Big Room Makeovers on a Little Budget

Home Decorating Tips
*Hate the color? Paint it ~ put some spring back in the step of this yard sale chest by painting it a glossy Kelly green. Then have a mirror cut (which doesn’t cost much!) to hide the top.
*Use dining chairs anywhere. These chairs started out with brown fabric and legs then were re-covered in blue velvet, with painted legs in white, and used to flank the dresser. Pairs are great for that.
*As long as it looks pricey…who cares if it’s not? These ’60s vases look like they’d cost a fortune. Also, the octagonal mirror was naked pine and now it looks expensive with a coat of shiny black paint.

Home Decorating Tips
*Think outside the trunk. This $100 metal trunk from a thrift shop is turned into a table with nothing done to it!
*Look for a sign. The graphics, shapes, and textures of industrial pieces like this old sign make amazing art and add a little masculine, throw-up-your-feet feel.
*Don’t forget the extras. Keep ’em quirky and inexpensive. Look at a yard sales for things like the roulette wheel (it can be a great conversation piece), fun animal accents (hence the ceramic owl and the pair of black Foo dogs)
*Consider Lucite because they’re clear as can be. Lucite tables are a great way to add functionality without cluttering your space.

Home Decorating Tips
*Go for funky lamps and top them with white paper shades for a clean look that shows off the base. Always, always check the wiring on old lamps, and if it feels crunchy, get it rewired. A lamp isn’t a bargain if it burns your house down.
*Wallpaper one wall. It’s not a big investment or commitment, and it’s an easy way to snap up a room. Another option is wall decals, they’re super-fun… and cheap.
*Personalize your bedding. An embroidered monogram on the bedspread ties the look together in a chic, personal way. You can also add it to pillows.
*Detail the headboard. Here chrome tacks were added to the headboard to jazz it up. They come in adhesive strips, so you don’t have to nail them in individually. The lines are perfect, and most cost just $1 per yard!


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