The weather is getting warmer, the days are growing longer, and I’m embarrassed to admit, I just removed the last trace of Christmas decorations from my tiny apartment. Spring is coming! I love change, and redecorating is one of the best parts of Spring cleaning (scratch that, the only good part of Spring cleaning!) Redecorating just makes waiting out the winter thaw that much more bearable. Because I don’t have a huge budget for new furniture, I’ve come up with some ways to spruce up a room that are thrifty and fun.
1. Add splashes of color with used paint. Instead of spending money on a whole batch of new paint, look on Craigslist and Freecycle.org for leftover interior paint. Use painter’s tape to add a stripe of color along the perimeter of the ceiling or the bottom perimeter of the room. Then paint the insides of window frames like in the picture above, from Apartment Therapy. Repetition of color is pleasing to the eye!
2. Wall art can be pricey. Create your own statement piece on your living room or bedroom wall by hanging home or metal garden décor. Display wrought iron garden accessories in your kitchen or bathroom, or hang an old window frame that you’ve painted white. You can use forgotten wares from your cellar, or buy inexpensive new pieces from the garden section of a big box store (the piece above is from Sears).
3. Turn your cluttered office or spare room into a hobby shop or a playroom for your kids. If you have things you just can’t part with but don’t have the space for, try finding a used shed for your backyard. Today’s sheds are often sold in kits, which means they’re delivered to you ready to assemble.
4. Give new life to an old dresser or cabinet by replacing the drawer knobs. Etsy is a great place to find unique handmade and vintage knobs that won’t break the bank.
5. If you don’t have the time, money, or space to re-organize your closet, here’s a cool way to de-clutter the chair or bed where you throw tried-on or lightly-worn clothes. Use a coat rack! Freestanding ones can look pretty cool, but hanging shelf/coat racks are nifty also.
6. If you’re like me and own too many books and not enough money for new bookcases, pick up some pretty, inexpensive window planters and hang them on your wall for an interesting way to display your reads. Mix some small potted plants in, and you’ll have your own indoor literary garden!
Samantha McCormick is a writer who enjoys finding creative ways to decorate her little nest in Boston, and occasionally inducing a chuckle or two on her humor blog, Escapism.
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