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Four DIY projects to step up your home décor game

Get the look for less!
November 4, 2021 9:31 a.m. EST

Decorating your home can get expensive, especially when you factor in the cost of furniture, paint and decorative accents. While it may be easier to turn to e-retailers like Amazon to add personality to your space, go the custom (not to mention, cheap) route with these DIY home decor ideas. From side tables to faux ceramic vases, DIY producer Sarah Mulligan is showing us four different ways to get the decor look you're after, for less, that will make your home Pinterest-worthy! 

Fluted side table 

Tools/materials needed: 

  • 10” concrete form
  • 1/2” dowels 
  • 15” SNUDDA lazy susan; $9.99 at IKEA
  • saw
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • wood glue
  • clamps
  • paint (I used Dulux Vanilla Milkshake - DLX1015-1)
  • wood filler
  • spray polyurethane 

Steps

  1. Determine the height of your side table and cut concrete form and dowels to size.  Tip: if dowels come in 48” lengths, make your side table 24” tall and cut them in half.
  2. Lightly sand dowels
  3. Glue dowels lengthwise along with concrete form and clamp down.  Take your time making sure each dowel fits snugly against each other.  You will be thankful later!  Let dry overnight.
  4. Glue lazy susan to the top rim of the concrete form and set something heavy on top while it dries.
  5. Paint.  Make sure to fill the cracks as much as you can with the edge of your brush.  If there are any remaining cracks, seal with wood filler after the first coat, lightly sand and paint a second coat overtop. 
  6. Spray topcoat to finish it off.

Grid Mirror

Tools/materials needed

  • 24”x 48”x 1/2” plywood
  • 3 x FREBRO mirrors; $6.99 each at IKEA
  • 1/4” x 1/2” x 4’ wood trim (3 x pieces)
  • 3/8” x 3/8” x 4’ corner wood trim (6 pieces)
  • construction adhesive
  • clamps
  • mitre saw
  • sandpaper
  • metallic spray paint
  • wood filler

Steps

  1. Sand trim pieces and plywood edges
  2. Spray a couple of light coats of paint on the trim (front and back) and edges of the plywood. Let dry.
  3. Glue 3 x mirrors vertically, side by side on plywood.  Clampdown while it dries. 
  4. I doubled the rectangular wood trim and corner trim for the outside frame by slotting them together.  Cut the rectangular trim about ¼” shorter on either side, slot inside corner trim and glue together.  Glue onto 4 sides of the mirror frame.
  5. Measure and cut two vertical corner trim pieces to go between the mirrors.  Glue down.
  6. Measure and cut horizontal corner trim pieces to lay vertically and create the ‘grid’ boxes.  Glue down.
  7. Once the glue dries, fill any gaps with matching wood filler.  Once set, touch up with paint.

Woodball mirrors

Tools/materials needed

Steps

  1. Paint 2 coats of paint on the wood balls and let dry.
  2. Place around the rim of the mirror to plan the layout and glue down.

Faux ceramic vases

Tools/materials needed

  • variety of glass vases, dollar store and PADRAG vase; $1.99 at IKEA
  • interior latex paint (Dulux Cool Clay DLX1071-5 and Notorious DLX1074-4)
  • baking powder
  • baking soda (optional)

Steps

  1. Clean and dry vases.
  2. Add a few heaping tablespoons of paint to a small container.  Add a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of baking soda (optional).  Mix until the paint resembles mousse.
  3. Paint horizontally on the vases.  Let the first coat dry for at least an hour.  Do two to three coats total, including the visible inside rim of the vase.