Recently, I've been helping a friend of mine decorate her new apartment. There have been some long nights but it has been super-fun, to say the least! However, the whole moving process can be expensive, meaning that personalizing the space to put your own touch on it can be a challenge.
So, to keep costs low, we decided to recycle her furniture and venture into charity shops to find some goodies to decorate her place with.
Here are some basic, yet cheerful ways you can breathe life into your bedroom belongings to make them look like new!
Re-purpose What you have
Paint costs a fraction of what new furniture does, and a lick of paint can be just what your furniture needs! It could have been one block color, multi-colored or shabby chic distracted style. Check out this awesome distress with chalk paint tutorial if you are in need of some inspiration!
What is great about recycling furniture, is that you can design it to suit your tastes. One problem you may encounter, is that different materials require a different approach. For example, some Ikea furniture, has material with added sheen, so when trying to paint these types of furniture, you will need to sand the area first. This will make the process longer, but the end product will definitely be worth it.
Beds, being a bulky piece of furniture, can sometimes stick out like a sore thumb in a room. Change it up a little, for example, if the bed frame is wooden, simply paint it, or if it's a metal frame, spray painting it may be your best bet. An alternative to painting your bed frame is to decorate it with fairy lights or pretty paper flowers by wrapping them around the frame and tucking them behind the mattress .
Mix Up Your Handles
Changing up handles are a great way to add a little finishing touch. Usually, if you do not buy all your pieces of furniture in a set or from the same place, the smaller accents like handles and feet will be vary.
There is a huge range online, all at different price points but quite a bit cheaper than buying a new set of furniture. So, whatever your budget, you will be able to spruce up your bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and wardrobes!
Do not be afraid to mix and match your furniture handles. A variety of different styles will give a quirky vintage feel to your rooms and be a cute way to bring in a mixture of metals , colors and materials.
Embellish With Accents
Now it is time to get creative and add you personal flair with accessories. I love exploring charity shops on the look out for cute and affordable treasures. You can find so many one-of-a-kind wonders, like lampshades or picture frames to decorate your room that you could not find anywhere else.
You can also get creative and upcycle them without feeling guilty about spending lots of money on the items! Discover lovely little trinkets and accents to personalize your space. There have been some pretty amazing finds in years gone by, so always be on the lookout for hidden gems in your local charity shop. Amazon and eBay also have a huge range of affordable items to embellish your space on a budget.