Decorate Your Home for Free-or Almost Free

Good morning! I’m excited because this week I get to go to Disneyland with my girls and husband! This was their Christmas present and we finally get to go! It’s hard when you have to work around 4 different schedules, but we finally made it work! I’m sure I will be posting pictures on my Instagram if you would like to follow along at @homeonthecorner.

Today I thought I would share some ideas on how to decorate for little or no cost. When my girls were younger, we didn’t have much money for extras, so I had to get pretty creative. I loved making things to make my house feel homey. I still do a lot of the same things. There is no reason to spend  lot of money when you can decorate for less!

  • Garage sales, yard sales, thrift stores

    I still shop these sales!! This is such a great way to find new items for your home. Since you don’t spend a lot, it’s not so bad if you only use it for a little while. Thrift stores are my favorite. Goodwill gets new, returned merchandise from Target and have found some amazing pieces for half of the regular price. I think for me it’s the thrill of the hunt! You never know what you might find! I’ve been able to find home decor, dishes, throw blankets, quilts and so much more.

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  • Craigslist, Facebook BuySellTrade, Auctions

    I’ve been able to find some great items on these sites too. Craigslist, in my area, seems to be a little more expensive, but there are still plenty of items to choose from.  We have a local online auction house and it’s so interesting to look through the items for sale. You never know what you might find. I always seem to find something I ‘need!’

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  • Paint

    Never shy away from something just because the color is wrong for your home! Paint to the rescue! I can’t even tell you how many items I have painted-furniture, dishes, frames, file cabinets, baskets, and on and on. You do have to spend a little money on paint, but it can transform a piece of furniture into a showpiece! And don’t forget about spray paint. My mom always laughs when I say, “Just spray paint it!”

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  • Shop Your Own House 

    It’s amazing what we already have in our own homes! Think of new ways to use things. Books are a great way to add interest. You can either use the colorful spines or turn them backwards if you want a more neutral look. Baskets look good and work hard to corral little stuff. Painting different baskets the same color will give them a more cohesive look. Pitchers, jars, bottles, and pretty glasses all make nice vases.

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  • Bring the Outdoors In

    Use plants in your yard to place in those pitchers, jars, bottles and pretty glasses. This is a great way to bring a touch of the different seasons into your home. You can use budding branches or fresh flowers in the spring, greenery in the summer, fall leaves and branches in the fall, and berries and pine in the winter. Fruits and vegetables can work great

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  • Printables

    You can find free printables all over the internet, especially on Pinterest. There are so many out there, for every season, occasion, decorating style and holiday. I have a couple of clipboards I use with gallery walls and then I can just change out the printable for different times of year. I have used many from The Cottage Market over the years. Please go take a look!

 

 

  • Use mementos and family heirlooms

    Don’t forget those items you have picked up on family vacations or that just have a wonderful memory attached. I have a bowl full of rocks and shells we picked up at different places over the years. I wrote on each one where it was picked up and what year. What a great way to relive some of those great moments! Don’t forget family pictures! Pick up some simple frames and put them out on display. Keep frames in the same color for a clean look. if you have something special from a grandma or great aunt or other relative, find a way to get it out of your closet and display it!

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  • Pillows and throws

    Pillows and throws are another great way to decorate for the seasons. Like I mentioned above, Goodwill usually have quite a few items from Target. You might find them in the wrong season, but hang onto them and you will be ready to decorate when that season comes again. I really love pillows, but they do take up quite a bit of space. I have found lots of pillow covers on Amazon at really good prices and they are much easier to store. You only need a few pillows and then slip on a new cover when you are ready for a new look!

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  • Rearrange Furniture

    Try moving a small piece of furniture to another space! Maybe it will work better there and if not, you can always put it back. You can completely change the look of a space by switching out a chair, small table, or maybe artwork. You will feel like you have a whole new room!

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  • Have a Yard Sale

    Need some extra money to buy some new decor pieces? Have your own yard sale to get rid of the stuff you no longer want or don’t work with your decor. Other people are looking for those items just like you are! Try Craigslist or Facebook to sell some of the larger items. I have some great tips here for holding your yard sale.

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Well, I hope that gave you some new ideas to use around your home! I enjoy changing things up once in awhile, but don’t have a lot of money to spend, and these ideas really help to keep things fresh! I would love to hear what you do in your home to keep it fresh without spending a lot of money!

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Patio Ideas

Hello!  Is everyone ready for the weekend?  This week we are showing off things perfect for the weekend, patios!  Some of these are actual patios and others are things that can me made for your patio.

Enjoy!

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Recently here on Home on the Corner we made a cute beaded chandelier for our patio.  Check out our DIY by clicking here.

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This is beautiful!  I love the blue doors against the stone building.  This space was beautifully designed by Pink Peonies.

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These cute ottomans are super easy to make and perfect for any outdoor area.  Style Me Pretty gives full instructions on how to make these awesome seats.

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Doesn’t this look nice?  Maybe without the fire since it’s the summer, but it looks so inviting.  This beautiful patio belongs to the 2016 Southern Living Idea House and you can view this whole house on Ballard Designs.

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Isn’t this pretty?  This awesome light up chandelier is perfect for any patio to bring a little bit of light.  Check out Terrain and they not only give you the instructions, but you can also buy the items for this project.

DIY Outdoor Movie Theater

This garden area/patio is perfect!  I could spend hours out here and relax.  I could also watch a movie since the big frame thing in the back of the picture is actually a retractable projector screen for movies.  Check out the Horticult for instructions on how to build the movie screen!

