Turning your home from drab to fab doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are five smart ways to decorate on a budget.I recently moved into my dream house.

I call this my dream house for two reasons 1) the property and 2) the potential. In all honesty the day we took possession of this home it looked like a foreclosure (even though it wasn’t.) It was filthy, the bathrooms were enough to make you sick, and the work needing done was plentiful.

However, the bones of this house are absolutely beautiful. The home is a log cabin but looks like a rustic farmhouse inside. There are beams everywhere, beautiful wide plank hardwood floors throughout the entire house, exposed ceilings, rock and brick walls, custom cabinets and more.

I knew that with a little elbow grease that I’d be able to transform this house from foreclosure-esque to beautiful.

Here are the steps I’ve taken to start the long transformation and renovate and decorate on a budget.

Paint Above All Else

Almost every room in this 3,000+ square foot home needs painting. That calls for a whole lot of work. The good news is that paint is pretty cheap, especially in comparison to other updates, and can be slowly done over time.

So far I’ve tackled one of the biggest rooms in the house: the living room. I’ve taken it from this:

living room

To this:

living room

Next on my list are my daughters’ rooms.

(All of our trim is painted crazy colors. The most frustrating part so far is painting all the trim!)

Hand Me Down Furniture

If you take a look in my living room the only furniture I’ve personally bought is the chair on the side and the TV stand. Every other piece of furniture has been donated to me!

Right now I’m not in a phase of life where I want to or need to spend a bunch of money on furniture. I happily take friends and family members hand me downs and make them work.

(All the beds and tables in my house are also hand-me-downs. I have bought very little furniture in my lifetime!)

Using What You Have

In this house the basement is finished and will be where my father- in-law stays when he comes to visit. The problem though, was that the bathroom was downright disgusting with a capital D.

There was no flooring, the shower was the dirtiest shower I’ve ever seen, and the vanity is falling apart.

To fix it up I first looked through my home décor stash to see what I had. I found paint for the vanity (both the cabinet and countertop,) a mirror that would perfect, and of course, handy dandy CLR to scrub the toilet and shower clean.

bathroom floor

I found a sale on flooring and paired it with a cashback site to get those supplies for less than $70!

Now I have everything I need to put the bathroom back together. By fixing up the bathroom myself I’m saving some major money!

Investing in the Right Pieces

I love to decorate. I could easily spend all of the money in my bank account on area rugs and wall décor. I like decorating that much!

But instead of going crazy I try and find the right pieces that I could use in multiple rooms and that will be in style for a long time.

Buying trendy is almost always a waste of money. Instead you need to carefully take your time to find those classic pieces that you just love. When you find them invest in quality!

Taking Your Time

Probably the most important thing on the list is patience. You can’t transform a house in a day, month, or even a year. It’s a process and it takes time.

Since I plan on living in this house the rest of my life I’ve made a vow not to do any major renovations until I’ve been here at least a year. Even then I’ll be going slow and steady making sure each room is built to last!

About Alexa Mason

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Alexa Mason is a freelance writer and wanna be internet entrepreneur. She is also a newly single mom to two beautiful little girls. She chronicles her journey as a single mom trying to make it big at www.singlemomsincome.com.