I love Home Goods just as much as the next person. They always have the best statement pieces and the prettiest décor items. And while Home Goods and other similar home stores may not be overly expensive, you can usually get the same look for a fraction of the cost.
That is, as long as you don’t mind putting in a little extra effort.
There are, of course, times when you can’t DIY something and have to buy new.
That’s why I’ve created an all-encompassing, money-saving-strategies list for both the ‘buy-new’ times and the DIY times.
HERE ARE 8 BUDGET-FRIENDLY METHODS TO KEEP YOUR DECORATING COSTS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW:
MAKE PAINT YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND.
You can paint nearly anything. Yes, even fabric. Paint is cheap, and it’s a quick fix. You can get a lot of bang for your buck by painting; you just have to make sure you choose the right paint color. Sometimes you can get lucky and find discounted paint in the ‘Oops’ section at Home Depot.
Fortunately, if the paint color doesn’t look as wonderful as you expected, you can always re-paint with a new color. I have been known to re-paint the same item several times when I’m itching for a new look. It’s such an inexpensive way to get the look you want.
Before trashing an item that you don’t like, think, ‘Can I paint this to make it into something I do like?’ If you answered yes, bam, money savings right there.
ROOT THROUGH YOUR FAMILY’S UNUSED THINGS.
I have to admit this: my mom dubbed me the family ‘rotto-rooter.’ That’s what she calls me because I am constantly searching through her boxes of stuff. I have been ‘rotto-rotting’ since I was little, and let me tell you, it has paid off over the years. I have found some awesome items that I repurposed in my house, like my mom’s old plant hangers. You can see how I repurposed them into candle hangers here.
Next time you’re at a family member’s house, see if they’ll let you root through any of their unused items. If your family or friends are willing to let you have any unused items, take them up on that offer. It’s way cheaper to get something for free and then up cycle it than pay for it new.
REUSE BEFORE BUYING NEW.
I bet you have lots of items sitting around the house that aren’t serving a good purpose. Try reusing that item in a different room. If it doesn’t have the look that suites the room or your style, try simply repainting it, staining it, or having it function as something else.
You can also check out thrift stores or yard sales for pieces that need a little TLC. I especially love finding old, cheap pieces of furniture and then up cycling them. Furniture can be so expensive, so thrifting for a piece of furniture is a great way to save some serious cash. If you’re specifically looking for a piece of furniture for cheap, use this method along with the next method (#4).
FIND INSPIRATION, THEN DIY.
I am notorious for doing this. If you’re looking for something particular for your home, first search online for design inspiration. I personally love browsing for goods online at Pottery Barn, Joss & Main, and Wayfair, just to get inspired to re-create a particular look.
There are many times when you can find a $500 piece of furniture online and then make something similar for less than half of the store cost.
You can always get the look for less if you’re willing to do a little DIY.
Thrift stores and garage sales are always a hit or miss. That’s why you have to be willing to sometimes purchase something that you weren’t looking for (check out method #6). If there’s no way you can escape shopping new, head to the back of the store, that is, wherever the clearance section is, first. Home Goods and Target both have clearance sections that are worth perusing.
That being said, don’t buy something just because it’s in the clearance section. Only buy something at a discounted price if it’s something you love and are going to use.
BE WILLING TO BUY WHAT YOU WEREN’T SEEKING.
You can’t always force décor. Sometimes it just happens, if that makes sense. If you’re at a thrift store and are specifically shopping for a coffee table but find a pair of awesome end tables for your master bedroom, get them! You may not have been planning to tackle that end-table project for awhile but that deal may not come around again. And when you find something you absolutely love, don’t pass it up – especially if it’s a good price.
REPURPOSE UNUSED ITEMS.
You’re going to have to think outside the box on this one. Browse your cabinets for items you already have. Can you use that cake stand that’s hidden away and repurpose it as makeshift bookstand on your fireplace mantle?
There are so many unique ways to repurpose items. If you’re having trouble thinking of new uses, search on Pinterest.
The first step is to do a scavenger hunt in your home. Dig deep in your cabinets, attic, basement and anywhere else you store unused items. What aren’t you using that has potential to be a pretty décor item? Don’t overlook anything.
Make a list and then do a simple search on Pinterest. For example, you can search ‘uses for pitchers’ to get some ideas on how to repurpose the three pitchers you have sitting in the back of your kitchen cabinet.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS.
When you’re decorating, it’s easy to skip the details. But the details are what take your home from ordinary to extraordinary. And, usually, updating the small details of your home won’t break the bank.
Let me give you some examples. If you have outdated brass fixtures everywhere, you can update these with just a few cans of spray paint. Update your doorknobs, door hinges (this one often gets overlooked but it’s so important), shower fixtures, bathroom vanity fixtures, and kitchen sink fixtures by simply spray painting them.
The hard work comes in by having to remove all your fixtures to paint them. Removing the hinges on the doors is especially a nuisance because you have to take the door down, which usually requires two people. But after you spray paint the fixtures, either a silver or bronze tone, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes. And, you’ll get the same look as this one without paying upwards of $20 per doorknob.
I hope you found some new money-saving ideas above that you can easily implement into your lifestyle. Do you have any other methods you use to save money when decorating?