Easy Budget Decorating Projects You Can Do This Weekend

Tired of staring at the same four walls? Check out these solutions for refreshing furniture, creating gallery walls and artwork that will add pizzazz without depleting your wallet. (Minimal DIY skills required.)


Install a Paneled Accent Wall

Use peel-and-stick paneling to create a dramatic backdrop. You don’t need any power tools, just a sharp utility knife and these project instructions.

Reupholster a Chair Using a Flat-Weave Rug

Update seat cushions for little money by re-covering them with a pretty, patterned flat-weave rug. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Paint a Pattern on a Rug

Get the exact design and color you want by painting your own rug. Use a low-pile or jute rug and latex paint for best results. It’s easy, give it a try.
Photo by Rustic White Photography LLC

Create a Gallery Wall With Dishes

Gather a bunch of mismatched plates from thrift stores and garage sales, paint them a variety of colors in the same hue, then hang them together to create an eye-catching wall display. See how easy it is >>
Photo by Rustic White Photography LLC

Use Balloons to Make Sisal Globe Lights

Bring graphic shape and organic texture to any room with pendant lighting made from rope, craft glue and an inflatable ball. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Jacquelyn McGilvray

When I’m not pulling together great projects and inspiring ideas as editor of DIYNetwork.com , I’m watching my two adorable boys play whatever sport is in season. Or I might be helping my talented cabinetmaker/furniture-designer husband come up with clever ideas or bugging him about our next home remodeling project. I also love to go junkin’ (on the prowl for old globes and maps), try new craft projects (lately it’s lampshades) and dig in the yard. Keep up with her blog posts >>

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