A beautifully decorated abode is within reach for anyone. Just because you are on a tight budget should not deter from refreshing the abode with great redecorating ideas that can cost next to nothing. Have fun with the challenge of decorating the living room for less than $100.

A new floor plan using existing furnishings will instantly create a fresh decor.

Without spending a dime you can simply swap around the furniture to create an entire new appearance for an old room. Steal items from other rooms to use in the living room as new furnishing.

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  • Play with new floor plan ideas on paper before you begin moving furniture around.
  • Open up a room by keeping the sofa but getting rid of a large chair or loveseat and swapping them for two lean chairs stolen from behind the dining table.
  • Try moving a console table from a wall to behind the sofa.Futoria Console

 

 

 

Paint is like a magic trick that will create a new decor with the flash of a brush.

Yes painting the entire room can get costly, but one can easily paint an accent wall in a trendy color to frame a sofa or dress the fireplace wall. With just a can of paint and creativity the living room can be dressed up in new fashion.

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  • Accent one wall, the ceiling, or the trim by simply applying a new color.
  • Paint an old ugly lamp, change the shade and make it new.
  • Turn a worn table or cabinet into a new piece of furnishing with the swipe of a paintbrush.

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Add new excitement to the room with pattern.

Pattern can brighten a dull decor by adding new interest and excitement. Whether on the walls, or furnishings and accessories a pattern can cost effectively be a new welcome addition to freshening up the living room.flowers

  • Keep the wallpaper cost down by only applying it to one wall or use the ceiling as a fifth wall to make a unique statement.
  • The old sofa becomes a new piece of furnishing simply by adding new throw pillows in trendy patterns and colors.
  • Add a new area rug in a lively pattern to the seating area.
  • Change out a boring white lamp shade with a lovely patterned shade.
  • Turn an old piece of furniture into a designer piece of art by painting it in a fun pattern such as a plaid, argyle or floral.

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Turn vintage finds into new designer furnishing.

Decor can be crafted from interesting discoveries. Sift through the attic and basement for item that have been forgotten and can be turned into new beautiful decor. Have fun visiting the yard sales and thrift shops, and even items tossed at the curb can be transformed into beautiful decor for way under budget.

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  • Grandpas old vintage suitcase can be now used as a one-of-a-kind end table.
  • Stack interesting books to instantly create a table by a chair.
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  • An old dresser can be transformed into a media cabinet for the living room.
  • Use pages from old magazines, coffee table books and even newspapers to mat and frame inexpensively to decorate the walls.wallcovering repurposed as art

 

 

 

 

Simply by redecorating the windows will add in new light and thrills to an old living room.

Heavy and expensive drapery does not equate to having a designer room. The windows are the eyes out to viewing the world so by keeping them simply decorated one can bring the beauty of the outdoors in to add to the decor.

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  • Keep windows simple with plain blinds in a wood tone or white that can be purchased readymade for standard sized windows.
  • Dress the windows with store bought standard sheers flowing from the ceiling to the floor. For privacy add an inexpensive roller shade behind the lovely sheers.

 

 

Remember that for a true designer look furnishings should not match but instead blend together, so creating a beautiful room for under $100 can be fun, easy and creative. Dress up a room for a new trendy look with exciting accessories and color. Add flowers and plants to bring in a bit of natural color and scents.

Money does not buy beauty; create your own decorative splendor and never be afraid to dance!

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The bedroom should be a room filled with décor to promote tranquility and comfort. It is the place that we can shut out the worries of the outside world. Parents seek peace by closing the door and instructing the family to give them some quiet if only for a few moments. The children’s bedrooms are where they can use their imagination to create an exciting world in which to read, play and study.

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The bedroom’s décor should mirror the personalities of the people seeking a refuge of comfort.

The bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom. A headboard frames the head of the bed and becomes a major focus for the room’s decor. Instead of purchasing an ordinary headboard that is not unique to your personality create a surround for your pillows that will assist in taking you off to dream land.

Create a custom designer headboard easily by repurposing objects, using fabrics and pain. 

  • Old wooden doors or shutters are perfect to repurpose and use behind the bed. Paint them and attach to wall or stand a few vertically on the floor to be used as a headboard.

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    pinterest

  • Folding screens are perfect to use as headboards. Simply open up a screen flat and attach it to the wall for lovely décor to rest the pillows on.
  • Repurpose Grandma’s old tri-fold vanity mirror; paint the frame and attach it to the wall as a headboard to make your own designer piece to be envied.

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  • Scour the estate sales for a beautiful large fireplace surround that can be repurposed and fashioned to use as a headboard when attached to the wall behind the bed.
  • Turn a plain piece of cheap plywood into a sleek, contemporary headboard. Sand it, stain it, seal it, and place it behind the bed.
  • Group ribboned fabric bulletin boards in a horizontal row attached to the wall behind the bed to make a lovely headboard and serves as a place to place notes and photos.

