Undertaking a decorating or renovation project sounds really fun until you start listing out all of the things you need to buy. Then it just makes you depressed. This plus that plus this equals a whole lotta money. Because of the expenses incurred when redecorating, many people opt not to do it at all. Instead, they choose to live in an outdated version of the Full House set, throw a slipcover on the floral couch, and call it a day.
Friends, this is no way to live.
Instead of settling to live in an outdated house, why not decorate in a cheaper way than the mainstream route?
- Do Not Always Buy New. There is absolutely no reason that to get something new, it has to actually be brand new. You may shock yourself at the amount of treasures that are out there waiting to be found hidden at your local thrift, resale, and consignment stores. Try hitting up a garage sale or two every weekend as well. You will be pretty amazed.
- Repurpose. Building on the last tip, if you find a piece of furniture or decor that you feel has potential, do the rest of the work yourself. Sand down and paint it or switch up the knobs. Not only will it turn out exactly the way you want it, but it will be a fun DIY project as well.
- DIY. Speaking of Do It Yourself, this is a great way to save money and open up room in your budget. Look for ideas that can be done on your own. There are so many tutorials out there, plus an entire website where every DIY project and its mother can be found (hello Pinterest), that even your dog could probably complete one. Instead of hiring out a painter, do the job yourself! Create your own kitchen backsplash using faux brick paneling or make your own outdoor fireplace with faux stone panels. The opportunities are endless and the sky is the limit.
- Pace Yourself. Do not try and do everything at once. People who do this tend to spend more money overall, because they just want it done and out of the way. If you take your time and properly plan your redecoration project, you can acquire new things as you find them as well as take advantage of sales along the way.