After finishing the dresser makeover in the entryway/living room, I was excited to change up the accessories as well. We’re trying to not spend any extra money right now, so I pretty much limited myself to DIY accessory projects I had already purchased and then shopped from my own home for the rest. It took a little trial-and-error. Some things stayed and some things went. I love how it turned out and I didn’t buy one thing new!
It’s likely you have many of these basic elements sitting around your home, but if not, most can be purchased very inexpensively (most $5 or less!). Instead of buying something at the store and making your home look like a catalog, be creative and make your space uniquely your own with these ideas…
1. Washi it
Adding washi tape to a vase, glass, box or other container is a great way to add personality, tie in decor colors, and make an accessory that is uniquely yours. This vase was $1 at the Dollar Tree and with three different rolls of decorative tape, the entire accessory costs just around $5 (with tape to spare)!
2. Mod Podge it
Inexpensive wood letters (this one was just over $2 from Hobby Lobby) become individualized works of art when you simply cover them with scrapbook or any other kind of decorative paper. I love this chevron barnwood print in my favorite turquoise color.
3. Add a mirror…or three!
Mirrors reflect light and make a space feel larger. Plus I love how they reflect decorative objects in the room, like these branches. This was a mirror that came from my grandma’s house. Watch garage sales and thrift stores for a mirror, then maybe change-up the frame color with paint, or beef up the existing frame with molding! Can’t find a big mirror? Use a pair or an odd number of mirrors and create a grouping.
4. Add height
Using a decorative box, an upside-down-basket, or a stack of interesting looking books adds height to an object and interest to an overall vignette because not all of the items are in a boring straight line. This is a Martha Stewart box from Staples. Bonus: Extra storage! Have plain, ugly boxes? Wrap them in pretty paper!
5. Add natural elements
Bringing the outside in is always a good idea in decorating. Think about what you love about the outdoors…fresh, calming, peaceful, grounding…and you can bring those elements inside through your decor. What’s easier, cheaper and yet offers such impact as throwing some branches (free!) in a vase?? I love branches because they span the seasons and unlike fresh flowers, when they’re dead they’re still cool. 😉 Plus you can hang things on them like votive holders with LED tealights, a string of tiny lights, or decorative elements. Fresh flowers (or silk), plants, greenery, leaves…also great!
6. Hang a wreath
The round shape of a wreath breaks up the “squareness” and hard angles that are typically happening on a wall. (Yes, that’s a word. #wellnowitis) In this grouping I used two smaller boxwood wreaths (another natural element, also!) to soften the hard corners of the frames, the wood sign and the rectangle mirror and tie in the green from the dresser.
7. Create your own art
For quite a while I loved this scripture verse and wanted it in my living room, and I finally made the sign a few months ago. I purchased barn wood planks at Hobby Lobby (under $5 for the bundle) and my husband put them together for me with wood glue, then added a picture hanger. I created the verse in a Word document in the fonts I liked, and used transfer paper to “trace” the letters onto the wood. (It didn’t show up super great but enough to get me started and then I was able to fill in the blanks by myself.) I used white chalk paint and a tiny paintbrush. I already had the paint and brush, so this 12×12 sign only cost me around $5 (and actually I think I used a 40% coupon for the wood, so maybe even half of that)!
Not a fan of the rustic wood look? Paint a canvas, wrap one in fabric, or find a free print online to frame. In this vignette I also framed photos that I had taken at our family farm (that truck pic was the inspiration for the dresser color!). The frames were purchased at Hobby Lobby for the photos so that was the only “new” purchase (though I’ve had them for a couple months in anticipation of this project being finished).
8. Think outside the box (or closet)
When I finished with the above accessories I think it all looked great. While many people might not put this green and mint together, I like the combo a lot. If you think about it, these colors pair in nature every day! But I did feel like maybe a fabric with a pattern in both colors would be nice to tie them together. I hoped to find a runner (or make one), but before I even looked I remembered this scarf that I had! Since it’s hot in Nebraska right now I’m not wearing scarves, so this one gets to serve a purpose until fall when I go back to wearing it. At that time, I can easily replace it with fall leaf garland or winter greenery. I love how it softens the top of the dresser and ties everything together.
There you go! Eight easy (and cheap!) ways to decorate your home and make it uniquely yours. If you implement any of these ideas I’d love to hear about it and see pics in the comments!