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From Trash to Treasure: DIY Budget Decor Ideas You’ll Love

Are you tired of looking at the same old decor in your home but don’t want to break the bank to give it a new look? If you’re like any of us here at E&I, our minds are constantly moving and dreaming of our next creative project. You don’t have to look far to see the (many) potential projects that DIY, thrifting, and refurbishing can bring to your home.

You can transform your home from trash to treasure with creativity and some elbow grease. The possibilities are endless, from upcycling old furniture to repurposing items you already have. DIY decor will save money and add style while bringing a personal touch to your home, more so than store-bought items can’t match. 

Rushford House – Rose Room

When we bought our current home, a former B&B, we initially intended to utilize the space for extended family to come and stay. While that is still the case, we also are considering the prospect of a “retreat house” -of course, this is down the road a bit – and still up for debate. The home has eight bedrooms and six bathrooms, and though the process will be slow, we plan to update them all -even though most need only minor updating.

I plan to be as environmentally friendly as possible and use existing decor pieces, with some minor additions (generally thrifted items). Of course, some areas will need heavier hitting; however, I plan to refurbish, restore and reuse when possible.

This room here is one of my favorite rooms in the home. I love its soft decor and romantic ambiance ~ welcome to the Rose room.

Budget decor, like DIY and thrifted pieces, has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. It is an affordable way to give your home a new look, allowing you to express your creativity and showcase your personality. This style of interior design is

Benefits of DIY budget decor:

  1. Cost-effective
    One of the most significant benefits of DIY budget decor is its cost-effectiveness. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive decor items, you can create unique and stylish pieces using things you already have or repurposing old ones. Thrifting for vintage pieces, refurbishing, and reusing what you already own can save you money and allow you to stay within your budget while achieving your desired look.
  2. Personalization
    DIY budget decor allows you to add a personal touch to your home by creating pieces that reflect your style and personality, making your home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Store-bought items may look nice, but budget decor and thrifted pieces will add depth and character to your space.
  3. Eco-friendly
    DIY budget decor is also an eco-friendly option. Repurposing and upcycling old items reduce waste and contribute to a sustainable future. You can also use natural materials and avoid buying products that contain harmful chemicals.

Decor Trends

While many decor styles adopt and utilize thrifted decor, DIY projects, and recycled, upcycled, and reused items, the following interior design styles use budget decor throughout their spaces. 

1. Bohemian Style

Bohemian style has been a popular decor trend, showing no sign of slowing down. This style incorporates bright colors, patterns, and textures to create a cozy, eclectic look. You can achieve this style by adding colorful throw pillows, tapestries, and unique wall art.

2. Farmhouse Style

Farmhouse style is another popular decor trend perfect for DIY budget decor. This style creates a warm, rustic look using natural materials such as wood and metal. You can achieve this style by upcycling old furniture, adding vintage decor items, and incorporating natural accents such as plants and flowers.

3. Minimalist Style

Minimalist style is a simple yet elegant decor trend focusing on clean lines, neutral colors, and simplicity. This style is perfect for DIY budget decor as it emphasizes functionality and uses basic materials. You can achieve this style by creating simple wall art using natural materials such as linen and cotton.

3. English Cottage

English cottages use traditional materials to enhance a feeling of coziness. The English Cottage style combines the best elements of architecture, vintage pieces, and cozy patterns and textiles to curate a warm, lived-in vibe. Whether you live in a quaint cottage-esque home or want to feel like you do, it’s easy to transform your home into the English cottage of your dreams.

Repurposing and Upcycling Thrift Store Finds

Thrift stores provide a treasure trove of items that, when repurposed, offer unique and stylish decor pieces. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Picture Frames

Old picture frames and vintage artwork are great additions to bring depth and personality to a space. You can create beautiful gallery walls and recreate artwork with vintage frames. The artwork below, The Greatest Moments of a Girl’s Life, was a thrifted find, and I adore it.

2. Vintage Suitcases

Repurposed vintage suitcases offer stylish storage solutions, such as a unique side table, or you can store blankets and pillows.

3. Old Windows

Repurposing old windows into beautiful wall art pieces is another great way to bring personality to your space. You can update them with a coat of paint and hang them on the wall or use them as a frame for photos and artwork.

4. Vintage and Used Furniture

Instead of throwing away old furniture, why not give it a new lease on life? You can sand and paint old wooden furniture to give it a fresh look or add new fabric to old chairs to create a unique and stylish piece. The furniture (bed, armoire, chair, and dresser) in the Rose room is all repurposed and reused and came with the home when we purchased it.

Adding Character to Your Space

1. Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are both accessible and affordable, and they add color and texture to your home decor.

2. Area Rugs

Area rugs are another way to add color and texture to your home decor. You can choose a patterned rug to make a statement or a neutral rug to complement your decor.

3. Curtains

Curtains add color and texture to your walls. You can choose bold patterns and colors to make a statement or stick to neutral tones for a more subdued look.

4. Plants

Plants are a great way to add life and color to your home decor. One idea is to hang your plants, which allows for some greenery to your home decor without taking up floor space. You can use macrame plant hangers or create your own using twine and beads. You can also find quaint, used/vintage plant stands around your space.

5. Lighting

Purchasing new (or even vintage lighting) can be expensive, so a great alternative is thrifting for lighting at your local thrift shop(s). Often, you can nab some beautiful lighting for very reasonable prices -the bedside lamps below I was able to purchase for less than $20.

Quite literary, everything in this bedroom was left by the previous owner or was thrifted. Budget decorating, such as DIY, thrifting, and upcycling, is an affordable and creative way to transform your home decor. The possibilities are endless, from upcycling old furniture to creating unique wall galleries. By incorporating plants and adding character with budget-friendly accents, you can create a comfortable and stylish home that reflects your personality.

So, what are you waiting for? If you are still trying to figure out where to begin, start small but be confident that you can transform your home into your dream space with some creativity!

Retreat House or Bust?

What do you think? Would you rent the Rushfrod House for family gatherings, a quilting or scrapbooking weekend, a small, intimate wedding, or a girls’ weekend?

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