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Thrifty Home Decorating

I have a hard time spending money on home décor. My husband might disagree with this statement (care to weigh in, babe?), but when I'm standing in a store looking at decorations or small things for the home, unless it is a steal of a deal, my first thought is often 'I bet I can make that'.  I love dollar stores, thrift stores, and online buy and sells. I didn't realize how much I love these thrifty ways of decorating my house, until I started itemizing all of the things that I have refurbished, made on my own, or bought at a thrift shop or dollar store. The list is actually pretty long, relative to everything we have in our house. 

Our kitchen has pretty much been 100% decorated in dollar store décor. We have a couple chalkboards, a cork board, a clock, and some small galvanized buckets that hang on the wall for growing our fresh herbs. We also have a tension rod above our sink to hang the garlic and bananas out of the way. The wooden box hanging next to the sink, was once a small planter, which now holds our soap and sponges. I made the magnetic spice containers from dollar store containers and heavy duty magnets. Aside from our appliances and kitchen utensils, and with the exception of our coffee and sugar containers, all of the decoration in our kitchen has pretty well been found at the dollar store.  I am pretty excited about the coffee area which is the newest edition to the kitchen décor. I just picked up a couple items while I was at the dollar store today buying some fall decorations and stocking up on stickers for the 'non-candy trick or treaters' we get on Halloween.

Our living room has a couple of bigger projects I am quite proud of. The fireplace was free, and originally had a cherry varnish with gold trim, so I repainted the whole fireplace grey. The vases were a thrift store find a few years back, that I still love to this day and I am glad I picked them up. The coffee table was going to cost me $25 but on the way to deliver it to me, the woman getting rid of the table broke the leg, so she gave it to me for free. With a little super glue, and a bolt, I fixed the leg, and then repainted the table in a glossy white paint. The table lamp came as a pair (the other lamp is in our bedroom), these cost me $5 for the pair, from a local buy and sell. I have a decorative candle that I made myself in one of my crafting frenzies, and a couple of old books (including an early edition, 1926, Winnie the Pooh, and a couple books from the 1800's) that I got at a steal of a deal on eBay. I recently bought to pillows that were 50% off at the grocery store of all places, and even our couch we got at a great discount, because there was a tear in a cushion (which I stitched up as soon as we had it delivered). We also have a couple items that have been gifted to us that we have on display in our bookshelf. 

I picked up some decorative pumpkins and pinecones from the dollar store today to add some autumn feel to the house. These are the newest editions to our thrifty home décor. My toddler promptly picked up one of the small pumpkins and bit into it like an apple. I think it goes without saying, that that particular pumpkin is hiding at the back of the fireplace mantle. 

I never realized how cheap I was when it came to home décor, until today when I started looking around. We do have some 'splurge' items as well, like our beautiful dining room buffet, and dining table - which is finally being delivered this week, YAY! - but for the small stuff, it's mostly dollar store, DIY, and thrifty shopping!

What are some of your favorite, thrifty home décor items, or DIY projects around your house?


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