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The Top 10 Designer DIY’s To Instantly Upgrade Your Home

Hello, design lovers! I’m thrilled to share with you the top 10 designer DIY’s to instantly upgrade your home. These projects go beyond enhancing aesthetics – they’ll add value and functionality to your living space. Get ready for a dose of design goodness that you’ll absolutely adore.

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DIY number one: Architectural Moldings & Trim

Elevate your home’s look and feel by incorporating decorative crown molding, baseboards, raised panel molding, picture molding, tongue and groove paneling, and ceiling beams.

These additions not only increase your home’s value but also infuse charm, warmth, and historical detail. If you’re new to this, start small – perhaps with a chair rail or crown molding in your entry, hallway, or a picture molding in a smaller space.

architectural moldings and trim

DIY number two: Statement Tile

Infuse personality and character into your spaces with statement tiles. Whether it’s updating your kitchen backsplash or adding a Penny tile floor to a powder room, small changes can make a significant impact.

Opt for timeless statement tiles like natural stone squares, stone Penny tiles with accents, or handmade Zelish tiles – choices that are both beautiful and enduring.

statement tile designer DIY's

DIY number three: Wallpaper

Transform your walls with wallpaper to achieve a quick, easy, and impactful upgrade. Think beyond feature walls – consider using wallpaper throughout an entire room or even on the ceiling.

Wallpaper not only adds character but also serves as a fantastic starting point for your room’s overall aesthetic.


DIY number four: Incorporating Vintage or Reclaimed Elements

Infuse your home with character by creatively introducing vintage or reclaimed elements. Whether it’s vintage lighting, antique hooks, or reclaimed timber for floating shelves, these unique pieces tell a story, adding soulful character and setting your home apart.

Vintage and reclaimed elements

DIY number five: Wall Murals

If you’re not ready for a full wallpaper commitment, consider adding a wall mural. You can apply it directly to a wall, wrap an entire room, or, if you’re feeling creative, add it to wooden panels for a large-scale art piece.

Designer DIY's Wall Murals

DIY number six: Built-Ins

Enhance your home with built-in features like bookcases, window seats, or niches. Built-ins bring charming character and functionality to your space, providing a valuable and stylish upgrade.

Built ins

DIY number seven: Changing Door and Cabinetry Hardware

A quick swap of your door and cabinet hardware can be done in a few hours but yields exponential returns. Choose high-quality, timeless pieces that you’ll enjoy interacting with daily.

cabinetry doors and hardware

DIY number eight: Restore or Integrate Stained Wood Cabinetry

Embrace the comeback of natural wood cabinetry by restoring painted-over wood to uncover its beautiful, natural character.

Choose a stain that highlights the wood’s grain, and opt for a satin finish for a timeless look.

wood stained cabinetry

DIY number nine: Adding Fluted, Reeded, or Tongue and Groove Details

Introduce instant texture and character to your space by incorporating fluted, reeded, or tongue and groove paneling. Whether on walls or ceilings, these applications offer a stylish and affordable upgrade.

designer DIY's - fluted, reeded, and tongue and groove details

DIY number 10: Upgrade Your Mudroom, Laundry Room, or Pantry

Focus on highly functional, personalized spaces by adding built-in storage, hooks, charging stations, organized drop zones, and more.

These details not only increase your home’s value but also profoundly impact your daily enjoyment of these spaces.

Upgrade mudroom, laundry, and pantry - designer DIY's

Thanks for joining me on this journey of DIY upgrades! Let me know in the comments which DIY is your favorite.

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For more design goodness, follow us on Instagram @ashleychildershome and Pinterest @ashleychildersco. Click below to see the top designer DIY’s to instantly upgrade your home YouTube Video!

Stay tuned for my upcoming projects, and remember, good design is for everyone. Create a home that inspires you, have fun upgrading your spaces, and fall in love with where you live, one room at a time.

XO, Ashley

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