Home Design Hacks For a Cheap and Easy Makeover

Shannon Quinn - June 14, 2022
This little bedroom nook was the perfect amount of space for a shoe closet. Credit: AutoGuide

36. Turn a Shallow Nook Into a Shoe Closet

If you happen to have a shallow nook in your bedroom that you’re not sure what to do with, consider turning it into a shoe closet. All you need is a tall shoe rack, and a curtain to cover it up when you’re done. This is a great use of otherwise empty space. Of course, not everyone has a nook like this in their house. But it would be great if you did. (via AutoGuide)

A mirror and lamp combo help a room to feel a lot bigger. Credit: AutoGuide

35. Make a Room Bigger Using a Mirror and a Lamp

One of the oldest design tricks in the book is to use a mirror to make a room look bigger. But did you know that even small mirrors can have a big effect if you pair it with a lamp? This works especially well if you add mirrors to your side tables next to your bed, as you can see in the image above. This will help to bounce the light off of the mirror and make the room look lighter and brighter as well.  (via AutoGuide)

Two toned walls look very stylish. Credit: AutoGuide

34. Two Colored Walls

If you want an instant pop of color in your living space, consider painting your walls two different colors. In the example above, you can see that someone painted their wainscoting gray and left their wall painted white. But you can still have an accent wall or a half-painted wall even without trim for wainscoting giving you a dividing line. Just remember that measuring and painter’s tape is your friend before you tackle a project like this. (via AutoGuide)

Small ceiling medallions give some extra design to the side of doors. Credit: AutoGuide

33. Use Ceiling Medallions on the Doors

Ceiling medallions have been used in interior design for centuries, but it’s usually paired with a chandelier or light fixture. A creative idea is to take small ceiling medallions and use them on the side of your doors, rather than putting them on the ceiling. This works well if you have plain, flat doors. Painting the doors, like in the photo you see above, is also a great look. It won’t work if your doors already have some sort of design or indentation on them. (via AutoGuide)

It’s easy to make roman shades from simple blinds. Credit: AutoGuide

32. Create Roman Shades Out of Simple Blinds

Almost everyone has those simple plastic window blinds covering their windows. You may reach a point in your life where you want something nicer to replace it. A quick and easy DIY project is to change your shades into Roman blinds. Once they’re transformed, they look like something much more expensive and design inspired than what you originally paid for. (via AutoGuide)

Painting the inside of an old lampshade can give it a sense of glam. Credit: AutoGuide

31. Paint the Inside of an Old Lampshade/Light Fixture

If you want to add some warmth to your rooms, consider painting the inside of a lampshade with gold paint. This looks luxurious, and the light will dance off of the gold color beautifully. However, you may want to be careful before you do this with a fabric lampshade. This works best with metal light fixtures like the one you see in the photo above. (via AutoGuide)

Painting the side of drawers for a surprise rainbow is really cute. Credit: AutoGuide

30. Paint The Side of Your Drawers For a Surprise Rainbow

It doesn’t have to be Pride Month for you to celebrate with a little bit of rainbow in your life. Go ahead and paint the inside of your drawers different colors. This gives a little surprise every time you open a drawer. This may be especially good in a child’s bedroom, if you want to give them a fantasy element to getting dressed in the morning. (via AutoGuide)

Painting the side of the door gives a little pop of hidden color. Credit: AutoGuide

29. Paint the Side of Your Doors

Along with painting the sides of your drawers, you can also consider painting the inside of your door for a little bit of surprise color, too. If you’re renting, just keep in mind that you will probably have to change the color back to white when it’s time for you to move out of your apartment. This might work best in a child’s bedroom, where you can paint the inside of the door their favorite color. (via AutoGuide)

Command hooks make it easy to hang curtains. Credit: AutoGuide

28. Use Command Hooks to Hang Your Curtains

Having trouble hanging curtains? You can always find some fancy-looking Command Hooks, like the metal ones seen in the photo above. These stick to the wall with an adhesive, and it makes it easy for you to hang a curtain rod at any height that you choose. Just keep in mind that you want to find materials that match. And don’t go with the plastic Command Hooks, because that would look tacky, rather than designer. (via AutoGuide)

