One of our readers asked us to share some helpful tips on how to keep DIY projects home decorating affordable – this is a great question because I think we’ve all experienced this once or twice in our lifetime. You know, you’re at the checkout line of your favorite craft supply store, giddy with anticipation to start your most recent easy diy home improvement projects, you think to yourself, “I’m going to save so much money doing this project with my hands!” Then, you catch a glimpse of the register screen – your project isn’t as cheap as you thought it was going to be. In fact, it appears you’ll be paying the same if not more then what you would spend at the store! Here are five tips for keeping DIY projects home decorating affordable.
5 Tips on How to Keep DIY Projects Home Decorating Affordable
So, what are some ways we can do DIY projects without breaking the bank or better yet paying more than what we would have bought it for? We’ve compiled a great list of tips on how to keep DIY projects home decorating affordable!
Build your collection
Just like a great closet, building a foundation is key. Once you’ve built your foundation the cost of upcoming do it yourself projects will be substantially less. For example, when I made my lifesized Jenga set I had to buy paints but because I did not have to use all of the paint I had a variety of paints to choose from to bring to life my terracotta pots!
Work with the same medians
Try to take on DIY projects for home decorating that utilize the same resources. For example, if you want to try your hand at the newest DIY pallet trend – make your next project use pallet wood as well. Typically, if you stay within the same categories of projects – you won’t have to buy everything all at once every time. You should have some the resources already.
Rent or Borrow the tools
Tools can be the main reason why your easy diy home improvement projects are exceeding the price of the item itself! So, don’t forget to ask friends, family, or even your local hardware store if you can borrow the tools you need for the weekend. My local hardware store lets you rent out tools for the day or weekend for a small fee.
Upcycle! Take things you already own and revamp them. For example, Instead of buying a new frame and spray painting it – take an old on you don’t like anymore or isn’t being used and do the work to it like with this DIY memo board. Or take an old crate and give it new life as a DIY planter stand.
A common reason I’ve found in the past as to why my diy project home decorating has gone over budget is because I did not plan accordingly. Whether I bought too much of a material or the wrong type, I didn’t use the right tools etc. For whatever reason, my project didn’t have a thought out plan of what I wanted it to look like or how I was going to do it. Usually, if I can’t answer the question, “How am I going to execute this project?” my project’s budget will take on a life of its’ own. So, take your idea to paper first, research the type of materials that will be the best to use, and look to your collection for inspiration on things you already have to build off of.
What are some of your tricks to keeping DIY projects home decorating affordable? Do you use any of these tips already? What are some of your favorite easy diy home improvement projects that are affordable?
Anne Campbell says
So true–we used to live in a very old house, and it seemed like we were in the home improvement store every weekend. We quickly learned that planning and budgeting were key to successful DIY without breaking the bank.
Nicole B says
Sometimes tools are the most expensive parts of doing a job. If it’s something we will probably only need to use once, we try to borrow or rent it if at all possible. Things like tile saws, etc.