Redecorating Your Home On the Cheap'/

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You know you’re a grown up when the prospect of redecorating your home seems like fun. It’s not uncommon to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to make your current home into the home of your dreams. Still, for the person craving new surroundings, this might not be feasible, affordable or even desirable. Fortunately, there’s no reason you have to go into the hole trying to redecorate your home. There are a number of inexpensive ways for you to make your home an entirely new space.

Skip Paying for a Consult

People pay beaucoup bucks just to get a consult on how to make over their home. Before you pay for this unneccassary expense, why not take advantage of the expertise that’s available for free? Going around to different home improvement stores and chatting up the employees is a great way to get feedback on your plans or even get ideas you never would have thought of in the first place. And don’t forget to check message boards populated with DIYers who can offer pointers on how to do expensive updates with less money.

Make It Pop With Paint

For the person on a limited budget, a little paint can make a big difference. Painting all four walls isn’t even necessary. A simple accent wall can make you feel like you’ve fallen into a completely different world. For the person with the time, money and energy to paint an entire space, consider an accent wall, or use an accent color along the baseboards. If you’re taking the time out to repaint a space, do it right. You’ll thank yourself for years to come.

Give Your Front Door a Facelift

Another place where you can spend a little and get a lot is on your front door. The front door is the first thing that people see when they enter your house. It’s also very noticeable from the road. By changing out the front door, you provide an example of where you want your redecorating to go. No matter how long it takes you to complete the task, the front door is there reminding you of the destination.

Mod It

How do you get high interior design style on an IKEA budget? Modification. An inexpensive table from IKEA can easily be made into a unique object of art when you modify it. Paint it, silk screen it, or throw the right covering over it for a unique custom design. Soon you’ve gone from “Oh, I used to have that” to “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that!”

Sweat Equity

If you don’t have the money to pay for labor, consider doing it yourself. You shouldn’t attempt this unless you feel completely confident in your abilities, and even then you should stick to what you know — plumbers and electricians are seperate trades for a reason. For the person with a passion for woodworking, eschew store-bought entirely and make your own. You might end up “spending” more once you factor in the cost of your own labor, but time spent doing something you enjoy is never wasted.

Support the Up and Coming

If you live near an art college, community college or trade college you can get furniture and decorations for a song. Students, many of whom are quite capable, make everything from paintings to desks. You can help out your community and get a unique piece for your home by seeing what they’ve got for sale.

Bargain Shopping

Estate sales, yard sales, junk shops and thrift stores don’t just allow you to get quality merchandise cheap. They’re also great places to find a diamond in the rough. A lot of stuff at your local Goodwill might seem beaten up but in reality, it probably just needs a touch of TLC. Once you give it, you can have a piece worth far more than your initial investment. Craigslist and eBay are great options, too — but never buy furniture without checking it out with your own two eyes.


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Published July 20, 2012 Updated: December 26, 2012
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