You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, split between sleep, studying, chatting with your friends and reading your favorite books. It’s your little corner of the world to make your own and decorate as fits your personality. And just because you don’t have a ton of money to spend decorating it doesn’t mean you can’t make it unique and fun! We’ve rounded up four of our favorite DIY projects to help spruce up your room and have you loving your space all over again.
Got lots of jewelry but nowhere to display it? If you’ve got a variety of accessories to choose from, you’ll likely neglect some of your pieces if you can’t easily see them all, so that’s where this DIY project comes in handy!
Look for schools or companies giving away old cork boards, or find some inexpensive ones at craft stores or office supply stores. If you’d like, spray paint the backgrounds in your favorite color, allowing them to dry overnight. Later the next day, you’ll be able to hang them up in your room, cover them with thumb tacks and hang all of your favorite jewelry at eye level. Now you’ll always know exactly what you have!
CHALKBOARD USA MAP
This DIY is pretty simple. Buy either a large piece of black poster board or thick black fabric that you’ll be able to write (or “chalk”) on. You’ll also need white chalk and a printout of the United States (or country of your choice) to trace. If you’re really brave, you can even try free handing it! It may be easiest to project your country printout onto a wall a school, borrowing one of your teacher’s projectors. You can then just hang the poster and trace that way.
Once your map is chalked, you can use another piece of colored chalk to mark all the states your family lives in, where you have lived or anything else that tickles your fancy! If you’d like to make your work permanent, you can seal it with a sealer like Mod Podge or clear spray paint.
Scour local thrift stores for a basic, old trunk. Size doesn’t matter, unless you need it to hold a specific number of things. We scored this one for only $20! You’ll also want to grab some of your favorite magazines. To keep the old-timey look, this trunk was papered with 1970s travel magazines.
Once home, lay down newspapers and put your new trunk on top of them to protect your work space. Next, you’ll want to cut up your magazines with your favorite clippings and lay them all out on the trunk until you’re happy with the placements. Once you’ve got one side all covered, glue each piece down. Once the whole trunk is covered in glued magazine clippings, cover the top of the entire trunk with Mod Podge to hold everything in place and give it that glossy finish that will protect your work!
UPCYCLE OLD FURNITURE
This is an old dresser one of the PI writers upcycled!
- High quality angled paint brush
- Foam paint roller or a high quality, low nap roller
- Paint tray
- Tack cloth
- Sander or sanding block
- Sandpaper of various coarseness (fine to medium)
- Sandwich bags to place hardware in
- Paint stirring stick
Note: When painting furniture, if you are not using chalk paint, you will need to use a primer first. Do not skip this step or your paint will come right off or will discolor quickly.
1. Remove hardware and place in a baggie. Mark the back of hinges and knobs with a magic marker or wrap painter’s tape around them and write on the tape to note which door or drawer they came from so you can put everything back exactly where it was originally. It will save you frustration as doors will not line up if the hinges are not placed back in the same spot they came from.
2. Sand all surfaces to remove as much of the shiny surface as you can.
3. Clean the surface with a tack cloth.
4. Apply a coat of primer. When painting furniture, use two light coats of primer and two light coats of paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next. Use a foam roller on the flat surfaces and a high quality angled brush on the beveled and raised sections.
5. When the primer is dry, you should not see any brown color seeping through the paint. If you do, roll on another coat. When the primer is dry, use your sanding block to go over any areas that need smoothing. Clean with a tack cloth before applying paint.
6. Once you have a coat of paint on and it is dry, look for places where dust has settled, drips or bugs that have dried into the paint. Go over the areas with the sanding block covered in fine grit sandpaper. Then use a tack cloth to remove all the sanding dust and roll on the next coat of paint.
7. To apply wax: Wait until the paint is thoroughly dry, or overnight, to wax. Only use wax that is clear – Johnson’s is clear. Apply a very, very thin coat with a soft cloth. Rub it on in a quick circular motion. Less is more, so use just a little bit of wax. After it dries, buffing it will bring out the shine and color vibrancy.
8. After the wax is applied, let it dry. Drying time can vary depending on the temperature: 3o minutes to overnight. You will know when it is ready to buff as it will look a bit hazy and feel slightly tacky or sluggish when a dry cloth is wiped over it. If you don’t have a soft cloth, try balled up pantyhose.
Source: In My Own Style
Which of these is your favorite project? Would you be willing to try any of them out? Have you ever DIYed something for your bedroom or home? Tell us about it the comments below!