Hanging a mirror with rope gives it a nautical design look. Credit: AutoGuide

27. Hang a Mirror With Rope For Nautical Design

Are you looking to add some Nautical design to a space? (Maybe you want an ocean theme in your bathroom.) Then consider hanging a mirror with a piece of rope. You can find rope like this at craft stores, or at your local hardware store. (via AutoGuide)

You can sew a duvet cover into a curtain for free if you have one on hand. Credit: AutoGuide

26. Turn a Duvet Cover Into a Curtain

One of the clever DIY hacks is to use what you already have on-hand to make something new. That’s why with some basic sewing skills, you could use an existing duvet cover and turn it into a curtain. Just keep in mind that this only works if you’re trying to decorate a room with one window, since you are most likely not going to have multiple matching duvets to create a lot of curtains with it. (via AutoGuide)

Rope to hang your curtains is reminiscent of nautical design. Credit: AutoGuide

25. Use Rope to Hang Your Curtains

Rope always screams “nautical” when you use it in interior design. So if you use rope to hang up your curtains, keep that in mind. It can potentially be a good alternative to using hooks to hang your curtains on the rod. Check out your local craft store or hardware store to find the rope that works best for your design project. (via AutoGuide)

Old necklaces as curtain tie backs looks truly glamorous. Credit: AutoGuide

24. Old Necklaces as Curtain Tie Backs

If you’re raiding your grandmother’s collection of costume jewelry, consider using some of those necklaces as glamorous curtain tie-backs. This looks beautiful, especially when you can layer multiple necklaces at once. If you don’t have something like this at your disposal, check out your local antique shop, for type in “statement necklace” on Amazon to see what’s out there. (via AutoGuide)

Filling a wheelbarrow with ice turns it into an instant cooler. Credit: AutoGuide

23. Transform Your Wheelbarrow Into a Cooler

Planning to have an outdoor party with a ton of people? Instead of using those small Igloo coolers, consider transforming your wheelbarrow into a cooler instead. This helps you fit more drinks into the space, and it’s higher up off the ground to make it easier for your guests to reach in and get a drink. Some people even choose to do this on their wedding day. (via AutoGuide)

An antique ironing board can be transformed into a side table. Credit: AutoGuide

22. Make a Table With an Ironing Board

This next design hack might not work with modern ironing boards, since they’re typically made of metal. That might not look great as a side table, unless you’re going for an industrial look. But this antique wooden ironing board looks great as a side table. Look for one at your local antique store, flea market, or possibly find one online somewhere like eBay. (via AutoGuide)

Use cute teapots as vases for a cute little pop of design in your home. Credit: AutoGuide

21. Make Vases Out of Cute Teapots

A quick and easy design hack is to take a cute teapot and turn it into a vase. If you already have a teapot on hand, it’s probably not getting used every single day. For most people (in America, at least) teapots end up sitting as a decorative piece more than anything else. And if you don’t already have a teapot, it should be easy to find one at your local thrift store or antique mall. (via AutoGuide)

Design a shoe rack with an old ladder if you’re handing with carpentry. Credit: AutoGuide

20. Repurpose an Old Ladder into a Shoe Rack

Looking to make a shoe rack? Consider repurposing an old wooden ladder with some extra pieces of wood in order to create multi-tiered shelving. This works well on the side of a room, or inside of your closet. It wouldn’t work very well if you were trying to create this with a metal ladder, however. Antique wooden ladders are also great for hanging blankets, especially if you have the Farmhouse look in your home.  (via AutoGuide)

An adorable entryway cabinet to hide your keys. Credit: AutoGuide

19. Install an Entryway Cabinet to Hide Keys

If you happen to have a big budget to rehab your house, consider this cute little home hack. It’s a small cabinet near the entryway of your house that hides away your keys. This way, you’ll never forget where you put them! Of course, you can still get this same result by just hanging a key hanger near your front door instead. This is a lot cheaper, and still serves exactly the same purpose. (via AutoGuide)

