DIY Budget Kitchen Makeovers – One Project at a Time

Doing a whole kitchen makeover can change your day to day life, quite literally. It can also drain your bank account. Fortunately, if you take it one project at a time, you can break the budget down for each DIY project and in a short time have a completely new kitchen! We went out and found projects to help you makeover each major component of your kitchen space, while creating a custom high end … [Read more...]

Budget Outdoor Planter Projects

By now we all know our outdoor rooms count as much as our indoor ones. Especially during certain times of year! One of the best design elements you can bring to your outdoor rooms is the colors and textures of plants and flowers. Let's face it though, planters and pots from the nursery can add up fast. I seriously think it can be the most expensive part of outdoor living outside the hardscape! So … [Read more...]

20 Best Budget Decorating Tips

Home decorating on a budget is totally doable! Get started with The Budget Decorator’s top 20 budget home decorating tips! Feature photo, above, from 'Good Housekeeping'. Paint your world. Paint is the cheapest, fastest way to dramatically change a room in just hours! This colorful living room by 'BHG' is a great example of how they used inexpensive furnishings and lots of paint to make this … [Read more...]

Quick Kitchen Makeovers on a Dime!

The kitchen is the hub of most homes today, and is the room we spend the most time in outside the bedroom! It deserves to be thought of as a style show stopper, and here are some quick and inexpensive ways to achieve that perfect kitchen decorating makeover without doing a remodel that could cost you thousands. Our feature photo, above, is a cottage fresh kitchen makeover by Cami from 'Tidbits'. … [Read more...]

Budget Beauty Storage Ideas

If you are anything like me, you could never have too much storage for beauty items. Ok I admit it, I am a little bit of a product junkie. But that does not mean my bathroom has to be cluttered and chaotic! Much as I would love to have a bathroom all to me and my lip glosses, it just doesn't work like that. At least, not in my family! I have to share the space with other humans, as well as my … [Read more...]

Thrifty Decor Projects Under $10

Decorating on a budget is more than just keeping costs down during a remodel, or saving a couple hundred dollars on a sofa. Sometimes it means you really have only a few bucks to play with, and you want to make the most of it. So we searched the blogosphere for thrifty decor projects under $10 that you can use to add that special touch! Our featured project above, is a DIY driftwood wall hanger … [Read more...]

15 Easy Decorating Ideas on a Budget

When money is tight, it can seem impossible to decorate your home. But we found tons of great ideas and DIY tutorials that you can use to transform your space, no matter how tight your purse strings are! Think creatively and put in some elbow grease, and take inspiration from these tips and projects. Our feature project above, is from Katelyn at 'Learning, Creating, Living'. These DIY concrete … [Read more...]

Glitz and Glam Decor Projects

If your decor is a little sleepy, nothing like a quick dose of glitz and glam to wake it up and make things lively! You can blend a little bit of "the glam" into any theme or style, just remember... less is more! Unless, of course, the whole idea is over the top. In which case, more power to ya'! Use these glitzy, glittery, glammy decor projects to get you on your way! Our feature project, above … [Read more...]

Organize Your Kitchen (On a Budget!)

Organizing products and systems can be expensive, even at the discount store. But there is no room in the home where being organized is more important than the kitchen! Let us give you an organizing hand with these great ideas for kitchen organizing on a budget. No matter how tight your wallet, there is always a way to make it better, prettier, cleaner or more enjoyable. Get organized! This … [Read more...]

DIY Shoestring Wall Art Ideas

There are lots of great cures for filling those blank or boring spaces on your walls, without spending a lot of money. Remember this is a great place to show creativity and personality, so make your walls your own, and use creative wall decorating ideas as starting points to dressing your wall areas on a budget. Quick ideas to get your thoughts moving? (Our feature photo, above, from 'Poppytalk' … [Read more...]

High Style, Low Budget : Thanksgiving Tables!

If there is one time of year I like to take the time to create a high style table, it's Thanksgiving! After all, for those few hours, it's all about the table, isn't it? It's kinda like what the dress is to the wedding, the table is to Thanksgiving... So even when my budget is tight, I want a Thanksgiving table to make my food look amazing, and my home feel welcoming. So first, we have a couple … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Light Fixture Turned Elegant Candle Holder

So Steve and I make trips to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore a pretty regular event. In case you aren't aware, anything related to home building, repairing or remodeling can be found here, donated to a good cause by both commercial contractors and the average homeowner. You can find some great materials for DIY projects at a ReStore, for a good price. We troll the store for ideas, or … [Read more...]

