The top nine home ‘hacks’ of 2020: ‘Bargain hacker’ shares the genius Kmart tricks that prove a luxury look really CAN be achieved on a budget
- A DIY mother has rounded up her top nine homeware ‘hacks’ of 2020
- Michelle Rhodes uses budget buys from Kmart to create high end-inspired items
- She has since won legion of fans on social media after starting social media page
A DIY mother who transforms everyday objects into stunning homeware pieces has rounded up her top nine ‘hacks’ of 2020.
Michelle Rhodes, from Brisbane, found ways to recreate high end-inspired items for her home without having to spend a fortune by using budget buys from Kmart.
She has since won a legion of fans on social media after she started a styling and craft-making page called The Bargain Hacker.
The crafty mother has decided to reflect on her favourite DIY projects over the past 12 months – including turning an $8 jute mat into a rainbow wall hanging and creating a coffee table using a $17 laundry basket.
DIY mother Michelle Rhodes, from Brisbane, who transforms everyday objects into stunning homeware pieces has rounded up her top nine styling ‘hacks’ of 2020
Michelle’s top nine ‘hacks’ of 2020
1. Coffee table: $17 weave laundry basket and a $19 oak-look side table
2. Rainbow wall hanging: $8 jute mat
3. Macrame bench: $4 macrame placemats and a $59 timber seat
4. Raffia wreath: $3 wire ring and $3 raffia
5. Wooden art: $10 chopping board from Target and $3 pattern stencil set
6. Cushions: $5 Bunnings bath mats and placemats – all filled with old pillow stuffing
7. Rug makeover: $39 Jute Rug, $4 tassel trims
8. Boho mirror: $9 sunburst mirror and cotton sash cord from Bunnings
9. Raffia mirror: $5 plywood mirror and $3 raffia trim
‘You all know how much I love turning baskets into coffee tables after my Ikea hack and Kmart laundry basket hack,’ she wrote in June.
‘This extra large woven basket is well and truly big enough to use as a table. You can either take the handles off or simply fold them inside and glue on a table top – I used the top of a side table as it’s the perfect size.
‘Most wood glues will work as long as you add some weight or clamp on overnight.’
She created her own indoor bench to blend in with the rest of her home by hand stitching $4 macrame placemats on a $59 timber seat.
‘The little wooden bench seat is perfect for decorating. I used three macrame placemats and hand-stitched them together to create the macrame top,’ she said.
‘Underneath the placemats I used piece of foam cut to size and I covered the foam with calico to blend in with the macrame. I then used a staple gun to attach the macrame placemats.’
To make her own décor, she turned an $8 oval shaped jute mat into a rainbow wall hanging, which can cost upwards of $40 to $60
She shared a simple step-by-step guide of how she turned a mat into a wall hanging décor
The crafty mother used fabric paint to fill in the space in between the lines of the rainbow
She used twine and tassels to complete her neutral rainbow wall hanging for her home
To make her own décor, she turned an $8 oval shaped jute mat into a rainbow wall hanging, which can cost upwards of $40 to $60.
‘It was a pretty simple process. I folded the mat, glued on some trim and hand stitched around the edges,’ she explained.
‘Then I used white fabric paint to create a rainbow and attached some tassels. Because the outline was already drawn on the mat, it made it super easy to turn it into a rainbow design. Rainbows are so popular at the moment.’
She created a coffee table using a $17 laundry basket and a table top from an old side table
To update the look on her $39 Jute Rug, she attached $4 tassel trims around the edges
To make extra cushions for her living space, Michelle used $5 bath mats from Bunnings and placemats from Target to create the cases.
‘If you’re looking for a cheap way to make some floor cushions why not use bath mats? Most of them are thick and have great texture and best of all they’re pretty cheap to buy,’ she explained.
‘I made these floor cushions using two bath mats and because they’re neutral they can blend in with most decor.
‘Try looking at variety stores for some inexpensive bath mats and try using some old pillow stuffing or old cushions that you’re not using anymore to fill them.’