An easy way to add more design to a room is to change the knobs of a dresser. Credit: AutoGuide

18. Change the Knobs On Your Dresser

A quick and easy design hack for your home is to swap out the knobs on your dresser. This can make a huge difference sometimes when you are trying to add some more design to your home. In the image above, this is barely noticeable. But sometimes, when you change knobs somewhere like your kitchen cabinets, it could completely transform your look to another decade.  (via AutoGuide)

Check to see if the water valve is fully open on your toilet to fix potential issues. Credit: AutoGuide

17. Fix Toilet Issues With the Water Valve

If your toilet is having issues with flushing, you might not need to call out the plumber right away. Check the water valve underneath the toilet to see if it’s all the way open. Sometimes, if it’s not open all the way, it’s constricting the water flowing to your toilet. This can potentially be a quick and easy fix for you. If that doesn’t work, do some searching on YouTube for DIY solutions before you call the plumber over, because it could be equally as simple to fix. (via AutoGuide)

Templates can help a lot when you’re hanging a gallery wall. Credit: AutoGuide

16. Use Templates Before Hanging a Gallery Wall

If you’re considering hanging a gallery wall, you may want to hang a template first. Use paper to trade out the shape of the picture frames you plan to hang. Once these are taped up on the wall, it’s easy for you to arrange them the way you like without putting holes in the wall. Here at Home Addict, we have an entire post about gallery walls called Gorgeous Gallery Wall Inspiration to Elevate Wall Space.

File organizers can help keep your cleaning supplies organized. Credit: AutoGuide

15. Use File Holders to Organize Your Cleaning Supplies

If you’re struggling to organize your cleaning supplies underneath the sink, a good hack might be to use file holders. By adding adhesives to the back of the file holders, you can stick them to the side of the cabinets to create an instant pocket. This gives you a lot more room to store twice the amount of cleaning supplies as you did before. And id you label each of the containers, it will be easier for you to find what you’re looking for at a moment’s notice. (via AutoGuide)

Drawer organizers can be repurposed as a spice rack. Credit: AutoGuide

14. Repurpose Drawer Organizers to Fit More Products in Your Cabinets

Metal drawer organizers that you find at the dollar store can be used for so much more than going inside of your desk. They are also great as spice racks. Just attach them to the interior of a cabinet door, and you instantly have more space inside of your pantry to hold your spice collection. This also makes it easier to find the spice you need compared to having them all cluttered together in one cabinet or drawer in your kitchen.  (via AutoGuide)

Carpet padding can take your flooring experience to the next level. Credit: AutoGuide

13. Use Carpet Padding to Make Floors Feel More Comfortable

Have you ever gone to a friend’s house, and their rugs just feel so comfortable and bouncy? That’s most likely because they have carpet padding underneath. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, it would be a big expense to get this installed. But if you have an area rug, it isn’t too expensive to get padding placed underneath.  (via AutoGuide)

A quick and easy way to fill a jar with corks. Credit: AutoGuide

12. Fill a Vase Faster Than You Think

Many of you out there will have seen those collections of wine corks in a glass container. These are great decor pieces, and it shows off just how much wine you drink in your house. But if you want to have something like this filled up faster, place an empty bottle of wine inside of the vase first. This fills up the majority of the space. Now, hide the bottle by placing the wine corks inside. Your guests will be none the wiser. (via AutoGuide)

A clever way to make wraps easy to access when you need them. Credit: AutoGuide

11. Hang Up Foil and Plastic Wrap Boxes

A clever kitchen hack is to hang your foil and plastic wrap boxes up on a rod to make it easy to pull and go whenever you need it. Compared to putting this in your drawer and taking it out manually, this way cuts down time when you’re cleaning up in the kitchen. (via AutoGuide)

Keep your paint brush cool if you need to preserve it for the next day. Credit: AutoGuide

