Inexpensive Home Decorating

We recently bought our first house and trying to decorate our home had become very troublesome and started to cost a lot of money. With so much space to fill and not enough stuff to fill it, I started to look for new ways to decorate that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. We have done a lot on our own instead of making the big purchases in the stores. We made our own tables for about $25 each (8ft X 2ft) and got a $10 gallon of paint for those tables and we didn't even use 1/4 of it. We rearranged our furniture and I changed most of the pictures in the house. Just doing these things made decorating so much easier. The dollar store has also become one of my favorite places to shop. Here are some more ideas on how to do some inexpensive home decorating.

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The tables in the craft/computer room (please excuse the mess!!!)$10 for a gallon of semi-gloss paint!My sewing corner is coming together!More craft stuff!My "working space" (however it looks much better since I cleaned up more)A bit more together using dollar store boxes and empty tubs I had.Using the kids' easter baskets that my mother in law made as a bit of decoration along with a cake stand that turns.Labeling everything makes it look a lot cleaner.I know where everything is now thanks to my dollar store purchases and my lable maker.I bought a $10 light and put it in over my working area and it really makes a differance.
The tables in the craft/computer room (please excuse the mess!!!)
The tables in the craft/computer room (please excuse the mess!!!) | Source
$10 for a gallon of semi-gloss paint!
$10 for a gallon of semi-gloss paint! | Source
My sewing corner is coming together!
My sewing corner is coming together! | Source
More craft stuff!
More craft stuff! | Source
My "working space" (however it looks much better since I cleaned up more)
My "working space" (however it looks much better since I cleaned up more) | Source
A bit more together using dollar store boxes and empty tubs I had.
A bit more together using dollar store boxes and empty tubs I had. | Source
Using the kids' easter baskets that my mother in law made as a bit of decoration along with a cake stand that turns.
Using the kids' easter baskets that my mother in law made as a bit of decoration along with a cake stand that turns. | Source
Labeling everything makes it look a lot cleaner.
Labeling everything makes it look a lot cleaner. | Source
I know where everything is now thanks to my dollar store purchases and my lable maker.
I know where everything is now thanks to my dollar store purchases and my lable maker. | Source
I bought a $10 light and put it in over my working area and it really makes a differance.
I bought a $10 light and put it in over my working area and it really makes a differance. | Source

USE PAINT

Everything you own can possibly take a new coat of paint. From walls to furniture to accents. A fresh coat of paint can make anything look like new. So how do you get paint cheap? Easy! Go to a store that sells paint; Lowes, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, etc. and ask them if they have any miss tinted paint. Most gallons of paint run $25+ but a miss tinted paint can cost as low as $5 a gallon at some places and it could be exactly what you were looking for! We just recently went and got our own miss tinted paint at Lowes and it only cost us $10 for a gallon and we didn't use hardly any of it. We've got plenty left over that when we get the rest of our "craft/computer room" finished it will all match and look really nice. We have even thought about using it in our master bedroom since we want the walls to be gray (both rooms will be hubs for another time).

USE FABRIC

You can use fabric for many different things as well. Reupholstering your own furniture is a great way to save you lots of money on having to buy all new stuff. Chairs are easy to upholster, just unscrew it from the bottom, measure fabric, pull it across what is already there (or remove old and add new padding if you want) and staple. Then reattach the chair to the frame and tada! A whole new chair. You can also use fabric on a board, add a little ribbon and you've got a cute place to hang pictures, cards, etc. You can get fabric cheap at stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann's, etc. by looking at the pre-cut fabric. The stuff that is left over at the end of a roll that isn't quite a whole yard or a little more than a yard is usually in its own basket by where they cut the fabric. Sometimes you can mix and match these fabrics to make exactly what you want. They are usually discounted quite a bit too. Some up to 60% off the price of a whole yard.

CHANGE YOUR PHOTOS

About once a year it is important to change out your photos you have placed around your house. Not necessarily the ones hanging on the walls (i.e. family pictures, important pictures) but the ones in small frames around the house. Changing out these pictures can make a room look and feel completely different. I am the type of person that keeps pictures on my refrigerator and when I get the new ones of the people on the fridge I change them out. Every time we have people over they are constantly looking at the "new" pictures on the fridge. It also helps my kids know who is who in our family since we don't get to see them a whole lot. Changing these photos doesn't mean spending a ton of money on new picture frames, it just means to change it up a little. You can even paint those frames to make an even bigger difference in your home decorating.

MOVE YOUR FURNITURE

This is so simple and makes your house look and feel completely new. Growing up my mom and I were always rearranging our furniture. We would change it up about twice a year (if not more) and now that I have a house of my own I am finding that I do the same thing. If I feel like I need a change it's as easy as pushing a couch to the other wall, moving a table or two, rearranging the book shelves, and there you go, a completely new living room/bedroom/craft room then it was before and it didn't cost anything!

STORE FINDS

You'd probably never think of it but you can find some really awesome things at the dollar store, grocery store, craft store and even the hardware store that would work great in your home for very little money.

