5 ideas for decorating on a tight budget!
I have this thing we call “The Someday List.” It’s a running list in my head of how I want life to look one day. Not just in my home, but in other aspects of my life too. While I would love to put everything on the list into place right now, it just isn’t possible. Especially the decorating side of the list! I have a pretty green thumb, but that money tree just won’t grow! So I’ve found little ways here and there to work on that list, while sticking to a tight budget.
When I say “budget” in this instance, I’m really saying “with as little money as possible.” Often times you see someone advertise their “budget” renovation and when you click on the beautiful images you learn that their “budget” was in the thousands. A budget of $5,000 is still a budget, just like a budget of $100. I’m talking about the low end of those numbers here. Even when you have almost no money to decorate, you can still improve and personalize your spaces! These are 5 of my favorite ways to do it!
1. My very favorite way to decorate with a tight budget is to buy it used. Thrifting. And my favorite way to go thrift store shipping is my local facebook yard sale sites. If you have a facebook account, odds are your city has at least one of these groups. In the search bar at the top of your facebook account, type in your city’s name and “yard sale.” then join in! My city has dozens of these groups, and while some are more active than others you can often find great treasures in all of them!
I purchased a pair of these side tables on just such a site! The pair of them was only $10! They weren’t in terrible shape. Just dark and outdated. But I love the style!
The current trend for refinishing furniture just like these little side tables is Chalk Paint. Chalk paint can be really nice, but it defeats the purpose here. We are redoing these tables at a minimum cost! This brings me to tip #2.
2. Paint it! You can change the look of something very simply with just a little paint. It doesn’t have to be expensive chalk paint either. I repainted these side tables with a cheap $9 quart of white flat interior latex paint and a little gold spray paint for some added character. If I had gone out and purchased both to complete this project the total cost would have been under $15! I happened to already have the white interior paint, so the gold spray paint came to just under $4.
After covering the tops of the table with some wax paper, and taping it off, I sprayed around the edges of the table with the gold metallic spray paint. It’s not overwhelming, and it adds a little fun to an otherwise boring paint job! I opted to leave the tops of the tables as they were, since they were in really great shape!
Once the spray paint was dry, I painted the rest of the tables with the flat white paint. The table isn’t as dark now. I used less than a third of my quart of paint to do both side tables! After these two tables, and this side table I refinished here, I still have half a quart of paint left to update something else!
The gilded edges around the table add some fun character to them!
3.Change it up. Don’t overlook an item you love because it’s the wrong color, shape or size. Look at it from a different angle.
I love owls. I found this really great one at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section. He was the perfect size and on clearance he was the perfect price for my tight budget. I loved the detail too but he was really dark. Rather than passing him by, I took him home anyway.
Again, no need for fancy chalk paint. I used another flat latex paint to change the color of this resin owl. Craft acrylic works great too, and you can buy a bottle at WalMart for $1! He already looks better! Because I planned to distress the final color a little, I wanted the base color to be white, rather than the original brown so I put a white base coat on with cheap spray paint first. I was tempted just to leave him like this! Already an improvement!
4. Prints! You don’t need fancy gallery wrapped canvas prints to decorate a wall. There are some amazing free prints available online. Pinterest is a great place to find some! Download a few you love, and display them! You can get varying frame sizes at Dollar stores, and just like the owl, they can be changed with paint easily!
If you are looking for something a little more unique than just plain frames, this clipboard display wall is super cute too!