6 Easy Ways To Add Instant Personality To A Room On A Budget

I am sharing my best tips for adding personality to a room without breaking the bank!

Have you ever walked into a room in your home and been bored?  Maybe you have a room in your home that you avoid at all costs because it makes you yawn.  Or perhaps you even have a room that you avoid showing to your guests.

What that room needs is some fun personality!  Now, don’t go thinking that I’m saying you have to go out and spend a fortune redecorating a room – no, not at all.  All it takes is a few small tweaks.  What I think brings a room to life is adding touches that are uniquely you!

Here are just a few examples to inspire you for adding personality to the rooms in your own home – all easy and all done on a budget.  If I can do this, you can too!


Giving my traditional cheap-o fake cherry finish bookcases was a part of my total office makeover.  The bookcase transformation may look difficult, but it wasn’t.  All it took to give these bookcases a completely new look was paint, barn door hardware and an easy diy barn door.  The beautiful transformation is nothing short of amazing and this room would not be the same without the new look!  Click HERE to find out how we did it and click HERE to see the before and after’s of the entire space.

Fake cherry finish bookcase farmhouse makeover in a gray/blue colour with a leaf wreath on it.Pin



You’d be amazed at all of the different uses you can find for plumbing parts!  Galvanized metal pipes and fittings and pvc pipes of all sizes are two of my favorites!  I used galvanized fittings to make budget friendly drapery panel hardware in my family room and the breakfast room in my kitchen went from blah to wow with the addition of farmhouse open shelves, using plumbing parts for shelf brackets and by using pvc pipes for very cost effective bay window hardware.  Get all of the how-to’s HERE and see the before and after’s of the space HERE.

Rustic Farmhouse Breakfast Room Before And After with a wooden table and a large light fixture above the table.Pin


Many of us, myself included, have large entertainment centers to accommodate today’s giant tv’s.  For a long time, I considered painting ours, but decided that I could give it a bit of an update without going to that much trouble.  Exit glass door panes and enter wire mesh!  It was a super easy way to add a little personality to such a large piece of furniture and only took about thirty minutes.  You can see the before and after’s HERE.

Entertainment center makeover and replacing the glass doors with cage wire.Pin



Y’all – I am not a super experienced wood worker!  I only have the most rudimentary carpentry skills.  I can wield a mean drill and use a chop saw, but that’s about as far as I want to go with power tools.  If you haven’t tried using those two tools, I highly encourage you to learn.  They’re pretty simple to master and it will open up a whole new world of diy opportunities for you – you can imagine it and then build it!  Such was the case when I was giving my dining room a makeover.  I needed something to help fill the big blank wall that my buffet sits against and didn’t want anything too dinky.  It’s a large wall and needed something with some presence to it.  So….I dreamed up these diy hanging lanterns.  They were very easy to make – in fact a number of you have sent me pictures of your own lovely versions after using my tutorial – love that!  Get the directions for making these HERE and see the before and after’s of my dining room makeover HERE.

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover - this super easy planked wall screams instant farmhouse style.Pin



Talk about an easy and inexpensive project!  Using 1″ x 4″ boards to add a board and batten treatment to a wall will give an entire space instant personality!  Such was the case in our foyer where I needed to add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to the boring wall right inside our front door.  The area doesn’t have a lot of room, but the texture of the board and batten treatment and two diy upholstered benches were perfect for this area!  See the entire space HERE and find out how to make these easy benches HERE.

Fill a board and batten wall with baskets, grapevine wreaths and greenery to create a farmhouse feel.Pin



Maybe this idea is obvious, but I can’t leave it off the list.  It’s been said a million times, but the transforming power of paint is truly amazing!  I totally transformed my outdated dining room furniture with spray paint and mixed-to-match paint.  There’s no denying that it was scary, but I’m so, so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it a try.  Find out how I transformed my furniture HERE and see the entire dining room makeover HEREPaint came to rescue in my office makeover too!

Painted table and chairs a soft gray color.Pin

So, tell me in the comments – do you have any boring areas in your home that you need some inspiration for?


6 Ways To Add Instant Personality To Any room graphic.Pin


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  1. I love the diy lanterns in your dining area! I’m hoping to use (steal) your idea for some of my own!!

    1. Carolyn McKinney says:

      You can find them at Hobby Libby.

  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas that I would have never thought of! Fantastic inspiration!!!

  3. Love all of your ideas. But updating the entertainment center by replacing glass doors with wire mesh and painting the dining room furniture are now on my list of things to do. Thank you for the inspiration. Sometimes we get attached to furniture and think it has to stay that way. But that is definitely not the case. 🙂

  4. Suzy,
    Keep up your inspiring ideas. Love, love, love them.

  5. Norma Rolader says:

    All rooms since it is a rental that is not something you can do only see your decor and try to use that without really changing walls I love all your tips and your inspirations

  6. And I thought I was the only one who used PVC pipe for curtain rods!!! I am in love with the color of your dining chairs. I’m so glad that you did this post because I had forgotten the color and which post you told us about it. I am thinking about using it on a set of outdoor wrought iron furniture. These tips are fabulous! Thank you.

  7. Thanks for sharing Suzy! Awesome tips to remind us of ways to change our tired rooms!

  8. Lindsay A. says:

    These are all incredible ideas I would’ve never thought of. I cannot believe the before/after transformation of the bookcase – WOW! I absolutely love it – especially the colors and the addition of the sliding door to cut down on visual clutter. There’s a lot that needs to be done in my house, but I think I need to read a while first and absorb some ideas/inspiration before I can figure out where to begin… 🙂

  9. I just moved and I see so many great ideas here, I’d love to do the barn door on an old pantry I have.

  10. brittany marie thompson says:

    Thank you for this article very helpful I am wanting to spruce up my living room but we are in a tight spot!

  11. Thank you for sharing great ideas in the article . Can you share where you got some of the smaller decorative items on the shelves? And also where your curtains are from or their brand–I LOVE THEM.

    1. Hi Crystal. I find decorative items to use around the house all over the place. I’m a frequent shopper at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target and At Home. I’ve also picked up a few items at outdoor popup markets. The small green plants are from Ikea – I think you can order them online if you don’t have an Ikea near you. If there’s a specific thing that you’re interested in, let me know and I’ll
      see if I can help. The draperies came from Target, but have been discontinued. 🙁

  12. What great ideas. I love that your touches are so unique

  13. Linda Charlton says:

    I love your buffet.

  14. Great and inspiring ideas!!!

  15. I painted my dresser white for using in my room. Thinking of repainting it to black and using in my entry way. Thoughts?

  16. I need this inspiration to keep me loving my home. Inspiration can be addictive!

  17. Thank you for all of your wonderful inspiration! Your home is gorgeous and looks very welcoming!

  18. I love love love the ideas! Great ways to change it up and enjoy it again!

  19. My rooms say that I’m stiff, formal, and prefer spare decor. Formal and spare are true, but I’m also witty and warm. Got to figure out how to add that personality into room (without seeming silly or having too many doo-dads)

  20. You are an incredible inspiration to me! I could sit here at my computer all day looking at your gorgeous home! Thank you for sharing it with us!