People feel better when they can relax when they’re home. Just keeping your space cleaned up can do, but having a restful, beautiful bedroom can make a big impact on how relaxed you feel in your space.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to brighten the mood without breaking the bank. Below you’ll find some DIY bedroom projects that can make you feel great about your bedroom and the steps to completing them correctly. They make use of inexpensive materials that are commonly available, and they’re easy to complete in a weekend or afternoon.
1. Put a pattern on your walls
Bring the relaxing, silvery color of birch trees into your bedroom to add texture and a surprise pop of color with tree trunk nightstands. Find two birch stumps and have them cut to your desired height; most nightstands are about 27″ tall so they’re easy to reach from a mattress that’s 25″ off the floor. Be sure to leave the bark on the sides. Choose which ends will be the tops, and sand the top of each trunk before coating it with a high-quality paint primer. Let the primer dry overnight.
Once the primer is dry, use exterior semi-gloss paint that’s designed for wood to cover the tops of the stumps. Feel free to choose something vibrant that works as an accent color in your space, like a red or orange. Or, go with a contrasting neutral, like a dark charcoal gray. Let the paint dry between coats; you may need more than one for full coverage.
2. Make a headboard out of old shutters
Turn old shutters into a cool, affordable headboard. Don’t have any old shutters? Check flea markets or online buy/sell/trade sites.
Measure your bed so you can determine how many shutters you need. Take off any wall fixtures and spread the shutters on a drop cloth. Then, spray them with primer and use 80-grit sandpaper to sand them down.
Give the shutters two coats of paint. Buy and attach mending braces to hold the shutters together. Put anchors into the wall before attaching your headboard shutter lineup behind your bed.
3. Turn an old window into a picture display
Visit a local flea market or a salvage store and pick up an old glass window, the kind with multiple panes separated by wood muntins often look the best. Bring it home, dust it off and find the pictures you want to display inside each pane.
If you want to repaint it, coat it with some primer, sand it and then paint. You’ll also want some painter’s tape to keep the paint off the glass.
Spray the edges of each photo with spray mount to invisibly glue the pictures to the glass. Use a hanging kit to add the right fixtures to the back of the window and hang it over your dresser or wherever it looks best.
4. Add throw pillows
Throw pillows are some of the easiest crafts to make. Pick a fabric that’s bright and offers a stark contrast to the wall color, your bedding, or the upholstery and window treatments in the room.
You can buy fabric from your local craft store, or you can try a flannel shirt or funky curtains you aren’t using anymore. Cut the fabric to the size you want and then pin the two pieces together, front to front. For extra pizzazz, use a crazy thread color. Sew around the edges, leaving a 4-inch space open.
Fill the pillow with stuffing and hand sew the pillow shut.
These four DIY projects for bedrooms can give your space a whole new look. If you’re thinking about using your redecorating momentum to tackle some more-serious improvements or remodeling that requires a contractor’s assistance, remember to update your homeowners insurance policy with the new change in your home’s value so that you’re fully covered.