Home Decorating Money Saving Secrets

Learn how to make your home look like amazing without breaking the bank. Try these 6 money saving secrets for cheap home decorating ideas you will be glad you know.

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Affordable Home Decorating Ideas

When I posted our Family Room Makeover I added a cost breakdown to the post. Many people told me how much they loved seeing that part of the project.

When I help other people with a room I never ask them what’s the budget. It doesn’t matter to me because I will offer the same advice on home decor to everyone. Of course I will need to know if you like DIY projects or not because that can change what the final cost of a room makeover will be. Even when people say they aren’t talented I always try to encourage them to try at least one project.

1. Paint Things

Paint is an affordable way to transform a room, piece of furniture and accessories in very little time. This is my number one go to decorating tip for greatest impact on the cheap. Learning how to paint will be your best DIY skill.

Our downstairs hall bathroom was totally transformed with a coat of paint. You will save tons of money doing the painting yourself. Also, if you will notice the lamp in the photo, I painted it as well. I changed out the lamp shade to update the style.

**This bathroom had a new color now.

Paint before and after Home Decor Money Saving Tips

Our kitchen cabinets are another example of how paint can make such a difference. This is my kitchen cabinets that I painted. Two totally different looks but it only cost the price of paint. I painted them myself.

Glazed painted cabinets: This glazing style is one of my most asked about projects. These tutorial posts for MDF vs Real Wood Cabinets and How to Glaze Cabinets can answer many of those questions.

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets can be a great way to change a room with just paint

Two toned cabinets: I wrote a follow up post sharing an 18 month review of the two toned cabinets called, Black Kitchen cabinets the Ugly Truth.

These cabinets will get a new color…soon! UPDATE: Kitchen makeover

Kitchen Makeover One Room Challenge Reveal of painted cabinets

2. Do It Yourself

Knowing when to DIY verses when to buy goes a long way in the money saving department. There are so many things you can do yourself. Painting, as I mentioned above, is a big one. Changing the color on your walls can make such a big deal in a space and save you hundreds of dollars.

Learning to use power tools and do simple building projects will also help your wallet. Paying a craftsman can get really expensive.

Here are a few tools that I recommend.

We built this bench for our shed makeover earlier this year. This could be done in a kitchen, laundry room or a garage. Oh, I think I need this beside our back door in the garage. UPDATE: garage entry makeover!

Money saving idea bench building yourself

This is plank wall (shiplap) is another DIY project that made a big difference in the details of our home. I can’t begin to imagine how much this plank wall would cost if I hired a builder. This is not a beginner project BUT is easy to learn. Cutting the wood is easy, measuring the cuts around a curved window is not easy.

How to install plank walls with tongue and groove panels.
How to install a wood plank wall using tongue and groove panels. Also know as shiplap.

3. Move Furniture around a Room

There is nothing that helps the savings like totally free decorating! Rearranging your furniture is the best way to get a new look without spending any money.

Ok, except for buying these furniture sliders for carpet and these sliders for hardwood! They are a must. I have had my same sets for 12 years and they are still work great.

Try moving things around in a room to give it a new look for free.

Cheap home decorating idea moving furniture

4. Shop Your Home

Again, free decorating.

Shopping your home is another way to save BIG. When I help clients, friends, and family with decorating I have always been surprised with their inability to think outside of the box. I’m not knocking them but for me it comes natural. Maybe it’s my cheap, I mean frugal ways but it’s the first thing I always notice when it comes to home decorating.

It’s alright to take the lamps you bought for your bedroom and move them to the family room. Taking art and moving it around is another great example.

This art in my bathroom use to hang in another room.

Holiday Ready Room Refresh Cheap home decorating idea

5. Trade/Swap with Friends

My sister and I do this all of the time. We both keep items for a while until we realize we aren’t using them anymore then we offer it up to each other. I think it would be great fun to gather with some friends and have a home decor swap party. Ask each guest to bring 5 items they are no longer using and would like to get rid of. Come up with your own rules such as accessories only, art only, etc then make it fun.

The silver bowl and hour glass came from my sister.

Cheap home decorating idea rearrange a shelf

6. Sell Items

I sell on my personal Facebook when I have things to get rid of that could earn me some money. Of course you can always sell on Craigslist or have a yard sale but I have found Facebook to be an easy way to sell to friends.

If you read the budget report at the end of my affordable family room makeover you saw I made $150 selling items. I sold my coffee table that been great to me for many years. As well as some accessories.

It is an amazing feeling when you can decorate your home and not feel the burden of spending tons of money. These are my best cheap home decorating ideas and I know they can help you. Give them a try. I’d love to hear from you about how you save money decorating. Any tips you can share are always welcome.

Don’t let Pinterest and HGTV shows make you think you can’t have a beautiful home because you can’t afford it. You can have the home you love, you just have to work at it and think creatively. You can do it, I have faith in you.

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Money saving Secrets of Home Decorating that will save you thousands


  1. Wow, the difference to that bathroom with a bit of paint! And I wasn’t looking at that plank wall, but that incredible light shade! One of your creations?

  2. Love the bathroom makeover. Where did you find that rug? It looks so nice with the updated paint color.

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