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16 Budget-Friendly Home Decor Hacks

16 Budget-Friendly Home Decor Hacks

How many times do you secretly love sending your guests’ jaws to the floor as they admire your creative brilliance – and your professional home fashion sense? Playing it off like it was just “something you came up with on the spot.” A lot, right? Shhh, I do too. Makes me feel good to be the envy of friends and family who stop by for a visit. And, it makes me proud of myself – and I, ultimately, was glad I took the leap and just got down to it.

You know hacks, we know hacks. They make life easier. Sometimes, something so simple can end up changing the way you do things, which has an ever-lasting effect.

Especially when you’re decorating a property for rent, and want to make it as inviting and homely for your tenants as possible. But want to do it on the cheap, without letting them know. Home decor DIY hacks are awesome for “covering up the warts” (or flaunting them, if that’s what you’re going for) of old stuff that would’ve been thrown out into new items that make your home exciting (and actually fun) to be in.

Whatever you’re designing, it’s crucial to pick out exciting decor that spruces up any room you desire. No matter the room. A lot of the creative ideas you’re about to sift through put action into your home or rental unit. Doing away with the boring “matching sets” of some items… And are ideas I’m personally going to try out myself!

1. Paint, Paint, Paint

Some sweet-looking kitchen furniture, for a matching set, can be way outside your budget. Which is a shame… Because there are some really cool ones out there.

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Nevermore! Now, to save tens (or hundreds) of dollars – simply head to your favourite thrift or second-hand store, pick out cheap chairs (that satisfy you)… and a bucket of paint of your favourite colour. And get to work! Voila. A beautiful set of mix-matched chairs that spruces up your home. Who doesn’t love colour?

2. Hide Wires

Tired of having wires and cables run along your home? One thing you can do is buy small plastic “boards” shaped like fences. Then line them against your wall, and fit your cables behind them. Cute design and perfect function. Win win.

3. Tape Your Walls

Do you have kids who are at the age of “I’m a masterpiece artist!” Give your walls their artistic touch without the messy scribbling by letting them design their hearts out using neon masking tape. It pulls off easy and leaves no messy residue. All kinds of shapes can be made!

4. Candle Holders

Have a few Votive candles but no candle-holder for them? Flip over a wine glass on its rim and put the candle smack-dab in the middle.

5. “Tacky Art”

Grab a blank canvas and stick thumbtacks in it for literally endless designs. Use your imagination!

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6. Pack Up Your Towels

This sweet idea comes courtesy of WooHome. Grab an old suitcase nobody’s using anymore and hammer the inside of it to your bathroom wall. Now you have a “cupboard” for all your towels.

7. Hanging End Table

Grab a thick piece of wood, any kind of wood you enjoy. Then, simply use it as the base for a swing. Hang it up in a corner as a nifty little end table!

8. Swing, Swing, Swing

Have a wooden chair with broken legs, or which just doesn’t serve a purpose anymore? Give it a purpose by turning it into an outdoor swing with nothing more than lots of rope.

9. DIY Braided Rug

Tired of buying ten different rugs in a year? A Beautiful Mess lists a budget-friendly way to make your own braided rug that lasts for ages.

10. Plants and Ladders!

Some shelves are massive things that take up a lot of space. And can be expensive. Even if you find one that’s budget-friendly, chances are it doesn’t match the look you’re going for. That’s why old, rusty ladders that no longer serve their purpose are an absolute haven!

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Here’s why: Grab a wooden ladder you’re not using anymore, hammer in some two-by-fours (or whatever board is wide enough to hold your potted plants). And rest your favourite potted friends on the shelves. Presto!

11. Paint Your Cutting Board

Sick of looking at a thick, plain cutting board? Head to the stores and pick out non-toxic craft paint in your favourite colours and get to work! For best results, use 3 coats around each edge to make it pop even more. Just be sure not to use light-coloured paint. Overtime they’ll turn yellow. Unless that’s what you’re going for.

12. Put Your Pennies To Use

This tip comes courtesy of Lushome. In this article they show you 25 different creative ways to put your pennies to use. I mean, really. Who doesn’t have a thousand pounds of pennies that stores don’t take anymore?

One idea that punched me in the face was the “Penny Vase”. Simply grab a blank vase (bought for cheap at your favourite thrift shop)or a vase that’s too ugly to put on show in your home. And superglue each and every individual penny you have to the vase. Easy!

Check out Lushome for some really jaw-dropping ideas of what you can do with those pennies.

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13. Ribbon Chandelier

Chandeliers are classy. Here’s how you make your own using good ol’ fashioned ribbon! Wrap ribbon around a 12-inch wreath form. Using three colours of ribbon – cut lengths of 16 inches. Create a pattern by knotting the cut pieces of ribbon around the wreath at midpoints. You can attach it (using string) to another chandelier or hang it anywhere in the house!

14. Turn a Dinner Plate Charger Into A Mirror

  • Put adhesive on the back of your mirror.
  • Gently press the mirror to the center of the charger.
  • Let the adhesive dry.
  • Flip the charger/mirror over and hot-glue a sawtooth hanger on the back.
  • Hang up your new mirror!

15. Hold More Salt & Pepper!

Find any fifth of vodka, bourbon, or whatever you happen to find. Jack Daniels’ bottles work. Just make sure it’s a bottle of fifth. Bleach them, rinse them out, run them through the dishwasher. Voila! New containers for your salt and pepper.

16. Tape Your Hangers

Rather than going out and buying new, whacky, and fun hangers that cost about 2 or 3 bucks a pop (around here, anyway), why not grab some cheap, colourful masking tape and go to town? Seriously! Be done with the plain stainless steel hangers that look so sad, old, and tired in your closet. Grab some masking tape and just let loose.

Final Thoughts

There is no reason, no reason at all you should settle with what you have. What good is being alive at this point in life if you aren’t out there. Trying new things. Spicying things up a bit. Starting with your home! Far for me to suggest you try and shake things up, but nobody ever died from letting their freak flag fly. Just a wee bit.

I hope these hacks have helped you.

Featured photo credit: Kmart – Online Shopping Australia via kmart.com.au

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

Video Summary

Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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