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Fall is the times of year to get the home ready to entertain guests for holiday celebrating and to get prepared to snuggle up inside for the cooler weather.


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A beautifully decorated abode is within reach for anyone. Just because you are on a tight budget should not deter from refreshing the abode with great redecorating ideas that can cost next to nothing. Have fun with the challenge of decorating the living room for less than $100.

A new floor plan using existing furnishings will instantly create a fresh decor.

Without spending a dime you can simply swap around the furniture to create an entire new appearance for an old room. Steal items from other rooms to use in the living room as new furnishing.



  • Play with new floor plan ideas on paper before you begin moving furniture around.
  • Open up a room by keeping the sofa but getting rid of a large chair or loveseat and swapping them for two lean chairs stolen from behind the dining table.
  • Try moving a console table from a wall to behind the sofa.Futoria Console




Paint is like a magic trick that will create a new decor with the flash of a brush.

Yes painting the entire room can get costly, but one can easily paint an accent wall in a trendy color to frame a sofa or dress the fireplace wall. With just a can of paint and creativity the living room can be dressed up in new fashion.



  • Accent one wall, the ceiling, or the trim by simply applying a new color.
  • Paint an old ugly lamp, change the shade and make it new.
  • Turn a worn table or cabinet into a new piece of furnishing with the swipe of a paintbrush.









Add new excitement to the room with pattern.

Pattern can brighten a dull decor by adding new interest and excitement. Whether on the walls, or furnishings and accessories a pattern can cost effectively be a new welcome addition to freshening up the living

  • Keep the wallpaper cost down by only applying it to one wall or use the ceiling as a fifth wall to make a unique statement.
  • The old sofa becomes a new piece of furnishing simply by adding new throw pillows in trendy patterns and colors.
  • Add a new area rug in a lively pattern to the seating area.
  • Change out a boring white lamp shade with a lovely patterned shade.
  • Turn an old piece of furniture into a designer piece of art by painting it in a fun pattern such as a plaid, argyle or floral.








Turn vintage finds into new designer furnishing.

Decor can be crafted from interesting discoveries. Sift through the attic and basement for item that have been forgotten and can be turned into new beautiful decor. Have fun visiting the yard sales and thrift shops, and even items tossed at the curb can be transformed into beautiful decor for way under budget.



  • Grandpas old vintage suitcase can be now used as a one-of-a-kind end table.
  • Stack interesting books to instantly create a table by a chair.
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real simple







  • An old dresser can be transformed into a media cabinet for the living room.
  • Use pages from old magazines, coffee table books and even newspapers to mat and frame inexpensively to decorate the walls.wallcovering repurposed as art





Simply by redecorating the windows will add in new light and thrills to an old living room.

Heavy and expensive drapery does not equate to having a designer room. The windows are the eyes out to viewing the world so by keeping them simply decorated one can bring the beauty of the outdoors in to add to the decor.



  • Keep windows simple with plain blinds in a wood tone or white that can be purchased readymade for standard sized windows.
  • Dress the windows with store bought standard sheers flowing from the ceiling to the floor. For privacy add an inexpensive roller shade behind the lovely sheers.



Remember that for a true designer look furnishings should not match but instead blend together, so creating a beautiful room for under $100 can be fun, easy and creative. Dress up a room for a new trendy look with exciting accessories and color. Add flowers and plants to bring in a bit of natural color and scents.

Money does not buy beauty; create your own decorative splendor and never be afraid to dance!

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Kitchen cabinetry that is old and out of date can bring the home’s decor down. Purchasing new furniture and appliances can add a bit of freshness to the decor but will not hide the old cabinetry. Cabinetry can be costly to remove and replace; not to mention the mess and down time of not having a kitchen to use.

Enjoy watching me discuss how to update your kitchen on this eHow video

Update the old boring white laminate kitchen.

White laminate cabinetry was popular twenty years ago but now is in need of updating for this century. Use a little elbow grease and imagination and the old cabinetry can be turned into a beautiful new kitchen.

Paint the white laminate.

Laminate can be painted. Preparation is key. Remove hardware and scrub the cabinetry clean. Then sand them well so that the paint will adhere. Make sure to prime the cabinets with an appropriate primer made to use on this material; this is also important for a smooth paint finish that will last. Finally paint the cabinetry turning them into new beautiful decor. A specialty paint supply store should be able to set you up with the necessary materials for the job.

New hardware.

Replace the old pulls and knobs with new attractive handles. This will instantly add newness to the old cabinetry in a quick and easy fashion. The new hardware placed on the newly painted cabinetry will be the icing on the cake for the decor.

Laminate counters can be painted too.

After you have completed transforming the cabinetry do the same with the countertops. Use Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations™, to turn the existing countertops into a beautiful granite look without the high cost of stone.

Update with a new backsplash.

Add a new tile backsplash to finish off your new kitchen decor. Consider splurging on a few glass accent tiles to really add some special sparkle.

New appliances will complete the decor.

If it is in the budget then complete the new kitchen update by updating the appliances as well. Get good deals in clearance areas where the side of a refrigerator, that will be hidden anyway against your wall, may be scratched.

