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Friday, November 13, 2009

FABULESSLY FRUGAL FRIDAY - Thrify Decorating!!


In my (very rare lately) moments of blog jogging, I came across this FAB site called Creations by Kara. Kara is a Utah wife and mother and super (creative) woman who is decorating her home in a frugal way! I was blown away by her talent (and so very much inspired!), so I begged her to do a guest post for our Fabulessly Frugal Friday Series!!


So without further adieu...

I am so thrilled that Cathy asked me to do a guest post. As a quick introduction, I am a stay at home mom of four boys with an amazingly supportive hubbie. We are in the process of trying to adopt a baby girl.

I have always been a frugal shopper, but I just recently discovered the fun and addictive world of thrifty decorating. I love shopping at thrift stores and transforming someone else's trash into a treasure for my home. It is so satisfying!!!

Before you start to say, "Oh, I could never do that, I am not creative at all", let me assure you that you absolutely can. Until March of this year, I was completely afraid to decorate my own home. Seriously! Never bought home decor at a thrift store. Had never re-finished a single piece of furniture. If I can learn, you can too. Really. I promise!


Here are a few of my favorite thrifty decorating tips:


Tip#1
Spray paint is your very best friend.


You can transform just about anything with spray paint. And it is soooo easy!


I bought these frames at the thrift store for less than a dollar each:


After a couple coats of black spray paint, they now hang in my entry way:
I have even used spray paint to transform my cabinet hardware from this: to this:

Tip #2
Don't be afraid to think outside the box.


Just about any item can be used in a way other than what the manufacturer had in mind. Use your imagination!


When I couldn't find a towel rack anywhere that would fit in the space I had, I came up with my own solution:
I just hung a frame around a set of robe hooks. It's totally unconventional, but it works for us, and I love it!

We had an old entertainment center that we were going to get rid of:

Then I decided to re-purpose it. Now it is an organization center in my laundry room. And it was basically FREE!


Tip #3
Use catalogs, magazines, and the internet for inspiration.


I order Pottery Barn and other catalogs just to get decorating ideas. Don't forget the web, it is chock full of great inspiration!

I saw these hurricane lamps at Ballard Designs for $59. Ouch!



I made my own for $4 using a vase and candle from the thrift store, a $1 bag of leaves from Walmart, and acorns I picked up at the park.


I loved those moss spheres, but didn't want to pay $50-$100 for one. I made my own for under $5.

You will not believe what I used for the sphere! ;) I did a tutorial here if you want to make your own.

Tip #4
Don't give up if a project doesn't work the first time.


I bought a plate rack and some plates at the thrift store. Got everything all spray painted and ready to hang. Then discovered that the plates I bought didn't fit in the rack. Doh! I still wanted to use the plate rack, so I just came up with another idea.


And I love it even better!!


Tip #5
When you are looking for furniture to re-finish, pay attention to shape and construction. Color doesn't matter!


I bought this table for $25 off of Craigslist. It was my very first furniture re-finishing project ever.

It had some water damage and the finish was darn ugly, but it was solidly built and I loved the shape and curves it had.
I did a tutorial on my refinishing process here.

This is what the table looks like all spruced up and decorated for fall.



Who woulda thought?

Tip #6
If you're really nervous like I was starting out, start will small rooms first.


One of the first rooms I transformed was my laundry room. Since it is in the back of the house, I knew that if I totally messed up, at least not very many people would see it. When it turned out absolutely fabulous, it really built my confidence. You can see the total transformation here.

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10 comments:

Margie Widgeon said...

WOW...what adorable ideas! I think Im going to share this blog with some of my friends....

AJ said...

I have some frames I bought years ago with great projects in mind that never happened. I'm totally going for the spray paint idea! Much easier!

Yasmin said...
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Yasmin said...

Want to do the moss covered ball even LESS expensive? Take a large round balloon and Papier-mâché it. Once done then apply the moss. WAY less expensive then a kids ball!

2busy said...

These are amazing ideas!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Thank you so much for letting me be a guest blogger! It was lots of fun and I can't wait to meet some new bloggy friends. I hope somebody out there is inspired to use one of my ideas. :)

Kara

Christy said...

All of these are seriously amazing! I am impressed. Great job!

Pam said...

All are great tips and everything was so nicely done and neat. Thanks.
Pam

Painty (aka Melinda) said...

Those ideas are so creative! I love the idea for a towel rack!

Christine said...

Cathy,
Boy is Kara good with the spray paint. Thanks for having her as a Host.