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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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colornspice

  • 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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kagozi

  • 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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    houseandhomeew

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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    ure.trendzona

 

 

 

 

 

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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hlminteriordesign

  • 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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real simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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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houzz

  • 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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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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Just as wearing some newly purchased fashion adds a sparkle to one’s life, adorning the abode with new decor will invite new excitement into one’s day to day life. Redecorating an entire home is not always an option; the project may be too huge to undertake and costs could be prohibitive. Paint is the perfect cost effective option to turn the old decor easily into a new beautiful home that will bring renewed happiness and beauty to one’s surroundings

Almost everything in the decor can be transformed with paint.

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dutch boy

Think beyond the walls and create a new decor painting floors, cabinetry, furniture, and even lampshades and accessories. Even fabric sofas and drapery can be changed into a new appearance with paint. Paint using a single color or multiple colors for a fun look. Use creativity to paint a piece with colors layered or a faux finish.

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urbanrevivals.com

Faux painting is a wonderful option and is also a perfect way to hide imperfect walls and surfaces.

You can find easy to follow instructions online at sites such as Benjamin Moore, and Valspar Paint to create a beautiful faux finish for your abode. Have fun researching ideas and using your imagination to invent techniques such as using wood glue mixed with paint to achieve a weathered look.

An entire new decor can be fashioned with the many options that faux painting offers:

  • Faux marble

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    acanthedesign.com

  • Venetian plastering

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    dutch boy

  • Color washing
  • Ageing & distressing
  • Wood grainingIMG_1022
  • Ragging & stippling
  • Dragging
  • Sponge painting
  • Spatter painting
  • Terracotta
  • Liming
  • Brick, tile and stone

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    designonline.com

  • Stenciling

Start by collecting the supplies needed in order to set up your painting project.

The items needed for a professional looking project to be completed are a drop cloth, rags for cleanup, a cloth and white spirit to pre clean surfaces, light sand paper or sanding block to prepare surfaces for paint, ESP (Easy Surface Preparation) to prepare surface if covering mica, wood filler or putty, putty knife, a screwdriver to remove hardware, primer (light if painting light color or dark for painting darker colors), paint, polyurethane for top coat, paint brush or foam roller (foam rollers are great because they are made to use on surfaces where a very smooth finish is required) and paint thinner for cleanup if using oil based paints.

Beginning your project.

When painting the room’s walls move all furnishings away from the walls. Place drop cloths over furnishings when painting the ceiling. If painting furniture or accessories place them in the center of a drop cloth.

Use an extra bit of attention to details when prepping for painting.

Remove any hardware from cabinetry and furniture.

  • When your project is completely dry you will have the option to put the same hardware back or purchase new hardware to create a totally fresh look. to conserve funds consider painting the existing hardware in a contrasting color for a new appearance.

Clean down the item being painted

  • Use white spirit (if you are not sure what to use ask at your local hardware store) to clean surfaces to be painted.

Sanding is important to prep the surface.

  • Make sure to sand lightly, evenly, and smoothly. You can use a small hand sander if you have one available. For mica surfaces use the ESP instead of sanding to bond the paint.

Fill in any holes and deep scratches.

  • Hole can be smoothed away using wood filler raised to slightly above the surface. Let dry and sand the filler so it is flush with the surface.

Time for fun and excitement, and paint!

There are different types of paint to choose from.

  • Water based acrylic paints are easy to use, dry fast, and clean up with water.
  • High Gloss oil based paints are much more durable and create a smoother more professional finish. A paint thinner will be needed for oil paint cleanup.
  • Paint with primer built in is quick and easy but may not be the best choice for some faux techniques.

Paint on a primer first that is best suited for the type of paint you have decided to use.

The primer is applied first in order to help the paint to adhere. You might want a couple of coats for coverage. After the primer is dry you can add your color.

You will be painting a few coats to achieve your finished product.

Paint in thin coats to prevent drips and make sure to brush up any drips before they dry. Let the paint dry between coats (between coats of oil based paints or primers a paint brush can be stored in a zip lock bag inside of the freezer. The brush could stay there for days without allowing the paint on it to dry). It is important to sand lightly (220 grain) between each coat so the paint will adhere well. Be sure to remove any sanding dust before additional paint is applied. Apply a second coat and a third (if needed).

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tlc.howstuffworks

For furnishings, cabinetry, counter tops and floors apply a top coat of clear polyurethane to finish the job.IMG_1007

Whether painting your piece in a faux finish or single color paint, finishing with a top coat of clear polyurethane will provide a more resilient finish for your painted furnishing. It is not as necessary to paint polyurethane for walls. Make sure paint is completely dry before placing on any hardware and returning furniture for use. Paint instructions will give the recommended curing time.

Have fun placing the newly painted furnishings in your newly painted abode. Add some great new finds such as new window treatments, pillows, bedding and accessories to enhance the freshly painted rooms and furniture to complete your new redecorated abode. Be proud, you accomplished a great project to literally live in and show off to guests, who are sure to be envious of the beautiful new decor.

Paint a smile on your face and never be afraid to dance!

