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I strolled through World Market looking for ideas on how to decorate my new rental apartment on my small budget. Teapots, bamboo placemats, sticky child on the floor (Ha! Not mine this time).
One flip of the tag on a decorative candelabra told me this stuff was way out of my price range but at least I got some cute ideas.
If you are anything like me, you have a desire for a nicely decorated home but are on a small budget. In the old days that would have been the end of it for me. Thankfully, there is now a little page called Pinterest with tons of articles on how to create a beautiful home on a budget.
Check out these tips for cheap ways to put together a beautiful home on a budget.
Cheap Tips for Putting Together a Beautiful Home on a Budget
1. DIY Pinterest crafts
Pinterest has been a huge game changer- especially if you’re anything like me and want to be creative but kind of suck at it.
Not familiar with Pinterest? Don’t panic because it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply type in what you are looking for and you will get plenty of suggestions.
I found the wreath pictured here by typing in ‘Rustic Wreath’. The directions from Our Home Made Easy are simple to follow and I was able to actually make the wreath in 15 minutes like she states (a miracle for someone as uncreative as myself). An this is just one of the thousand you can find and easily make to decorate your home.
2. Wait for the Blue Light Special
Back when K-Mart was the place to shop, a blue light special meant deep discounts.
Patience can save you a ton of money so, if you can, wait for holidays (President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc) to get the best deals on items you really want.
I managed to hold out for Black Friday and got a huge deal on the end tables in our living room.
3. Use coupons
Similar to the tip above but still deserving of it’s own category- use those coupons.
Michaels, Bed Bath and Beyond, and plenty of other home decor and craft places have coupons to keep their customers coming back. Head over to their websites and sign up to receive alerts on deals and specials.
4. Frame Your Own Drawings and Pictures
Wall Art is Ridiculously expensive (even cheap ones are $40) but large paper is not. Break out the paint or ruler and marker and create your own geometric designs. Find a cheap large frame and you have instant art for pennies on the dollar.
Check out the Youtube tutorial below to see just how easy it is to create Geometric Line Art.
5. Go Vintage
As mentioned above, cheap items like frames are the way to go.
You can find these kind of items at thrift stores but nowadays local l ‘Buy Sell Trades’ or BSTs have really picked up steam. These include sites like Facebook Marketplace, LetGo, and Craigslist. I probably get at least one item a month from these sites.
Check out this wall piece I got about a month ago for $5. It was metal and slightly rusted but a coat of red paint made it go perfectly with my living room decor which I am trying to bring more red into.
On a side note, when meeting anyone you don’t know from the internet use the proper safety precautions.
6. Ask and You (May) Receive
If you’re not someone who is comfortable speaking up this one may be hard for you but ask for what you want. I’m 33 years old and still give my family a birthday list because I would rather get something I want than not… and they would rather get me something I will use than waste their money on something I won’t.
7. Take Advantage of the Pallet Trend
Using pallets to create furniture and other projects is popular right now. My husband even used pallets to decorate the main wall in our living room instead of painting. You don’t have to cover an entire wall in pallets for it to make a big impact though. Check out my Pallet Furniture Pinterest Board for lots of great ideas.
8. Frame Free Printables
Wall printables are a great, cheap way to brighten up home decor and they’re easy to find. Simply type in “Free Wall Printable” into google or Pinterest and a ton will pop up. Frame with a cheap frame you found at a BST or made yourself and you have a great wall decor piece.
Need some Spring Wall Printables? Get mine for free by clicking the link.
9. Use Cheap Stencils to Update Furniture
I recently heard about stencils and love the idea of them (I also plan to try them when I don’t have busy two-year-old hands around me).
You can get them for cheap on Amazon and then follow a simple tutorial like the one above to update furniture you already have around the home to breathe new life into it.
You Can Decorate Your Apartment Without Growing Broke
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be rich to have a well designed home. Taking advantage of popular trends and finding decor that is both beautiful and cheap is possible with a little time and creativity.
Make your home the beautiful, relaxing place it should be with the above tips and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more home decor tips and ideas.