[Saving At Garage Sales]
[Finds In Grandmas Attic]
[Bartering For The Extras]
[Decorating On A Budget]
[My One Cent Worth]
O.K. Just remember I said on a budget. Don't
expect Martha Stewart, she has more money than me. Alot more!
I'll get to how to throw all of this together at the end or on a second page.
My idea of decorating on a budget (although better than an interior designers
cost) is not throwing 'only 500 dollars' into a room in a weekend like some T.V.
shows do. Five hundred dollars is alot of money! We can do alot rooms for
$500.00 right? This way is a never ending process. It is a hobby, that you
slowly add to and enhance. You build a room with some basics such as the sofa,
curtains, painting the walls, etc. Accessories are added as each bargain is
found or made. And trust me, it is so wonderful when someone says you have such
a lovely home and you look again and realize it was done with your own two hands
for the cost of that persons area rug.
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has already been mentioned, lets start with re-upholstering. Really, I promise,
the hardest part is taking the old upholstery off. So read on.
furniture you have is in good condition besides the fabric, or if you just don't
like the colors anymore, re-upholster it. Sometimes even dated pieces look 'up
to date' with just new fabric. This can be done on sofas, chairs, dining room
chairs, anything upholstered.
If you really can't even stand the shape and
design of the furniture you already have, or if the frames are too damaged for
repair, then start looking at garage sales and thrift stores for pieces you can
re-upholster. Start with something easy like dining room chairs seat cushions
and throw pillows. Work your way up to custom sofas.
Don't forget to always
get the new fabric on sale! If you have a JoAnn Fabric's, I know that their 50%
off all upholstery fabric goes on sale approximately every three months.
have a linoleum floor from 1967 and can't afford to replace it or don't want to
spend that much cash. Paint it. Yep really, you can paint it. We had this
problem in our kids bathroom. It was harvest gold. Everyone's favorite color
huh? Now what I did is a little wild so don't feel you can't go with something
more traditional. My kids bathroom is in primary colors and the floor is now
bright fire engine red with blue and yellow stars all over it. If you just want
to go with white, that's fine too!
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personal thought is that thick, heavy, lined curtains are not only expensive,
but they are outdated and boring. Feel free to yank them down and make something
that is fresh. Sewing curtains is very simple if you are willing to give up the
lining, and just a tiny bit more difficult if you can't give it up.
get yor fabrics on sale and use colors and textures that you like. I've included
beginners instructions for curtain making. The same instructions can be used for
valances, they are just shorter. Start with a bathroom, childs bedroom, or small
kitchen window. Work your way into the living room after you get more practice
and want to try more complicated patters.
When decorating on a budget be willing to compromise with yourself. We can't
always find exactly what we want exactly when we want it. The solution to this
is expanding what we are looking for when we hunt for bargains. For example, I
bought a queen ann chair at a garage sale that I really wanted to upholster in
red and white stripes and basically turn it in to a conversation piece also.
Well, I couldn't find that fabric at a decent price. What I did find was navy
blue, light blue, and white striped denim on sale for $1.00 a yard. Hey, I went
with it and boy does it work. It holds up well and no one can tell it's not
really upholstery fabric. It's not as wild as I wanted but it goes with the rest
of my furniture.
When it comes to colors, don't narrow them down to two colors with only one
shade each. This makes it way too tough to get accesories at bargian prices and
fill a room. My home for example is nautical (we are on the water), and the
colors are blue and yellow with touches of red (marine flag colors). This was
not the goal, it was the outcome. My goal was red and blue with touches of
yellow. I just happened to find the bigger bargains in the blue and yellow.
I also have many shades of each color. If you will only accept navy blue,
it's going to take a long time to get what you want. You pass up lamp bases,
sale fabrics, garage sale knick knacks and more that would have filled the room
faster and worked well. If you like navy blue, by all means use navy blue, but
also look for light blue, royal blue, sky blue, etc. Get my idea? O.K. Well we
bought a bar at a garage sale for $4.00. It had awful looking 1970's black vinyl
on the front. I wanted to replace it with light blue modern vinyl to match the
shade of blue in our couches. This is about $7.00 a yard here (I needed one
yard). I went to buy some but they had a navy remnant of 3 yards on clearance
for $2.00 a yard. I bought the whole piece for less than one yard of the light
blue. I had plenty left over to recover the casual dining chairs and benches I
got the following week. It matches the darker stripes in the chair I was telling
you about earlier.
Speaking of those chairs and benches. They had a table with them also. I
liked it much better than the dining table we had before, so the old one needed
a new use. Since I haven't been able to find a coffee table I like at a garage
sale, my husband cut the legs down for me (the table is wood), we removed the
leaf, and set it in front of the couch. I hated it as a table but I sure love it
as a coffee table! My point is, find great uses for the stuff you have and find
at a bargain price.
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