How to renovate your home on a budget

You Don't Have to Spend a Lot..... to get a lot!

Here are some tips from Nicki on how to refresh the look of your home without spending much money. Take her own house for example and admire the outcome.

Kitchen:
Kitchen island~FREE. Cabinet found in the trash
Marble top~$50 from Craigslist
Chandelier~$2 yard sale find
1959 GE Stove~FREE from Craigslist
China Cabinet~$30 from Ebay
Mirror above stove~$2 yard sale


Bedroom:
Ruffled quilt~Home Goods $50 {this was a splurge for me}
Nightstands~Goodwill Outlet $10 for both
Shabby Chic Headboard~$25 at a yard sale
Mirrors and Cherub lamp~All under $3 each at yard sales
Rug~Piece of fluffy fabric from JoAnn's with a 50% off coupon $5


Living Room:


Rug  $200 from Home Goods.
Dress form in the corner is $200.
Vintage chairs~Goodwill Outlet $8 each!!!!
French Sofa~Goodwill Outlet $17!
Chandelier~Craigslist $25
Italian Marble topped coffee table~$10 on Craigslist
Brass and Glass end table~$5 Goodwill
Mirror above mantle~$14 from Salvation Army
Fireplace Mantle~I think it was under $30 at a yard sale?
Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic curtains~4 panels for $50 from Craigslist

Tips on decorating a room:

If there is something you love but can not afford, sell something you already have that you don't love.

Craigslist, Ebay, and The Goodwill Outlet are my best friends!
Don't be afraid to bargain. Even thrift stores are sometimes willing to go down on their price.

Sometimes Craigslisters are wanting to get rid of a piece so badly that they are happy to deliver. This is helpful if you don't have a vehicle large enough. Never be afraid to ask.

Paint is a cure all for almost any kind of ugly. 

Reuse and Repurpose! 
Some of my favorite finds have been things people discarded in their trash.


Here in Greece we may not have Craiglist, or Goodwill outlet or yard sales, but we could still achieve that look by repurposing things in our home, paint something that we consider trash, take old furniture from people that very easily discard or at least pay a visit to the nearest IKEA or Jumbo (you can find so many things for a house on a small amount).
Great example right? Way to go Nicki!

xoxo
Olga

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