Decorating an Older Home on a Very Tight Budget

I am moving into an older home and would like some ideas for decorating using my things. I would also like, maybe, a cheap way of working new ideas into the house? I need to put a touch of home into my new house.

By Julie T.

July 24, 20110 found this helpful

First I'd get some cheap dish towels at the local dollar store to hang on my stove. Then I'd get a couple plants and maybe a nice large bowl to put some fruit in on my kitchen table. Then a couple nice candles. Ask your friends if they have any of these items if you cant afford them. A nice set of flour-sugar-coffee containers for your kitchen counter would be nice, might be able to get those at goodwill. Cleaning always works for me, my own brand of cleaner has a lemony scent that smells like home to me. You'll get there.

Looks like a nice place. Also, since it's summer ask a relative or friend for a start or two of something they have in their yard, like peonies or daffodils that will bloom next year and make you feel more at home. Good luck.

P.S. Goodwill and Salvation Army type stores have lots of household things fairly cheap. You could spend the next month or so picking out things you would like for your new home-or you could go there and window shop and then ask around and see if anyone has those same items free! ;) I have lived in my house for so long that I always tell the girls at work never to buy anything without asking to see it i have it first! Often times, I have one of those in my basement gathering dust.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Decide on a color scheme for the inside. To tie rooms together, run a stripe throughout the house. It can zig and zag over the walls. Hang draperies or even a bedspread behind the bed to make a floor to ceiling statement and use the same on the windows. Paint is a cheap and fun way to decorate. Spray old bottles and cans to match your colors. To be honest, the outside of the house looks nice, but boring. It needs color, a color to make it yours. Check out This Old House magazine for ideas. I think they may have a website. Real decorating treasurers can be found at yard sales and such. Let your imagination run; use old things in a new way. I envy you. Have fun.

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful

I think if you put your things where you want them and it suits you, that's all that matters.

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful

House colors are monochromatic and boring, so find a couple trim colors you like and get to the garage door, the trims on the windows and doors, etc. Since it's white, I like black and gray or black and red.

Dollar Tree has a ton of silk and plastic flowers, and if you are like me and can't grow anything but mold. Hehe. Then you can make your yard and home come alive with colors and change them for the seasons. Flags, whirligigs and garden decorations make your home unique and don't cost much. Thrift shops are great for things like older buckets, boots for flowers, kids wagons, broken chairs not to sit in but to put planters on, and so much more.

One of the coolest things my mom did was to simply put a gate at the edge of her driveway. People would stop and see it and take photos because it was just a gate, no fence! It had flowers from it's sides and over the top, and was very festive. Your local library can help with ideas for the inside, but while the weather is nice, do what you can to make the home look like you!

And when you are done, please send us a photo!

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May 30, 20130 found this helpful

Join freecycle... just Google it and join your area group. We offer items to others and request items we want. It is all free, too. you may not get what you want but it is worth a try. But just make a couple of requests at a time. We discourage posts wanting everything for a home. Good luck!

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