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  • Attach tall wood wainscot on the wall behind the bed and trim it with molding and paint or stain it.
  • Use a quilt or pretty area rug to hang on the wall behind the bed.
  • Create your own easy upholstered headboard look by simply attaching upholstered square sections to the wall.

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Create the illusion of a headboard on the wall behind the bed.

  • Paint a picture of a headboard or use a stencil on the wall where the head of the bed resides.wall stencil, thirtyduo.blogspot
  • Frame fabric or wall paper on the wall inside molding to present the bed.

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Take delight in creating a fun headboard with kids for their own rooms.

  • Buy a section of picket fence, paint or stain it, and use it for your headboard. This looks great in a child’s room.

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  • Is your young one a sports buff; use baseball bats or hockey sticks glued together to create a headboard.

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Give the prince or princess or King and Queen a dream canopy bed

  • Simply hang some fabric, tapestry, or sheet draped from ceiling nailed in at all four corners of bed.
  • Run fabric on the wall behind the bed to the ceiling. Place a rod to hold fabric where ceiling meets the wall then drape the fabric over the bed finishing it attached to another rod.

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  • Attach curtain rods to the ceiling around all four sides of the bed. Hang curtains draped in each corner.
  • Be creative; try draping fabric in different ways to create your own canopy design.

Have a great time viewing me as I discuss great decorating tips in the other videos in my eHow series “Ideas for Home Decorating

Sink into your bed surrounded by the beautiful decor. Take a moment to let the day’s stresses melt away and drift off into dreamland. Never be afraid to dance!

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Kitchen cabinetry that is old and out of date can bring the home’s decor down. Purchasing new furniture and appliances can add a bit of freshness to the decor but will not hide the old cabinetry. Cabinetry can be costly to remove and replace; not to mention the mess and down time of not having a kitchen to use.

Enjoy watching me discuss how to update your kitchen on this eHow video

Update the old boring white laminate kitchen.

White laminate cabinetry was popular twenty years ago but now is in need of updating for this century. Use a little elbow grease and imagination and the old cabinetry can be turned into a beautiful new kitchen.

Paint the white laminate.

Laminate can be painted. Preparation is key. Remove hardware and scrub the cabinetry clean. Then sand them well so that the paint will adhere. Make sure to prime the cabinets with an appropriate primer made to use on this material; this is also important for a smooth paint finish that will last. Finally paint the cabinetry turning them into new beautiful decor. A specialty paint supply store should be able to set you up with the necessary materials for the job.

New hardware.

Replace the old pulls and knobs with new attractive handles. This will instantly add newness to the old cabinetry in a quick and easy fashion. The new hardware placed on the newly painted cabinetry will be the icing on the cake for the decor.

Laminate counters can be painted too.

After you have completed transforming the cabinetry do the same with the countertops. Use Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations™, to turn the existing countertops into a beautiful granite look without the high cost of stone.

Update with a new backsplash.

Add a new tile backsplash to finish off your new kitchen decor. Consider splurging on a few glass accent tiles to really add some special sparkle.

New appliances will complete the decor.

If it is in the budget then complete the new kitchen update by updating the appliances as well. Get good deals in clearance areas where the side of a refrigerator, that will be hidden anyway against your wall, may be scratched.

Do not be surprised by all of the compliments that you receive on your new spectacular kitchen. Little will everyone know that you were able to achieve the new decor without breaking the bank. Entertaining will be a pleasure preparing the affair in your new kitchen.

Take pleasure in updating the decor and never be afraid to dance!

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Wall decals have grown up to be wonderful decor to dress the walls, even in the most elegant of homes. Since they do not damage walls they make the perfect option if you enjoy switching the decor or live in a rental or dorm room. RoomMates manufactures a wide variety of beautiful and easy to use home décor products that install easily and will beautify the abode within minutes.

RoomMates wall decals come in many styles, sizes and finishes to please all ages.

The easy peel and stick RoomMates are removable and reusable wall decals that stick to practically any surface that is smooth to the touch, even on wallpapered walls. Be creative using them on “walls, ceilings, doors, windows, mirrors, furniture, chalkboards, window shades, desks… even vehicles!”  RoomMates feature an array of amazing designs from traditional to modern for grownups and popular characters for the little ones. They even allow for a customizing option to create your own peel and stick wall decor from a favorite photo, character, pattern, artwork or by using a template and creativity.

The RoomMates decal products are very easy to install and remove within minutes.

Wait at least two weeks after painting or wallpapering to apply wall decals and make sure that the surface is smooth to the touch.

