When the weather starts warming up at the end of March, I feel an urge to get out my spray paint and spruce up my home with bright colors. I change up the decorations in my living room and dining room, and pull out the brighter table cloths.
Updating your home in the spring doesn’t have to cost much. Chances are you’ve already got items stashed away that could be swapped out with the current items. A can of spray paint costs only a few dollars and 15 minutes of time. A bouquet of flowers can be bought for under $10 and last for a few weeks.
As a guest poster for Jen today, I’ve rounded up some spring decorating ideas from the Motivation Monday party we co-host to share with you. I’m working on these projects in my own home while I wait for the outdoor temperatures to warm up enough for a day of spray painting.
Photo Credit: Draven Made
Designing Around a Brown Sofa | Draven Made – Thanks to our 5 kids, we’ve had a dark brown sofa for a number of years. Brown hides a lot of stuff. Since our sofa is from Ikea, I can take the covers off the sofa any time to wash them.
This year, we bought a dark grey sofa from La-Z-Boy along with a dark green chair. While grey and brown can be considered neutrals by themselves, putting them together in the same room created a decorating dilemma for me. How to keep the room from feeling dark, especially with the coming of spring? Drawing inspiration from Draven Made’s post, I’ve started looking for frugal accessories like throw pillows to add bright colors to the room. I’m also considering repainting the living room in a lighter color to make it appear bigger and brighter.
Photo Credit: Intelligent Domestications
Envelope Pillow Covers | Intelligent Domestications – Changing pillow covers is a frugal, simple way to add lighter colors to a room. However, buying covers can get costly. Or, if you’re like me, you can’t find a fabric you love in the premade covers.
Enter Envelope Pillow Covers. All you need to do is sew a straight seam. No buttons. No zippers. No fancy sewing required.
If you feel like creating an Anthropologie-inspired pillow cover, use canvas drop cloth from the hardware store. Wash the drop cloth first to prevent shrinkage.
Photo Credit: Girl Gone Mom
DIY Ribbon Board | Girl Gone Mom – During spring and summer, my camera is constantly in my hands. I love taking pictures of my kids while they’re busy riding their bikes, swimming, or simply being kids outside. Unfortunately, those snapshots don’t make it off the computer very often.
To display my snapshots, I’m making Heather of Girl Gone Mom’s Ribbon Board. I can coordinate the fabric with my color scheme allowing the ribbon board to blend in. I can update the photos easily just by tucking them under the ribbons. No worries about making a hole in the photo with a thumb tack.
Photo Credit: 24 Cottonwood Lane
Mint (and Gold) Up-cycled Mirrors | 24 Cottonwood Lane – Spring is the perfect time for trash picking. I’ve found some fantastic treasures checking out trash piles while driving my kids to school. Most trash-picked items just needed a fresh coat of paint for new life.
After buying our La-Z-Boy sofa and chair, we re-arranged our living room and ended up with the sofa being against a long blank wall. When I looked at Jenna’s post about her 2 mirrors, I realized I could take the large gold mirror formerly over our fireplace and put it on the wall above the sofa. I’m debating whether to paint the mirror’s frame glossy black or glossy gold. Currently, it looks gilded which doesn’t work for me.
Or I could go out on a limb and try glossy white. After all, it’s just spray paint.
Photo Credit: Draven Made
7 Indoor Projects While Waiting for Springtime | Draven Made – Thanks to Draven, my small chest in our dining room now sports blue mercury glass knobs I found at Pier One this week on clearance for $1.98, originally $6. To be honest, I bought the knobs without a clear project in mind, not always a frugal choice. I have old keys and more knobs sitting in the basement waiting for me to figure out what I’m doing with them. That’s about $20 in hardware just sitting.
If you plan on changing out knobs, write down exactly what you need before going to the store. If the knob has 2 screws, measure the space between the screws. You don’t want to drill another hole. Trust me.
Photo Credit: Making Lemonade Blog
As suggested by Draven, I’ve been looking on Pinterest for a new project to try this spring. I’ve already bought 2 plates on clearance from Pier One to try out this Sharpie marker idea from Making Lemonade. These furniture makeover ideas are leading me to consider redoing the dresser in our master bedroom.
Going back to Making Lemonade, I seriously love these industrial-style curtain rods. Seriously. I’ve replace the curtain rods in my middle sons’ bedroom no less than 3 times. I need something industrial strength.
I can’t wait to get my projects done!