• Elizabeth Listerman

Beautiful Home Decor to Spruce Up Your Home

I love decorating. It’s not healthy for me or my bank account. I love cute things and colors, and it shows in my home. Every once and awhile I catch myself staring at one of my decorated or non-decorated walls and try to figure out what can be done to make it better. To bring the wall to life.

I have finally found the sweet spot, or sweet spots I should say, that can do just that. The ultimate secret is thrift stores and antique shops. You have now entered the world of beautiful and cheap interior decorating, and there is no going back. I’ve tried. Therefore, I feel an obligation to tell you how to turn your great finds into beautiful home decor.

Mismatched Vases Become Stylish and Simple Pottery

Go to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and any local antique stores and you will find an abundance of oddly colored and shaped vases. That’s perfect. Grab them. $5? Go for it. Now take home those hideously painted vases and begin the process of bringing them to life.

Take a teaspoon of baking soda and add it to a cup of paint, any color of paint you want. Brush the mixture onto the vases in sweeping motions, and do how many coats you like, but the minimal is two in order to cover up the original vase color. Let it dry, and then style anyway you like. You can put pampas inside it or any dried flower, and it will look like a beautiful handcrafted ceramic vase. Voila!

Crates Become a Trendy Bookshelf

I have tons of crates, well my mom has tons of crates, but now they are somehow in my home. Weird how that happens I know. First, four were used as a makeshift TV stand, standing on their side creating a cube, with their openings facing us. It was easy for placing an Xbox in, the wire just sliding in between the slats. But also making them look super cute with a candle, picture frames, and little odds and ends.

Now with a new TV stand being made for my home, the crates are going to be put together to create a bookshelf. To find crates, I highly recommend antiques stores but Lowe’s and Home Depot carry them as well. Make sure you buy crates that are the same size and depth, and then begin nailing. Or painting. If you decide you want to change the color of the crates you can easily stain or paint them any color you like. To keep the bookshelf stable I recommend nailing a few spots, but if you’re a risk taker then go ahead and just stack. I wish that were the case for me, but a Golden Doodle puppy makes that impossible. When the paint is dry, and the ensemble is put together go ahead and style. Books from thrift stores are so cheap and the perfect accessory to decorate with. Buy books with hardcovers that are the color you want in your space and lay them by stacking some here and there as well as standing them up. You’re all set!

Odds and Ends Frames Become Charismatic Photo Wall

Picture frames are everywhere. You might have multiple hiding in storage from wedding gifts you don’t remember ever getting or ones that your Grandma might have gifted you over and over again. But that’s okay! Now turn those picture frames into something artsy.

All you have to do is take out the glass, remembering what glass goes with what frame, and begin spray painting. This can be done outside on your lawn with a couple newspapers laid down. Choose a color or multiple colors and spray away. Then let them dry and put the frames back together with the pictures you have chosen inside. Grab a drill or hammer and some nails or screws, whichever you prefer also depending on the size and weight of the frame and begin planning you landscape. You will need a tape measure as well to make sure those frames are spaced evenly and if you want to be extra grab a level to make sure those frames are straight! And now you have the perfect photo wall!

(image by House of Jade - Lindsay Salazar-https://houseofjadeinteriors.com/ )

Oranges Become a Festive Garland

This is the perfect addition to your home during the Fall season. Extremely easy and super cheap. They look great in your home when the leaves begin to change without being too obvious of a normal fall decoration. And then when winter comes around you can add small branches of evergreens and cinnamon sticks to give in that Christmas touch.

To make these you are going to need two navel oranges (for one garland), a knife, cutting board, cookie sheet, parchment paper, scissors, and your oven. To begin, preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Then begin cutting the oranges into circles and placing them on the parchment paper that is on the cookie sheet. Set the pan with the oranges in the oven for 2.5 hours and flip the oranges at about 1.5 mark. When the time hits 2.5 hours take out the already crisp ones and continue baking the rest until golden and crisp. After the oranges are cooled poke two holes into each side of the fruit with the scissors and being stringing the twine through. Do this to each orange and add different elements between them if you want. Such as wooden beads, evergreen sticks, or cinnamon sticks! Do this for however length you want for the garland and then hang it up over a doorway, mantel, window, or lay it along your dining table runner!

Dried Flowers Become a Pretty Wall Sentiment

I love receiving flowers from my significant other especially during special milestones of our relationship. So, I dry the flowers. I either dry them whole or for some roses I take the petals and dry them separately. There are many ways to dry flowers that is efficient and fun either by pressing them in between books, hanging upside down in a sunny spot, or in the oven. Do one of these for your flowers and you will end up loving the turnout.

To make your dried flowers into beautiful home decor you can showcase them by placing them in hanging glass frames. You can find these at World Market or Anthropologie, but if you’re hoping to find them for cheaper Amazon has them as well. Style your dried flowers however you like. On the back of the flowers you might have to stick them on with pieces of tape to make sure they don’t fall when hanging on the wall. To make the frames close with the flowers inside you can leave the frame laying horizontally on a table and place heavy books on top of them for a day or two, so the flowers slowly flatten even more. Hang them on any wall and it will be the prettiest addition to any room!

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