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  • Dollar Store - I shop at the dollar store a lot! Mainly because I have three small children and we have been teaching them about money so it's easier to take them into the dollar store with their money and they can pick out whatever they want, count out their money, and get their change and receipt (they LOVE doing this). I went there with my mom a while back and we bought 6 things for under $7 and it really made my master bathroom exactly what I wanted it to be. I got three different size vases, two candle holders and a package of votive candles. We had so many sea shells and sand from going to the beach and the kids gathering so much that I used some of those. Putting it all together in the center of my vanities made it great. You can also get vases for fruit, nuts, flowers, yarn, just about anything. You can even make the coolest things from dollar store finds like a cake platter. Just use a small vase, turned upside down, and a glass plate, glue together with glass glue and you've got a really cool looking cake platter for very little money!

  • Craft and Hardware Stores - Craft stores are always having some kind of sale. They also have huge sections that are clearance priced and work great when combined with other things you have in your home. Hardware stores you can use tools as decorations (they don't have to be the name brand ones) and you can also get wood that has been miss cut to make your own stuff for your home. The possibilities are endless.

  • Grocery Store - You can buy fruit, vegetables, nuts, flowers, etc from any grocery store and make them look fabulous in your home by placing them in a bowl in the middle of the table, in a large vase on your entry table or having a fruit "tree" in your kitchen. This will keep your items on display, add color to your room, and it's always changeable!

Bring in the outdoors

The most inexpensive way to decorate your home is to bring the outdoors in. Take some pinecones and leaves, maybe a few branches even and put them in a long rectangle plate in the middle of the couch table. Use sand and shells (like I did in my bathroom) for a beach theme.

One last thing. . . .

If you are Military, spouse of a Soldier, have a Military ID, MANY places give a military discount of 10%. Most places that give the discount don't ever tell you because they don't "have" to. Most Home Depot, Lowes and AC Moore give the discount but will not ask you if you are Military. The best way to find out is to ask. The worst they can say is no.

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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

great ideas!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks Julie :)


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Another great hub! A lot of stores and restaurants give discounts for Police and Fire department families in Kansas City! Great tips. -K


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

krsharp05 - I didn't know police and fire departments got discounts as well, that's really great to know :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Wow, so many good tips! I love decorating on the cheap (think it's in my genes!) Places like the Dollar Store and JoAnn Fabrics are a couple of my favorites! You've covered all the bases in this informative and useful Hub! Can't wait to try some of your ideas. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

lindacee - I just went to the dollar store tonight because I'm finally getting my craft room together and bought tons of storage things to make it look a lot better! We don't have a JoAnn near us but that is a good one too! Thanks for the votes and the comment :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This really is a great hub and the ideas are so simple but will make such a big difference in a home. I too go to the dollar store for bargains, especially during the holidays.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

teaches12345 - Thanks for your comment :) It really does amaze me how a little bit goes a long way!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I totally agree that something as simple as moving furniture around can really give the room a whole new look. Thanks for all these smart tips and ideas. Great job!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Om - I rearrange furniture all the time! And when I get it perfect it doesn't take long before I seem to want to change it again! Thanks for the comment :)


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Lovely tips! I really am impressed with how much of a difference a simple coat of paint can make. Fabulous advice on switching out photos, too.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Simone - I have my craft room almost completely finished so I will have to put my "after" pictures on here since there are ones of the "in process". As for the pictures, it really does change a room a lot and it's super simple to do :) Thanks for the comment!


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

CassyLu - looks really good! I love your organization! The photos turned out very nice! -K


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks K :) There is still more to be done but it's a great start!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Loving this hub, especially as we bought a house a few months ago and ran out of money when it came to decorating the place!

Paint is a wonderful thing and cheap. I love the idea of changing your pictures - I must try this for a different look every so often!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Emma Harvey - Changing pictures really does change up the room a lot! You wouldn't think that such a small thing could make such a big differance but it does. And changing out those pictures always makes me smile when I look at the new ones put in the frames. I can't help it, my kids are just so dang cute LOL Thanks for reading and the comment :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is great! I am in the process of re-doing our boys' playroom and we are looking for inexpensive storage solutions - there are a few options out there, including Ikea hacks for turning cheap furniture into window seats, etc. Now, I just need an Ikea in our area! Haha.


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

I never thought that changing photos can help, brilliant idea.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

leahlefler - some storage solutions for the kids playroom, oh man, I could go on forever LOL We took outside plant hangers, painted them and hung them on the wall for the stuffed animals and some books, there are using gutters for books, of course all the ikea ideas :) We will have to brain storm on more ideas! Thanks for the comment!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

greatstuff - yup, it is as easy as changing out some photos :) Thanks for the comment!


kayla 4 years ago

Excellent article. I have been looking for some ideas. Will put these to use. Thanks. Votes up!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Kayla - Glad you ejoyed my ideas for inexpensive home decorating :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

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