Good morning sweet friends! Today I want to go over How To Decorate On A Budget! We also have an awesome surprise for you at the end of the post. Over the weekend our recent Master Bedroom post gained tons of traffic and it was amazing waking up to all of the wonderful feedback it received! You all have no idea how happy that made us knowing all of our hard work was being recognized and you all loved it as much as we do! I say us because Wayne is always right there with me, helping the projects along and I couldn’t do it without him. At the end of the day, YOU are the reason we do this and it makes it totally worth it when we get to read your beautiful comments so thank you!
One comment out of the many wonderful comments the post received stood out to me. Without going into major detail it basically said ” not everyone has the money to just decide they don’t like something and then change it” it hurt a little bit and only because I go out of my way to make sure a majority of the things I use come from affordable stores that the average person can afford. Yes, I do spend a little more on the big items like the bed for example because I firmly believe some pieces are worth the investment. But I also have to save for those items because I don’t have tons of money lying around and I don’t ever want to give off that impression because it just isn’t so. We had to live with our bad decisions for over two years and we’re still living with them today because our home is far from complete.
The last thing I want is to be the blogger that is constantly posting things that are completely unattainable for a majority of their readers. Yes, I make decor a priority when others may make buying lottery tickets or going shopping for new clothes a priority. The reason I choose to do that is because I want our home to be a haven for our entire family and it is something I care very much about. There is a method to this and today I want to let you in on some of the tricks I use to be able to have the decor I want without blowing the budget out of the water.
What do I already own: Ask yourself what you currently own that you could possibly use in the new space. Is there something in one room that maybe doesn’t completely work that you could move to another? If you really take an inventory of what you already have you would be surprised what you could use without having to purchase something new. Once we use something in one space a lot of times it is easy to not consider it anywhere else but typically we all have something we could move or find a different use for.
Family & Friends: Make sure your family and friends know what you’re looking for so that they can also keep an eye out for you. They may even have decor or furniture pieces they are no longer using that they just might be willing to give you.
What can I sell: You guys have no idea how often I do this. When we made over our office I literally sold every single thing in our guest bedroom to be able to redo our office. The items we had were dated and would not work with our new look. So I took photos of everything and listed it on Craigslist. (Facebook garage sale groups are great for this also) Yes, you will probably have to get rid of several items to buy a new item but if it doesn’t work with the new look then why keep it?
What can I DIY: This is my number one go to when I am getting ready to make over any space. Once I have a plan for the space I always go down the list and try to figure out what I can do myself. I am by no means an expert in half of the projects I do but I am always willing to give it a shot and out of all of the DIY project’s I have done over the years only one of them has failed! Yes, you may have to step out of your comfort zone a little bit and learn some new skills but in the end, it is worth it if you get the result you are after. We have done so many DIY projects around our home and the amount of money it has saved us is unbelievable. The possibilities are totally endless when it comes to the things you can DIY. Pinterest is your best friend, there are tutorials for almost every single thing you can think of and most can be done by the average person. I recommend you leave the more serious stuff to the professionals though.
Birthday & Christmas: This may be surprising to some but every year for my birthday and Christmas I either ask for the piece I want or ask my family to pitch in on it. So twice a year I can count on being able to get a big ticket item. No, my family doesn’t give me hundreds of dollars but they do give some and once I have the money from the whatever I sold, plus the money from family I usually only have to pitch in a small amount of my own money towards what I want.
Craigslist: Craigslist can be a gold mine of wonderful decor items. You just have to be patient and willing to hunt for what you want. I have seen some beautiful items on their site and most of the time you can bargain for a better price. If you have a certain piece you are looking for be willing to search Craigslist daily. Once you spot something that fits the look or piece you have in mind then jump on it! Sometimes you may have to change things a bit for them to work but go into it with an open mind.
Garage Sales: This is the perfect time of year for garage sales! You wouldn’t believe the things that you can find. Just like Craigslist, you can usually bargain with them on price. We have tons of decor pieces that don’t match the style we are going for, so we will either be selling on Craigslist or having a garage sale. Look for items you can repurpose. Maybe you see a cute kitchen table, could you possibly use it as a desk? Or you spotted a beautiful chandelier but it’s the wrong color, can you paint it and use it in your space?
Overstock As-Is Section: Some of you may not know this but overstock.com has an as-is section. It is full of items that have been returned sometimes the package has simply been opened or the person changed their mind for whatever reason. The items are available for half the cost and a lot of the time it will list the exact reason the item was returned. The items are final sale so you’re taking a chance but I say if the return reason is something you can deal with or possibly fix them why not. You can go to their site and type in “as is” in the search bar and it will show you all of the items available. You can also check the sale and as- is section at your local furniture stores because they typically have a wide array of items available also.
Even with all of these tricks sometimes there are things that are just completely unattainable for me. That is when my wheels start spinning and I try to figure out how I can get a similar item or look for a fraction of the cost. Usually, if you research enough there is something similar out there that will work. Sometimes you may have to wait until an item goes on sale or you have a coupon for that store. It is a numbers game and you have to be willing to hunt, and most of all you have to be willing to play!
Over the weekend we were all able to get some much needed rest! We literally did nothing other than church on Sunday and it was so nice. The very best part of my weekend was by far getting to read all of your sweet comments and to thank you all for your support I will be giving away a $100.00 gift card to one lucky reader! The winner may choose a gift card from one of the following stores Pottery Barn or Target. The winner will be chosen at random via promo simple for more details see the official rules on the entry form. The winner will be notified via email on 05/07/2017 and we will announce the winner via blog post on 05/09/2017. Good Luck!
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