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I would love to have this on my porch.  If only my roof was pretty much nonexistent… Nord27 shows how they styled this cute hammock for their patio.

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This is a cute patio space for anyone.  I love the rug and all of the plants.  Head on over to The Fresh Exchange to see how this patio was put together.

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If you have a small patio, you know the struggle of trying to decorate and have a good use of the space.  The Every Girl shows us different ways to help make the space perfect for you.

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This is an oldie but a goodie.  When we started the blog, one of our first blog posts was recovering our outdoor swing cushions.  Click here to see how we did this cool DIY.

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Recycled Door Beverage Station

Good morning! Do you have anything special going on in your area? We are having some nicer warm weather now. I think we finally have the wind and rain behind us now. I will be heading to the zoo this week with our school. We have never gone as a whole school before, so that should be interesting. We are also inching closer to our second Disney vacation! This was our Christmas gift to the girls and we will be heading over next week. I’m excited to see everything going on with Pixar Fest! Today I have a previous post for you, so enjoy!

So, what does a ruined door and a few pieces of wood make? A Beverage Station! I saw this idea last year on the blog, Finding Home, and knew I wanted to make one!

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Almost 2 years ago, one of the houses in my neighborhood had a fire. Nobody was in it at the time and it had a lot of damage. Later, it was gutted. I found this door in the alley after the fire. It had some slight burn marks, lots of soot, and some cracks in it from being broken down, but I took it anyways. One mans trash…right?!

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Here you can see the door, sort of. We had to put a couple of braces on the areas where it was cracked and fill in places with spackle, but paint will cover that later. Here’s another view.

Another view

I used old cupboard knobs for feet. I wanted it a little above the grounds so it wouldn’t sit in any water and get rotten. The knobs are attached to the bottom shelf of the station.

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I bought the spindles at a craft show last summer, just for this project. It only took a year to get to it! I took a piece of shelving and my husband screwed it into the spindle. We did this for all 4 of them. We also screwed the spindles into the bottom shelf.

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Here are the two shelves and the spindles, all attached.

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We added another deeper shelf above this one for large containers of drinks. I was going to add one more small shelf on top, but I had this old metal piece from a screen door, so I hung that on instead. I screwed cup hooks in the door and just hung the metal piece. I can always change it later if I so desire!

All together

Now for the fun of painting! I borrowed a neighbor’s paint sprayer and sprayed on primer after covering the spindle legs with paper. The sprayer worked great, but when I went to try it for the paint it wouldn’t work!! Not sure what happened, but I had to brush paint the color on. I used the Barely White from Lauren’s room (trying to use what I already have).

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And here it is! All freshly painted! I added the metal piece back on and I also painted the shelf with chalkboard paint. I figured I could label the drinks or food when I place it on the shelf! I also remembered I had an old doorknob and hardware. I spray painted them black and added them where the old deadbolt had been.

It's Finished!

I added some old signs and other decorations for now.

Old Signs

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One More View

I can’t wait to be able to use this! We plan on using it as a ‘Candy Bar’ for Haley’s upcoming graduation and drinks for other parties and get-together’s. I’m excited to see how many different ways this can be used!

Here are a few updated pictures. I now have this piece in my entryway. I painted the legs white and added a black metal box under the shelf. I love decorating it for each season!

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Have you ever recycled something old into something new? I would love to hear about it! I hope you all have a great week!

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Around the Fairy Garden

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful week and are excited for this weekend.  This post is very magical and will bring joy to everyone!  Or, I hope so.

Enjoy!

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Broken Pot Fairy Garden by The Whoot

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Cute Toadstool Fairy Garden by The Creamer Chronicles

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Teacup Fairy Garden by See Vanessa Craft

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How to Make a Fairy Garden by My Frugal Adventures

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Fountain Fairy Garden by Garden GGO

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Wagon Fairy Garden by Shellknob Lake Girl

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How to Make a Stone Fairy House by DIY Projects

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Hobbit Home Garden by Bonsai Empire

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Beach Themed Garden from Hometalk

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Instructions on How to Make a Fairy Garden by The Edible Terrace

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Live in the Sunshine Boogie-board Makeover

Good morning! Sorry about not posting yesterday. We spent the weekend with my daughter and enjoyed a beautiful Southern California weekend! We were able to watch the play she was Stage Manager for and spend some time at the beach. It was great! We head back in a few weeks for our trip to Disneyland. Can’t wait!

First off, I want to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I am not sure what happened here, but I didn’t realize how blurry they were until after I had finished the project. So just bear with me until the end!

My husband picked up this boogie board at a yard sale and sanded it completely down.

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It took me awhile to come up with my idea, but I knew I wanted to leave the edges the natural wood. I taped all around the edges with painters tape and then painted the rest of the board a turquoise blue.

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While the paint was drying, I printed out the words I wanted to paint on. I used all different fonts for the letters and different sizes. It took some playing around with it, but I finally got it all to fit on the board.

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I placed a piece of transfer paper under the words and outlined all of my letters with pencil. I have another post that shows how this is done just with pencil and no transfer paper.  You can see it here.

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Once all my letters were transferred onto the board, I was able to fill them in with paint. I used acrylic paint and a stiff brush. After everything was dry, I went over it all with some sandpaper so it looked weathered.

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So, what do you think?

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Of course, it’s perfect with all my other beach decor!

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I plan on using it on my front porch once the weather warms up.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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