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Yard Sale Decorating: Redo Your Living Room for Less
by Kathy Woodard, The Budget Decorator

Yard sale season is in full swing, and there is no better way to get budget home décor items for your living room decorating that also have personality and style. Here's how The Budget Decorator takes trash for little cash, and turns them into gold!

Furniture Finds

While finding furniture at great prices at a yard sale is a no-brainer, to get the best bargains look a little deeper. Furniture that is past it's prime can be remade with paint, fabric and little elbow grease, but do you know what's a find and what's a dud? Here are some quick guidelines for making yard sale décor for your living room really work.

Buy only sturdy pieces that do not need repair. If one joint or leg is loose now, chances are it's a short time before more problems appear. Also, look for lifting laminate. In some cases a table top can be covered with fabric or cork, but it cannot be easily repaired.

Don't discount old laminate furniture. If it's in good shape, it can be painted! Use a good quality primer like KILZ and you are on your way to having an original piece of furniture art from an ugly duck!

Realize that slipcovers have gotten trendy (and expensive, try Ebay!) Sometimes a sofa just needs the bottom cushions recovered, but is in otherwise good shape. Choose a coordinating fabric and color to cover just those cushions and pin underneath. Use that same fabric to sew a couple of throw pillows for the sofa to make it look purposeful and coordinated.

Fabric can also be used to recover beat up drawer fronts. Sheet fabric on tension mounted rods to replace cabinet doors. Recover dining chair seats with a trendy fabric to take a dated piece into now.

Fabric Expressions

I look for fabric at yard and garage sales, and not the “on the bolt” kind. You don't need much yardage to create one of a kind pillow covers, table runners or to edge a pretty throw. Just make sure you choose fabric that fits into your color and pattern scheme for your room, and that can be washed and dried before use. Make sure they spend at least 20 minutes in a hot dryer. Some options for yard sale fabric?

  • Dresses and blouses can be a great quality fabric for pillows
  • Sheets can be made into curtains or slipcovers
  • Pretty quilts/coverlets make wall hangings, table covers or window coverings

Lighting Your Room

Lamp kits available at craft stores make it possible to turn almost anything into a cool and creative lighting piece for your living room decorating. You don't have to be an electrician to use these kits either! Great yard sale decorating finds that can be converted into lighting?

  • Vases or Large Jars
  • Stack of Books
  • Teapots
  • Industrial Metal Items
  • Even Old Shoes!

Anyone can shop the yard sales and find great living room decorating ideas for very little money. Just open your eyes to creative possibilities!

Want to love your home, and keep your cash? Get free budget home decorating ideas from Kathy at http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.comand also http://www.TheGardenGlove.com.

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