cheapest coolest home decor ideas…

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

I wish I could post photos but I can’t from my phone- I don’t know why. it’s super frustrating. Anyway, one thing that I did in my house and I like is I found a large map (actually was left over map wallpaper from Pottery Barn I got years ago so that part wasn’t necessarily cheap but the fact that it was leftover made it free if that makes sense). Anyway, then I went to the dollar tree and bought 12 $1 8 1/2 x 11 picture frames and cut up the map to fit into each frame and made a wall collage. It’s cute and get lots of compliments

 

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Newbee

I do something similar to @2ndchance, but I use calendar photos. If you keep them in a little folder, you can switch out images for each season (I have varying frame sizes and shapes on my bookcase and shelves). I don’t always use an actual picture, some calendars have more abstract designs. So you can mix up actual pics with more cartoony. I like the clash of different sizes, colors, etc..

I <3 the thrift store and yard sales. There are so many things that can either be painted/refurbished (or seen through a different lens) that end up being cool decorative pieces. 

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Worker bee

I honestly think if you don’t have a lot of money to invest in fancy furniture, decor, etc. then be EXTRA clean. Nothing sharpens a home more than a deep cleen.

Oh, and minimalize. Get rid of dumpy items even if your space seems sparse. Better a clean sparse space than one with a dumpter chair.

Changing fixtures can make a huge impact, too. A chandelier doesn’t have to cost thousands – we got one for $59 lol and I love it Same goes for a rug!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

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ashley633w :  yes! I’m  A huge scavenger. I have repurposed many things. A fresh coat of paint does wonders. 🙂

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I used copper piping (you know, from the plumbing section of Home Depot) to make curtain rods. They’re industrial chic, pretty, and super strong.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Chalkboard paint. A gallon is maybe $10 and goes far. 

Dollar tree candles/hurricanes and frames look just as good as expensive ones imo.

Decoupaging, stenciling or painting the sides of dresser drawers.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Yes to the cleaning! And minimalism/decluttering!

We’ve managed to furnish a lot with items from Craigslist and gently used items that we’ve found at thrift stores or estate/garage/yard/rummage sales. My husband and I often have project that we work on together, we’ve built a shoe rack for the front door, he built me a beautiful bookshelf, a closet under the stairs, we’ve painted a lot of found items and also modified/repurposed a lot.

Well cared for used items are sometimes a better deal than some of the cheaply made new things people are spending their money on, anyway.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I love some of the creative, DIY headboards:

Depending on how much work you are willing to put into things, a person can get quality furniture second-hand and refinish it to make it truly beautiful. I don’t have pics right now, but DH’s grandfather had a really heavy, sturdy corner cabinet that he kept filled with paint cans in his garage. When he wanted to get rid of it, we took it. No one could figure out why anyone would want it. But we stripped it and refinished it, and it looks like a million bucks. There are often auctions where a person can get really inexpensive things, too – everything from storage chests to dining tables to wardrobes.

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