I broke out my glue gun for another project the other day, and I started thinking… I wonder how many projects I’ve used a glue gun for? It’s kind of insane, to a level I don’t care to admit. And definitely one of my most-used tools, so I should just own it. And then I realized, maybe I should share some of our very favorites for a few tips + tricks around the house. So without further ado, decorating cheats: top five items to keep in your arsenal for all things home.
1. Decorating cheats: Glue Gun
Because why not lead with the obvious straight out of the gate? I’ve used my glue gun to repair curtains, frames, backsplashes, and more. My most recent project was a full-on swing cover, and I’ve been known to tackle more than that with this trusty tool. No, I’m unashamed. Sometimes it’s just the easiest tool to break out and it makes the most sense. So even if you’re not a crafter, get on board and grab a glue gun. You’ll be so glad you did.
2. Decorating cheats: FrogTape
Yes, we’ve harped on it often. Ordered some furniture and aren’t sure if it will fit? Measure it out on the floor in the positions you want, with FrogTape. Planning out the height of bookshelves on a wall? FrogTape. Hanging some frames in a gallery wall and need to plan out the spacing? Frogtape.
We use them for a little bit of everything, from helping our clients figure out their cabinet placement in a kitchen renovation, to the obvious things like painted pieces and more creative projects. We just always have it on hand. Need to seal your chip bag after crying over the sink with spicy Doritos when your basement floods? FrogTape.
Yes we are ridiculous and you get the point. We love our recent picnic table creation, and have so many more ideas! It’s just the perfect tool to keep on hand.
3. Decorating cheats: Sewing Machine
Y’all. Even if you’re not the crafting type, they’re just so darn handy. From full-on room creations to simple basic hems and repairs, I am by NO MEANS a seamstress/sew-er/tailor, etc. I have a love hate, to say the least. But I do know that it helps to have one around. I’ve found that learning the basics is a game changer for DIY versatility. Threading the darn thing is the hardest part, and if you can figure that out, the rest is gravy. If you can sew a straight line you can figure out how to sew a basic pillow, and it’s probably the best tool to have in your arsenal.
I basically taught myself after learning how to thread the machine from a friend, and made Emerson’s bedding.
4. Decorating cheats: Frames
We’ve learned that making your own frames are the best way to cheat. For some reason, they’re definitely the most outlandishly expensive pieces you would need for your home, and if you can build your own, it’s a game changer.
We have a guide for simple builds here if you’d like to start small, but if you DIY nothing else, build your own frames.
From simple border frames to full on layered creations, it’s a great way to get just what you want, for a fraction of the price, without having to wait on your order from the good old fill-in-the-box-store-here, for three weeks or more.
5. Decorating cheats: Pillow covers + fillers
Is your home feeling kinda stale? Pillows are the quickest way to freshen up a space.
We love alternating covers, and switching them out seasonally. That way the extras take up no more room than your average linen closet, and can be stored squarely away in the meantime.
Try inserts via amazon or Ikea for good pillow insert sources. It’s a great way to keep it fresh.
What are some of your easy decorating hacks around the house?
We’d love to hear!
Have an inspired day!