Five easy, low cost interior decorating projects.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but tax time is just about a month away.  With April 15th looming it may be difficult to find some extra cash for home improvement projects.  But there are several decorating projects that cost very little money and can make a real difference in your home.

  1. Freshen up your window treatments.  Sewing a fabric trim to the sides, top and/or hem of your existing drapery panels will give your windows a brand new look.  Even something as simple as sewing buttons to tab top draperies adds a designer touch for almost no money.
  2. Replace your chair cushions.  Dining room and breakfast room chairs often have wooden seats that make it easy to tie on a cushion. Some chairs have a plywood insert that can be unscrewed, reupholstered and screwed back on.  It is very easy to add fabric to these types of chairs for a brand new look.
  3. New lampshades can immediately brighten up a room.  We often do not realize how worn and dirty our lampshades are until we replace them.  Choose a black shade for a sophisticated look or add fabric and trim for a custom shade.  Don’t forget to add a finial at the top for a bit of personality.
  4. Reframe your artwork.  New frames and mats will make your existing paintings, posters and photographs look brand new.
  5. Refinish wood furniture.  If your coffee and end tables have seen better days or just don’t work in your room anymore, consider staining or painting them for an updated look.  Paint works well in a country, shabby chic, or casual room.  Staining light wood furniture a darker color will make your old pieces look like new.  If they are just too worn, adding a piece of granite, limestone or marble cut to fit is an easy and affordable fix.  You can often find small remnant pieces at a stoneyard.

Paint, a new chair rail, tassels on doorknobs, new throw rugs, fun accent pillows and inexpensive knick knacks are other inexpensive decorating projects to consider.