Have you finished with your spring cleaning only to find that your home still looks a bit dull and drab? Then put away the mop and broom and get ready to DIY your way to a fresh and fabulous home.
Color Code the Books on Your Shelves
There is a surprisingly large debate about this concept with some book-lovers arguing that if you truly love to read you would never treat your books like ordinary design objects. But if you can move past the debate (and here are a few good reasons to do so), organizing your books by color does look fantastic as the above image by Pietro Bellini demonstrates.
Decorate Your Stairs
For those that just can't get over the idea of books being used as decoration through color coding, here's an easy alternative from Lonny that brings your volumes front and center -get rid of the bookshelf and put your books on your steps. This can even help free up some floor space while making your stairs that much more visually interesting.
Switch Out Your Drawer Or Cabinet Pulls
There's no good reason to keep your door pulls looking bland. Any hardware store sells a good number of pulls and if those don't do it for you (or cost too much) it's surprisingly easy to make your own. You can even cast your own shapes using novelty ice trays as we demonstrated in our recent Star Wars home goods article.
Repaint Your Home Hardware
If you can't or don't want to completely switch out your door handles or cabinet pulls, you can still change things up with a simple paint job. Little Green Notebook shows how simple the process is and how great the results can be.
Paint Your Pillows
Designer pillows often feature cool and funky patterns, but the reality is that many of them can be easily replicated with a little paint and a steady hand. Burlap and Lace has the full instructions.
Polish Your Wood Furniture
Are your wooden tables, dressers, cabinets, etc. looking a little sad? Well they probably haven't received any TLC in ages. Remedy this problem quickly using this recipe for a natural wood cleaner and restorer from Pistachio Project.
Clean Your Leather
Similarly, you might have no idea how dirty and dried out your old leather pieces are until you give them a good rub down. We suggest using this simple homemade leather furniture cleaner from Pop Sugar.
Detail Your Dresser
It's amazing what a little paint can do. Sunset shows how to transform a worn out wooden piece into something breathtaking. It's not the easiest project in the world, but it's easier than it sounds and the finished piece will be something you can treasure for years to come.
Add Mirrors to Old Furniture
Alternatively, in place of a fancy paint job, you can always spruce up your dresser or an old cabinet with mirrors. Andersen Seven shows how it's done, but remember to have your mirror cut by a professional if you don't know how to do it yourself.
Create a Side Table With Old Suitcases
If you're always dreaming of travel, then this stylish night stand spotted on Cupcakes and Cashmere will help you drift off while thinking about destinations far away. Best of all -it's cheap. Just grab a few old suitcases and a mirror from your local thrift store and get stacking.
Make a Stylish Charging Station
Yes, we all have cell phones, tablets, mp3 players and the like that need to charge. That doesn't mean we need to leave them out all over the place. That's why we love this cool DIY from Design Sponge that can show you how to make a funky old suitcase into a cool charging station.
Make A Funky Jewelry Stand With Old Bottles
Epbot proves that you don't need to spend a fortune for cute decor. In fact, this DIY jewelry stand is made from Mountain Dew bottles. If you prefer another color, just head to your local convenience store and pick up a few bottles in a hue you love.
Put Your Jewelry on Display
Of course, if your jewelry is truly fun to look at then consider putting it on display rather than hiding it away. You can make your own picture frame jewelry organizer with this cool how-to on Pop Sugar.
Frame Your Foliage
First off, if you have any artificial plants -ditch them. Next, try installing a cool vertical garden like this one presented by Lowes. It shows that nature truly is the greatest artist.