Sunday, August 28, 2011


Well, I am back!!!! This time, I have found a new passion or obsession!! How to decorate my home for less than $100! I know, you are probably thinking, "sure, those guys on HGTV tell you how to do it, but they are PROFESSIONAL DECORATORS"! Well, I am here to tell you it can be done!! I did it for less than $100, and in only one weekend.

My living room was basically red and black with white walls (hospital white, at that - BORING)! So, I decided to make a change. I had been contemplating doing this for about nine months! Then one night, while in bed, it came to me the color scheme I want to change to. I want the walls to be a combination of soft blue and green. In other words, light blue-green. This was about one month ago. Next, I went into Wal Mart's paint section and looked through there paint chip samples. I found the right color. Another time, while shopping in Wal Mart, I found a new lampshade to replace the red one I had. Still, another time, I found two rugs for the living room floor in the right colors. Also, found material to cover existing pillows. I had material left-over, so I covered an old picture with some of material, made a table runner, place mats. The solid blue, pillow slip looked plain. I took an old doily I had and hand-sewed it on to the front of the pillow slip.

At this point, I had my dinosaur of a sewing machine out for most of the weekend, and figured this would be a great time to quit procrastinating and sew the valances for two other windows in the house. This material I had on hand for quite some time!!! The machine is a dinosaur both in size and age! It is heavy to move, even though it is portable, and I received it as a present in 1964!

The pictures tell the story. The cost: Lampshade $5; Rugs $60; Material $10; Total $75
I live in Florida, and it is way to hot to paint now!! Will wait until the fall!!
Thanks for viewing & following!!

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