Just because you are on a budget does not mean that you can not do some things for yourself from time to time, you just need to be smart about it. If you are a new home owner or are simply tired of your homes appearance and want to jazz things up with a little decorating, I can help. Here are some great ways to decorate your home, even on a budget.
- Refinish Furniture
Before you throw away that old chest of drawers or table, consider refinishing it. I know, when you think about refinishing furniture you probably have some nasty visions of sanding, staining and sealing. This is not the only way.
You can actually refinish furniture quite easily by buying an inexpensive one step refinisher like this. Simply apply it to a cloth and just wipe on and then wipe off. It really is just that easy. It can even be used to refinish cabinets and just about anything else with a natural wood finish.
- Buy Clearance Paint
Does paint really go on clearance? Yes, but not because it is old or out of style. It often goes on sale simply because people fail to pick it up.
I am sure that you have seen the paint center at your local home improvement store. They offer thousands and thousands of different colors available by custom mixing. You choose the color and they mix it up for you. Problem is that not everybody picks these paints up and when they fail to pick it up, the home improvement store has to get rid of it somehow.
If you are not particular about the exact color that you get, you can often get a gallon of paint that originally retailed for $30 for $15 or even less. It is a great way to paint on a dime.
- Add Inexpensive Accents
You might be amazed at what a splash of color can do to a room. Simply add a bright accent pillow or a loud vase that screams look at me. Make a statement with just a few bucks. Even a few cheap colored vases with artificial flowers can do the trick.
All of these things can be picked up cheaply at thrift shops or found on sale off season at hobby stores.
- Rearrange Your Furniture
Sometimes, simply rearranging your furniture can shake things up enough to create a large impact on how you view your home. Move the furniture around and even swap furniture around from different rooms. Perhaps a nightstand becomes an end table or a chase in your bedroom becomes a nice window seat. Think about what you have and other ways that you can put it to use.
- Shop Garage Sales & Thrift Stores
There is a lot of good stuff out there just waiting for you to find it. Obviously there is a lot of furniture that could use just a coat of paint but there is more. Rugs, vases, lamps, paintings and more.
The great thing about thrift store shopping is that it is actually a good and cheap hobby. Looking for that hidden treasure can be a lot of fun and ultimately very rewarding.
- Add Cabinet Pull Knobs
For around a dollar a piece or less, you can dramatically change the look of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. You might be surprised at just how much of an impact a few dollars worth of pulls can have. This 20 pack of pulls, for example can do your entire kitchen for around $20. You can not beat that for bang for the buck.
- Bring In Some Flowers
Somehow flowers just make the room. A simple vase on the counter can make your room more welcoming and just feel put together. A bouquet of inexpensive daisies can be had for well under $5 and will last 7 to 10 days if taken care of.
Want to do flowers even cheaper? Why not grow your own. A few rose bushes can be purchased fairly cheaply and taking care of them can become a nice hobby to occupy your free time.
- De-Clutter Your Home
Sometimes it is the things that we own that are limiting our enjoyment of our home. If your home is packed wall to wall with stuff, perhaps now is the time to de-clutter. Get rid of what you do not want and organize the rest.
Shelves can be purchased for as little as twenty dollars and can help you organize that mess which is ruining your appreciation of your home.
- Add A Print
Can’t afford to include paintings in your decorating budget? No problem, you can get a similar effect by utilizing inexpensive prints such as this one by Money for under $10. It can be a extremely inexpensive way to add some sophistication to your decor on a dime.
Tina’s Final Word
Decorating does not have to be about money. Sure, you can transform a room for thousands of dollars but you can also make a huge impact by spending just $30, $20 or even only $10 at a time. Yes you can control your expenses and still have a pleasant home that you enjoy.