I read an article a LONG time ago about how this blogger quit DIY. She explained why she was a DIYer and how she was raised to be a fixer. She then explained how she was DIYing just because she could. And that all the time spent on a project no longer made it worth it. And I get it, I really do!
I get it so much I had thought about stopping too. But recently I came to the realization that I need DIY projects in my life. They keep me sane. So much in fact I worked it out with my family that I get Thursday nights to myself. On these nights I can go out with friends, hide in my living room watching TV shows, or my favorite: I can finish up projects I am itching to get to. Since I started this I have noticed a huge change in my mood.
I am also a really frugal person. And not just frugal for the sake of being frugal. I don’t just buy things because they are on sale (ok sometimes I do and regret it so I try really hard not to). When it comes to decorating our home I try to remember 3 things: 1. It actually matches my other decor; 2. We need it or it makes me happy; and 3. I find the best price, DIY, or wait for it to go on sale. And I have found we have less clutter and more of the things we love in our home.
When I first got married I was so excited to make our home a place our kids enjoyed, a place our family could spend quality time together, and a place that shared those memories with friends and family. That is still my goal.
Here are my top 7 tips for decorating you home on a budget.
- Thrift shopping: I love to thrift shop and I go often enough that I see some pretty cool things. I buy furniture when the color tag is 50% off (Saturdays have the best deals but you have to go early). I buy picture frames, clothes, holiday decor, and even vintage napkins (ok I don’t know that they are vintage they just look vintage).
- DIY: When it comes to DIY I know my limits. I’ve made signs with quotes on them, put legs on my son’s bed, put in baseboards and painted a ton of furniture. I have not made my own dresser but I think (with the right help) I could.
- After season sales: Hobby Lobby is one of the best places to buy holiday decor after the season is over. I can remember going to Hobby Lobby right after Christmas with my mom to pick out next year’s Christmas tree theme. After season sales are not just for the cheap candy.
- Shop the inside isles: At Target you can find clearance items on the end caps (think closest to the outside walls and sometimes in the center). This is where I find my non-DIY home decor items and linens.
- Family: I knew my mom was redoing some of her photo walls in her home. I took the old picture frames and painted them with a chalky finish paint to match my own home decor.
- Use nature: I love bringing in twigs, pine cones, and leaves during the fall and winter months. In the spring I love filling my home with flowers.
- Shop from your home: I do this all the time! I took things from almost every room in the house to create this gallery wall in my living room. Since I only took one or two things it was hardly missed in the other room. I move things around a lot until I get just the right feel for a room.
What are your favorite tips for decorating your home on a budget? Have you tried any of mine before? You might like this tutorial on how to make stained wooded trough boxes (but I actually didn’t use stain at all).