Always, Sarah

3 Budget Saving Tips on a Home Revamp

It took about a year after moving into our home for us to paint all the walls, and when I say all, I mean every room except the master bedroom and master bath. It's still not done as I type this today. It also took us about a year to agree on the curtains to put in the great room, and by agree I mean I went on JCPenney.com and ordered what I wanted and picked it up a few days later because I got tired of thinking the neighbors were getting a free show of the circus. Since then I haven't really made any other changes. Same furniture.  Same rugs.  Same photos in the frames. Then last month, I looked around our very lived in home and I started to feel boxed in. The walls, floors and furniture all stood out and all I saw was brown, dark brown and even darker brown.

Sure I took this at night, but you get the point. DARK!

Sure I took this at night, but you get the point. DARK!

And I couldn't breathe.

So I do what all unhappy wives do and threw a fit! Just kidding. I did strongly suggest to the Hubs that we should repaint the walls. He didn't even ask what color, he simply said, "no". { insert all appropriate emojis here } But he was right, unlike the Jones' we don't have repaint-the-house funds just waiting to be used and we just don't have time for that right now. I would go bonkers if part of the house one color and the rest another. So fine.

This past week I've been living on Pinterest, in and out of craft stores and moving things around the house like a tornado with the goal of lightening up our shared spaces.

3 Budget Saving Tips on a Home Revamp

1. Plan.  When working with any budget, a plan must first be put into place.  Which room or rooms will be involved in this makeover? What do you want to change in each room and does it need to happen now or can it happen over time? I know when I get an itch, I immediately want to make changes now.  I've realized that if I take a step back and look at the big picture, I can see what I really need to focus on now and can probably survive by waiting on other things - like painting the whole house.

2. Accessory Swap.   Since I spend most of my time in the family/great room, this is where I wanted to bring in the most light.  First to go - curtains.  So I played musical chairs with the curtains (even my daughter's curtains were not safe).  I also rearranged the furniture in the kids media room. What can you move from one room to another?

3. Craft Stores.  How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's have a home accents section that vary from small to astronomical and I'm like a kid in a candy store.  Usually prices are very budget friendly or already sale anyway.  If not on sale, you can download their app and use coupons.  Don't see any decor? No problem! They carry supplies so you can DIY it. I was able to find some wall art and also get supplies to make my own.

I hope this helps! I'm excited to reveal my little mini makeover.  Currently, I'm in search of curtains for 1 window, 7 feet long, two panels for less than $50 ~ ideas? Let me know!