic tastes may want to paint their furniture different colors for a rainbow effect. Inexpensive secondhand furniture works well for this type of project; the pieces need to be cleaned up anyway, and there is little risk of damaging something that is already used.

More Painting Ideas
A single dresser can be transformed into an art piece with a little patience and creative vision. Starting from the bottom, each drawer could be painted a slightly lighter shade of the same color. This ombre illusion is the result of increasing amounts of white paint being added to the main color. Clear glass or plastic knobs can be purchased on the Internet or in craft stores. The dresser frame could be painted to match either the lightest drawer or the darkest one.

Custom Curtains
It is surprisingly difficult to find an aesthetically pleasing set of curtains. Appealing drapes are often too diaphanous to be of any functional use, and curtains that block light tend to be heavy and drab. One-of-a-kind curtains can be made by folding the top of a length of fabric over a curtain rod and sewing the edge in place by hand. Any type of fabric is appropriate for this project, and a craft store’s stock is bound to be far more affordable than conventional curtains of decent weight.

Upcycling
Small apartments leave little room for artwork. Every piece of furniture counts. One way to sneak vintage stylings into a small apartment is to build your own coffee table. An old wooden door with legs nailed to it would be the envy of every person with a Pinterest account. A skilled painter could cover a plain wooden slab with abstract imagery before securing the legs. There is no need to pay for lackluster furniture when odds and ends could be salvaged for free and used to make statement pieces.

Optical Illusions
Creative placement of mirrors can make a small space look bigger. Instead of placing the typical art prints or framed photographs above furniture or along a hallway one could use mirrors to reflect light and add dimension to the rooms.