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Millionaire Design on a Pauper Budget
September 26, 2018
Whether you just went to a “Parade of Homes” or watched the latest design show on HGTV or just want to update your homes look, you probably think it is more money than you can afford. Home decorating can get real expensive, real quick. To hire an interior designer, you will spend $150-300 per hour. That doesn’t even include the materials. Don’t hyperventilate now because you don’t need to hire one. You really can do it yourself.
Step 1: Find your look. Do you need a little inspiration? Watch some decorating shows on HGTV, attend some open houses or look thru magazines. Inspiration is truly all you need.
Step 2: Re-purpose what you have. If you look around at what you currently have, you probably have more usable stuff than you think. Could you sand down and re-stain a piece of wood furniture? Would a few color accents make all the difference? Even an old set of drapes that are in good condition can be used to reupholster a chair. Don’t know how to do any of that? YouTube has all the educational videos you can ever possibly need.
Step 3: Cover your walls and floors. Maybe a new color would brighten things up. Check out your local home improvement store and you will be amazed at just how many versions of blue or beige or white … oh my white paint is white paint isn’t it? No. It’s not. Also, while you’re there, ask if they have any wrong colors they mixed. If so, they would rather sell it at a basement bargain price than just toss it. It might be just the color you need for an accent wall. Talk about a room change by painting just a single wall.
If you need more than paint, check the rummage sale listings in your area, thrift stores, a local free-cycling group, etc. You just may find the perfect area rug or picture to completely change your look. As the old saying goes, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” They may simply be tired of the piece, but it is new to you. Even art you already have can be updated with a new frame. The options are endless.
Step 4: Take your time. You don’t have to completely redecorate your house in one weekend. Do a piece or two at a time and keep looking. It can be a lot of fun to search rummage sales and thrift stores for that one killer piece, especially when you didn’t know you needed it until you saw it.
As always, have fun with it! It is your castle.
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