More Money Saving Tips From My NECN Room Makeover

I had planned to follow up my NECN Room Makeover Post  part one a lot sooner but after the loss of our dog and then 7 days of travel I am just now getting back on track. I did want to share a few more tips on how we made over the room for under $500.

1. Think outside the box when it comes to window treatments. As we all know window treatments can eat up a BIG part of any budget. Even if you decide to make your own drapes, fabric plus lining plus labor can be pricey. In our room makeover we used inexpensive painter’s drop cloths. The cost was $9.99 a panel and the beauty was that they came hemmed on all 4 sides. We simply sewed a straight line pocket and they were done. The drop cloth is actually thick and looks a lot like much more expensive linen.

painters drop cloth curtains

painters drop cloth curtains

Here is a close up of the top.

drop cloth curtains

detail drop cloth curtains

2. Shop your house.By simply looking around we found lots of wonderful items stored away that we pulled out to accessorize both the bookcases and the tables. Go through those boxes in the attic or basement, you might be surprised at what you find. Our homeowner found those red stars, picture frames, and even a pumpkin candle that she had bought ages ago and never used.

3. Don’t be afraid to use things in different ways. Our homeowner had a large chest that was used to stored Christmas decorations. We needed a side table and did not have the funds in our $500 budget to buy one. The top of the chest was not in the best shape and there was no time to refinish it so we simply covered the chest with a quilt the home owner had and used it as our side table.

4. Bring your personality into the room. No matter what budget you are working with find ways to personalize your rooms. Decorate with items that speak to you; this costs nothing. Our makeover room was filled with items that had special meaning to the homeowner. Her children’s art work became an art wall, her wedding quilt became a focal point above the sofa and family photos were used to style the book cases. No matter what your budget make the room your own and surround yourself with things you love. It’s your home and your life so embrace what speaks to you.

A huge thank you to this wonderful family who allowed their lives to be disrupted (and stressed) and pitched in with hours and hours of  labor to transform their once dark and uninspiring living room into a bright and happy room for everyone to enjoy….all for under $500!

If you have a room you would like to transform..on any budget..give me a call!

If you would like to watch the NECN Room Makeover episode just click on this link.

As always, I would love to hear from you…What are your favorite money saving tips?


9 Responses to More Money Saving Tips From My NECN Room Makeover
  1. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    I loved your transformation, Linda! I love using painter’s drop cloths and have made custom slipcovers for chairs and tables with them. I’ve also done window treatments and shower curtains with tiered ruffles at the bottom – love!

  2. Kelly Reply

    Great ideas! $500.00 does not go far anymore! I especially love the window treatments! I am going to give them a try. You did such a great job with everything- is your phone ringing yet with new clients? I’m sure it will!!

  3. Sheila @sZinteriors Reply

    Love the tip to use drop cloths for drapes! I have been dying to try that, but just haven’t done it yet. Linda, I am so impressed by this whole makeover – you did an incredible job with $500!!!

  4. Mira Furth Reply

    Loved everything and especially am impressed by the drop cloth idea! You are blessed with such a unique and creative perspective!

  5. traci zeller designs Reply

    Yay, Linda! That family was so lucky to have your help!

  6. Kathi Reply

    Wow! What an amazing idea. I never thought even remotely about using painter drop cloths for curtains. I wonder if they could be coffee or tea dyed? Thank you so much for your input — you are awesome!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Kathi yes, you can absolutely dye them. I actually was planning on doing that but we ran out of time. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  7. Jenny Turner Reply

    I LOVE your drop cloth curtains!!! I need some to finish my daughters bedroom makeover. I cannot find any in the gray color. Where di you find yours?? HELP!

    Jenny T

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Jenny, we purchased the drop cloths At Home Depot.

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