Roundup: 10 Inspiring Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeovers!

created at: 02/13/2012

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!   

 

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1. This kid’s bedroom went from drab to fab for under $100 thanks to lots of DIY improvements! Continue Reading

Make It: Affordable DIY Potato Print Art!

created at: 07/06/2011

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

How to: Make Life-Size DIY Birch Tree Trunk Wall Art

created at: 08/26/2010

 These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and  

some of those half empty buckets of paint that seem to perpetually lurk in the corners of every garage.

You will need:

Cereal Boxes (or Similar Packaging)

Left-over House or Wall Paint

White Glue

Packing Tape

Poster Gum

How To:

#1: Cut boxes into flat sections, arrange with wider sections at the base of trunk and narrower pieces at the top. Continue Reading

How to Be Thrifty: Living the Life of Leisure

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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, but Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less tells 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

How to Be Thrifty: Making a Case for the Brown-Bag Lunch

created at: 06/16/2010

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

How to Be Thrifty: Become a Handy Householder

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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

Ten Great Options for Cleaning with Vinegar

created at: 06/15/2010

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.

  1. bacteria and pesticide residue from produce
  2. windows and countertops
  3. shower and bathtub film
  4. toilet bowl stains
  5. furniture polish

See the rest right here.

How to Be Thrifty: The ‘Should You Buy it Test’

Today we officially kick off Be Thrifty week! Besides giving away three copies of the new title, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less, the book’s publisher, Workman Publishing, is graciously allowing us to feature ORIGINAL content from the very fun and timely frugal-living handbook.    

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

Make Burlap Look Fancy

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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

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 to $6.00 a yard. Continue Reading