Hey everyone! Happy Thursday. I wanted to share a couple of money saving tricks I used for the most recent makeover. I am sure some of you are sick of hearing about the tween project by now, but I just want to share everything possible with you guys so maybe you can use some of the same tips for your home projects. So forgive this gal if I bore you, but maybe just one of you out there will scream woo whooo at the end of this post.
Let's save money....shall we?!
Here is how I saved on lighting. Don't ever be afraid to price comparison shop when you get an idea in your mind of what you want. When I figured out the kind of chandelier I wanted I hunted and found the perfect one in chrome on Overstock.com. It was a tad pricey and I knew I was just going to be spraying it gold anyway so I hesitated spending the money to buy it. I kept looking and was able to find the exact same chandelier in Bronze on Overstock.com and it was $100 less in this bronze finish. Since I was changing the color it didn't matter. So combining that savings with a coupon code I was able to snag it for cheapskies.
So don't ever be afraid to spray paint a chandelier and go with a more inexpensive finish....
and here it is gold after I sprayed it....
I was so happy with the way it came out and I didn't have to sacrifice on quality.
I also decided that I was in love with a curtain pattern from Zgallerie but it was $60 a panel. I actually used four panels to make the wall with the window look more balanced, so I knew $240 on curtains was a no way, no deal. So I kept hunting and came across some look-a-like beauties from Target and just simply added a little extra fabric to the bottom to make them long enough. They were only $19.99 a panel. So It saved me a lot of money using the look-a-like and it didn't compromise my design.
For all four panels of drapes and the chandelier I spent less than $220 because I comparison shopped and used coupons. What a steal right?!
The last money saving tip I have is to think outside of the box. The butterfly art I put on the wall was actually a multicolored (sorta ugly) outdoor wall hanging piece. I sprayed it gold and used the hook on the backside to hang it on the wall like art. It was a fantastic buy at $9.99 from Homegoods (in the outdoor section). It is one of my favorite things in the entire room.
I hope that some of these tips help some of you out. They sure make me happy like a big ole' piece of chocolate cake. What do you guys do to save money? I can't wait to hear.