Guest Prep: Affordable DIY Updates

Refreshing your space in time for holiday guests does not have to be a big expense. Sometimes a simple hack can make an old piece of furniture relevant or an inexpensive purchase look rich. Today I’ve gathered a few affordable DIY updates to help inspire you to get a room you love no matter your budget.

Paint your Furniture

I have a few pieces of furniture in my home that I painted to get the look I wanted. Painting is an inexpensive way to transform your furniture as your tastes evolve without the huge expense of replacement.


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This is a beautiful midcentury chair that my husband’s grandmother left to us when she passed. By painting it white, I preserved the memory and history of the chair, but made it work within the simple, fresh space I was creating.


In this dining nook, an Espresso colored farmhouse table and benches from Pier One looked too dark and dated. A fresh coat of lacquered paint in untinted white left me with the more polished look that I wanted.


Becki Owens Dining Room Ro Sham Beaux
In my dining room, another updated table painted a lacquered gray looks unique and fresh paired with beautiful midcentury dining chairs.


Inexpensive Lighting Updates

In this girl’s room, I chose an affordable pendant from IKEA and transformed it with gold spray paint. The gold makes the light look both more expensive and unique. It now matches the West Elm task lamp on the nightstand.




Affordable Hardware Swap

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Affordable White Kitchen

When I first updated my kitchen, I chose the IKEA Vinna Handle for my cabinet hardware.  These pulls are very affordable and look beautiful for the price. Changing out the small details in a space, like your hardware, makes a huge impact.


Upholster your old Coffee Table


Orlando Soria

For twenty-five dollars of raw canvas, Orlando Soria of Hommemaker transformed an old scratched up coffee table into a sleek upolstered ottoman. Styled with vases and trays, his new coffee table is a fresh focal point of the room.

Style with Plants

Plants and fresh greenery bring new life and vibrancy to a room. I like planting mine in a sculptural pot that adds interest to the space. I have used these fun modern planters from West Elm but found a great DIY alternative from Sarah Sherman Samuel.


Sarah Sherman Samuel

These DIY copper plant stands are both functional and beautiful. They are a fun quick way to bring new design to an old space.

December is an expensive month, but even on a limited budget your home can be ready for your guests with these few affordable DIY updates. I hope this inspires you to take on a makeover of your own. Good luck! If you missed my other Guest Prep ideas, you can catch up on preparing your guest bedroom, living space, dining room, and front entry. Happy Monday!



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