Big decor updates with only $15

June 29, 2018

Thanks for the kind comments on my latest project! The trim and paint made such a difference in the foyer. It got me thinking about some of the projects I've done over the years that make a big impact but don't cost much. I gathered a few to share that cost $15 and under specifically -- it seems too good to be true that such a small amount could change a space that much, but it absolutely can!

First up, a quart of paint can go a loooong way! It's enough to paint a large piece of furniture like my favorite black dresser: 
Tips for painting furniture

I'm a big fan of adding black accents around the house -- an old dresser is the perfect pallet! This had a wood finish I didn't love and the black made a BIG difference. (And the brass handles look a million times better!)

A quart is more than enough to paint a few doors a daring color:
How to paint interior doors black

Just be sure to read this post to check the paint on your doors first! I haven't wanted to add the black doors to this house till recently...but now the urge has started creeping. ;) We'll see if I do it! 

Of course painted doors don't have to be dark -- any color would do! Even lighter doors make a beautiful accent. 

Fifteen bucks in wood goes a very long way! I created three large DIY picture ledges for around $30, but if you used inexpensive pine, you could get close to these sizes easy. They are a GREAT way to fill a big wall:
How to make DIY picture ledges

This is one of my absolute favorite projects ever! It's just silly how easy they are -- especially when you see how much they cost to buy! 

You can make my DIY floating shelves for cheap as well. I loved these in our old laundry room: 
DIY floating wood shelves

Just adding a few of these makes for a nice moment in a space. 

Now onto the biggies! If you use the luan I mentioned in the last post you can make one 4x8 sheet of wood make a big impact.

Simple shiplap over fireplace

Just that simple detail was a lovely addition. 

If you have the strips cut thinner, your sheet of wood will go even further! I did our old guest room accent wall with one sheet: 
Using luan for accent wall treatments

And back then those were only $13 a pop, they've gone up to $15. ;) 

If you missed my latest project, you can see how I made that same stuff go far in our foyer
Simple white board and batten wall treatment

And finally, depending on the size, a DIY chalkboard wall could be done under $15 as well:
Large DIY chalkboard wall

A quart of chalkboard paint goes a long way. You could cover a small wall with it to make a fun spot for you the kids. ;) I especially love them in a pantry, kitchen or mud room. 

By the way, that good to be home art was done with well under $15 too! Not quite the large impact, but still cute!

Do you see the theme here? Wood and and just a little paint can go a long way to making big changes in your home! These are some of my absolute favorites because they ALL add interest and character to a house! 

Have you tried any projects similar to these? I'd love to hear if you have! I didn't include the cost of paint (on the walls) or stain (on the wood) because one can of either one will last through a ton of projects. 

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  1. I need to make some of those picture ledges. I've only been thinking about it for several years now!

  2. Love all these ideas! My grandson's bedroom could use picture ledges and shelves!


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