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Having a beautifully furnished home to show off is the goal for mostly everyone. Decorating the abode can get costly so redecorating using items that you already own or acquire can be the perfect solution to obtaining a beautiful decor without breaking the budget.

Enjoy watching my fab video discussing ideas to decorate your own metal cabinet!

Metal cabinets are versatile and can be used for many applications beyond the office.

Traditionally a metal cabinet is thought of the standard filing or storage furnishing found in the office. These sturdy work horses in the furniture world can be wonderful repurposed for decor in other rooms. Decorate a metal cabinet and it will turn into a beautiful piece of furniture to be used in the bedroom, kitchen, dining room or living room.

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little house in the big D

  • Use a two draw high metal file cabinet as a night table, end table or as a base for a dining room table top.
  • A tall metal file cabinet can be used as a dresser in the bedroom with drawers that are wonderfully deep to fit all of the clothes.
  • Turn a metal storage cabinet into an armoire for the bedroom or kitchen.
  • Create a kitchen island by repurposing a metal cabinet.

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    apartmenttherapy

The challenge of repurposing a metal cabinet for a more decorative furnishing is how to go about dressing it up for the decor.

  • Paint is the simplest solution. Use a primer so that the paint adheres to the metal, then paint using a high gloss enamel in a color to complement the decor.

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    homejelly

  • Take paint one step further with a faux technique turning the metal into the look of wood or marble.
  • Use stencils to add a special touch to the metal furnishing.
  • Vinyl decals used for wall decor can also be the perfect way to transform a metal cabinet into beautiful decor.
  • Camouflage the cabinet with a collage of favorite pages from books, magazines or music pages using the decoupage method with glue and a top varnish.

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    Re3

  • Cover the cabinet with wallpaper to turn it into a work of art. Finish it with a coat of polyurethane for wear ability.

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    dans-le-townhouse

  • Use a wallpaper or fabric to cover the draws or doors and finish off the balance with a coat of paint.

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    indulgy

  • Duct tape is not just for repair jobs anymore. This wonderful tape comes in an array of colors and designs that can be used to transform and decorate furnishings that are destined for the storage room. Cover a metal cabinet with a snake skin duct tape for a designer piece of furnishing. Color block with a number of bright color stripes to use a metal cabinet as a dresser in the kids room or play room.

No matter how large of an abode one resides in, there is always a need for furnishings to store belongings. Items that you find or may already own can be magically turned into brand new decor that will work for you and look beautiful.

Decorating is about using imagination and letting your creative side shine. Never be afraid to dance!

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Shabby Chic is a popular style that promotes comfort and coziness. The problem is one should not want the connotation that their abode is shabby. For that reason I now refer to the Shabby Chic style as “Relaxed Chic”

Have fun watching my video discussing fun shabby chic decor

The original Shabby Chic style began in the large homes found on the countryside  in Great Britain.

The country houses in Europe are inviting, decorated with very comfortable furnishings. Perhaps the furniture was handed down from previous generations from their formal city homes after the pieces aged and were replaced.  These furnishings are comfy with a worn and distressed look that is inviting as if saying “sit, relax, You won’t wear me out anymore than I am already”.

Europeans evoke elegance even when shabby.

Maybe it is the accent but the British and French seem to know how to present an elegant appearance even when not attempting to be formal.

Shabby Chic furnishings present a relaxed elegance.

The relaxed decor is lovely with distressed and vintage pieces. Sofas and chairs invite you to rest as if on a fluffy bed. Furnishings range from the elegance of carved French to the simplicity of Swedish and American Shaker.

  • Oversized slip covers often cover sofas and chairs creating an inviting look.

    Art Streiber, Shabby Chic

    Art Streiber, Shabby Chic

  • Many of the furnishings embrace their aged appearance wearing their worn layers of paint proudly.
  • Colors are soft, often in white pallets or soft colors.
  • Patterns are of soft chintz fabrics with country checks, stripes and flowers.

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    one kings lane

  • Fabrics are vintage in appearance faded with age or new to be fashioned to appear as if aged.
  • Wooden furnishings whether actually vintage or new appear to show lives of happy living with distressed edges and worn finishes.

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    tripadvisor

  • Vintage wood furnishings are often painted in lovely white or light colors of blues and yellows.
  • Weathered metal furnishing add dimension to a room.

Decorating a Relaxed Chic abode can be fun and rewarding.

Imagine yourself in a lovely house on a farm in the country with wide plank wood floors and an old fashioned wood stove. Place yourself inside the dream room that is to be decorated.

First step is to determine your colors

  • Shabby Chic often brings thoughts of white, but light colors in pastel hues work as well. Think about a linen white instead of a bright white. Soft colors such in rose, mint, yellows, greens and blues blend lovely. Even darker patterns will work when distressed into a faded look. Beautiful French toile fabrics are often used inviting scenes of the countryside in the pattern. Traditional floral patterns printed on a linen baric give the relaxed chic look that you are looking for.

You decided on the palette now it is time to determine the furniture that you will need

Obviously different rooms require different furnishings.

