If you’re like me, you love to decorate your home but you’re constrained by a budget. For 10 years I was a single mom but I figured out how to buy my own home and decorate it without spending a lot of money. After re-marrying, I had more money to spend but found I wasn’t comfortable paying a lot of money for things I’d previously scrimped on. So I continue to incorporate simple decorating ideas on a budget in my home. Today I’d love to share budget-friendly decor from my family room.
In my family room, I’ve taken a variety of hand-me-downs, flea market finds, clearance items, and garage sale pieces and unified them with white paint. This room only has 2 pieces of furnishings that were purchased brand new and at full price from a store … the IKEA cabinet in the right corner (which I painted white to match everything else) and the bamboo script mat on the floor.
The IKEA cabinet houses crafting supplies but was initially used as my computer cabinet. It came in pieces in a box and I assembled it all by myself! It was the biggest splurge in the room at around $300. I later painted the IKEA cabinet in Pure White using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and added the decorative appliques to the door fronts. The coffee table is a vintage blanket chest belonging to my husband’s aunt. It was dark and dingy-looking so I painted it Pure White and added Louis Blue on the top.
I love the curtains in this room! Look closely and you’ll see that the curtain rods are branches I found out in the yard. I used landscape burlap (which is softer than regular burlap so it drapes better) to create a swag. I didn’t want to do any sewing so I knotted the ends. I purposely left the ends at different lengths so it wouldn’t look too symmetrical. Cost of the landscape burlap for 3 windows was $30. The white Roman shades were purchased from IKEA for about $4 apiece and they work great!
Ready for more simple decorating ideas on a budget? The big clock was a find at The Little Traveler … on sale for less than half off. I can’t remember what I paid but it wasn’t more than $60. I ended up painting it because the color was too dark for this room but I liked its size. The face of the clock was too yellow so I removed the cover and used Mod Podge to attach book pages to the face. Then I simply stenciled on the numbers and put the clock back together. Easy peasy!
The love seat was purchased when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in this room so I didn’t spend a lot of money on furniture (I have since figured out what I’m going to do and will be replacing some of the furniture). I found this love seat at a garage sale and bought a slip cover online from Sure Fit. It looked a little plain to me, so I layered on a creamy matelasse coverlet I had on hand and added a couple pillows on sale from Home Goods. The rooster pillow was a Christmas gift from Barb at The Everyday Home.
Now for more simple decorating ideas on a budget that extend to a few of the finer details. The books were all purchased for just a couple dollars apiece. I love using vintage books throughout my house for simple decorating. I typically group them by color.
I love this feather that I found outside. I tucked it in an old aqua jar that I found in a nearby dump. Yes, I’ll stoop to picking through trash because as my father always says … “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
You can see the tops of my end tables are decoupaged with old book pages using Mod Podge. These pages are from The Silver Chalice, which is a story that I love. I used this book because the pages had bits of blue in them that matched the rest of the room. Another simple decorating idea on a budget that adds a bit of whimsy.
The other end table houses more books and a pair of white, rusty cast iron birds that were inexpensive yet pretty. I keep moving them from room to room. Do you do that with treasured pieces in your home?
Here you can see the cover page from The Silver Chalice that’s decoupaged onto the top of this table. The top book on the stack in the background is by Pearl S. Buck, one of my favorite authors. I’ll never use those pages for a craft project!
Coming later this month is a Summer Showcase of Homes for you to enjoy. From July 22nd – 26th, 25 bloggers will open up their homes for a summer tour. That’s 5 homes each day! My home will be on display Wednesday, July 24th. On the last day, we’re hosting a linky party for others to link up a tour of their own home – all decked out for summer! Be sure to come back for the home tour later this month!