As I mentioned recently as I was taking stock of the things I love in my home, there is actually quite a bit I don’t like. Sad times. Especially since we have lived here five years now – I don’t really have the just moved in excuse to use. A big part of the problem is I am a very frugal (cheap) decorator. Aside from not having tons of money to spend on prettifying things, I also just don’t want to spend lots of money of stuff. There are far to many other more important things to do with money. And yet I still want a lovely home. Conundrum.
There is no doubt the cheapest way to decorate is to buy secondhand and/or make things yourself. And this is 100% how I decorate. The problem is my house now has a bunch of really great DIY projects and vintage stuff that doesn’t really add up to a great whole. But all of that is finally changing. I have finally figured out the part I was missing before – how to decorate for cheap but still end up with a room you love.
My first lucky recipient of a style makeover will be my master bedroom. There is some really great stuff happening in there – but as a whole, it is a total letdown. Here is what is going on right now.
It is really a very pretty room, but so not my style.
So here is how I intend to fix it.
First off, before doing anything else, you need to know your style.
(Yes, this is what I have been harping about in my pinpointing your style series). If you don’t know what kind of spaces you absolutely love, how in the world are you supposed to create one? Seriously, when you think about it, that makes no sense. Here is the style cheat sheet I created.
Here you see the problem. My bedroom has almost nothing in common with my style cheat sheet. That is why I just don’t love it. Specifically it is monochromatic, square, calming, and devoid of graphic patterns. While my favorite rooms are full of pops of happy color, curvy lines, and bold patterns.
Second, use what you have.
Look around and see what you already own that will work great in the space. Make sure it fits your style though…or that it will after a little DIY tweaking. There may be a lot of things already in your room that are super awesome, or you may find the perfect thing lurking in one of your other rooms. This is the biggest key to decorating for cheap – figuring out how you can use the stuff you have already bought and paid for. (Or if you are very lucky, found on the side of the road for free).
Luckily, I have a lot of really great things happening in my room. And a few things elsewhere that I can potentially use.
Third, make your plan.
This is where I have been seriously lacking. I have only actually made a plan before decorating a room once – when I decorated the nursery. And as I recently shared, the nursery happens to be the only room in my house that I totally love. Hmmm – doesn’t take much to connect the dots. And as further proof this really can work, the nursery is full of super cheap vintage goodness and sweet DIY projects. I got an amazing room and it was totally budget-friendly. I went from a completely bare room to a completely finished one for $373. (Seriously, that is freaking amazing!) When you are making your plan, don’t forget to incorporate the stuff you gathered that you already own. Free is very good when you are decorating on the cheap.
Master Bedroom Plan
Fourth, be flexible with your plan.
If you want to buy super cheap stuff at thrift stores and yard sales, you’ve got to be sorta flexible. I know there are parts of my master bedroom plan that will change as I start working on it. And I’m cool with that as long as the overall vision doesn’t change.
Fifth, get hunting.
That does not mean you have to go to the thrift store everyday – that may be a bit extreme and if you do, you are sure to end up buying lots of junk you really didn’t need. But keep your eyes open. If you know you are really wanting an aqua nightstand, keep your eye out for a cute nightstand that you could paint whenever you do happen to pop into a second hand store or drive by a yard sale. And don’t forget to be flexible! Maybe you find a super cute little side table instead – it could just be your perfect nightstand. And remember, finding good stuff for cheap takes time, so be patient.
I am super pumped about my master bedroom makeover – so much so that I have already started on my new gallery wall and headboard. (Maybe one day I will learn to take on only one project at a time…but probably not).
Can’t wait to share my progress! Anyone have tips for decorating on the cheap? Suggestions for my master bedroom? If you have any great ideas, I would love to hear them!