Ever had a corner or section of your house that looks pathetic – empty – lacking?
Kinda like this one. . . 👎🏽
Yeah, that’s what I woke up to this morning.
It seemed like – after the Christmas decorations came down – my little house felt bare. Anybody with me? 🙋🏻♀️
Let’s rewind a little ⏪ Let me give you a little tour/info on my little 🏡 . . .
I love green. 💚 I ended up repurposing most of my wedding decor (vases, jars, boxwood, candlesticks) and it’s filtered throughout my little house. I even sanded and painted this cute little coffee table last summer to match all my decor.
But, looking forward to S P R I N G and S U M M E R, I wanted something more than my neutral grays, tans, whites, and creams complimenting my glamorous green.
I guess you could say I was bored. But, I should also mention that Hub and I are on a budget that doesn’t lend itself to redecorating – life ain’t cheap, you know? So, I guess you could say that I was also feeling a little discouraged. 😑
But, never fear. I found a way. A way to say “goodbye” to that despicable looking section of my living room/dining area. A way to give my little house a fresh look for spring. All for cheap.
And – if you find yourself in the same boat as me? You can find a way, too.
Here’s a couple tips.
- Pick the accent color you’d like to add B E F O R E you start googling, pinteresting, or shopping.
- Set a price limit B E F O R E you go shopping.
- Be willing to switch around or put away all those little decorative items you already own. You’d be amazed, also, at what you can find, move around, or repurpose.
- Remember that less is more. You do NOT need to buy tons of items to spruce up a corner or re-do your decor look.
- Shop when the stores have (no less than) 40% off what you’re looking for.
- Don’t settle for something you don’t really like. Spend money ON L Y on things that strike your fancy.
So, fast forward to ⏩ this past weekend. I decided (after seeing some cute decor at Joann Fabric and Craft Store) that a soft/blush pink would be the P E R F E C T pop of color to compliment all my greens & neutrals. Skip through the first couple days of this week & a little Pinterest searching – and we (finally) get to today. Today I braved the cold to go to Joann’s. They are currently (only for a couple more days) carrying a 40% off sale on their “Simply Spring” collection. Gorgeous stuff. With whites, grays, sage green, pinks, baby blues. Wall decor, pillows, trinkets, signs, etc.
I searched – for something I genuinely liked that was also affordable that would help my empty section of house to find life. (Side note: Just because everything is 40% off doesn’t mean that it’s an amazing deal.) I liked so many things. But, I had to narrow it down. I came across this & decided it was just what that empty wall needed.
This wooden sign had the perfect touch of pink, while also tying in my neutral white & pop of green. I also loved the message. Plus, it was not a repeat of another sign in my house. $19.99 turned into $11.99. Can’t beat that! I loved so much more that Joann had, but I decided to stop there. I bought my item and headed down to Hobby Lobby.
At this point, I was looking for a couple soft pink items that would accentuate the sign I had just purchased.
Wouldn’t you know? Hobby Lobby was also offering a 40% off sale on their “The Spring Shop” collection. Perfect.
First – I found this. . .
A pink metal bucket (SAME shade as my sign from Joann’s). $5.99 turned into $3.59. (I had the fake lambs ear stuck in my crafting bucket in the spare closet at home. . . You’d be surprised what you already have at home or what the Dollar Tree offers. I never spend much $ on greenery and flowers.)
Next, I visited that clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby – you know, the one where you find all the odds and ends, out of season, or broken items. Final markdowns. You guessed it. I found the perfect complimentary item – a perfect match to the metal bucket. . .
A pink plate/platter to sit on my dining room table. It’s heavy, too. Not a cheap piece originally. Marked down to $5.49. I added the boxwood topiary from my wedding decor. The gold geometric tea-light holders are a find from the Dollar Tree last summer. It’s the perfect combo!
Lastly, I found another darling, floral sign with some pops of pink & green. $15.99 turned into $9.59. Makes the perfect addition to my bookshelf turned decor shelf.
Again – cute message and coordinating colors. (Mini boxwood topiary – leftover wedding. Gold ball – free from my cousin who was tired of it at her house.)
I also added these cute little birds to my decor shelf – a find from Wal-Mart a couple months back, approximately $1.50 a piece.
Now – for the picture you’ve all been waiting for. The finished product. Empty corner – be no more! ✌🏽out!
(I’m not kidding about the wedding decor. The wooden crates. Cheap from Wal-Mart. Stained to the color of my choice. An old engagement pic in a frame that was given to me. Two cheap candlesticks, spray-painted gold. A couple green jars. And a word block from my wedding registry. This ensemble didn’t cost me much!)
And – just like that. My little house has a fresh, springy touch & a blank, blah section revitalized!
Plus, I only spent $30 for four pieces. 👏🏽 (Seriously minimal compared to how much people normally on ONE decor item.)
Thanks, sweet followers, for listening to me blather about my day of decorating.
I love making a house into a home.
What are your best decorating tips for cheap? Leave me a comment! ⬇️
(Photo creds: https://unsplash.com/photos/bYOi200uQ6w)