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Inexpensive Bedroom Makeover and Organization Ideas

What if you don't have a lot of money? Then how do you pay to get the stuff to makeover your room?

By Jacqueline C.

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August 12, 20130 found this helpful

If you don't have a lot of money to buy things to makeover ANY space in your home - you get creative, like the rest of us have:)

You learn to make-over, you learn to check FreeCycle (free stuff, woohoo!) and CraigsList. You find your way to the local second hand shops, especially Habitat For Humanity's ReStore where you can find all kinds of goodies towards doing over a room, a yard, or garden - ReStore can be the source for new (job overruns) or gently used hardware (new door knobs and cabinet pulls, hinges, and so on), paint (ok, may not be the exact colour you wanted but it might be close enough), wallpaper, sinks, appliances, furniture, fence panels and other landscape materials. All at incredible prices!

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For example, when I lived in NW GA I found a matching washer/dryer pair that was only five years old for...£25! That was in 2005, prices may have gone up but in 2010 (just before I relocated to Scotland) I found enough landscape edging to do my entire 1/4 acre lot for $15. For new landscape edging I would have spent hundreds. I was able to prime AND paint the house I was selling - $20 spent at the ReStore got me enough Kilz brand primer and white latex matte paint to do the whole house, my buyer was thrilled!

Second-hand (or 3rd, 4th, etc) furniture can be painted; second-hand (or cheap big-box new) bed sheets make fabulous curtains, table cloths, etc, and hey, you might find the perfect curtains or drapes already made in just the right measurement to fit the windows you need to cover.

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And in the US you can often find great stuff set out on the curb - BBQs, china cabinets, sofas, washing machines...last night on TV I saw a guy take apart an old washing machine and turn the stainless steel drum into an amazing coffee table using tempered glass, long bolts, and a string of fairy lights.

Another good source of inexpensive materials is your local Lowes, Home Depot, or other DIY store. Need paint? Ask if they have any 'rejected' mixed paints - you just might find the perfect colour at a bargain price (they sell the mis-mixed or rejected custom-mix paints at a huge loss to get rid of it). Need floor covering? Ask to see the off-cuts.

Find your way to their clearance tables. Oh wow, the things you can find on a Lowes clearance table! I found a gorgeous five bulb vanity mirror (high-quality marine grade wood, and delicate frosted bulb shades, just stunning) marked down from $75 to $10. I could go on and on about the amazing bargains I've found on DIY store clearance tables.

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The possibilities are limited only by your willingness to unleash your creativity. Get cracking and post your do-over for us to admire:)

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July 23, 20170 found this helpful

Look at the Good Will and Salvation Army stores for great bargains. Or just changing your curtains to a pretty valance and adding a couple of inexpensive throw pillows in a new color can brighten up your room. Add a walpaper border to add some spice. Best wishes!

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