  • Fully clean the surface prior to application.
  • The designs come on a liner sheet with already pre-cut pattern pieces that have self adhesive. Depending on the choice of pattern installing the decal is as easy as following numbers.
  • To remove and store the decals simply remove carefully from the surface and place it back on the liner for safe keeping.

Special technology makes for no mess or damage, and most RoomMates products can be reused!

“RoomMates wall decals use a special adhesive that grips the wall tightly, but doesn’t form a bond. When the sticker is removed, it lifts easily from the wall without residue or damage. This technology also allows the decals to be used again at a new location without reducing the quality of their performance.”

Not just decals, RoomMates offers many other wall decor options to beautify the home.

With wallpaper & borders, peel and stick mirrors, XL wallpaper murals, clocks and Magic Hooks, one can make over any room within minutes into an entire new decor simply by peeling and sticking. Dorm rooms can now be transformed from ugly concrete blocks to beautiful walls easily and safely without harming walls.

  • Adorn the wall with a favorite quote to inspire all who enter the room.
  • Dress a wall with mirrors without the need of a hammer and nails.
  • Have fun dressing the abode to celebrate the holidays and seasons.

With the RoomMates beautiful decor choices there is a design for everyone to choose from to create a beautiful home with. Have fun swapping decor as the seasons change or surprise a household member with a new room decor for their birthday. The peel and stick options create a great opportunity for decorating any abode.

Peel and stick your way to lovely walls that express who you are and never be afraid to dance!

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Moving from a house one owns to a rental can be a challenge. There is no longer the stress about paying for upkeep, but living in someone else’s property often comes with new stresses regarding specific decorating rules pertaining to the hanging of art and shelves.

People want to make their abode a home with their own decorating touches.

Everyone would like to make their living spaces their own with lovely art and accessories. Landlords are weary of damage that may be made to their properties with nails in walls, and no one can blame them. Command products by 3M has come to the rescue making wonderful products that will help decorate and organize the abode with absolutely no harm to any surfaces.IMG_1710

Hang artwork and hooks easily for organizing with no tools nor destruction to any surface

Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make decorating and organizing a pleasure. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize the walls. They can hold works of art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, when it is time to move on.IMG_1786 IMG_1807

Be inventive using Command;  Command hooks made the issue of attaining shelf space easy.

The kitchen sink in my new rented abode was longing for a shelf to be placed above it, between the two upper cabinets flanking either side. Problem is, the cabinetry is new and the property owner would probably not appreciate nails being placed in the new and clean decor.

By using an open metal shelf and Command hooks I easily installed a shelf myself in the niche between the two cabinets with no tools except for a tape measure, level and pencil.

  • Having a 36 inch opening, I purchased an Elfa 36 inch wide by 12 inch deep wire metal shelf form the Container Store. IMG_3913
  • Using the level and measuring tape, lines were made with a pencil to determine where to place the hooks that would hold the shelf up.
  • The metal shelf was easy to snap into place allowing for the hooks to hold it in position until the time comes for its damage free removal. IMG_4044 IMG_4062

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    check out the magnetic led touch lights added to the bottom of the shelf for accent lighting

  • Any pencil marks leftover were easily washed away.

I now have a beautiful place to store extra items in attractive cubbies. Two round dollar store battery operated tap LED lights with magnets attached to the bottom of the metal shelf add an accent light over the sink to finish off the new decor.

Command is very easy to apply and remove needing absolutely no tools.

  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on the tape to attach to hook so that the tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  •  Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  •  Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

Ready to move on to a new abode, then simply take the shelf off of the hooks and then remove the Command hooks.

  • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

Hanging artwork and anything on the walls can be tricky. everything must be hung level, straight and at the correct height. Traditional picture hangers and hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. With a rental or dorm room one might not have the option of poking holes in the walls. Command is a wonderful discovery for everyone and just about every situation. The kids can now hang the posters on the walls of their rooms without tape, thumbtacks, mess or punishment for damaging the wall’s finish.

I can attest to these products being a great invention to assist in decorating and organizing the abode. All of the Command products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips. Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that the products should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Create a beautiful decor by thinking outside of the box using inventive products. Never be afraid to dance!

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Carmen De La Paz of HGTV fame has teamed with Scotch to create wonderful do-it-yourself decor that is imaginative and beautiful. Holiday decorating is the perfect time to have fun and be creative with DIY projects.

Just in time to get ready for the “Great Pumpkin” to arrive Carmen has created a great, fun and easy Halloween project using Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape, spray paint and a glass bowl.

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First get ready with the materials you will need

  • 1″  & 1 ½” ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock  (2080)
  • Spray paint specifically made for glass in chrome and frosted orange
  • Large glass bowl of your choice
  • Plastic liner or shopping bags

The only tool that Carmen highly recommends is a Respiratory Mask.

