7 Simple & Budget Friendly Ways To Start Your Room Makeover

Do you have a room in your house that needs updating? Let me share with you 7 simple & budget friendly ways to start your room makeover.

Need to do it on a budget? No problem!

You can apply these budget friendly tips to any room in the house. We wish money were no issue and grew on trees. With one click of a button, everything you need for your room will be well on its way to your home. If only that was true!

For some of us, we need to work off a budget. Good advice is to define your budget first. Will this room be full makeover? Do you want brand new more modern furniture pieces? Or will it be a simple refresh? It is important to set your budget.

How about doing your project in phases? You can decide if phase one will be furniture; and the second phase lighting and accessories. It is a terrific way to spread it out over a period of time.

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Lighting is an important accessory item for any room. Chandeliers can be pricey too.

Our new home had builder grade lights throughout it. It pays to shop around. You will need to decide if you are going to splurge or save.

These black iron chandeliers look very similar in style. The big difference is the price. You will need to decide if you want to splurge or save some money. The extra savings could be used toward some other accessories.

We like the casual feel of this chandelier in our dining room. It coordinates well with the lighting in the kitchen.

Shop your house for items that can be moved to other rooms to create a new look. The original frame on the mirror was an ivory color. The color was washer out against the light gray walls.

A little paint and voila a new mirror! This project saved me money from purchasing a brand-new mirror.

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You can see the painting technique and the supplies used in my tutorial here.

Photo Courtesy of Leslie At Feet Under My Table

You can create your own artwork to personalize your room. My friend Leslie, Feet Under My Table created these beautiful pressed fern wall art. How clever and beautiful!

She used ferns from her garden and created these beautiful pieces of art. You can lean them against the wall or hang them on the wall. You can check out her full tutorial here.

A rug under the table helps to anchor the room. By adding a rug, it will make the room warm and cozy. It can also help you to add a pop of color to the room.

You can find great deals on rugs through Wal-Mart, Wayfair and Amazon. I recommend to look at the rating for the item. Read the reviews from the customers. You can find some beautiful rugs at a reasonable price point. My rug was less than $150 and budget friendly.

Here are some of my favorite blue and white rugs.

My favorite neutral rugs are at reasonable prices.

I have the one in the middle of the family room. It’s of great quality, soft, high pile and affordable. It is perfect for the grandchildren to lay on the floor.

There are wonderful vintage furniture pieces online at Facebook Marketplace, yards sales, thrifts stores, on the side of the road or in your basement. Paint it! If your dining chairs look outdated, paint them!

You can really find some well-made old furniture. This buffet/sideboard has dove-tailed drawers and the entire piece is solid wood.

My mother is about to paint her dining room set to give it a fresh new look. It can save you a lot of money and the furniture quality is better. To replace a dining set would be out of her budget for something of equal quality.

6. Make Your Own Draperies

The biggest chunk on my dining room budget was draperies. I had my heart set on 100″ wide linen panels. You do not need to compromise and wait for items to go on sale. It was worth waiting for the sale price.

You can consider making your own draperies from various fabrics if you can sew. Another great option if you do not sew is canvas drop cloths or bed sheets. Bed sheets are easy to make curtains from with no sew hemming tape. All you need is an iron!

7. Less Is More

Sometimes less is more! You do not have to fill every space in the room with furniture. The same holds true with art. Every wall in your home does not need art. Sometimes a beautiful piece of art or mirror over top of a buffet is all you need in the space.

Accessories look good in a room to add texture and visual interest. Every surface does not need to be overflowing with items.

My buffet has more decorative items. The dining table is kept clear with a plant in the center. Sometime I will have a vase filled with fresh flowers.

Try to keep it where the room is not looking cluttered with “stuff”. It will give the room a cleaner, crisp look.

I hope you found some of the 7 simple & budget friendly ways to start your room makeover helpful.

Hope you have a wonderful day, friend!

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  1. I am in LOVE with this post, Tammy! So many great tips, friend. And thank you for sharing the pressed ferns. Can’t wait to see you this week!

  2. I love these ideas, Tammy. So simple, but so impactful. I’m going to share a link to your post with my readers in tomorrow’s week in rewind recap.

    I hope you are having a fabulous summer!

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