In my past life I was an interior decorator. A scenario I would find myself in, from time to time, is that my clients would spend so much money on remodeling their home that they would have very little money left to decorate it. Whether you are decorating in order to prepare your home to be placed on the market or you just purchased a home and have very few funds to decorate it, these tips are for you.
- Shop at Thrift Shops, Goodwill, the ARC, garage sales. Goodwill and the ARC are great stores because they have home accessories from several decades (Modern look from the 1950′s, bold colors form the 1970′s, and so on). The reason I love Thrift Shops and garage sales is because you can negotiate on the prices. Don’t be afraid to negotiate, they expect you to do it.
- Buy spray paint or Zinsser white bulls eye paint primer and a can of your favorite paint color. Clients were surprised when they would give me a home accessory and I would return it looking completely different. Almost all surfaces can be painted. Trust me I know. You name it and I have more than likely painted over it.
- Buy fabric on clearance or from discount stores. I reupholstered (and I say this loosely) my dining room chairs. Friends and family comment about how they love my dining room. Little do they know that most of my money was spent on my staple gun that I purchased from Home Depot. All of the fabric was purchased for less than $10.00 (on clearance from JoAnn Fabrics). The chairs came from garage sales, which cost me $26.00. I painted the chairs with Zinsser white bulls eye paint primer and then painted them with white paint.
- Buy pretty picture frames (wall picture frames and frames you would place on a side table) from Thrift Shops. I love picture frames because you can download a picture from the internet and place it inside of a frame. If the frame has no back, don’t worry because you can always make a back out of cardboard from a box.
- Buy plastic flowers at the stores that I have mentioned in this post. I once had a client who was selling her home and had an area for a garden but didn’t have time to plant flowers before placing her home on the market. We went to a Thrift shop and purchased plastic flowers and placed them in the garden. At the closing table, the new buyer was commenting on how beautiful the garden was and how much work was it going to require of her. My client say “no time because the flowers are fake”. Months later, I passed by the home and saw that the new owner kept the fake flowers in the flower bed. It looked beautiful! Plastic fake flowers can be used for inside or out.
For more tips and tricks read additional posts under the category “Staging a Home”.