I just moved into a new apartment in a very expensive area of the country. Because of that, there was not much room in my budget to purchase furniture and accessories (or at least, not ones from nice, well-known stores!)
So, I had to get creative with my decor and decorate with things I already had and items from places like Craigslist, Goodwill, and of course, IKEA.
While I’m not completely moved in yet, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on our budget when it comes to decorating our entire place. So, here are my top tips in case you need to do the same sometime soon.
You don’t have to go to a gallery and purchase expensive, original paintings in order to make your house feel more like a home. I love framing old maps, magazine cut outs, snapshots, vacation memorabilia, and even some of my favorite collectables like seashells or concert tickets. For example, I received a really pretty wedding invitation from a friend with a cute graphic on it, so I cut it out and framed it! Essentially, art is everywhere you look. You just have to have the right mindset!
See the Potential
Whenever I go to a thrift store looking for furniture, I try to keep my eyes peeled for solid wood furniture. If it’s solid wood, it can easily be re-stained or repainted. What’s important is the shape and size of the piece, not the finish. It will only take you one weekend to update a tired and worn piece of furniture, so try to keep an open mind and open eyes for quality pieces.
Use Family Heirlooms
There’s no better way to make your house a home than by incorporating family heirlooms. Ask your parents or parents if they have furniture they no longer want. See if your grandmother has an old rocking chair or storage chest. Sometimes, pieces of furniture and other decor from family are the best because they come with stories attached to them and make for interesting conversation pieces.
Built it Yourself
I’m not saying you should become an expert carpenter, but you’d be surprised at what you can accomplish with some wood and a few power tools. My advice would be to start small and build shelves and then eventually grow to create all sorts of furniture like tables, chairs, etc. “Do it yourself” projects are becoming so popular now that you can easily peruse several blogs and get step by step instructions that can help you to build the confidence to create things on your own.
All in all, you can have a nice living area that feels like a home without breaking the bank. You just need a little bit of patience, time to peruse Craigslist, and a bit of motivation to complete projects on your own. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful home that you’ll be proud of that didn’t require any stress or credit card debt.
What are some other ways to make your house a home for less?- Catherine Alford