Since I am all about being thrifty, I thought it would be fun to show you a few of my rooms and how I’ve decorated them on a budget.
The tag line of my blog is “Re.store ~ Re.style ~ Re.love“, after all! ;)
I totally believe in doing just that. And I don’t think you need to spend a fortune to decorate your home…or decorate your home well.
Today, I’ll start with my Dining Room. It’s been re-invented quite a few times now. :)
Here it is decorated for the Holidays ….
It started out like this:
Well, not really….it actually started like this …… (not my decor, by the way…we were walking through with the realtor)
I removed the wallpaper & painted. My husband and I added the wainscoting a few years later.
Instead of buying new, I decided to refinish/paint my dining set and china cabinet a couple years ago to give it a fresh, new look:
You can read more about that whole process –> here.
I found the chairs on Craigslist for the latest “do-over”. The fabric for the “no-sew” curtains came from Hancock Fabrics (clearance bin!).
I paid approx $25 for enough fabric to cover 6 chairs and make curtain panels.
You can read more about the chairs and “no-sew” curtains in this post –> here.
This teal colored dresser/mirror (turned chalkboard) “Coffee Bar” came from the thrift store… $35.
That was a steal….although it did look like this when I got it:
Paint and/or refinishing can easily make it beautiful again though.
The shelves are simple, inexpensive and easy too. The brackets came from Hobby Lobby and were approx $4 each.
On the wall on the other side of the china cabinet…
The mirror was painted with Chalk Paint®. You can see it “before” in this post –> here.
The shelf was a red stained wood and I painted it black. The pink vase…was pink! ;)
And….frames are always a bargain at the thrift store.
And then there is the “Baker’s Hutch”…..
A little paint along with “new” hardware from another thrifted piece…. and transformed completely.
You can read about the “Baker’s Hutch” makeover –> here.
The teal tray came from IKEA. It wasn’t much. Six dollars if I remember right.
On the other side of the room is my “bar” area.
This piece came from an estate sale….$20.
And yep, I did paint it twice. First time was….wrong. My creative path is a little crooked sometimes. ;)
You can read more about that makeover –> here. (full tutorial for the lettering also)
The items on the top….
All the decanters came from garage sales/thrift stores. I got the large one in the middle from Ross or TJ Maxx though.
This came from the ReStore. I actually paid more than I normally would pay for something like this. $20.
But I needed something to house my cable modem, etc, and this was perfect.
It went through a couple paint jobs too. Oopsie. ;)
You can read more about all of that in this post –> here.
I’ll be sharing the rest of my rooms as I complete them.
Still a few things going on in each of them. No surprise there! ;)
But I hope this post has at least inspired you to think outside the box a little about decorating.
Everyone’s styles are different. This post isn’t really about style but more about ways you too can keep costs down decorating in your own home.
I mostly wanted to show you that it can be done by re-inventing things you already own or those you pick up inexpensively.
Stay tuned…I have a fun (also re-invented) DIY seashell/beach sign coming up later this week. :)