The finished project. I snagged this from a garage sale for a total of 15$ for the table and three chairs. They were in rough shape, so i sanded them and painted them with spray paint. tada! They look like brand new furniture and I’m in love with the color for the table
for the first time, or maybe going back, here’s some cute ideas and tips I collected!
wall art stickers are cheap and cute, and since you usually can’t make holes in the wall they’re perfect.
these wire shelves are at target, walmart, whatever- they are a MUST HAVE. seriously. many of them just click together without screws and can hold a ton of stuff for cheap, I bought one for my dorm before, and kept the microwave, food, pots&pans and what not on it. It’s a great space saver.
might seem silly, but CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. buy a shit ton, they’re cute- homey and much more pleasant than the harsh fluorescent lights that are in most dorms, and they’re cheap. Plus hey, you’re not paying a utilities bill, keep those bad boys plugged in as long as you want! just don’t burn down your dorm…
this rolling hand cart saved my life and I plan on bringing it next semester even though i’m not in the dorm. Everyone thought I was nerdy at first but soon I had every girl knocking on my door to borrow this. It’s AMAZING for dragging groceries up to your room from the parking garage, helpful when you’re going home for the weekend, or taking a bunch of stuff to class or the library. target, walmart, bed bath and beyond- all these places probably have them. I promise you won’t regret it! I always used it to bring my laundry & detergent to the laundry room too, that bag gets heavy when you ignore your dirty clothes for too long ;)
I’m working with a budget of around $500 for furnishing the house and decorating.
Thrift Stores, garage sales and consignment shops are AMAZING places for cheap furniture, with prices you can haggle down. Since you get it for a bargain, you can spend a little extra money personalizing it and making it yours too! I scoured my hometown thrift stores for some goods and found these pieces…
pink picture frame (haha excuse my button in the background :] )
iron table for outside
this is a terrible shot but, two regular and one lounging chair + cushions for outside
dining room set and chairs ( only three hehehe but i only have two roommates so it works)
service for 6, plates- small plates- bowls- tea plates & cups
vintage dresser w/ 6 drawers
two of these matching nightstands
I also got a plain wooden desk ( you can sort of see it above, under the nightstand) with a hutch that goes on top
In total, I got all of this for $224. 53, add $100 for paint and supplies and I’m at a grand total of $324.53. The only furniture I need still is a bedframe and mattress!
Another great thing to do is check your craigslist for free curbside pickup items and make sure you ask your friends and family if they have any “donations” ;) My roommates mom donated a large tan couch, and a friend gave us a bamboo TV stand!
As per usual with most college kids, I’m broke. Broke as hell. So doing fun things, making delicious meals, having a good time and looking great while doing it just isn’t easy! I was inspired today by my attempt to furnish my new rental at school on a budget- but still make an awesomely cute room. So I’m starting this ongoing blog in order to post and upload pictures and videos of ways I achieve what I want, without breaking the bank.