Garage Storage on a Budget

One of the biggest problems when trying to decorate your home is seeing through the clutter to the bones of your rooms. Without eliminating the clutter, you will never get a good picture of what the positives and negatives are, and therefore be able to come up with a good decorating plan. This is even more important when decorating on a  budget, because every decision counts! However, we all have … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Home Decor

There are many ways you can save on home décor and decorate your home no matter how tight your budget.  Follow The Budget Decorator’s tried and true tips and have the home of your dreams, on a budget! Make a plan for each room. Without a home decorating plan, we are much more likely to make impulse purchases. It's pretty hard for the average person to envision their room when standing in the … [Read more...]

Zero Dollar Decorating

Adding style to your home decorating can be easy, fast and free. Here are creative ideas to bring personality to any room, without spending any cash! Use fabric from clothing you no longer use. Pretty prints and textured sweaters make amazing pillow covers, can be used to recover chairs, and even as wall art! The Stone Gable Blog has a great tutorial on how to make sweater … [Read more...]

Crate & Barrel Spin Vase Hack

I love Crate & Barrel, and I recently had a yearning for their Spin Hurricane Vases from the catalog. However, even the small one retails for $24.95, so here is The Budget Decorator's hack of the Crate and Barrel Spin Vase that only cost a little over a dollar to make. The 3 photos directly below are Crate & Barrel's version.   Materials One round candle … [Read more...]

DIY Budget Lighting Projects

Designers forecasts for home trends this year are out, and many of them have said that updated light fixtures leads the pack for a must have in your decorating tool box. However, anyone who has tried to buy lighting that is outside the usual paper shade and metal base knows that updated lighting can mean a drain on the pocketbook. Did you know that DIY lighting projects are budget friendly and … [Read more...]

DIY Moss Spheres

What the heck are moss spheres, you ask? Well, they are a cool, organic and chic decorating accent to be displayed on trays, on bowls, in pots... you name it, this works! You can buy these kind of decorative spheres at many upscale stores... or you can make DIY moss spheres for your home without the expense. And a bonus? The DIY versions tend to look more unique, and natural as well, not so … [Read more...]

DIY Canvas Photos (On the Cheap!)

If you've been active in the home and garden or DIY blogoshpere as of late, you've probably seen a few of these DIY canvas photo tutorials around. I wanted to do something a little different, a little easier and a little cheaper, so just before Thanksgiving, when I was set to have a bunch of guests (literally, the night before Thanksgiving, thats how easy this was!) I threw this together... And I … [Read more...]

Romantic Bedroom on a Budget

The stress in our day to day should remind us to take a little time to nurture the romance in our lives. Don’t confine the romance in your life to just that one day, however. Create a romantic bedroom space! This can seem to be a daunting task if you’re on a tight budget. Never fear, here are some great ways to punch up the sizzle in your bedroom (ok, I am just talking decorating here, folks…) … [Read more...]

TBD’s DIY Paper Bag Floor

Sometimes one of the toughest decorating challenges we have when we are on a budget is replacing old, worn, or ugly flooring. If you have linoleum flooring that has seen better days, or you just want more of a natural or luxurious look in your rooms, hold on to your hat! I am going to show you how to create a DIY leather or concrete look floor from ordinary paper bags from the grocery store! Any … [Read more...]

Teen Bedroom Decorating: 5 Quick Tricks

Decorating a teens room is one of the most sought after pieces of advice from home decorators, but doesn’t have to be as hard as some make it seem. Teens are just looking for a way to express their own sense of style and creativity, and parents are just looking for a way to save a few dollars while doing it! Here are my top five tricks for making your teens happy with their space. Add … [Read more...]

10 Top Home Decorating Buys Under $10

If you're looking to update a room in your home, but cash is a little short, never fear. The Budget Decorator has ten of her best home decorating finds, all of them for less than $10 each! Anyone can afford to decorate their home with these home decorating tips. Paper Paper is one of the most versatile tools for use in budget home décor. Paper mache can be used to create display … [Read more...]

Decorating with Fabric

Using fabric to decorate a room is an inexpensive way to add color, pattern and charm. Use fabric to soften a room, add romance, and give a room a finished feel. Fabric can be used in any room style, and on any budget! Follow these great guidelines for decorating with fabric without breaking your budget! 1. Inexpensive sources for fabric for decorating a room include using flat sheets from … [Read more...]

