DIY Home Decor Change on a Budget

I had a sweet Instagram subscriber send me the nicest private message I have ever received.  I’ll keep what she said private, but it got me to thinking about how my home style has evolved over the course of about a year.

My heart has always been drawn to shabby chic, french country, cozy cottage, antiques, and all things vintage.  When we purchased our new home a little over a year ago, the colors that came with the new build were grays, whites, and a little bit of black.  Our last home was more traditional with rustic touches.  I knew I wanted to change my decor in the new home, but the task was pretty big.  I had several pieces of furniture that were old, and several pieces I loved and knew I wanted to keep.  I was so intimidated for some reason at the thought of changing so much over to light, white and bright.

I began my search online, trying to find something that someone wrote about how they took that plunge, where did they start, how did they get the nerve up to make such a big change.  I’m not sure what I was searching for, maybe some courage to just do it?  I know, it’s just home decor and it’s silly right?  While I found several beautiful accounts, and so many things about painting furniture, because lets face it, this isn’t a new trend, I couldn’t find anything on where they started, or how it was done.

So, here I am, a year later, and wow, did I ever take that plunge.  Some people don’t get the white decor.  So, let me explain what I love about it.  First and foremost for me, it’s a blank canvas.  I can add any color for any season or holiday.  It’s also created a very calming environment in my home.  It feels clean, bright and cheery to me.  Last, and most important, a can of white paint is cheap.

So, here’s how I made the change.  I started painting, yes, it’s that simple.  I picked one piece and just did it.  Painting that one piece gave me the courage to keep going.  Not only did I paint furniture, I painted frames, accent pieces, and decor items.  I have used all kinds of paint; however, my favorite is chalk paint.  Keep in mind, to achieve this look, you can simply add white and you don’t have to paint everything (unless you like that look).  I chose not to paint our bedroom furniture.  I liked the contrast the wood tone added to the room  I also went well with the wood tones coming through the chippy shutters behind the nightstand.

I added slipcovers to pieces of furniture I already owned, new pillow covers to old pillows and I added some white throws.  I even added white shiplap wallpaper to brighten up a room.

I made lists of things I knew I wanted to continue with my change and went to thrift stores and antique stores over the course of a year and bought some new pieces.  So, make a list in your phone of pieces you want because you never know when you are going to find the right piece from your list.  It also helps with doing this on a budget.  As your budget allows, you can buy items from your list.
I found this adorable table below at a local thrift store.  I paid $25.00 for it.  I gave it a coat of paint and distressed it and it made the most adorable side table.

Little by little, over the course of a year, I have taken my list down to a few items and my home feels somewhat complete.  I love home decor, so my home is always changing and rearranging, but I have achieved the look I was dreaming about.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, or leave me a comment below.  You can also just send me an email.  You can find my email in the Contact Me section of my blog.

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5 thoughts on “DIY Home Decor Change on a Budget

  1. Hi Heather! It's so good to see a beautiful post from you. I definitely adore your look! It's light and bright and filled with details to make the rooms interesting. Do you follow Kris at Junk Chic Cottage? She's the sweetest! Kris paints almost everything white but she has the uncanny ability to make it all incredibly beautiful. I love seeing what she does. I think you'd like her style too.We moved into our new house 9 months ago and I have completely changed our look too. It was time! We had red, gold, and green for about 17 years. I loved it everyday but just woke up one day and I was done with it. I sold things, painted things, and started adding lots of white. The white definitely makes the difference. Funny story, we had to buy a new dining room table for this house because our last one was just way too big. The one I bought is has a weathered white finish…a reader suggested we paint it. 🙂


  2. Good Morning Heather. Love your post and love seeing your pretty home always. I agree with you on why whites and neutrals are so great. I myself am a white and neutral girl in my home decor. So I get it. It is clean and fresh and you can add color here and there. I love change so being neutral is great for changing things up. I was happy to see your post pop up in my email this morning. Have a great Easter.Hugs,Kris


  3. Thank you so much Kris! So glad you stopped by the blog. Your beautiful home has been a source of inspiration for me. It's one of the homes I always admired while living with rich dark colors searching for the nerve to switch to the look I really wanted. I hope you have a Happy Easter too!Heather


  4. Hey sweet friend! Thank you for your sweet compliment! I do follow Kris! I have quietly stalked her feed for a long time. I got to “know” her through our Christmas blog hop. Your home is also so very beautiful!! I had lots and lots of brown before I changed my decor. Ive gifted lots of things to my boys. They love brown 🙂 thank goodness. I have painted, painted and painted. Paint is such an inexpensive and quick fix. Thanks for stopping by the blog!


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