Getting a new place is exciting whether it be an apartment or even a dorm. To have a space of your own can help guide you to an exciting and liberating chapter of your life especially if it is your first one. Putting your mark on your new place can at times become costly, but with the use of these five helpful and creative DIY projects, you’ll be able to design the place of your dreams.

  1. Wall Coffee Mug Display  

This project is for all of the coffee lovers out there. This mug display will add a unique touch to your kitchen while also giving you more space and utilizing your walls.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • A wooden pallet. These can be found at your local hardware store
  • Hooks ( get creative with the color of the hooks or designs)
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint/stain of your choice

Directions:

  • Cut your palette down to the size that works best for the area where you will be hanging it
    Sand it down (don’t skip this step unless you want a splinter every time you make a cup of coffee)
    Stain or paint the palette with the stain/paint you chose
    Let it dry
    Screw the hooks into the palette (use as many as you need and arrange them on the palette however you’d like)
    Either mount to the wall or lay against the wall on top of your counter in a free area
    Hang your mugs! 

2. Wire Waste Basket/ Side Table 

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Thinking outside of the box is useful when thinking of going a different route in the design of your bedside tables or an accent piece in your living room.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Wire wastebasket
  • An 18 inch round wood panel that can be found at Michaels or a Home Depot
  • Wood staples
  • Spray paint of your choice
  • Wood stain finish

Directions:

  • Spray paint wire wastebasket, let it dry completely
    Stain round wood panel, let it dry completely
    Flip the wire trash basket upside down so that the opening is facing the ground
    Use wood staples to secure the round wood panel onto the “bottom” (the part that should now be facing up towards the sky) of the wastebasket

3. Fur Bench

A fur bench is a cozy and relaxing piece of furniture that everyone needs in their apartment or dorm. It will add a chic touch to either your living room or bedroom.

Supplies you’ll need

  • 3/4 inch x 34-inch x 15-inch particle board or plywood
  • 16-inch furniture legs with brackets (4)
  • Foam
  • Batting
  • Staple gun
  • Shag or fur rug
  • Screwdriver

Directions:

  • Cut the wood to be 34 inches x 15 inches. Then, using scissors, cut the foam so that it’s just slightly larger than the wood piece.

Place the batting down on the ground, followed by the foam and then the board. Pull the batting up around the board and staple it down.

Place the rug face-down on the ground. Then, place the bench face-down on top of it. Pull the rug tightly and staple it in on the long sides of the bench. Trim any excess.

Screw the legs in at each corner using their accompanying brackets. Then, pull the fur tightly around the brackets and staple it in.

Turn the bench right-side up, and you’re finished!

4. Frame Lantern

A framed lantern can be used to add a pop of color to any shelf or be a useful centerpiece on a coffee table in your living room.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Four small frames
  • Paint in any color of your choice
  • Hot glue
  • Small unscented white candles

Directions:

  • Paint the frames and allow the paint to dry completely.

Then glue the frames together to form a square.

After allowing the glue to dry place inside the square your candles and enjoy the ambiance it sets.

5. Chalkboard Frame

These cute frames can be useful in any part of your house from your kitchen to your bedroom you can never go wrong with these frames.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Picture frame. It can be any size you choose. The more decorative the frame the better! The cardboard insert should still be in the frame.
  • Paint in any color of your choice. The spray kind works best.
  • Chalk

Directions:

  • First, disassemble your frame. Take out the glass and cardboard inserts and set aside. Discard the glass.
    Paint your frame the color of your choice and set aside to dry,
    Using your chalkboard paint, apply one layer to the cardboard insert and set aside to dry.
    While it dries, apply another coat of paint to the frame.
    Add a second coat of chalkboard paint to the cardboard.
    Allow all piece to dry for at least 2-3 hours before assembling again.
    Allow the chalk paint 24 hours to dry before writing on it.

Incorporating these simple and fun DIY projects will help give your new digs a touch of personality.

Author

Kelly Perry is an aspiring actress and media mogul with goals to one day write and produce her own sitcoms, have her own talk show and use her platform to impact minority communities through entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

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