Our Rumpus Room is finally complete, and I can’t seem to pull myself away from it!
I even go to bed eager for coffee the next morning because guess where morning coffee is enjoyed now?
Yup, right here.
Before our rumpus became the bright, lovely space that it is, it was a disheveled dump complete with missing floorboards, missing and broken windows and mice nests. In the end, a horrible fire purchased the complete remodel of its 250 square-foot space:
All that was left was to lay flooring and decorate which doesn’t sound like much…unless you’re on a budget. My goal budget for this August Upgrade Room Challenge hosted by Thrift Diving was $300. In the end, I spent around $480, but in the end, I got everything I wanted and more.
Are YOU decorating on a budget?
Here are some tips on how to create a beautiful, cozy and functional space without spending a fortune.
Tip #1: Use what you already have
Guess what? Everything in this picture was FREE.
This little nook is a decorative but functional space where I ready myself for an afternoon in the garden. Here is the lowdown on the items:
- Canvas: I popped an ugly canvas out of an old frame and painted right over it using colors I already had.
- Copper basket: A gift from a dear friend, it’s now a convenient place to store cleaning cloths.
- Cobalt bottles: Riesling bottles I’ve gathered here and there.
- Enamel strainer: A gift from a friend who’s doing some decluttering. Inside are my sunscreen and bug spray.
- Shelf: Salvaged from latter friend’s barn.
Total Cost: $0
Tip #2: Never underestimate the transformative powers of paint!
Last week I shared how I painted a couple of ugly couches using paint from my stash. In doing so, I saved $300 that would have otherwise gone towards wicker loveseats.
This once-beige sturdy metal chair also received new life thanks to a coat of turquoise spray paint.
Total Cost: loveseat pair $50, spray paint $4, metal chair $0
Tip #3: Browse the “oops” paint section
Ok, so what’s “oops” paint? It’s custom paint that people purchased, took home and then discovered they didn’t like. Once these customers bring this paint back to the store, it’s resold for waaaaay cheap.
I was in need of a gallon of grey paint and actually found some in the “oops” section at Wal-Mart. Ask an employee at the paint counter to point you to their stash.
Cost: $10 for 1 gallon of flat acrylic paint
Tip #4: Think outside the [mail] box
$4. That’s the cost of one brand new wall hook. Considering the amount of objects that can be repurposed into wall hooks, I’m not willing to hang my hat on a $4 for-realsies hook.
Feeling adventurous? Browse the gadget tubs at Goodwill, and you’re sure to find some clever alternatives.
That’s where I found this mailbox which not only has two hooks but also has a neat-o cubby to house my garden gloves and shears.
Tip #5: Enlist nature
Why let a table do what a tree stump can do for free?
Slender limbs such as crepe myrtle branches also double as a striking arrangement. Plus, they’re more durable than those expensive, brittle decorative branches available at craft stores.
And the best tip of all: Never buy or collect anything you don’t absolutely love!
If you love something, chances are it will compliment many of the things you already have.
Even if I become rich and famous, I will still choose to decorate on a budget. It just opens up a bigger room of possibilities.
What’s a favorite thrifty find in YOUR home?