• Decorating Techniques – Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget

    Posted on January 17, 2012 by Christine in Furniture, Furniture Techniques, Home Decorating, Storage Stuff.

    Small Pieces of Furniture for Storage

    There are some amazing decorating techniques if you’re looking for home decorating ideas on a budget. Small pieces of furniture for storage are some of the easiest pieces to strip, paint or varnish and get yourself visually stunning pieces that are also absolutely practical. Finding a piece for the right spot is half the job done. These can be easily found at garage sales, second-hand stores or even a piece you already own but needs a second life to bring it into stardom. The piece above is a perfect example of what can be done with little and still achieve decorating bliss.

    I’ve found some of the best decorating blogs, sites and articles who feel the same way and have cleverly morphed their pieces of furniture into pieces of interest. Centsational Girl shows the way..

    It all started with a skinny little nightstand I spied at a local second-hand store, I fell in love with the carved detail on the front but it was a little beat up.  Nothing a little wood filler and paint won’t fix!

    night stand before and after

    For this quick makeover, I used my quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White ~ it’s quick and easy, once you’ve made your repairs with wood filler, apply two coats of chalk paint (no need to prime) and allow it to dry then one coat of soft wax ~ you’ll have a beautiful refinished piece in just two days.

    chalk paint and soft wax

    I’ve used other waxes as a protective coat, but this is my first time using the AS Soft Wax and it’s really nice. I love the hand rubbed matte finish of waxes, especially with the more traditional, distressed, or European style pieces. To highlight the detail in the ridges I applied with some gray acrylic paint with an inexpensive artist’s brush.

    You can get the full details here at Centsational Girl on how to transform an old wooden piece into a sleek piece you would otherwise pay a small fortune for.

    Next is a great inspirational piece found at Decor8Blog showing a great DIY unit which really has been given a new lease of life simply by being painted a most beautiful, elegant blue and then cleverly used as a display cabinet for a great range of pieces.

    There is this amazing space in 101 Woonideeen magazine, a decorating mag out of the Netherlands, that I’ve been dying to share with you ever since I first saw it in their November issue. I love the space for many reasons but primarily, I’m nuts about this amazing DIY wall unit that the homeowner, Tinta, made for her dining area. There is even a DIY tutorial in the issue as well as on their website (in Dutch). I think it’s the absolute best shelving unit ever because of all of the little nooks and the sheer quirkiness of it. I also really like how she has styled it, so many fun things to look at.

    Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

    Sorry the photo below isn’t super clear….

    You find the rest of this article here at Decor8blog.com . Of course, sometimes it’s not about what you have but how you have put them all together; the more eclectic the better, spread them out so you can really take them all in, and a great sense of proportion as found here in a great article by sfgirlbybay.

    i’ve been wishing hard for a new kitchen lately. a bright, light pretty place to eat my breakfast each morning, like this one from light locations. i like my kitchen all right, but the 1930′s yellow and burgandy tiles really put a damper on how i can decorate it. i long for fresh crisp white subway tiles and open shelving…perhaps cabinets with glass doors so you can peek in and see my dishware collection. fun black & white checkered floors, and accents too. anyway, a girl can only hope. here’s maybe what i’d do…

    i have loved this little checkerboard tray forever, via rue magazine — i think you can find them at fog linen; a large black vintage sideboard could be striking with all that white; i’d love a little nook to sit with my laptop like lucy chadwick’s via the selby; and a sweet side table via light locations; lovely ceramic cups via le dans la; and chemex coffee is the only way to go if you’ve got the time, via design*sponge.

    There’s more to the article at sfgirlbybay with more great photos.

    As you can see some of the more interesting pieces are not new, in fact often the best decorating techniques come from home decorating ideas when you are on a budget.  The small pieces of furniture used for storage have been found and re-purposed in the most creative ways that makes them inspiring and truly unique. Often discarded, they are helping build a decorated life for other.

    The best home decorating ideas and decorating techniques are inspiring and inspirational. Here is another article Home Decorating To Live Like A Rockstar so you can discover how to live and create your own Decorated Life.

    I’d love to hear your comments about this article, and please Like this article and Share amongst friends.

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Christine says:

    I think the next time it happens you can log in to remove yourself – I can’t do it on this end.. it has to come from you. It’s happened to me too on other people’s sites so I know you need to do it. Thanks

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