Thursday, May 9, 2013

Decorate Your House on the Cheap {Guest Post}

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Disclosure: While I have done many features here at Kirsty Girl I haven’t yet accepted any Guest Posts. However, after I was contacted by Jenny Daniels, Freelance writer and author of this post, it fit in so well with my blog, the things I love and after checking the links and seeing they were all directed at websites and blogs that I would indeed read myself, how could I say no?

Just so everyone is clear, I would never accept a guest post from a poor writer or with links and/or information that I did not enjoy myself.



Decorate Your House on the Cheap

Whether you’re moving into a new house or simply bored with your current style, a makeover can give your space personality. If you’re ready to spruce up your house, you may consider hiring an interior decorator or a stylist. These people have an eye for fashion and design, and they can create styles that are unique to your house. Your house can literally become a showpiece. Unfortunately, professional help isn’t cheap and if your budget is limited, you may have to design the home yourself.
There are several ways to decorate your house on the cheap. If it’s time to update your present decor, here are five ways to transform your house without breaking the bank.
1. De-clutter your space.
Before you begin any home makeover project, start with de-cluttering your space. The less items in your house, the better. Oversized furniture and clutter can detract from the beauty of your house. Not to suggest getting rid of everything, but if there are items that you no longer need or use, donate these to charity. Go through your closets, shelves and storage bins. 
2. Freshen the paint.
Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is a simple and cost-effective way to give your house personality. White walls are bland and boring. Even if you can’t replace your furniture and bring in new decor, a fresh, vibrant color can give your house a warm cozy feel. And the best part, you can often purchase a gallon of paint for around $30. A little paint can go a long way. Freshen up your kitchen cabinets, your bathroom cabinets, the baseboards and your doors. To save on home improvement supplies, search coupons at NerdWallet. This is an excellent place to locate coupons for Home Depot and other home retailers.
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3. Look for inexpensive decor.
Maybe it’s time to upgrade your furniture and household decor. There are plenty of ways to accomplish this without going broke. Shop online with a West Elm coupon and save money on furniture, bedding, bath supplies, lighting, decor and other items for the house. You can also locate cheap home decor by visiting local secondhand shops or frequenting yard sales. Secondhand products for the home can include photos, lamps, side tables, vases and perhaps mirrors.
4. Trade with your friends.
Your friend or family members may have a piece that works well in your house, and vice versa. Before throwing out old furniture and home accessories, get with your friends and suggest trading items. This is an effective way to bring in new decor without spending a dime. For example, you may take a friend’s side table or throw pillows, and she may benefit from your old lamps or mirrors.
5. Refurbish furniture.
Another person’s trash can be your treasure. Drive around your neighborhood the night before trash day and look for old pieces that you can refurbish. These pieces can include dressers, chairs and tables. Often times, these items are in fair condition, but they may require sanding and repainting. If you’re crafty and love a project, this is a simple way to decorate on the cheap.
Don’t let lack of cash prevent a home makeover. Even if you can’t hire a professional designer or spend money on lavished items, you can spruce up your home and create a more comfortable space.
Linking up with: Live Laugh Rowe, Daily Cup, No Minimalist Here, The Shabby Creek Cottage, French Country Cottage, The Charm of Home, Common Ground













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  4. Great post and super informative. I love your pictues too. My home is definitely done with DIY projects and furniture redos, and I love it. Thrift stores and Goodwill love me. Amazing finish. I have a weekly party called Inspire Me and it goes lives every Monday evening. I would so love for you to link this or any other project to my party. www.astrollthrulife.net
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  5. All great ideas. I truly believe that there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make a big impact. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
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  6. That looks like the kind of furniture I have in my home.
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