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Interior Decorating on the Cheap

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 8:12 am
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I absolutely love interior decorating. I’m always moving my furniture and changing my home decor. However, interior decorating can be extremely expensive. This is why I use my creativity and savvy shopping skills when I redecorate my home. There’s no need to spend big bucks on decorating your home!

Let One Person’s Trash Be Your Treasure

In other words, look for re-purposing opportunities everywhere. Even simple things, such as shells or branches, can be put in a vase and used as decor. Old mason jars can make country-style glasses or planters. If you don’t think you have a natural niche for spotting re-purposing opportunities, flip through a magazine or search online for inspiration.

Keep An Open Mind and Eye

Look for the potential in second-hand furniture and decor, rather than paying full price for a finished product. For example, I bought a 3-piece solid wood table set at a garage sale for $15. The pieces themselves were great, but the wood stain wasn’t what I wanted. I couldn’t resist the bargain, so I sanded and re-finished the furniture in my desired stain color. This made for a fun weekend DIY project and cost a fraction of buying new furniture! Although I tend to find the best deals at garage sales, Craigslist can also be a good resource for finding deals on second-hand furniture and decor. Don’t forget to check the “free” section – you never know what you might find!

Freshen Up Old Furniture

It’s likely that cheap second-hand furniture is going to need a little TLC. Here are some ways you can freshen up old furniture on the cheap:

  • Re-upholster. Re-upholstering chair cushions is an easy and affordable way to update an old dining table set. All you need is some fabric, a few nails, and scissors. Cut the fabric to the appropriate size and wrap it around the old cushion. Nail it to the underside of the chair seat. Voila! You have an updated chair.
  • Re-finish. Refinishing old wood furniture is a great way to make it look as good as new. You can find great used furniture pieces that just need a new finish.
  • Fresh paint. A little fresh paint can make any old furniture look new and trendy! Try different painting techniques to suit your decorating style!

 

Remember, there’s no wrong way to save. Let your creativity run wild when looking for ways to save on interior decorating! Before you know it, interior decorating on the cheap may just become one of your favorite hobbies 🙂

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