Something must be in the air because here lately I’ve been in a constant furniture refurbishing mood.
I’ve painted or stained nearly every wooden piece of furniture I own. I’ve also rearranged, de cluttered, and organized like crazy.
Which is good. Instead of spending a bunch of money on renovations or decorations I’m spending close to nothing for a nice new look.
And, since I’m mildly obsessed with sprucing up houses and real estate in general, I thought I’d share a little bit on how I change the entire look of a room for less.
Here’s how to redecorate a room on a tight budget.
Use What You Have and Buy Cheap
Most of the furniture I have is hand me downs from friends or family. When I moved in 2012 I took nothing with me and had to start from scratch.
My family and friends were eager to unload all of the furniture and household items that they no longer wanted. Luckily, most of the items I chose to keep and use coordinated.
I then went on to stain or paint pieces so that there was a cohesive feel in each room.
Other items I’ve found on Facebook Yard Sales or Craigslist. You can discover some awesomely cheap items on these sites. I look for quality pieces that I can make my own.
Refurbish Old Furniture
One of the best things you can do to give an old room a new look is to refurbish your furniture. For example, I have a set of coffee tables and end tables that I just love. They have a great shape and plenty of storage, which is essential with two young kids. The only problem was that I really hated the color of the stain. So I decided to change it on my own.
I started by thoroughly sanding the tables. I then chose a nice ebony stain and applied it to all three tables. After the stain had dried I wanted to give the tables a more rustic/antique style look so I took the sander over all of the edges to expose a bit of bare wood.
I also stained two bookshelves the ebony color and painted two wall hanging shelves white. These pieces all turned out great and complement each other well.
A word of warning: make sure you take your time with the sanding, staining, and painting process. Also make sure you give your paint and stain plenty of time to dry.
Paint A Room
I’ve already painted every single square foot of my home. And, I think it is the number one thing anyone can do to transform the look of a room.
You can get a can of paint for as low as $15 per gallon and depending on the size of your room a gallon of paint can go pretty far.
Giving a room a fresh coat of paint will make the room appear cleaner and will set the mood depending on which shade you opt to go with.
Rearrange Your Furniture
I’ve been scooting my heavy couch across the floor in every which way I can think of. Finally, I found an awesome living room arrangement.
The TV is still visible but the furniture is arranged in a way that promotes human interaction instead of eyes glued to the TV. I’ve also scattered out books in intentional places so that when the girls and I aren’t busy we are reminded that we need to read.
Rearranging your furniture can not only make your room look better but it can encourage specific activity if you’re intentional.
Use Gift Cards to Purchase Accessories
I amassed quite the gift card collection during Christmas. And, since there was nothing that I really need I decided that I’ll use the gift cards to buy household items as I see fit.
Now that I have all of my living room tables and bookshelves refurbished I plan on using the Kohl’s gift cards I received to buy home accessories.
I have an idea of exactly what I want, now I’m just waiting for a good sale before I buy.
If you don’t have any gift cards to spend you could consider earning some easy extra cash through a place like Swagbucks or Inbox Dollars to purchase household accessories.
A Beautiful Room for Less
If you think outside of the box and work with what you have instead of splurging on a whole new furniture set you can really make a room look awesome for less.
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Once you do so much work to make a room the way you want it you get to feel a sense of pride each time you walk into it and every time someone compliments you on your efforts.
How do you spruce up your home on the cheap?