Pay more for the things you know will last forever and you won’t ever grow tired of. For everything else, pay as little as possible.
Try to think of a budget before you begin. Are you just doing 1 or 2 small projects or are you decorating a whole home?
I use Craigslist, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I have saved tons of money and gotten some really great things from some store I can’t afford. Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren and even some nice art work I have gotten off Craigslist. Don’t let chipped paint, dated oak or ugly hardware deter you. You can always paint, stain and replace elements you don’t like. Be careful of scams, and don’t ever meet anyone alone!
Look for good deals on paint. Paint can really freshen up a room or make it look completely different. During the Spring season, Lowes and Home Depot always have cheaper prices on paint, and all DIY items. Maybe even do a bold, accent wall that will make a room pop.
Garage Salllesss! One of my favorite past times in the spring is to get the paper, find 2-3 garage sales and hit them up on the weekend. You can turn some junky furniture into some gorgeous furniture with a little love and a sander.
The more patient you are the more money you will save. If you run out and buy everything you need that day, you’re not going to get a good deal. Hobby Lobby, likes to have candles and candle holders on sale opposite weeks of each other. Never fails.. So if you can wait, then you can get both 1/2 off!
New lighting, This can change a gloomy dark room into something light and beautiful.Get some sheer curtains, to add in that natural light, this will also cut down on the electric bill.
Ok, this is a big one that most people don’t think about! If you don’t have money to get all new cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom, Install new door pulls and handles. This will give them a new look to a previously boring or out-of-date door pull. Same goes for your plumbing fixtures. Get a new faucet and some towels, and your bathroom is going to look brand new…unless you have that ugly pink tile that makes people cringe!
Be creative in your thinking and remember that you don’t have to go overboard in spending. Less is better, don’t clutter your home with junk you’ll never use, or things you’ll be tired of in less than a year.