  • The living room is the center of the conversation. Make it beautiful with a sofa with an oversized slipcover. Create a conversation area by adding a country French carved frame armchair. Add vintage natural wooden nesting tables to use as an end table. The coffee table can be an aged metal base with a glass or wood top. Prefer the clean look of paint to weathered wood, then create a room using wooden furnishings painted in white, yellow or blue. Use a high gloss enamel for long term wear.

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    designlike

  •  A country kitchen is the ultimate relaxed chic look. Decorate with a wide planked wood farm table as the centerpiece in the heart of the home. Surround the table with painted ladder back chairs and slip covered cushioned seats. For excitement consider using vintage chairs that do not match and paint them in the same finish. Use the same fabric for cushions or upholstery to tie the furnishings together.

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    decorologist

  • The bedroom is in the ultimate of comfort in a relaxed chic decor. Fluffy bedding takes center stage. Shades of whites in cottons, lace and crocheted create a clean and comfortable appearance. Not a fan of white then use a pretty print of roses. Use an antique iron or brass headboard to frame the bed. Add a small chair by the window to sit and read. Vintage finds can be used as bedside tables and dressers. Leave the natural beauty of the aged wood or paint the treasures for a cleaner look.

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    homedesignpics

Accessories add the finishing touch to the Relaxed Chic abode

  • Bring patterns and textures in with pillows. Tapestries look beautiful on the wall and add a new dimension to the room. Area rugs should have the aged appearance that a needlepoint lends. Add lighting with delicate chandeliers and pretty lampshades.

Make this a great time to have fun discovering new finds at antique stores, thrift shops and garage sales.

Think outside of the box.

  • Buy the cheap unappealing artwork for the attractive frame then use the frames to frame mirrors or old family photos.
  • Vintage lighting fixtures can be painted.
  • Stools can double as end tables.
  • Old patchwork quilts make lovely throws for the sofa and bed.
  • Old trunks can be repurposed as tables with the added benefit of extra storage space.
  • Use the drawers from a found dresser as wall shelving and replace the drawers in the dresser with baskets.
  • An old child’s chair can be painted and used as a pedestal for a plant.

Relaxed Chic not only is an attractive and beautiful decorating style but is also an eco-friendly way to decorate the abode. By renewing vintage items one is creating a sustainable living environment. Have fun creating new decor from the old. Enjoy your relaxed and chic surroundings.

Never be afraid to dance!

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Just as one likes to redecorate themselves with a new haircut or outfit, people enjoy redecorating the decor to add some new excitement to their lives as well. Changing accessories may help change the decor’s look but after some time looks fade and the abode finds itself in need of a more intense makeover.

Paint can be an economical and easy way to transform the decor into a new look.

Paint comes in endless colors. Custom colors  can be mixed to match any decor your heart desires. The abode is a representation of the people who share the structure and color is the perfect way to reflect the personalities of the those who inhabit the rooms. With a stroke of a brush a boring canvas of a wall can become a brilliant statement.

Transforming a room in paint goes beyond a single color.sweetsanity.typepad

Just as in the fashion world, decorating is about layering to create dimension and excitement. Painting a room should follow this rule as well. Walls, trim, doors, etc. should not be painted in one  solid color. This will just create an unremarkable dull appearance.

When contemplating painting a room, think beyond a single color.

Use at least two colors for painting a room.

  • Trim and doors can be in another color from the walls.

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    real simple

  • An accent color can easily be added to bring attention to one wall, such as behind a sofa or bed.

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    hgtv

  • Faux painting techniques often require a layering of several colors to create beautiful dimension to the surfaces. Faux Finishes are about blending colors and creating special effects, such as marble or wood. Faux painting can be simple to do, as in sponging, or more complex, as in marbleizing.IMG_1018

Use a specialty paint to turn the walls into additional excitement for the decor.

  • Chalkboard paint can turn any wall or surface into a fun blackboard to keep notes and draw pictures. Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore

  • Glitter Effect paint is a topcoat that adds a sparkle effect to the surface.
  • Easily hide cracks and patches in older surfaces using Benjamin Moore’s Latex Sand Texture paint in white and then paint over with any color of your choice.
  • Rust-oleum’s magnetic primer painted under a pretty paint color or chalkboard paint will turn the wall into a fun place to post the kid’s artwork.

    Rustoleum

    Rustoleum

  • Paint a room or wall with Ralph Lauren metallic paint to turn a room into a royal statement.

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

  • Turn the walls into the appearance of suede simply by painting with Ralph Lauren’s suede paint finish.

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

  • Add the rustic texture of river rocks with a simple brush stroke and paint from Ralph Lauren.

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

Do not forget about choosing the correct paint finish as well.

From a flat to high gloss there is an array of paint finishes to choose from.

  • The best finish for common painting jobs is eggshell or satin.
  • Semi-gloss is traditionally used for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • High gloss paint works well on trim and doors for its cleanability and adds dimension against the walls.

Mistakes happen, don’t worry the walls can always be sanded and primed to make an entire new canvas to be repainted. Bring out your inner artist with creative faux painting. Show off your unique personality with colors and decor. Whether painting a room by yourself or with companions make it a painting party and  never be afraid to dance!

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