DIY Home Decor: 43 Stylish Projects For 2024

Decorating your home is no small feat, especially if you’re doing it on a budget. I know this for a fact, as I have completed all of these DIY home decor projects and ideas to update my home and saved a lot of money along the way.

Now is the time to get over the idea that dropping big bucks on designer catalog furnishings, decor and accessories is the only way to decorate your home. You have another option – turning to DIY projects that will have you inexpensively sprucing up your home in style this year.

summer living room decor for a console table.

When you use your own two hands, you can paint, install a floor, or build a coffee table or headboard to fit your needs while saving money at the same time.

This list of 43 DIY decor ideas can be referred to all through the year when you need easy budget-friendly, DIY home decorating inspiration. Not only are these home decor ideas inexpensive, all of them can be easily customized to coordinate with your home’s style and decor.

There are a variety of DIY home decor items here from wall decor to furniture painting and more. All the supplies used to make and decorate with can be found at thrift and craft stores, hardware stores and home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes.

If your ready to start a DIY home decor project to create the surroundings you always wanted, start with one of the DIY home decor ideas listed below. I’d love for you to pick your favorite DIY decorating ideas and let me know what it is.

42 DIY Home Decor Projects

Finished DIY Table lamp ideas for a foyer table.

Pottery Barn Table Lamp Knock-Off

If you are looking for DIY table lamp ideas I have shared a few and recently made over another table lamp from the thrift store. I like upcycling them as they are an inexpensive way to update home decor at a fraction of the cost of buying a trendy new table lamp from a decorating

looking down at the top of a coastal inspired painted side table with a woven rattan style bottom shelf.

Designer Inspired Two Tier End Table Makeover

Refresh a wood end table, a two tier end table or accent table by painting it and then adding a wrapping technique to create a two-tone woven appearance. It will create a high-end Serena & Lily designer look at an affordable price.

Make over a brass chandelier

How to Paint a Rusted Faux Finish on a Brass Chandelier

How to makeover a brass chandelier using craft store acrylic paint and supplies. Of all the projects I have been working on in my dining room, this brass chandelier makeover excites me the most.

Pom Pom Trimmed Ottoman Cover

Ottoman Slipcover with Removable Pom Pom Trim

Step-by-step tutorial showing how to make a pom pom trimmed ottoman slipcover. The fun and flirty pom pom trim is attached with velcro so it can be removed before washing the slipcover.


Quick and Easy No Sew Box Style Window Valance

How to make a no sew box style window valance using foam and fabric. No power tools needed. The valance is quick and easy to make.

No sew Roman Shade that can be styled 3 ways

One Yard, No Sew Window Treatment –3 Ways

How to use only one yard of decorator fabric to make a no sew window treatment or shades that can be styled three different ways. 

How to paint stripes on a ceiling fan

Ceiling Fan Painting – Make it Fun!

This colorful fan is perfect for a nursery or kids room. It looks very cool when the fan whirls around, so do the colors. The stripes can be added easily with acrylic craft paint and painter’s tape.

How to paint a glass vase. Easter-and-spring-decorating-ideas-to-make using paint.

Painted Glass Vase for Springtime Decorating

A painted glass vase is nothing new, but when you turn things upside down, you can transform a plain glass vase into something that resembles a kiln-fired ceramic vase. Its artwork for a table top.


How to Paint Upholstered Furniture

Writing a blog about affordable home decor has never been more fun for me than writing this post. I learned how to paint upholstery and had to share the chair I painted with you. It was a complete success!

Framed artwork hanging tool that makes hanging art or framed photos level on a wall.

How To Easily Create a Grid Gallery Wall

How to easily measure and hang a grid gallery wall of photos or art on a wall. No complicated calculations or laser level needed to create an eye catching display on any blank wall in your home.

How to install vertical wood plan paneling over a brick wall.

Vertical Plank Wall Paneling

How to cover brick or a plain wall with vertical shiplap or planking. I thought about just painting the wall, but wanted something that had more of a cottage feel to it. Installing budget-friendly DIY vertical shiplap or vertical plank wall paneling was the answer.

Wait to you see how easy this DIY no sew pillow cover is to make when you use dishtowels or napkins that already have finished edges. | In My Own Style

Large No Sew Accent Pillow To Make

How to make a removable cover for throw pillows that doesn’t require a zipper. It can be made using fabric yardage, a dishtowel or any type of fabric.