Carmen De La Paz’s instructions:

1.       Start with a glass bowl of your choice. A round bowl is the perfect choice since it resembles a pumpkin.Halloween_1

2.       Using 1” ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock (2080 EL), start by laying out the face.

Note:  Carmen’s design is made mostly of straight lines to help the tape ensure a good seal along the curve of the surface

  • “When following the curve and the surface, hold the tape tight as it goes on. This will ensure you have a nice even seal with the tape and the surface.  You will notice the other side of the tape may buckle – we are concentrating on a nice tight seam with the tape and the image we are trying to create. When it is right – you will know.  When it is wrong you will also know.”
  • Carmen started the eyes and then worked her way down to the nose and mouth.

Once the face is laid with the tape, Carmen added some lines all the way around to represent the wedges in the pumpkin – again with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock (2080 EL).

  • Exact measurements are not necessary . Create lines that feel good. “The less you think about it, the better it will turn out.”

3.       “Once the areas you want to paint are masked out – cover the rest of the surface of the bowl with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock (2080 EL) to ensure off spray does not find its way to the glass. Be sure to cover the top opening as well!”Halloween_2

4.       Spray paint with the chrome color for glass surfaces. Halloween_3

5.       Once paint has fully dried, gently pull tape back by angling the edge back at 45 degrees to reveal crisp edges and super sharp paint lines and corners.

6.      Spray paint the whole outside of the bowl with the orange frost color.Halloween_4

Follow the rules for spray painting to achieve a beautiful finished product:

  • Start spraying before you hit the surface
  • Don’t place the nozzle of paint too close to the surface you are spraying
  • Keep can moving to prevent build-up of paint, which will turn into drips as it dries
  • Light, even layers, is always the best with sprays

Beautiful! you are finished with your beautiful project and ready to put it on display for all to admire. Fill the glass pumpkin with yummy goodies to enjoy Halloween with.

Have fun with Carmen. Enjoy decorating for the holidays to come. Be creative and never be afraid to dance!

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Decorating a dorm room or rental can be a challenge, but it can also be a fun experience experimenting with different ideas to make the room into a personal statement of yourself. Guys might think that the girls have it all together when decorating but everyone can use a hand and some helpful advice to conquering ugly dorm room walls.

Be sure to watch me on this eHow video for a tutorial to achieving a beautiful fabric draped wall using Command hooks!


Guys, and girls, command beautiful walls using 3M Command hookscommand hooks

Command Brand by 3M has an array of useful hooks in many sizes, finishes, and colors to be used in any room. The hooks are perfect for dorm rooms since they can be attached to a surface without any harm.  The hooks and products leave no holes at all to damage a wall and can be removed in an instant to leave no marks behind and ready to be reused for a new application.

Command hooks go way beyond simply working as a hook to hold a bathrobe or towel.IMG_4350

Think outside of the box when using the hooks and you can create a beautiful wall covered with fabric. Perfect to make the decor your own and to hide old ugly dorm walls crafted with cinder blocks. Be creative using the hooks.

Command’s clear hooks are the perfect place to begin with dressing the wall in fabric.  

“These new clear hooks, clips and organization products –complete with a transparent adhesive strip – blend seamlessly into walls and other surfaces providing endless decorating possibilities. Hold 0.5 to 2 pounds, depending on product.”

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The clear hooks will blend into the wall making the fabric of choice the centerpiece of the decor. Keep the fabric choice light weight to make it easy to hang. Have fun creating a beautifully decorated wall using fabric.

Place hooks in equal intervals apart on the wall just below the ceiling.

IMG_4352Have fun playing with fabric choices to create a unique decor.

  • Drape fabric in a swag effect from hook to hook to create a soft dimensional border around the room.
  • Use readymade curtains that are 84 inches long. Attach curtain rings to the top (these easily just clip on) using the same distance between rings as between hooks on wall. Then hang the curtains flat against the wall using the rings to hang on the hooks. Dress one wall as an accent behind your bed or have fun with your roommate dressing all of the walls.
  • Use curtain rings to dress the entire perimeter of the room with a curtain valance. Get a matching curtain to adorn in the window using a tension rod.
  • A fun shower curtain will add a bit of excitement to a boring wall. Use the ready-made slits at the top of the curtain to hook the curtain onto the clear Command hooks attached to the wall. Hold the curtain on the wall and mark with pencil at the points on the wall where the holes are along the top of the curtain. Place the hooks on the wall at your marks. Center the shower curtain on the wall or over the bed.

Watch me on my eHow video series Back to School: Dorm Life” for more great tips on decorating and organizing the dorm room!

The dorm room is the first step to having your own abode to decorate. Make sure that it truly expresses who you are and that it is a place of enjoyment for you to come home to after a busy day of classes. Have fun creating dorm room fashions. Don’t forget to coordinate with roommates. Enjoy college life and never be afraid to dance!

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