When you think of interior design, you probably envisage endless glossy brochures, expensive rugs, and budget television shows aired on HGTV.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Interior design can be both fun and cheap. If you’ve got a family, working on a few projects can be an enjoyable way to bring everyone together.
So where do you start? There are millions of specialist sites and individual blogs dedicated to the topic. If you’ve been trawling through them all trying to find inspiration, you’ve been looking in the wrong place. You should be focusing your efforts on Pinterest instead.
Here are 10 of the best affordable interior design hacks on Pinterest.
What You’ll Need: Wood, paint/stain, glue
New mirrors are expensive, and new mirrors with a fancy frame are even more costly. If you’ve got a bedraggled old mirror in your bathroom, you can give it an instant facelift if you take inspiration from this pin.
Just cut the wood to the right length, paint or stain it to your desired color, and affix it to the perimeter of your old mirror using liquid nails glue.
Cost: Free to $10
What You’ll Need: Three (or more) cinder blocks
Modern chic mixed with urban roughness is a growing trend in the world of interior design. And what screams “urban” more than simple cinder blocks?
This hack might not even cost you a cent. You can typically find some discarded blocks lying around in any deserted inner city area. And you don’t have to arrange them in the same way as the photo. Be creative and come up with your own designs.
3. Nordic Chair
What You’ll Need: Plastic chair, spray paint, glue, white rug
The Nordic countries have a lot to be jealous of. They’ve got some of the best healthcare and education in the world, their residents regularly top “happiness indexes“… and they’ve got these awesome chairs.
Instead of buying the real thing for hundreds of dollars, you can make your own in minutes. You just need a white rug, some spray paint, some glue, and a cheap plastic chair.
Attach the rug to the chair, spray the frame of the chair in your favorite color, and voila!
What You’ll Need: A suitable log, rope, two hooks
If you’d prefer a natural look rather than an urban look, you could try experimenting with logs.
A great place to start is with a clothes rail. It’s easy to make and the materials only cost a few dollars. You can put it in your bedroom and use it as part of your closet, or build it by the front door and use it for coats.
Start by attaching the two screws to the ceiling, then hang your log horizontally using the rope. Make sure the log you choose isn’t rotten or it will break as soon as you hang anything from it.
What You’ll Need: Brown oil paint, heavy-duty sandpaper, heavy metal file
PVC pipes aren’t the prettiest things to look at. Sure, they’re better for your health than old-school copper or lead pipes, but they’re not as aesthetically pleasing.
If you’ve got exposed PVC piping in your home, use this hack to give them a wood-like effect.
First, scrub the pipes thoroughly using the sandpaper. You need to remove the shiny coating. Next, use the metal file to aggressive rub the pipes; you want them to be rough. Try and create organic-looking shapes. Finally, use a cloth the apply the oil paint.
What You’ll Need: Wood, paint/stain, hooks
There’s something very traditional about seeing coffee cups hanging from a rack on the wall. It’s also practical: mugs use a lot of cupboard space, but hanging them from the wall will give you more room for other things.
This is one of the easiest hacks on the list. Just paint or stain your wood, screw on the hooks (leaving enough space for the mugs to comfortably “dangle”) and attach the wood to your kitchen wall.
What You’ll Need: Tea candles, wire cord, several whisks
Candle holders are another item that are inordinately expensive for what you’re getting. However, with a bit of ingenuity, you can make something equally as good as anything you’ll see in Pottery Barn for a fraction of the cost.
Suspend the whisks in the air using the wire cord (don’t use plastic cord or string, it could melt/burn), then balance the tea candle inside the utensil’s frame.
Obviously, don’t hang the candles in a place where they could set fire to someone’s clothes or hair.
What You’ll Need: Old books, hammer, nails
Let’s return to the bedroom, and specifically, to your bed’s headboard. If you want a headboard with a difference, you’ll struggle to find anything more unique than this.
Before you get started, you’re going to need a lot of books. For maximum effect, get old ones with lots of text and with pages that have begun to turn yellow. Ideally, they should all be hardbacks and about the same size. If you’ve not got any lying around, you’ll be able to find hundreds at your local shops or even on Facebook Marketplace.
Next, grab your hammer and nails and start banging. You’re aiming to create a wall of books. You can use a touch of glue to hold them in place if nails aren’t sufficient.
9. Rope Washing Basket [No Longer Available]
What You’ll Need: Metallic paint, rope, plastic washing basket, glue
Rope washing baskets look awesome. They’re so much more aesthetically pleasing in your bathroom than a boring plastic container from Walmart. Sadly, like many things on this list, buying the “real thing” is expensive.
Luckily, you can easily recreate the same effect.
Pick up a cheap washing basket, glue one end of the rope to the bottom of the container, and slowly wrap the rope around it until you reach the top. Once it’s fixed in place, use the metallic paint to add some flashes of color or contrasts.
Cost: Up to $40
What You’ll Need: A glass panel door, stain, hooks
I’ll conclude with the most expensive hack on the list. However, in my opinion, it’s also the coolest.
To make it work, you’re going to need a wooden door frame with glass panels. If you’ve been doing some renovations around your home, you might be lucky enough to have one lying around. If not, you’ll need to head to Home Depot.
Use the stain to adjust the color of the door, then affix some of your favorite photos behind each glass panel. It’ll look extra cool if you use black and white photos like the Pinterest example. Lastly, mount the door onto a wall and (if desired) screw in the hooks for coats and hats.
Share Your Interior Design Hacks
In this article I’ve introduced you to 10 cheap and easy-to-perform interior design hacks on Pinterest, but there are so many more to choose from. Pinterest has literally millions of similar projects tucked away on its various boards — it’s just a matter of finding them.
How did you revolutionize your home for a few dollars? Where did you find your inspiration? You can leave all of your tips and suggestions in the comments section below.
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