How to get wall paper not to wrinkle when applying to walls and furniture

DIY Map Wallpaper in My Laundry Room

Affordable and creative options to using wallpaper in a room on a small budget. This tutorial for map wallpaper is a simple project with beautiful effects.

Nucore flooring shown in 4 rooms

How to Install Nucore Flooring

How to install scratch resistant Nucore luxury vinyl plank flooring in any room with tips on how to easily cut vinyl plank flooring to fit perfectly around doorways.

What does a white painted kitchen counter look like?

Painting Kitchen Countertops To Look Like Carrara Marble

Painting kitchen countertops to look like Carrara marble can be done successfully. The painted results can last for years. This post will give you the knowledge and the confidence on how to paint kitchen countertops step-by-step.

Plate Rack Wall In White Kitchen. Text overlay says Make It Plate Rack Wall

How to Make a Floor to Ceiling Plate Rack on a Wall

A floor to ceiling plate rack wall that looks built-in doubles as a place for decorative storage as well as a way to enhance an awkward wall that is hard to decorate. Making a wall plate rack for your home is easy to customize to fit a wall of any size.


Fitness Room: Before & After

Want to create a workout space in your house to create a home gym or fitness room?  In this post, I am sharing how I transformed an unused bedroom into a bright and spacious fitness room or home gym.

Staircase makeover for the DIY'er

DIY: Carpet to Hardwood Staircase Makeover

How to remove carpet from a staircase and refinish the wood with stain and paint. Re-doing my staircase is something I wanted to do the minute I moved into my house – that was 17 years ago. I have always yearned for hardwood steps and white painted risers. Now I have them and you can too.

piece of found driftwood made into modern art when placed on a stand.

Driftwood Sculpture Table Top Stand DIY

If you like a modern look for your decor, learn how to make your own version of modern art using a piece of reclaimed wood. Capture the organic beauty of nature and mount it to make a driftwood sculpture table top stand or petrified wood slab or slice.

Paint a rug on a floor using a FLOR or Dash and Albert rug as inspiration

How To Paint a Rug on a Hardwood Floor

How to paint a colorful rug on a floor looks harder then it really is. With a little planning and following these instructions, you can transform a plain floor to one that has plenty of color to make a big impact.

Before and after images of a concrete hearth that was painted.

How to Paint a Concrete Fireplace Hearth to Look Like Stone

If the fireplace hearth in your home is made of grey concrete that doesn’t coordinate with the mantel or room’s color scheme, did you know you can paint it? You can paint anything when you know the right way to do it.

clothespin frame DIY painted blue

DIY Clothespin Picture Frame

If you like to do DIY crafts for your home, then you will enjoy making this textured photo frame to decorate your home using ordinary wood clothespins.

Completed DIY Wooden Candle Holders on a dining table with dark orange taper candles.

DIY Wooden Candle Holders: The Easiest Project Ever

Turn up the cozy ambiance in your home this season by adding the soft glow of candlelight to your spaces with this easy to make set of DIY wooden candle holders. While you make one or a set for yourself, make a few more as they make a great gift to give family and friends.

Looking down on faux painted to look like zinc table. Place setting and fall flowers on table. Text overlay sys dit faux zinc table top

Wood Tabletop Faux Painted to Look Like Zinc

How to faux paint any surface to look like zinc. Have you ever tried painting a faux finish on a surface like a table top or a piece of furniture? Have you thought of trying, but thought it too hard to accomplish? I want to change that mindset.

Repurposing idea using a garden urn for a living room end table.

How to Repurpose an Urn into a Side Table

How to instantly transform a classic garden urn into a side table. This black urn sits in a corner of my living room. I have had it forever. It is one of those classic items that always is in style.

How-to-make-a-finial-for a curtain rod using a tennis ball and fabric

How To Make A Curtain Rod and Finials with a Tennis Ball

Here is a budget friendly window treatment that is easy to complete. Learn one way to make a curtain rod using PVC pipe along with two different ways to make decorative finials for the curtain rod.

