I had planned to follow up my NECN Room Makeover Post  part one a lot sooner but after the loss of our dog and then 7 days of travel I am just now getting back on track. I did want to share a few more tips on how we made over the room for under $500.

1. Think outside the box when it comes to window treatments. As we all know window treatments can eat up a BIG part of any budget. Even if you decide to make your own drapes, fabric plus lining plus labor can be pricey. In our room makeover we used inexpensive painter’s drop cloths. The cost was $9.99 a panel and the beauty was that they came hemmed on all 4 sides. We simply sewed a straight line pocket and they were done. The drop cloth is actually thick and looks a lot like much more expensive linen.

painters drop cloth curtains

painters drop cloth curtains

Here is a close up of the top.

drop cloth curtains

detail drop cloth curtains

2. Shop your house.By simply looking around we found lots of wonderful items stored away that we pulled out to accessorize both the bookcases and the tables. Go through those boxes in the attic or basement, you might be surprised at what you find. Our homeowner found those red stars, picture frames, and even a pumpkin candle that she had bought ages ago and never used.

3. Don’t be afraid to use things in different ways. Our homeowner had a large chest that was used to stored Christmas decorations. We needed a side table and did not have the funds in our $500 budget to buy one. The top of the chest was not in the best shape and there was no time to refinish it so we simply covered the chest with a quilt the home owner had and used it as our side table.

4. Bring your personality into the room. No matter what budget you are working with find ways to personalize your rooms. Decorate with items that speak to you; this costs nothing. Our makeover room was filled with items that had special meaning to the homeowner. Her children’s art work became an art wall, her wedding quilt became a focal point above the sofa and family photos were used to style the book cases. No matter what your budget make the room your own and surround yourself with things you love. It’s your home and your life so embrace what speaks to you.

A huge thank you to this wonderful family who allowed their lives to be disrupted (and stressed) and pitched in with hours and hours of  labor to transform their once dark and uninspiring living room into a bright and happy room for everyone to enjoy….all for under $500!

If you have a room you would like to transform..on any budget..give me a call!

If you would like to watch the NECN Room Makeover episode just click on this link.

As always, I would love to hear from you…What are your favorite money saving tips?


Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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