Decorating Ideas: Using Everyday Objects


When decorating your home on a budget, nothing is a more effective budget decorating strategy than using what you have. You can repurpose everyday objects found around your own home to add decorative elements. Here are five ways to repurpose everyday objects as decor in any room, on a budget! (What’s better than free?)

Our featured photo, above, was an amazing repurposed kitchen chair bench created by Erica at Spoonful of Imagination. Check out her step by step!


Lets’ face it, when most of us choose our dinnerware, we pick out patterns we like. Use your dessert plates as accents hung on the wall, or use your serving bowls as a focal point on the dining table.



Sheets, quilts, and blankets.

Raid your linen closet for no cost ways to add spark to your tables or walls. Layer them with tablecloths or placemats for a romantic look. Use them as casual slipcovers. Cloth napkins or fancy pillowcases make great throw pillow covers. Anita at Cedar Hill Farms created a tablecloth from this vintage linen… Amazing!




Most of us own a wide variety of books. Use them! Use a stack to prop up a table lamp, or lay out a few with attractive covers on your coffee table. Use them on your mantel, or display your cookbooks in the kitchen. If you have a bookcase, leave some in rows, some in short stacks, and leave some space in between book groupings for a plant, a picture frame, or a display plate. (See above.) Or get really creative and learn to make DIY book planters!



Fill a wine glass with a little sand and a votive candle or use a row of matching drinking glasses all filled with flowers on a windowsill. Mugs, sugar bowls, and creamers all make perfect impromptu vases, pencil holders for the home office, or utensil caddys for the kitchen or dining area.



Pots and Pans.

Make an inexpensive pot rack with 2×4 pine, some screws and some pieces of chain from your home improvement store for under $10! Display your pots and pans and your bread baskets, and create extra storage space at the same time! Or hang a curtain rod on the wall, and use S-hooks to attach pans… be sure to anchor the curtain rod in a stud to hold the weigh​t. Another idea? This driftwood pot rack featured on Poppytalk by Woodnote Photography is ingenius!


You don’t always need to spend big money to redecorate your interiors, sometimes its just a matter of recognizing the quality items you already own!

Image Credits: Spoonful of Imagination, BHG, Cedar Hill Farms, Apartment Therapy, Style Me Pretty, Poppytalk/ Woodnote Photography

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  1. Your bench is absolutely beautiful. I’m not sure if I can make one as nice as yours, but once the snow is gone and the lawn is dry, I will be attempting to give it a try. All of your ideas get my brain whirling. Thanks for all of your crafty ideas.

  2. Dorothy Linton says:

    Love that bench, would much like to make one. How many inches is the reinforcement, when gluing the legs together , do u remove the paint before gluing.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      I’m sorry Dorothy, its not our project so I don’t have the details for you! Anyone take a guess for her?

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