Sure, you can toss thousands of dollars at a bedroom makeover and it’ll probably look pretty great. But today we’re celebrating the unique creativity of DIYers who make their spaces look like a million bucks on a budget. Check out our ten favorite budget-friendly bedroom makeovers from the Curbly archives–they’re full of thrifty inspiration and clever DIY projects!
A home isn’t complete without art on the walls but let’s face it: art can be expensive, not to mention the potential cost of framing said pieces. If your bare walls are screaming out for a little art lovin’, we’ve got a DIY solution that’ll make a big impact on your space – not your wallet!
With a budget dedicated to the practical essentials, splurging on original art or custom framing wasn’t really an option for Jordan Ferney, a letterpress printer, party planner, and prolific blogger (Oh Happy Day, anyone?). Continue Reading
A few years back Christa from Room Recipes made over and entire 3 bedroom NYC apartment–including the kitchen and bathroom–for a thrifty $5,000. The living room is representative of the entire redo ‘recipe’, which was ‘Cheap Mod Chic.’ To see the entire apartment, including before pics and price tags, head on over to Room Recipes.
Because we’ve done such good work at being thrifty this week, we’re going to treat ourselves today and par-tay! Living the life of leisure might sound like an expensive proposition, butBeThrifty. How to Live Better for Lesstells us how to do just that. From travel, to gift giving, to weddings(!), the book’s ‘living the life of leisure’ chapter covers innumerable leisurely activities. Today we’ll thumbnail just a few. Again, all tips are provided by Be Thrifty.Continue Reading
So far in our Be Thrifty series, we’ve covered the ‘buy it’ test as well as the rewards of being a handy householder. Today we start a discussion about the cost of food. Namely, lunch.
Be Thrifty. How to Live Better With Less makes a compelling argument for those of us who have not yet made the decision to bring our lunches to work. You might think buying a sandwich and a drink doesn’t cost THAT much, and comparing it to a meal out with the family, it doesn’t. Continue Reading
It has been said that ‘If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.’ Of course any respectable Curblier would argue that women should be handy too. Being so is imperative to living a thrifty lifestyle. Besides saving us oodles of cash on repair bills, we get those priceless rushes of self-sufficiency.
However, even the handiest of handymen or women have their limitations. So before we cause both physical and financial damage tackling a DIY project, let’s peruse The Keys to the Handy Kingdom from Workman Publishing’s new title, Be Thrifty.Continue Reading
Costing less than $1.00 per gallon, vinegar is the most universal, economical cleaning product, ever! Sometimes I forget what you should and shouldn’t clean with vinegar. So here’s a cheat sheet from a list compiled by Chicago Now that you should stick on the side of your (clean) fridge.
This, our first of five installments, asks us to ask ourselves a simple question before we buy something: “Should You Buy It?” To help us answer, Be Thrifty suggests some follow-up questions to help us decide. Continue Reading
Burlap has been used in home decor since the beginning of time. Usually, it’s pretty blah and benign. You can, however, dress it up by combining it’s rough weave with unexpected refined elements to make it a stand out, low budget fabric.
Burlap needs contrast to compliment it’s rudimentary nature. Just take a look at some ways you can marry it with some fancier materials to bring out the best in it. By the way, a good burlap fabric will only run you about $4.00 Continue Reading