DC Blue Chalk painted sideboard with clock on top

How to Paint Furniture With Chalk Paint: The Step By Step Guide

Looking to find out what the best way to paint furniture is?  It is chalk paint for so many reasons. Did you know that when you learn how to paint with chalk paint, you can create many different painted finishes from sleek, clean and modern to antiqued or a distressed look.


How to Make Lids For Storage Baskets

How to make lids for square or rectangular baskets using fabric, decorative paper and cardboard. Once these pretty lids are placed on a basket, you can stack baskets for better storage and organization.

Headboard made using flannel sheets

Simple DIY Headboard for the Guest Room

DIY custom headboard ideas on a budget – no wood or power tools needed. Learn how to make this DIY headboard for any size bed in your home.

How to make a no sew cushion cover

How to Make a No Sew Chair Cushion Cover

Update and transform worn out seating or a porch swing by making a colorful no sew cushion for it that can be made in minutes.

How to spray paint chairs to get a lasting durable finish.

Furniture Makeover: Spray Painting Wood Chairs

What is the best spray paint to paint wood kitchen chairs and how many cans are needed for complete coverage for one chair?

Repurposed dresser sideboard into a sink vanity

How to Repurpose a Sideboard into a Sink Vanity

How to take sideboard or dresser and repurpose it into a bathroom sink vanity that looks like a vanity out of the Pottery Barn catalog.

a fake transom made from a mirror and hung over a door

How to Make a Fake Transom Above a Door

Step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make a fake transom above a door in your home.

Furniture makeover using DIY chalk paint

Dining Room Chair Makeover – Part 2

Learn how to give new life to stained, dark wood dining room chairs to white or any color. This chair makeover post is the second of two. Recently I showed you how I changed the color of the rush seats on my set of wood ladder back chairs. 

How to apply Gallery Glass window Paint

Gallery Glass Front Door Sidelights DIY

How to create the look of beveled glass on any window in your home for around $20. It is an easy, inexpensive and a fun project that adds a decorative element that can last a very long time.

How to Make a Fake Topiary with Craft Store Artificial Plants

How to Make a Fake Topiary

How to make a faux topiary that looks like a real one that will last for many years, even if you don’t have a green thumb.

How to make DIY rolling or Barn doors

High Gloss Rolling Doors for My Studioffice

How to transform thrift store bi-fold doors into rolling doors that will visually separate a room where a swing out door won’t work.

Close up of DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Wall clock

Making a Fixer Upper Oversized Farmhouse Wall Clock

Are a fan of the oversized wall clock that is actually a clock face in the Fixer Upper home of Chip and Joanna Gaines? I am. I love it and came up with a way to make my own large farmhouse wall clock to resemble it.

How to stencil a wall using a Royal Designs Studio stencil

Create Faux Wallpaper Using Paint and a Stencil

How to use an all-over wall stencil to create the look of wallpaper.  I call it faux wallpaper. Wallpaper can be pretty pricey even for a relatively small space, an all-over stencil costs a lot less.

Can I cover a popcorn ceiling?

How to Install Armstrong WoodHaven Planks to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling

Learn how to cover a popcorn ceiling using classic Armstrong® WoodHaven Ceiling Planks with Easy Up® tracks and clips. No need to scrape the ceiling first! The pre-finished planks can be installed right over popcorn ceilings.

Bronze double door knobs

Faux Woodgrain Finish on My Front Doors

A front door makeover showing how to paint a faux woodgrain finish or faux bois effect on entry doors using paint and liquid glazing medium.

3 ways to make an outdoor lantern using a tuna can.

Outdoor Tuna Can Lantern DIY

How to make outdoor lanterns to attractively light up your outdoor patio or living space using a tuna can and a few basic items.


Wood Slat Wall DIY for a Home’s Exterior

If you’re looking to spruce up the exterior of your home or even the interior, have you considered making a wood slat wall to create a point of interest where there is none.

More DIY Decorating Ideas

If you would like to see more decorating project ideas, don’t miss browsing through my DIY Decorating category where you will find dozens of more doable and stylish ideas.

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  1. So many great ideas in one place! I’m revisiting several I had looked at in the past. I’ve been inspired by your use of mirrors and today I am looking at the transom idea again, as well as the topiary. Thanks Diane for all your motivating and inspiring ideas!

  2. Diane,

    You always have so many great ideas and easy to follow instructions. Love today’s post! Thanks for sparking my creative thinking.

