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woman dreams of decorating her home with the best furniture and accessories.
She wants it to reflect her thoughts and make it a haven in itself. However,
everybody knows that buying good furniture and topping it off with the right accessories can easily add up - especially when you're on a tight budget.
question is - Is it possible to furnish your home without breaking the bank?
Yes you can, given that you’re willing to put time and effort into getting
creative while enjoying the whole “do-it-yourself” part of it. In the following
article, we look into a few more effective ways to save money when decorating
Refurbish What’s Already There
of jumping into buying new things, start off by refurbishing
what you already have. Transform or “update” your old furniture pieces with
upholstery and give them a fresh new finish. For example, you can upholster the
cushions of your dining chairs with a piece of foam, a “staple gun” and a few
yards of quality fabric. At times fabric stores carry out sales on remnants
(which can go up to 3-4 yards). This can be used to upholster a side chair or a
stool. You can also use slipcovers to update the look of your armchair or sofa
without spending too much time or effort to do it.
Browse through Classified Ads
useful/effective way to save good money on home furniture is to browse through
classified ads on popular classified websites like Craigslist or in your local
newspapers. The thing about classified ads is that many times you find home
decor items at a cheap rate just because the owner is in need of money and
wants to sell them off quickly. If you stick to finding good deals using
classifieds with some patience and persistence, you may even end up furnishing
your entire home without spending much.
Shop at Thrift Stores
at thrift stores is an effective way to save money and at the same time find
some really good stuff for your home. However, most of the furniture that you
get at these stores needs to a bit of updating so you’ll have to use your own
creativity to see what potential each piece holds. Similarly, when you’re
shopping for home decor items at a thrift store, you need to use your
imagination to know what to buy and what to skip. A lot of times, you find items
that are priced low and are in good condition. You can also ask when they are going to hold their next sale and be there first when they open so you can
get your hands on the best items. 4. Use Coupons
It's imperative to find savings anywhere and everywhere if you're hoping to save money. For example, if you're an aspiring DJ looking for great deals on DJ equipment, you'd get creative and search for something like the DJ Hookup coupons to get a discount on your purchase. For those interested in home decor, search for Crate and Barrel coupons. You can find a lot through coupon hunting, so make sure to take advantage of deals whenever you can.
These are just four tips to save money on home decor. What tips do you have?
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If you've been following along, you already know I've been working on a complete do over of the spare bedroom on our third floor. Since we live in an old house, we have plaster walls and this particular room has a sloped ceiling on two sides that only have 24" of straight wall. Talk about a challenging room to decorate!
So here are the photos so you can see how it turned out. Did I mention Teal is my favorite color?
This is what used to greet our guests who stayed in our spare bedroom:
Now this is what they see when they open the door:
Small wicker table beside the chair was only $5 at a yard sale. Tall lamp was $30 on an online ad, drapes were $12 from an online ad and bamboo blind was $10 from online ad! Bench was 50% off and the wicker storage chest under it was 70% off. Chair was 50% off and teal pillow on it is the only item that was full price in this photo.
From this tiny twin bed:
To this luxurious queen bed:
Two bedside tables were $50 off each, white quilt and shams and throw blanket were from a discount store while three accent pillows on the bed and teal table lamps were full price.
Here are a few more views of the finished room:
I'm happy to have finally found a home for my mother's wooden sewing box (outside closet door) and a place for my collection of 1950's hats and purses. You can get a glimpse of them at the left side of the last picture on the coat tree (and to the left of the door in the first photo). Many of the pieces belonged to my husband's mother and are beautifully displayed now.
The inspiration for the room is the blue/green color of a tropical ocean and I think I've hit the mark here with the creamy sand background and pink flower accents.
And everything fit through my tiny door opening of only 27"! What an accomplishment!