Recite after me: “You can change the look of your space without spending a ton of money.” I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. But you may wonder if I practice what I preach. Well, this blog should convince you that, yes, I most certainly do! 

I was bored the other day… and I decided I wanted my living room and dining room to have a fresh and different feel. But, I didn’t have the energy to move all the big pieces of furniture, so I decided to think small. Small changes that is. 

Check out how I used things from around the house to give my space a makeover without spending any money.

1.       Brought in a Coffee Table: 
I bought this little cutie at Goodwill a while ago for $30.00. She needed some sanding and paint and then, ta-dah! I had the perfect table for my space.

Coffee table purchased at Goodwill for $30 a while ago.

Coffee table purchased at Goodwill for $30 a while ago.

2.       Relocated a Big Ottoman: 
This was what we were using in front of the sofa before I found the coffee table. The trouble with it is that it really didn’t offer people a place to set drinks or anything like that. Since I moved the coffee table, I had to figure out where to put the ottoman. I decided to switch it to the corner of the living room.

This used to serve as our "coffee table".

This used to serve as our "coffee table".

3.       Re-covered and Relocated a Covered Bench: 
The corner where I had this bench was the corner I was moving the large ottoman to.  Now I had to find a new home for the bench.  I decided to move it to the dining room wall. It fit nicely there, and didn’t stick out too far from the wall so tripping wasn’t going to be an issue.

After I had the new location figured out, I decided to change up the look a bit too.  I had this shower curtain that I didn’t need anymore, so I decided to use it on the bench by re-covering it. It only took about fifteen minutes to do and it looked great.  As a bonus, it pulled some of the living room color scheme into the dining room area.

This used to be in the corner where the above ottoman is now.  All recovered!

This used to be in the corner where the above ottoman is now.  All recovered!


At this point, I was on a roll!  So I stood back, took stock of what else I could do. Then, I…

4.       Moved a Big Vase: 
I had this big, ugly, burgundy vase sitting in my closet and I decided to pull it out and hit it with some spray paint. Now that I had quite a bit of silver happening in my décor, I thought I would paint the vase silver to tie it into the look that was taking shape. I already had the vase and I ALWAYS have spray paint so it cost me nothing -- and now I had a new vase in my living room!

Repainted vase brought out of storage.

Repainted vase brought out of storage.

5.       Added Three Little Vases:
I also had three cute little black vases that I didn’t previously have a home for. Well, now that I had pulled black into the color mix with the re-covered bench, I knew could bring out these little beauties and add them to the look that was evolving. The only thing I had to do with them was dust them off! I found these a while ago at a thrift store for .99 a piece!  They were too cute to pass up and I knew I would use them someday.

6.       Flip Flopped a Little Table and a Set of Drawers: 
In my living room, there is a nice little knockout area that visually adds space to the room but it isn’t really usable space.  It’s just a nice spot to display some small furniture pieces or maybe some plants.  I decided I would switch the location of the drawers currently living there with a small table that was just inside the front door for a different look.

Little drawers in their new home and the cute little black vases out from storage.

Little drawers in their new home and the cute little black vases out from storage.

7.       Moved plants from Dining Room to the Corner of the Knockout: 
Now that I had replaced the larger drawers with a smaller table, the knockout looked bare. So, I decided to move some plants I had in the dining room into that corner and it filled it in quite nicely!

Plants from dining room and little table from by the front door.

Plants from dining room and little table from by the front door.

8.       Switched Some Accessories Between the Living Room and Master Bedroom: 
This is a perfect example of when I tell you to go shopping in the other rooms of your home to bring a different look into the space you are wanting to change.  I brought a vase, a picture and a silver pelican in from my master bedroom.  I put these items into the living room and moved a different vase and framed picture from the living room back into the master bedroom. 

New look is complete, including accessories from the master now located on the three-drawer chest.

New look is complete, including accessories from the master now located on the three-drawer chest.

I hope that by reading through this process, you can see how easily you can redesign a space in your own home. It’s fun, easy, and really will freshen up your look! Maybe you can even bring some pieces you’ve been storing for a while into the mix and give them some time in the décor spotlight! 

I truly spent no money (except when I originally bought the $30 coffee table at a thrift shop) and I love the new look of our living room.  These changes were just enough to make it feel like things were really different and new but in reality it was all stuff we already had around the house! This, my friends, is what “redesign” really is all about. The great news is anyone can do it – and it’s fun… kind of like solving a puzzle. I promise once you try it, you will be hooked!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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