March 10, 2013

How to Decorate Your Home on a Frugal Budget

Everyone wants to have an attractive home. If you’re like me, you’re on a strict budget.  Most of us cannot afford to redecorate our homes. Here are some tips for furnishing and decorating your home frugally. 

our old house

1.  Shop yard sales and thrift stores.  I’ve been doing this for years.  A few years ago I was at a yard sale and found a really nice living room couch and oversized chair.  The person I bought it from had only used it for one year.  She paid $1200 for it and I got it for only $120.  Sometimes you can find some really unique items by shopping this way.

2.  Check Craigslist.  You just never know what you’ll find on Craiglist.  Before purchasing our last home, the home inspector found some issues with the bathtub.  My husband found a brand new tub with jets on Craiglist for 1/5 the price.  It was one a contractor didn’t use.  Another great find was a HE washer and dryer. We got an almost new set for 1/4 the price.  The owners were moving to Hawaii and it would cost them more to have it moved.

3.  Think paint.  Paint is one of the least expensive ways to add warmth and color to your home.  It really is amazing how $30 in paint can transform a room.  

4.  Repurpose what you have.  Paint that old lamp or picture frame. Change your night stand into a bookshelf.  Recover your old pillows with fabric. Use a sheet for window treatments. 

5.  Get an outside opinion.  It helps to ask someone else’s opinion for ways to help your decorating space.  Many times friends will see things you didn’t see and have ideas you had never thought about.  They may suggest moving a piece of furniture or changing a wall hanging.  Those small inexpensive tips can make a big impact.

6.  Borrow furniture.  When I first got married, I didn’t have any living room furniture.  I ended up borrowing some things from my parent’s house.  All you have to do is get the word out to friends and family that you need some items for your home.  Some people have things in their basement that are just sitting around collecting dust.  Some will let you borrow things and others will just let you have the stuff. 

7.  Be patient.  You can’t expect your home to look perfect right away.  It takes moving things around, searching for deals, and tweaking things a bit.  It will all come together eventually.

8.  Bring in nature.  Consider filling jars with shells from the ocean.  Fill a vase with twigs.  Put some pinecones in a basket.  There are many things that we can use from outside.

9.  Do it yourself.  I am not one for creating things but if given an idea, I can usually duplicate it.  Thanks to pinterest, there are thousands of ideas at your fingertips.  I have pinned many ideas for future use.  Be sure to check out my boards “For the Home” and “DIY and Crafts”. 

10.  Update out of date pieces.  Our last home was one of my favorites.  It was loaded with charm.  The problem was that the fixtures were outdated.  Everything was brass.  We didn’t have the money to purchase all new lighting and bath towel bars so my husband gave everything an inexpensive update with bronze spray paint.  You can check out pictures of our chandelier makeover.

What tips do you have for low cost decorating?

image (c) Karen Weideman


Karen

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2 Responses to “How to Decorate Your Home on a Frugal Budget”
  1. 1
    Jeannie
    Twitter: reallyjeannie
    says:

    Hi Karen,

    I like your post! I believe that when one makes a decision to be frugal, the creativity kicks in, and frugality becomes a way of life. It’s fun and rewarding at the same time. How nice it is for me to realize this just by reading your post. Thank you 🙂

    As for other things or tips, for outdoor decor – I have started a lot of flowers from seed. It’s so rewarding. Indoor, i’ve done Craigslist, yard sales and thrift stores. I’ve borrowed – haven’t painted. oh, for wall art, there are these stick ons.

    Jeannie

  2. 2
    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy
    says:

    Definitely. I am thrifty but also a bit of a tightwad. It is hard for me to justify spending loads of money on things when I know I can get them cheaper. We just moved into our new house a few months ago. We are gradually getting things like we want them. It is a gradual process. We live in a time when people want things now. And that is a whole other conversation on the burden of debt.

    I need to work on landscaping too. Our neighbors and some friends and family have offered to let us dig up bulbs and plants that have multiplied. This will surely save us a lot of money. This week I have been eyeing my neighbor’s lilies. 🙂

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