My family of eight kids has successfully branded me a “busy mom” over the last 22 years. Time and money were always things I was short of, so when it came to decorating the house, my budget and time investment were always under scrutiny. How was I going to renew the look of our humble home with little to no funds, and then find the time to implement my plan? With some forethought, I was able to come up with some ways to redecorate on a budget, which worked well for my individual household. I still use these ideas today, and now, I’ll see these ideas in my 22 year old’s home as well.
You can’t go wrong when you have a bunch of 18 x18 standard sized pillows. This size makes it easy to find some nicely designed pillow covers, which you’ll find at department stores and other stores for the household. You can find pillow covers to tie into each season of the year, then switch them off as the seasons change. At the end of each season, just throw them in the washer and dryer to have them fresh and ready to go when it’s their turn to be displayed again.
I don’t know about you, but I have a couple boxes full of different sized picture frames which can be matched not by size and style, but by color. In the past, I’ve gathered the kids together for some frame makeovers. We set up a few different colors of paint to create groups of frames with matching color schemes. The frame designs were different, but the colors matched. This was particularly great for the kids’ bedrooms. When the girls were younger, there was a lot of pink and red frames around the room, and then as they aged, the colors changed to neons and other vibrant matching colors.
Even with my large family, I was never too worried about the stains which seemed to have a way of regularly appearing on my couch. With an inexpensive slipcover for your couch, you can create a renewed couch and living room as well. A nice solid color or print will generate a whole new feel to your house. I’ve even found ways to use vibrantly designed comforters that weren’t too worn out for this purpose. I once had a bright red one which worked nicely this way, especially when combined with other lively colored throw pillows used to contrast the comforter.
A good friend’s son created a beautiful headboard for his room with a piece of plywood and staple gun. He stapled the batting and in this case, canvas to his headboard, then proceeded to paint it with his own unique designs. However, stapling any fabric of your choice to this, along with the fluffy batting will add a nice touch of original artwork as well as a headboard to your home.
Source: Personal experience