Whether you live in a home, condo or dorm room, there will always be an area that could use a little upgrade. Of course, splurging on trinkets and knickknacks is an option, but what better way to showcase your own sense of style than a DIY project. Beyond acting as a creative outlet, DIY projects are the cost-efficient solutions to any outdated living spaces. From upcycling to wall décor, the options are limitless – and they’re all within the reach of your fingertips. Here are 5 DIY projects to help upgrade an old space.  

5 DIY Projects to Help Upgrade an Old Space

Large-scale Artwork

Starting off simple, large-scale artwork can easily add livelihood to a simple room. Experiment with textures and shapes to make for a traditional family-oriented craft or a contemporary abstract piece – depending on your style, this will vary. All you need is a canvas, paintbrushes, and paint that compliments your current living space.  


Although the word may seem intimidating, reupholstering is fairly easy once you get the hang of it. The process involves covering an outdated chair, bedframe or cushion with new fabric. Once you find a cloth design to your liking, simply pull the material taut against the object, staple in place and lo and behold – your new living room addition.  

Faux Stained Glass Window 

While trends do come and go, this interior design hack has proven that it’s here to stay. Faux stained glass has quickly become an internet favourite due to its affordable pricing and rent friendly application. Buy predesigned adhesive stickers or opt for glass paint to show off your own creative skills. Either way, your place will look brighter and more colourful for you to enjoy.  

Statement Gallery Wall

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and while stashing away your collection of memorabilia may be tempting, why not showcase your favouite memories for everyone to see. A gallery wall not only gives a space volume and personality but acts as a conversation starter when hosting.  

Pro tip: After you’ve chosen your framed photos, arrange the collection on a flat surface to decipher the spacing and photo alignment you would like. Once satisfied, simply apply the same layout to the designated wall of choice.  

Updated Hardware 

At times it may feel impossible to add change, especially if you’re renting out your space and following strict guidelines. One renter friendly tip is to switch out old, boring handles for newly updated hardware. While this may seem like a minor adjustment, it significantly impacts the overall atmosphere of a room. Amplify your kitchen or bedroom all within 15 minutes of your time.  

Instant Side Table 

Not all DIY projects have to be style focused. Make the most of your creations by combining functionality with design to get the best of both worlds. Although it may be more time-consuming, building a small side table will leave you feeling accomplished while also saving you a few extra dollars. Attach four hairpin legs to a finished frame, for a simple side table to hold all your necessities. 

Even the smallest of projects can make your home feel more like you. Adding a personal touch to your home offers many benefits including cost efficiency and new learning experiences. Whether you’re a project pro or just starting out, there will always be something new to accomplish.