Monday, December 28, 2009

Favorites of 2009: Thrifty Tips

Thanks to everyone who linked up to the Favorites of 2009 "Tutorials" post. I love that I have a go-to post filled with TONS of links to awesome, informative ideas!

Today our Favorites is all about "Thrifty Tips". So I thought I'd invite the Queen of thrifty decor over for a visit to talk about her top 5 thriftiest tips of the year.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Sarah and her thrifty list....

1. Spray Away

"You can turn a thrift store find you would normally pass by, into something sophisticated and fun with just a few minutes and a can of spray paint."

Check out what she did with this old shelf:



Click HERE to see how she transformed it from "teddy" to terrific!

2. Fix it up with Fabric

"I love to use fabric in unexpected places. Fabric can be a really inexpensive way to accent your home because you need very little of it for a small project. If you buy it on sale or with a coupon, it's really reasonable, and the selection is fantastic! You can even transform a piece of furniture without painting!"

Using fabric, Sarah enhanced the back of this little bookcase:



Click HERE to see how she did it!

3. Add Pizazz with Paper

"Find unique ways to use paper in your decor. I'm not a scrapbooker, but I can never avoid the paper aisle at the craft store because I'm always thinking up ways to use it. One of my favorites was making art for the large spot over our mantel with a roll of wallpaper."

Click HERE for her step-by-step instructions!

4. Make Low Dough Drapes

"You don't need to buy expensive drapery panels or have window treatments custom made in order to get the look you want. I've made almost all of the drapes in our house. I've made some with a small sewing machine, but most are just made with hemming tape and an iron. When you shop for your own fabric you can spend a ton less (look for coupons!) and you can pick out a fabric you LOVE, in a length that is perfect for your particular window. Real decorators would faint at the thought of it...but sometimes I don't even hem all the edges. For shame!"

Click HERE or HERE to check out Sarah's cost effective curtains!

5. Add Miles of Molding

"If you've never been to my site, you don't know how insanely obsessed I am with molding. I luuuurve it. I do. It will transform your home. One of the best ways I've used it is on a massive, ginormous wall in our living room. I knew art for this space would be ridiculously expensive, so the color block on the wall with the added molding really filled it up and made "art" for very little money."

Click HERE or HERE or HERE to learn more about adding moulding!


Thanks to Sarah for sharing all her great thrifty tips!

Now it's your turn!
If you blogged about a thrifty tip this year, we'd love it if you'd link it to this post for future reference. You know the drill- Just click on the "You are next: Click here to enter your link", title your link, then link it to the specific post you did about about your thrifty tip. And that's it!

Thanks guys! Have I told you how much you rule lately? :)

Ooh! And speaking of ruling, so does our NEW mailbox! Kevin will be back later tonight with all the details. Two things unexpectedly broke during the process of installing it, but I'm proud to report none of them were bones!


Anonymous said...

Okay. I was just on Sarah's blog and saw highlighted projects that I hadn't seen yet, and now there are more here! She is one busy woman.

Thanks so much for hosting the linky party. YOU rock! :-)

Anonymous said...

amazing transformation on that shelf.

Shannon said...

THANK YOU for having a linky party! I love seeing what others are up to :)

Thrifty Decor Chick said...

What a fun idea!! I love this. And THANKS for the highlight my dear.

TidyMom said...

Sarah is SO awesome!! She's one of those women..........everything she touches turns to gold! (without $$$)

thanks for hosting another fun linky party!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great tips from Sarah, of course! And a fun party too.

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Great tips, Sarah! Thank you Layla for hosting this link party. I've added a few links and have gotten a bunch of visits from your blog. Thank you again!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Love all these tips! Thanks Sarah...and Layla!

Unknown said...

Just wanted to say Hi! I came over by way of TDC's blog and I'm an instant follower, can't wait to see everything you've posted!

Anonymous said...

Have invited 100+ for a New Year's Day Open House but find myself here reading your blog again! Love this post -- thanks for telling us about Sarah!

LuckyStarErin said...

Sarah..that Teddy Bear shelf is amazing (actually made me ooh and ahh!) Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Great linky party for some super tips!! Thank you!

Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

Love Sarah's blog, and I can't wait to start using my new miter saw to follow some of her moulding tutorials. She sure does amazing things with trim! :)