Monday, February 20, 2012

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No-Money Home Makeover Ideas

Some cute ideas for the right price. 
I love rearranging and redecorating my home. Here are some of my  ideas that I love... all for free

  • Use Paint-You can transform a piece of furniture or a room with a coat of paint. Use what you have in the garage- mix 2 if you have to or add a little bit of white paint to change the color slightly.
  • Reuse Fabric- Re-purpose fabrics such as linens, napkins, and curtains. Cut and sew into new table clothes, pillows. etc..
  • Rearrange furniture- Change the flow of the room. Swap out for furniture in other rooms, you might be surprised on how good things look together.  Also try this with area rugs, artwork, lamps...anything else.
  • Declutter- Remove anything (especially furniture) that you don't use in a room. The space will seem larger.
  • Swap items with a friend or family member. Have a swap party and have your guests bring at least 6-10 items to swap. 
  • Utilize sites such as  freecycle.Craigs List, your local newspaper for free items. You may have to clean or paint them but they are still free.
  • Display your collections- salt & pepper shakers, snow globes, anything looks better grouped and displayed together.
  • Re purpose rooms, furniture, fabrics, pictures, and everything else. 
  • There are no rules. Just try it and let me know how it comes out. Have fun!   
For more ideas please read article below
No-Money Home Makeover Ideas - Yahoo! Shopping:

By Kendell Cronstrom & Nicole Sforza, Real Simple
There’s no reason to buy new stuff to spiff up your home; you already have everything you need.

Turn a Quilt Into a Headboard

Got a plain-Jane bed? Give it character―and warm it up, too―by draping a quilt over the frame.

Prop Up Art to Conceal Cords

Lean framed art against a wall to hide wires and outlets. Layer them for extra impact.

Stick a Plant Inside a (Non-Working) Fireplace

Brighten up that black hole with one of your indoor or outdoor plants. Choose a type that doesn’t require a lot of sunlight, like a fern or the Song of India dracaena pictured here.

Repurpose Your Bracelets as Napkin Rings

Colorful plastic bangles are great for a casual table, while metal ones complement a formal setting. You can also pin brooches down the length of a table runner and lean a place card in front of each one. 

Dress Up a Dresser With Ribbons
Don’t let all those scraps you’ve been saving from holidays and birthday parties go to waste. Transform a child’s bedroom by tying colorful ribbons around the knobs on a chest of drawers―or the stem of a lamp or the legs of a table.

Paint the Legs of an Old Chair
Photo: Mark Lund

Paint the Legs of an Old Chair

Finally, a reason to drag out that banged-up can of leftover paint. Give the seen-better-days legs of a wooden chair a fresh coat of paint, then use the chair as a side table to hold books, throw pillows, an extra blanket, or even your knitting.

Cover Boxes With Wrapping Paper
You can do better than those ho-hum bins from the office-supply store. Turn plain boxes (such as shoe or checkbook boxes) into pretty storage containers with excess wrapping paper, then label them with old gift tags. You can use them as gift boxes, too.

Hang Photos and Artwork on One Wall

Your family pictures have more impact when they’re grouped together. A word to the wise: Before you do any hanging, arrange the pieces on the floor to get a sense of how they’ll look on the wall. And never mind if the frames don’t match.

Plant Herbs in Florist’s Vases
Photo: Mark Lund

Plant Herbs in Florist’s Vases

You’ve got them―stacked up under the sink, probably―so make use of them. Plant small potted herbs in vessels of various heights (add a layer of pebbles at the bottom of each for drainage). Wrap them in a heavy-stock paper, secure with twine, and label.
Stash Toiletries in Mismatched Tableware
Photo: Mark Lund

Stash Toiletries in MismatchedTableware

Just because your vanity is a catchall for makeup doesn’t mean it can’t look put-together. Place a platter on top and fill it with seldom-seen china pieces, like a sugar bowl and a creamer, that can hold cotton balls, nail files, and brushes.
Turn Salt and Pepper Shakers Into Bud Vases
Photo: Mark Lund

Turn Salt and Pepper Shakers Into Bud Vases

Screw off the caps of spare salt and pepper shakers (or empty jam jars or perfume bottles) and use the receptacles to display flowers on a bedroom night table or a guest-bathroom sink. You can also put potpourri inside.

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  2. I do a lot of repurposing. I love it. Plan to wrap some boxes soon.

  3. Great ideas! I am visiting from the Alexa Mania Monday blog hop!