Whether you're renting or simply looking to add easy, decorative touches to the home, here are six fast, low-cost projects to fire-up your imagination.
Requiring few tools and no wall fixings, they can be completed and removed in no time.
Start with opp shop finds or salvaged items, then add your signature touch with paint, fabrics or stencils. Finish by installing a statement light fitting to really lift the room.
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1. Amp up the appeal
You can refresh any opp shop furniture finds with spray paint and patterned stencils to add interest to a timber coffee table, for example. Lightly sand the top with fine grit sandpaper and wipe with a slightly damp cloth.
Place a doily template in position and mask the rest of the table to protect it from any over-spray. Then, spray paint with your favourite spray paint from Bunnings. Repeat it to create a decorative table runner.
Give it all time to dry completely, then apply a protective clear topcoat.
2. Consider your wall art
Think beyond canvases and look toward your local hard rubbish collection for some fabulous freebies. A keen eye can unearth everyday items, which can make for striking curiosity. Try dressing up your found items with fresh flowers, colour, or other household items found for a steal from around town.
3. Use what's in the apartment already to your advantage!
It's a bit sneaky, but by using the space provided by mantlepieces, windowsills or wall bracket shelving, you can capitalise on the space - as long as you're not using it for storage already! - and spice up the space with something creative, such as old picture frames, a grouping of candles or creative found object sculptures!
4. Put your magazines to work for you
Can't part with your magazines? We get it. However, instead of letting them hog heaps of floor space, why not transform them into a mobile side table? Make a simple dolly by securing castors beneath the corners of a 275 x 220 x 19mm length of dressed pine from Bunnings and stacking them on top. Bind the magazines with two old belts wrapped tightly under the pine and over the magazines and you've got yourself a stool on wheels!
5. Don't forget about the lights
Add an easy-to-install light shade to an existing pendant light perhaps. With a bit of feathery foliage, or perhaps a colder, harder steel frame fitting, it will either soften or open-up the space and allow the light fixture to do more to the room than simply illuminate it.
6. For the times painting the walls isn't an option
Try your hand at putting together some moveable panels with your very own painted handiwork front-and-centre. It's an easy way to inject some colour and when grouped in something as striking as a triptych, the canvas can really add some character. Simply lean them against the wall and you're done.