Decorate Your House for Cheap Using Stuff You Already Have

As a teenager, I used to rearrange my room like every week. Seriously. I was never one to sit still for too long and I loved always finding new creative ways to utilize my space. Now, as an adult (who is much busier I might add), I never switch things up. I’m so set in my ways it’s kind of scary. The thing is, I don’t think I’m alone here. We all have those moments where we feel bored with the same old thing and that often leads to credit card purchases or overspending on things that we don’t really need just so we can say we have/did something new. Instead of digging deeper into financial woes, I have some amazing tips on how to decorate your house for cheap! Plus, you might not even have to go to the store!

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Why re-decorating is helpful

So, if you haven’t heard yet, I used to struggle with a major compulsive shopping addiction. For me, and most others, shopping is a stress reliever. It gives instant gratification and releases a temporary release of serotonin when we buy something new.

Re-decorating can have the same affect.

We look around our normally boring space and see a freshness and new possibilities.

If you can be smart about how you re-decorate your space, you could end up saving yourself a ton of money that you would have otherwise blown shopping.

Just like a fresh shower makes us feel new and better, a fresh look in our home can do the same thing for us.

Plus, re-decorating gives us a chance to re-evaluate the things that we have and creates an opportunity to declutter our space a little!

More on decluttering

Cheap ways to make big changes

Believe it or not, some of the ways that you can decorate your house for cheap are the ways that make the biggest difference. The tiniest things can go the farthest when it comes to giving your space a fresh, new look.

Here are some great, inexpensive ways to make small changes that make a huge difference.

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Paint the room

This might seem like a no-brainer to some people, but I still don’t think you can fully understand the difference a new coat of paint can make. Even if you keep all of your same furniture and decor, new paint can instantly make you feel like you’re in an entirely new home.

Best painting practices:

  • Get paint with primer already in it.
  • Purchase small testers before deciding on a color.
  • Get color ideas from the internet that look similar to your space and decorating style.
  • If using rollers, make sure you are rolling in multiple directions to avoid lines and streaking.
  • Paint sprayers can make painting quicker and more effective.
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Paint furniture

You don’t have to buy all new furniture to make your space feel brand new. Take what you already have and give it a color change with some well chosen chalk paint. See what I did with our daughter’s dresser.

Tidy up a bit

If your space is feeling heavy and worn down, try cleaning those places that never actually get cleaned.

  • Walls
  • Light fixtures
  • Ceiling fans
  • Vent covers

You’d be surprised how just giving a wipe down to some of these dirtier areas can make you breathe so much easier.

New light fixtures

While this is probably the most expensive way you can decorate your house for cheap, it’s still rather…cheap. Getting a new light fixture can almost completely change the style of a room all together.

If you go from a chandelier to some cool iron lighting, it can transform how your entire space feels effortlessly. Plus, switching out light fixtures isn’t that difficult. I promise. Get the tutorial.

Pick new nobs

I recently went into an older couples house. They had the exact same layout as we do in our home. They hadn’t updated their kitchen much but something looked so. much. better. than ours did. BOOM! Nobs on the kitchen cabinets! These tiny little nobs made their cupboards look more modern, cleaner and more stylish than our old, nasty ones. ?

If you have an older dresser or cupboards, switching out the nobs and handles is an awesome way to decorate your house for cheap and yet make yourself feel like you bought an entirely new item. Slap on a coat of paint to go along with it, and BOOM, brand new item!

Less is more

If stepping into your space almost makes you feel claustrophobic, there is a good chance that the best way to give your home a makeover is just by decluttering some of your stuff.

Here are some great ways to start making your home feel fresher and more welcoming.

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Clear the walls

Everyone thinks I’m crazy when I tell them I don’t actually have any family photos on the walls. Why? Because when we were staging our previous homes to sell, I loved the look of fresh, clean, open walls.

I’m not saying you need to rip down that gorgeous family photo, but if you have your walls covered in tons of pictures, try enlarging your favorite one and making it a statement. Not only will this give the room a whole new look, but reducing that feeling of clutter on your walls.

Remove bulky furniture

I once knew this woman ::cough::mom::cough:: who had 5 floor lamps in her tiny living room. Five. A lot of them were kept our of sheer obligation. It belonged to a great grandma or was purchased as a set…etc…

The thing is, as soon as we removed 3 of these 5 floor lamps, it opened up the space and made this mystery woman instantly feel better about her less-cluttered living room.

If you have multiple items or really large pieces of furniture in a room, it might be time to downsize. There is no point in having a room filled with furniture that no one can actually move around or enjoy the space.

Ditch the popcorn

Ahhh the magic of a popcorn-less ceiling. While this may be an almost totally free project, there is no doubt that it is time consuming. Even though it may cost you an entire weekend, clearing away popcorn ceiling can give your home a newer, more modern look almost instantly.

De-clutter your shelves

There can be almost a competition that takes place when you have shelving available. It’s like you feel obligated to fill up all the room on the shelves. This doesn’t have to be the case.

My best recommendation is to take the items that mean the most to you and get rid of the rest. If you are simply holding onto knick-knacks to use as “fillers,” it’s time to kick them to the curb.

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Ditch the drapes

Now, sometimes we just need privacy, I get it. However, I’m a big believer in ditching heavy drapes especially if they are making your room seem closed off or dark.

When you live in a home that has smaller windows, opt for sheer drapes or none at all (if privacy allows). You can always choose easy-to-hide blinds that still give you privacy when you want it.

Re-using what you already have

One of the best ways to decorate your house for cheap that most people over look is simply using things that you already have. You’d be surprised how many different style combinations you have available at your fingertips without even knowing it.

Here are some of my favorite ways to decorate using items you already have.

Borrow from other rooms

Who says you have to keep all of your furniture in one designated space? Not me! Switch up side tables, chairs or decor from room to room. Getting creative with the furniture and decor you already have is a great way to makeover an old space.

This can be easily done with wall art, pillows and plants!

Move stuff around

There is a good chance that you haven’t moved your furniture since the day you moved in. And why not? There very well be an arrangement that is going to work way better for you and give you the feeling of a totally new space. How to rearrange furniture in a small living room.

Keep your couch pillows

Sometimes people like switching out their couch pillows throughout the year or after a few years when they’re ready for a change. Well, I have some awesome news for you, you don’t have to buy new pillows to give your couch an entirely new look!

Just switching out covers on your current pillows saves you a ton of money and allows you more flexibility in your decorating. Plus, you can easily store all of your covers to continuously switch up your decor whenever you want!

Re-use old vases

It seems like everyone has a stash of vases or decorative items they’ve collected over the years. For us, these items would sit on top of a cupboard for months…well, years even just waiting to be used. Instead, find a good one, give it a fresh coat of spray paint and use it in your decor to brighten things up!

Use what your grandma gave you

Do you have old antiques or family heirlooms that you’ve been hanging onto? Why not find a great place for them in your home? Adding older items mixed in with modern decor can really make a space look unique and creative. Here’s how I did it.

Get creative

When it comes to decorating your house for cheap especially when you’re using things you already have, there is no doubt that you’ll need to get a little creative.

Create a Pinterest board for ideas, ask friends for tips and do your best to use what you have before you start purchasing anything new!

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Ready for a new look? Use these 15 ideas to help decorate your house for cheap and use what you already have to make a totally new statement!