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Living Room Facelift For Less

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2016

I’m going to share with you my shopping secrets that will help you transform a room for under $1,000. The first step is to shop the clearance section or outlet at any furniture store. All major retailers have one. By doing so, I was able to purchase the sofa for $300 only because it was the left side of a sectional piece. Great find! I also found two armless accent chairs for only $50 each! I love these armless chairs because you can position them in many ways throughout the room and it won’t block the traffic flow. Armless chairs are a great solution for small spaces, too.  

Before & After - Living Room
Before
Before & After - Living Room After
After
 

In addition to clearance shopping, the best way to save money is to recycle what you already have. The homeowner’s current coffee and end tables had a white base, but spray painting it a bronze color updated the look. I also saved money by buying a set of table lamps and floor lamp – all three – for only $28, again on clearance, at a major home improvement store. Home improvement stores are a great resource for area rugs, lighting, even window treatments; yet it’s not typically the first place that comes to mind when we need to shop for home décor.

Finally, a fresh coat of paint, new curtain panels to hide the verticals, and decorative accessories such as toss pillows and candles breathed new life into the living room and gave the entire room a facelift for under $1,000. You can do it!