  3. Nawm D. Gerr says:

    I love all your ideas and projects! You have transformed an already awesome house. Can’t wait to see what you do next. Love your blog!

  4. Thanks for all the inspiration in 2017. Can’t wait to see what you will come up with in 2018!

  5. Cathy Clark says:

    WOW!!! You’ve done a LOT this year!!! Your house looks AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to see what you do this year!
    Happy 2018!!!!
    PS: Thank you again so much for the BEAUTIFUL real wreath I won from your blog! It was beautiful & smelled so good throughout the holidays! LOVED it!!!

  6. mary heicher says:

    Your house looks wonderful! Happy New Year! The doors and the map walls are two of my favorites.

  7. Happy New Year! I wanted to pick a favorite post from this past year but I couldn’t pick just one. I’d start writing about the kitchen makeover and think oh but the laundry room was great then the fireplace came to mind and the front door and so on. You have a wonderful blog, Looking forward to what you have to share in 2018.

  8. I am so impressed by all the projects you’ve done.
    The house looks fantastic.
    I look forward to seeing what else you do going forward.

  9. Katy Beacher says:

    Gosh! I hardly know what to say! I’m fairly knew to your site and this is the first I’ve seen of your 2017 makeover. I love it. I especially like the wall paper in the utility room. What a fantastic idea!

  10. It is amazing to think you accomplished so much this year! So many blogs show off work they paid someone else to do so I love seeing your work which is mostly DIY. I am anxiously waiting for your pantry post as mine is in dire need of an upgrade.

  11. Linda L Weeks says:

    It’s amazing that you and Ed have accomplished so much in one year! You and he are so ambitious! Always enjoy your posts, and wish you both the proverbial “Happy New Year”!

  12. Diane, thanks for this blog post with some of the many things you have done in your new home. I especially loved keeping up with your kitchen transformation. I personally love white cabinets so I think it’s a great change! Could you please tell me what type of glass knobs you got for your kitchen and your hallway? I recently had my bathroom remodeled and I am having such a hard time finding cabinet knobs that are the right width and that come with the right size screw. I have purchased knobs and then gone back to the store and returned them multiple times because they were not what was needed. I had a glass knob with a scallop edge design put on my new door to the bathroom which I really love and I really wanted to match the knobs to the glass door knob is possible. Thanks so much!

  13. I loved all your projects this year but my favorite has to be the stencil wallpaper you did in the bathroom. But I could go on about all of it really. Happy New Year.

  14. Love watching your lake house transformation into your style

  15. Kristen F says:

    Diane your lake home is beautiful. I have enjoyed seeing all your updates for 2017 and always look forward to reading your blog!
    Wishing you and yours all the best in 2018

  16. Thanks for the great wrap-up. This is my favorite blog and I look forward to seeing the creative way you make your space your own. Looking forward to following along in 2018 – Happy New Year!

  17. Romeogirl says:

    Beautiful ideas and makeovers. You are by far my favorite blogger!

  18. Deanna Rabe says:

    I’m new to your blog in this year, and I loved this recap to see things I missed. I love the signs on the hallway doors and I like the maps in the laundry room!

    The shutters on the outside look great as well. Sometimes its the little things, isn’t it, that make a house a home!

  19. Norma Rolader says:

    Beautiful and great tips and information Have a blessed New Year

  20. Elaine Williams says:

    I have so enjoyed your make overs. The lake house is gorgeous. I really like and trust your product recommendations – as you know TV ads make some things look like a snap when they are not. Your step by step tutorials are very helpful and give great encouragement to DIY newbies. Happy New Year Diane!

  21. Lou E Clifton says:

    You have been busy, and with great results. I have a question, I have same layout for kitchen and I was wondering why you took off the cabinet doors to right of sink, instead of the ones over the left side. I was thinking of taking front and back off of cabinet to see thru to hallway, but didn’t know if you have thought of this and decide for some reason not to do it. I wanted to ask before I began such a project. My hall just seems cut off from the kitchen and didn’t know if it would work.

  22. What a good year at the lake house, Diane. I loved all of these projects! I especially loved the kitchen makeover and hope to try the countertop painting myself later in 2018. Thanks so much for sharing all your great DIY expertise with us. Happy New Year!