Post # 1
I appreciate any info on cheap decor ideas. The cheaper the better. Please note… I live in Brazil.
Here are some things I’m doing:
- hooking small kitchen rugs together to make one ultra large one.
- printing off some free artwork from the internet. I’m trying to aviod frames and trying to use other methods that are cheaper.
- instead of using ‘normal’ paint…. I’m making my own CHALK PAINT to paint over some nude wood pieces we have.
- There is no decent thirft store anywhere at all near that carries furniture.
- We need a kitchen table… (I’m thinking of buying some wood and making an ultra simple one. ONce I slap paint on it it should look fine.) Any other ideas?
- We also need some side tables. I’m actually thinking of putting a small bookcase on each side of the bed. Or, I was thinking of taking boxes from office deport covering them with decorative paper then placing a small piece of painted wood over the top for a table top.
I know this stuff is ultra basic. But, the furniture where I live is crazy expensive. Yet, we do need some furniture pieces. Any ideas welcomed. Pictures please.
Post # 2
ILikeHim : if you know Portuguese, check out the blog http://www.acasaqueaminhavoqueria. It has lots of great ideas and information about reasonable decorating resources. Check out also http://www.mercadolivre.com.br – it’s a similar concept to craiglist, but I find it more trustworthy.
Post # 3
When I was on a DIY binge, I looked up several ways to make tables. The easiest way seems to be using hair pin legs and one piece of plywood/wood log slice/2x4s put together, etc. on top, crates, or metal pipes.
Another idea I had (for a coffee table or side tables) was just to use three pieces of wood (one for the top, two have the legs) like this
except out of only 3 pieces of wood versus a bunch of little pieces attached together.
Another idea I saw was using a metal trash can turned upside down and spray painted for an end table.
Here’s a compilation of DIY cheap side tables with tutorials.
Post # 6
ILikeHim : Is there a Brazilian online classifieds site akin to Craigslist? On Craigslist in the states, you can often find high quality stuff that people want to just unload and won’t charge too much for. For example, I got a gorgeous antique dining room set (table, four matching chairs, and a sideboard) for $100 – the folks never used their formal dining room and were repurposing it, so they just wanted to ditch the furniture. A roommate got a large solid oak desk for $60.
Also, if you want to be REALLY thrifty and if you have a college nearby, drive around student rental neighborhoods around the end of the school year before garbage day. Students are transient and it’s not worth it for them to ship furniture, so when their leases end they just put all their (perfectly good) stuff on the curb. I’ve nabbed end tables, lamps, a coat rack, coolers, a cool antique travel truck, a mini fridge, dressers, etc. Not sure about how college living works in Brazil, but it’s something to consider if it’s anything like it is in the US.