5 Helpful Ways to Decorate on the Cheap!

Hello, my name is Jenn and I blog at Because… I’m Cheap. I’m so thrilled that Nakeya invited me to share with you all today. I enjoy writing about frugal living ideas, so today I’ll be sharing with you 5 helpful ways to decorate on the cheap.

I love personalizing our home with different accents that reflect our style and also being able to change things up with the season or just whenever the mood strikes. Redecorating can get expensive! If you’re like me, stretching the budget and getting more bang for your buck is important. So I’ve compiled this list of helpful ways to decorate on the cheap.

These tips are great to keep in mind when your decorating budget reaches its max out point or when unexpected expenses pop up. Which always seems to happen for me! Or you can use this list of ideas to help you decorate your first home when your money is tied up with other things.

So without further ado…

5 helpful ways to decorate on the cheap:

  1. Spruce it up. Wood furniture and picture frames can change drastically with just a coat of paint. Cabinets and dressers can be refreshed with new handles and knobs. Total cost: $5 and up.
  2. Shop secondhand. Our local Goodwill has a constant stream of new furniture and accent pieces. I love it because it’s organized and clean. Plus it’s cheap! I’ve found paintings for $3, head boards for $10, end tables for $5 and dressers for $20.
  3. Do It Yourself (DIY). Go a step further than tip #1 and build it yourself. Lumber stores often have free pamphlets with tutorials. Staff are also very helpful for beginners.
  4. Shop scratch and dent. If used or DIY just isn’t your thing, visit an outlet or warehouse store for slightly imperfect items. Even regular department stores discount display models by at least 20% off.
  5. Get it free. If all of the previous tips are too expensive for you, just get it for free. Browse Craigslist and your local paper for free things. I can’t tell you how many pieces of beautiful furniture I’ve seen free for the taking.

As you can see, it is possible to decorate on the cheap. Even just using one of the ideas up above, you can easily save money. I hope these tips inspire you to get a little creative to stretch your budget. With a little ingenuity it doesn’t have to cost a lot to personalize your home.

Which way to decorate on the cheap was your favorite?

If you want to follow along with more frugal living ideas, please stop by my blog BecauseImCheap.com. I’d love to see you there!

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33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Divine Elements of Design
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:19:43

    I would like to thank Jenn for her five awesome tips. All of these ideas can lead to fabulous results.

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  2. jenn hecker
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:46:27

    Love these ideas. od a lot of cheap decorating because decorating is not usually in the budget.

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  3. Ayana Pitterson
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:47:24

    I definitely feel her about second hand shopping. There is a ton of awesome pieces that can make your home or space look like a million bucks in secondhand stores. Great tips. Although, I would say that the DIY is not always so DIY easy…have you seen Pinterest gone wrong..lol. But great tips here and thanks for inviting her to your blog.

    Ayana Pitterson
    Thrifting Diva
    http://www.thriftingdiva.com

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  4. diadarling3
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 13:43:47

    Great ideas. You can find some awesome steals at Goodwill. I am also really picky with art so I decided to make my own now painting is one of my new favorite hobbies.

    Dia
    All The Things I Do

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  5. confettiandbliss
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 19:05:38

    These are all great ideas! My favorite one is shopping the scratch and dent section of department stores. And sometimes you can get furniture and appliance floor models at a slightly discounted price. Thanks for sharing these money-saving tips.

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  6. Ashley Servis
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 09:27:11

    I love taking things I find at yard sales and spruce them up or redo them. It can be so much fun, even though there is work to put in them.

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  7. GemmaLK
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 09:53:47

    Great post… I love to spruce things up, I am terrible at making a mess though 🙂

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  8. Sirley Young
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 10:03:12

    Love these tips 🙂 I’m cheap too when it comes to stuff like that and can totally relate. I’m always browsing second hand shops for cool finds 🙂

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  9. Girlgonetravellin
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 11:14:57

    Brilliant tips! I love changing the way something looks by adding new handles and knobs to it! Great new look to that daggy old dresser!

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  10. Happily Ever After Etc.
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 12:49:58

    Loved these tips!! I love doing things on the cheap… so important when you don’t have a lot of extra cash!

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  12. Donella Crigger (@gluegumdrops)
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 16:12:06

    I need to visit more thrift shops for sure. I’m lucky that I have a handy hubby to help me with most things. Thanks for sharing your frugal decorating tips!

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  13. beautifullytravelled
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 07:53:45

    Thank you for this great post. You’re absolutely right. Nobody needs to spend an awfully lot of money to spruce up their home. A lick of paint can totally do the job and I have found some great things for free in the past. buying secondhand furniture is often better than a trip to IKEA. Simply better quality. Thanks for sharing xx Kat

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  14. Amanda Rinehart
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 15:34:13

    I definitely do all of these things! haha! good list!

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  15. Hil
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 20:13:13

    local no buy mom groups are really good to find stuff at too.

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  16. sizzlesue15s
    Aug 22, 2015 @ 01:33:04

    Some really good points here to save money and still have a good look in your décor. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  17. Lissette
    Aug 22, 2015 @ 20:48:49

    Sometimes a repurposed sweater that is sewn into a pillow case would work wonders on the overall feel of a room! Thanks for these tips, they’re great! From the #FridayFunday blog hop.

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  18. Ali @ Home Crafts by Ali
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 02:52:10

    Perfect advice! I love shopping second hand. And like you said, even updating an old item with a coat of paint can make all the difference.

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  19. Jessie
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 05:24:12

    Amazing tips, thank you!

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  20. Sherry
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 17:07:43

    Great tips, Jen. I’ve often thought about looking for accent pieces in the local Goodwill store. I should make that happen. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday:-)

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  21. confessionsofaninjamom
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 06:13:36

    Great tips! I’m about to move and we’re on a budget so these will definitely come in handy. Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp

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