Redecorate With No Cash

Not many of us can go out and buy something new when the mood to redecorate hits. We just don’t have the extra cash.

So let’s think of ways to change or cozy up your home without breaking the budget.

Open those closets, check in the attic or basement and think about repurposing what you already have. That’s always a win-win!


Shop the house and look for ways to restyle your coffee table. All you need is a container, like a basket or tray, to start with.

Then go look in every nook and cranny and gather up decorative objects to put in it.

You might gather things to decorate for the current season. Or the approaching holidays. Add things that are personal to you. Add beloved objects found on a special and memorable vacation.

Many of us have old pieces of leftover wallpaper or paper scraps. Give new life to an old piece of furniture with decoupage. Don’t forget to add top coats to protect the surface.
While you’re at it, use one of the drawers to create a unique wall display. By doing this you will have married up the two spaces and created a custom look for your room.
Quilts are the ultimate way to cozy up your bed. If grandma left you an old tattered quilt, get it out and spiff up your bed with it. Don’t hide it away. Enjoy it!
When not in use, quilts should be laid out and refolded from time to time so that the folds don’t cause the fabric fibers to strain and grow weak. That causes your quilt to grow bare in places.
I always love to use quilts in my home decorating. I’ve made most of mine, back in the nineties. And they are very special to me because they are all hand quilted.
You probably have old vintage pieces gathering dust in the basement or attic. Use them to turn cold corners into cozy spots with minimal effort.
Add a throw or blanket to the back of a chair or couch.
If you have an old ladder, layer blankets and quilts on the rungs for quick use and add color and texture to the room.
Don’t throw out that old sweater. Grab your scissors, cut it up and cover candle holders with the scraps. See how cozy that looks!
Add something decorative to commemorate the season.

If you have an old galvanized container, bring it into the mix. Put pillows and throws inside for a cozy little accent.

There are so many ways we can decorate and redecorate without any cash. 

Before you head to the store, see what you have at home first.

Nothing beats free!


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  1. Lots of great ideas here to get the creative juices going! This is a great time of the year to do a little something, just before the winter shut in. Thanks for the idea boost.

  2. When I do go through all the things I have tucked away, I discover things I forgot I even had…It's kind of like Christmas morning…lol..I always have a quilt on my bed…lighter one for Spring/Summer..heavier one for Fall/Winter…I love that one in the picture above…

  3. Oh, I love the dresser! I have one downstairs that is just about that size that holds a TV. Great ideas. I love seeing things repurposed or redecorated.

  4. I think it's exciting to shop the house, and it's a good thing I do feel that way!

    I really like that hammered aluminum vase (if that's what it is) on the small table with the fan.

  5. Lovely ideas – the dresser is genius. I did get a laugh at the galvanized tub idea…my first thought was Oh Good, we have a tub in the barn…Perfect…but then I realized it was a water trough for the sheep…enormous(!)…my girls would think it was set up inside for baths…Yikes(!)

  6. I love this kind of post. I have a very limited budget, so I like to get some new ideas this way. The sweater used for a candle holder covering is a really great look. I like the use of the galvanized tub, too. It makes me think of an old watering pail I have out in the garage, that might look good somewhere in the house. Thanks!

  7. I always shop at home first! I have lots of goodies that are tucked here & there to save for decorating & changing things around. I don't like to go shopping at all, unless it is a resale shop, Goodwill or such stores as that. I despise the malls! You are so right about doing a lot with a little!!

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