Update Your Décor without Breaking the Bank

I'm like most people out there; I get bored with my home decorating look. But also like most people these days, I can’t afford to redecorate my house every time I want to keep up with the trends, or simply give my home a more updated, modern feel. Here are some great tips on how you can update your home décor, without breaking the bank! * Get in the know. Im not advocating filling your home … [Read more...]

Make DIY Paper Mache Decorative Bowls

Decorative accessories can really eat up your home decorating budget, but here is an easy project that even the kids can help with, and can blend with any style! Bowls can be used to display fruit, decorative objects, pretty storage, or as decorative accessories in their own right. Use old paper, a little leftover paint, and some flour paste to make beautiful decorative paper mache bowls, almost … [Read more...]

Home Accessories: Decor on a Budget

Home accessories and decor are the jewelry of any room, and can also take up the majority of your home decorating budget. Here are some easy ideas to decorate with accessories without breaking the bank! Don't you love our featured photo? Using old blueprints as wall art! Genius! Bedroom Decor Accessories * Use mementos as bedroom decor, such as framed love letters, your wedding veil hung … [Read more...]

5 Quick and Cheap Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I've said this before, Thanksgiving decorating is a special time in my house. It reminds us to take time out of our busy lives and remember how very thankful we truly are for the blessings of family. It is also a gateway for the busy, (and sometimes expensive!) holiday season! So here are some great ideas to bump up the autumn splendor in your home, while saving that spending money for other … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Family Room

The family room is one of the most important rooms of the house. This is where we spend relaxed time together, where we scurry to get the kids together for school, where we enjoy hobbies, and sometimes where we entertain or dine. It needs our attention, and we deserve to have a comfortable and charming room from which to run our household, even if we don't have unlimited funds! (I have five kids … [Read more...]

5 Quick and Cheap Decorating Ideas for Family Living

Any space in your home where all the family tends to gather can be considered family living spaces. Generally, decorating the family room or den means you need to accommodate the needs and tastes of all the family members. Here are some great low cost decorating ideas for dressing up those inviting family rooms just right for the whole clan! 1. Color your world! Don’t be shy about adding color … [Read more...]

Cheap and Easy DIY Wall Decorating

Decorating our walls seems to be a huge dilemma to most home decorators, but it need not be. Here are some quick and easy DIY ideas to dress up your walls, on a budget! The most common mistake most people make in decorating their walls is to sprinkle things around just to fill empty space. Instead, draw an imaginary rectangle on the main focal wall in the room you wish to dress up. Now fill … [Read more...]

DIY Furniture Fixes on a Dime

Furniture is our most costly home decorating expense, but there are many ways to make your furniture the star of the show, without breaking your budget! Here are my top 5 furniture fixes on a dime! * Paint. Ok, that’s an obvious one, but did you know you can paint anything these days? Yes, even that hideous laminate bookcase from 1974. All you need is a primer made specially for non porous … [Read more...]

Frugal Kitchen Spruce Ups

Most of us spend a good deal of time in our kitchens these days, and it's not just for cooking. More homes are being built with the kitchen as the hub of the home, and even if you're on a tight budget, that shouldn't stop you from kitchen decorating and making it a pleasant and personal place to be! Here are some great ideas to get you started... If your cabinets are in need of a total … [Read more...]

Cheap Bathroom Fix Ups for Any Family!

The family bathroom is one of the hardest working rooms in our home, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be attractive! Here are some inexpensive and easy fix ups for any family bath! Paint those walls! Paint is cheap, and a deep, rich or bright color will be appreciated more in the small space. It will help those ever closing in walls to fade away, and a deeper color shows far fewer dirty … [Read more...]

6 Cheap Bedroom Decorating Ideas

When you're looking for ways to redecorate your bedroom easily and cheaply, you might feel at a loss of where to start. It's easy to do though, and here are six quick decorating ideas for your bedroom that won't break your budget: 1. Move the Furniture - Yes, something as simple as rearranging the room can make a huge difference in how it feels. This is one of the easiest ways I know of to make … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Brighten Up Your Bedroom, For Free!

The bedroom is the place we spend most of our time, yet also tends to be the most neglected when it comes to decorating. Nowadays, money may be a significant factor. Here are some great home decorating tips for brightening up your bedroom space with no money at all! 1. Rearrange - A new fresh arrangement always makes a room feel new. Don't be afraid to try new angles for your furniture; place … [Read more...]