*THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.
My parents built their home from scratch after putting all their kids through college. By the time their dream of a place they could call their own came to fruition, all their money had run out. The house was built, but there was no money left to decorate it.
And what is a home without the decorations that give it personality? Decorating a home requires money, but it does not mean that you get to stare at bare walls if you have a limited budget.
With some planning, expert haggling, visits to the thrift shops, and a can-do attitude, you can get your home decorated in no time!
There are plenty of ideas that would help you transform your house on a budget, and I will give you 4 DIY home decorating ideas I learned while doing my parent’s house.
Some of them are for less than $ 100! So what’s the wait? Let’s get started at once:
1. Buy Second-Hand Furniture
Home décor is incomplete without furniture; furniture completely changes the vibe of a room. However, new furniture is expensive. If you want to buy a new piece of furniture to replace the older one, it is not necessary to buy brand new furniture. You can also buy second-hand furniture that is in good condition. You can get second-hand furniture at reasonable prices from:
- Thrift stores
- Reuse centers
- Facebook marketplace
- Facebook pages
At times, you get a perfect piece that only needs to be cleaned, while other times, there may be minor defects in the furniture. In case your second-hand furniture needs some retouching, add a new cover, polish, or varnish, and the furniture will look just as good as new but at a dirt-cheap price!
2. Paint the Walls
Painting your walls can be the cheapest option to give your home a new look. Just in a few hours, you can give the faded walls of your home a new look. A gallon of paint costs around $30, and for a normal-sized room, 2 gallons of paint is enough.
Also, you can be more creative with paint. You can do stripes, ombre, stenciling, color-washing, sponging, sponging-off, ragging, rag rolling, and dragging. Get yourself a roller, some painter’s tape, a YouTube tutorial, and you are all set.
3. Use a Wall Paper
Adding wallpaper is another good yet cheap option for home décor. Wallpaper comes in various patterns and colors; it is a good option for beautifying the walls at an affordable price. A wallpaper typically costs you $ 1- $2 per square foot. You can also use wallpaper on the cabinets or shelves, as a backsplash in a modern kitchen, headboard of the bed, or even furniture.
4. Order Cheap Art Work & Decoration Pieces
Home decoration is incomplete without artwork. The bare walls do not look beautiful, even if you have expensive furniture and beautifully painted walls. However, art is not cheap! It is true that paintings are pretty expensive, but who says that only expensive art is beautiful?
You can buy the poster prints for most of the famous paintings. These range from $20 to $30; now add a wooden frame, which would cost you almost $10, and ta-da! You have yourself tasteful artwork at a minimal price.
You can also enhance the beauty of your home by adding centerpieces, china, and carpets. Throw a housewarming party, and you will get the most beautiful items as gifts. If not, then hit the thrift stores and Facebook pages. People often give away their decoration stuff when they move cities, countries, etc.
Carpets and rugs add a unique touch to homes; although carpet cleaning is challenging, a plushy Persian or a modern runner makes your rooms look very rich and beautiful.
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