Do not be surprised by all of the compliments that you receive on your new spectacular kitchen. Little will everyone know that you were able to achieve the new decor without breaking the bank. Entertaining will be a pleasure preparing the affair in your new kitchen.

Take pleasure in updating the decor and never be afraid to dance!

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Just as wearing some newly purchased fashion adds a sparkle to one’s life, adorning the abode with new decor will invite new excitement into one’s day to day life. Redecorating an entire home is not always an option; the project may be too huge to undertake and costs could be prohibitive. Paint is the perfect cost effective option to turn the old decor easily into a new beautiful home that will bring renewed happiness and beauty to one’s surroundings

Almost everything in the decor can be transformed with paint.

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Think beyond the walls and create a new decor painting floors, cabinetry, furniture, and even lampshades and accessories. Even fabric sofas and drapery can be changed into a new appearance with paint. Paint using a single color or multiple colors for a fun look. Use creativity to paint a piece with colors layered or a faux finish.

Faux painting is a wonderful option and is also a perfect way to hide imperfect walls and surfaces.

You can find easy to follow instructions online at sites such as Benjamin Moore, and Valspar Paint to create a beautiful faux finish for your abode. Have fun researching ideas and using your imagination to invent techniques such as using wood glue mixed with paint to achieve a weathered look.

An entire new decor can be fashioned with the many options that faux painting offers:

  • Faux marble

  • Venetian plastering

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    dutch boy

  • Color washing
  • Ageing & distressing
  • Wood grainingIMG_1022
  • Ragging & stippling
  • Dragging
  • Sponge painting
  • Spatter painting
  • Terracotta
  • Liming
  • Brick, tile and stone

  • Stenciling

Start by collecting the supplies needed in order to set up your painting project.

The items needed for a professional looking project to be completed are a drop cloth, rags for cleanup, a cloth and white spirit to pre clean surfaces, light sand paper or sanding block to prepare surfaces for paint, ESP (Easy Surface Preparation) to prepare surface if covering mica, wood filler or putty, putty knife, a screwdriver to remove hardware, primer (light if painting light color or dark for painting darker colors), paint, polyurethane for top coat, paint brush or foam roller (foam rollers are great because they are made to use on surfaces where a very smooth finish is required) and paint thinner for cleanup if using oil based paints.

Beginning your project.

When painting the room’s walls move all furnishings away from the walls. Place drop cloths over furnishings when painting the ceiling. If painting furniture or accessories place them in the center of a drop cloth.

Use an extra bit of attention to details when prepping for painting.

Remove any hardware from cabinetry and furniture.

  • When your project is completely dry you will have the option to put the same hardware back or purchase new hardware to create a totally fresh look. to conserve funds consider painting the existing hardware in a contrasting color for a new appearance.

Clean down the item being painted

  • Use white spirit (if you are not sure what to use ask at your local hardware store) to clean surfaces to be painted.

Sanding is important to prep the surface.

  • Make sure to sand lightly, evenly, and smoothly. You can use a small hand sander if you have one available. For mica surfaces use the ESP instead of sanding to bond the paint.

Fill in any holes and deep scratches.

  • Hole can be smoothed away using wood filler raised to slightly above the surface. Let dry and sand the filler so it is flush with the surface.

Time for fun and excitement, and paint!

There are different types of paint to choose from.

  • Water based acrylic paints are easy to use, dry fast, and clean up with water.
  • High Gloss oil based paints are much more durable and create a smoother more professional finish. A paint thinner will be needed for oil paint cleanup.
  • Paint with primer built in is quick and easy but may not be the best choice for some faux techniques.

Paint on a primer first that is best suited for the type of paint you have decided to use.

The primer is applied first in order to help the paint to adhere. You might want a couple of coats for coverage. After the primer is dry you can add your color.

You will be painting a few coats to achieve your finished product.

Paint in thin coats to prevent drips and make sure to brush up any drips before they dry. Let the paint dry between coats (between coats of oil based paints or primers a paint brush can be stored in a zip lock bag inside of the freezer. The brush could stay there for days without allowing the paint on it to dry). It is important to sand lightly (220 grain) between each coat so the paint will adhere well. Be sure to remove any sanding dust before additional paint is applied. Apply a second coat and a third (if needed).



For furnishings, cabinetry, counter tops and floors apply a top coat of clear polyurethane to finish the job.IMG_1007

Whether painting your piece in a faux finish or single color paint, finishing with a top coat of clear polyurethane will provide a more resilient finish for your painted furnishing. It is not as necessary to paint polyurethane for walls. Make sure paint is completely dry before placing on any hardware and returning furniture for use. Paint instructions will give the recommended curing time.

Have fun placing the newly painted furnishings in your newly painted abode. Add some great new finds such as new window treatments, pillows, bedding and accessories to enhance the freshly painted rooms and furniture to complete your new redecorated abode. Be proud, you accomplished a great project to literally live in and show off to guests, who are sure to be envious of the beautiful new decor.

Paint a smile on your face and never be afraid to dance!

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