10 Expensive Looking Home Updates (That Are Secretly Cheap!)

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Photo: Decorist.com

Photo: Decorist.com

Spring is the season of changes and fresh starts…shouldn’t the same thought be applied to your decor? Now that you have some surprisingly affordable DIYs in your repertoire, it’s time to focus on a seasonal home update. No need to break the bank or settle for less; once again we’ve found the best DIYs that only look like they cost a ton to execute.

Custom Painted Chairs

Photo: Sugarandcloth.com

Photo: Sugarandcloth.com

Any space meant for gathering needs to look it’s best. Instead of shelling out money for new furniture, a quick DIY can instantly transform the look of your existing chairs. With some new accents and spray-painted legs, this low-cost upgrade looks like a pricy custom piece.

The Shortcut: Still can’t DIY the perfect fit? A perfectly-priced accent chair is out there waiting for you.

A New Duvet

Photo: Mypoppet.com

Photo: Mypoppet.com

Your bed still needs to look cozy and put together, even as the warmer months approach. A custom duvet made from vintage sheets offers less bulk than most comforters, with the added appeal of being one-of-a-kind. Let people think you hunted down a stylish vintage find, and it’ll be our secret.

Buy Supplies: This fresh green sheet set would make a welcoming spring duvet.

A Springtime Mantel

Photo: Designsponge.com

Photo: Designsponge.com

Nothing screams “lush” quite like a full mantel of springtime blooms. With a little know-how and careful placement, even leftover clippings and foraged yard flowers can look really stunning. Pair them with upcycled containers, and you have a real attention-grabbing piece. Did you hire a florist?

Buy Supplies: Score some secondhand vases for as low as $8 each!

Shibori-Dyed Pillows

Photo: Theblackbird.co

Photo: Theblackbird.co

Shibori is definitely on-trend, and the fastest way to update your home is with accessories. But since it can be costly to grab onto trendy items, dye some inexpensive white linens yourself! All you’ll need is indigo dye, pillows, and to follow the easy instructions, and you’ll have a newly brightened (and stylish) space.

The Shortcut: No time to craft? No worries, just grab this premade shibori beauty.

Giant Wall Art

Photo: Houseofjadeinteriorsblog.com

Photo: Houseofjadeinteriorsblog.com

Ready for a bigger statement? Most people would assume a giant piece of wall art was a solid investment, so there’s no need to explain further that the look can be achieved with a shower curtain. A wood frame is swapped in for very costly canvas, and in no time you’ll have a beautiful piece that can’t be found anywhere else.

Buy Supplies: See if any of these shower curtains will work well with your decor.

Upgraded Sofa Legs

Photo: Ellavine.com

Photo: Ellavine.com

It’s all in the details: update the look of your sofa with custom legs! Tapered Mid-century modern inspired legs can completely change the direction of a couch, making it look more expensive and fresh. Skip the major investment and just update the little things.

The Shortcut: If your sofa really needs to go, now’s the time to upgrade for a great price.

A New “Wood” Headboard

Photo: Crafthunter.com

Photo: Crafthunter.com

The headboard anchors your bed into the room, often providing some nice extra details. But since custom wood headboards are often hundreds (or thousands) of dollars, take the sneaky route with a fabric-based imitator. Yes, that really is fabric and pinboard, and yes, you’ve just found the best bedroom facelift DIY ever.

The Shortcut: If this won’t do, you’re sure to find the right headboard here!

Refreshed Cabinets

Photo: Popsugar.com

Photo: Popsugar.com

The fastest way to update the look of your kitchen is with new cabinet hardware. So get creative and go custom! These mineral slices add gorgeous shine and glamour to your space, while usually not costing that much. If rocks aren’t your thing, follow the easy DIY to experiment with other unexpected items, like leather or old toys. You’re free to create!

Buy Supplies: This selection of cabinet hardware covers a nice range of design styles.

Marbled Tabletops

Photo: Sylandsam.com

Photo: Sylandsam.com

Marble is synonymous with luxury, right? We might argue that faux marble deserves just as much respect, as long as you can get creative with it. Contact paper is a serious wonder in the DIY world, letting you transform objects with the ease of sticking it down to the surface. This faux marble table tutorial brings some class into your home (and keeps your money in your wallet).

Buy Supplies: Each of these tables is under $100, aka the perfect starting point for some marbling.

Abstract Plates

Photo: Burkatron.com

Photo: Burkatron.com

Take plain tableware to the next level with some abstract painting! Only the most basic art skills are needed to whip up a beautiful set, which looks like a breath of fresh air for the spring. You’ll be ready to entertain and impress in no time.

Buy Supplies: Grab some white plates (and matching cups) to kick start your creativity!

Have any other favorite DIYs that pack a punch (without costing much)? Share them in the comments!