10. Refrigerate Paint Brushes to Help Preserve Them

When you’re painting the walls of your house, you need to wait for them to dry and go in for a second or third coat afterwards. A nifty hack is to put the paint brush in a plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator. This will help to preserve the quality of the paint brush and prevent it from drying out. (via AutoGuide)

Doubling up on shower curtains can give a dramatic effect. Credit: AutoGuide

9. Double Up on Shower Curtains

If you want your bathroom to look a bit more luxurious, consider doubling up on the shower curtains. With one on each side of the bathtub, you can open it when the shower is over to greet the day like the king or queen that you truly are. (via AutoGuide)

Create an optical illusion with the height and width of your curtains. Credit: AutoGuide

8. Make an Optical Illusion With Wide and High Curtains

One of the best design hacks out there is to hang your curtains above the window, rather than on the window ledge itself. Also make sure the windows are wider, because it will give the illusion that the room is larger than it actually is. It can make your standard ceiling look like it’s ten feet high and open up a room that once felt small and cramped. (via AutoGuide)

Covering up a lamp with a drum lampshade is an easy design hack. Credit: AutoGuide

7. Use a Drum Lampshade to Cover Ugly Ceiling Lights

When you first moved into your home, you probably went with some of the cheapest standard lighting that you could find. But as time went on, it became important to jazz things up just a little bit to make it interesting. Add a drum lampshade, and voila- you’re hiding the fact that the light itself it sort of ugly underneath. (via AutoGuide)

Instantly get more privacy when you put semi-transparent paper on the windows. Credit: AutoGuide

6. Tint Your Windows For More Privacy

If you’re looking for more privacy in your bathroom, consider installing tinted paper on the windows. You just need some glue adhesive, and to carefully cut out the paper with a box cutter to fit the size of your window panes. This can be found at your local hardware store, or find it online in various designs. If you pick a white one, you can still get the light shining through the window without sacrificing your need for privacy. (via AutoGuide)

Adding mirrors to the back of your closet is a great design hack. Credit: AutoGuide

5. Hang Two Mirrors On Your Closet

Many of us wish we could have mirrored closet doors, but that’s not always an option (especially if you’re renting.) So the next best thing would be to hang two long mirrors on each of your closet doors. This gives the illusion that you have mirrored doors, and it helps to get ready in the morning when you can see your entire body in the mirror. (via AutoGuide)

Adhesive cord covers can help with certain furniture pieces. Credit: AutoGuide

4. Use Adhesive Cord To Cover Cords Behind Tricky Furniture Pieces

Sometimes, hiding cords can be difficult, especially when they’re dangling on a nice furniture piece like a console table in the hallway. You can find adhesive cords at the hardware store to hold down the cords to the back of the furniture to hide any excess wires. (via AutoGuide)

The cords are hidden behind the shower curtain rod. Credit: AutoGuide

3. Hide The Cords Hanging Behind Your TV With A Shower Curtain Rod

Do you have dangling cords hanging underneath your TV? This is easy to clean up with a shower curtain rod. It can contain all of your wires in one space so that they’re not dangling all over the place. Bonus points if you paint the rod to match the color of your walls, because you will barely notice it’s there. (via AutoGuide)

It’s easy to make a soap refilling system. Credit: AutoGuide

2. Make Your Own Dish Soap Refilling System

If your sink comes with a soap pump, an easy hack is to install an automatic refilling system. Just run the tube inside of a jumbo-sized bottle of dish soap from somewhere like Costco, and voila- you can go months without buying another bottle of dish soap, and you have it at your finger tips.  (via AutoGuide)

Change the direction of your fan in the winter time. Credit: AutoGuide

1. Flip The Switch On Your Fan To Keep Your House Warmer

Most people only use their ceiling fans in the summertime to help cool down the room. But heat rises no matter what time of year it is. Did you know that if you flip a switch on your fan, you can have it go the opposite way? This will help to spread warm air downwards in the winter time, and it can potentially help you save money on your heat bills.  (via AutoGuide)