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As autumn starts to draw in, I’m spending more time at home and indoors. When I bought my 100 year old house it was listed as needing ‘cosmetic work’. Which basically means that it needed redecorating, a new bathroom, some minor repairs, and generally wasn’t all that pretty when I moved in 2 years ago.

Now, I’ve done some DIY work on the place, but I need to save up for the things that I have to pay someone else to do (new bathroom, more loft insulation etc, etc). These are either tasks beyond my competence, or just far too much for one small person to do on their own. But, it means that there is no money for frills and frippery in the home decor department.

However, thrifty and frugal ideas for home decorating can be found all over the internets. If you’ve never read Apartment Therapy, you should. As a blog, it’s annoying - you need to register for comments, and there is so much repetition and so many round-up posts. As a resource for improving your small space in a cool way, it’s unsurpassed.  At the moment they’ve got a post containing links to 15 frugal ideas for decorating.

For more ideas check out:

  • Tightwad Tuesday: Frugal Decorating @ Being Frugal
  • Save up to 85% on paint @ That One Caveman
  • Use what you have @ Remodeling this life

My most successful frugal decorating was to buy a roll of wrapping paper, and liberate a selection of wallpaper samples, and use them to cover plain magazine files and archive boxes. All my paperwork is now stored in custom boxes in my hot pink, black, white and grey colour scheme.

Do you have any resources for frugal decorating? Or some major successes to share? Let us know in the comments.

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6 comments for “highlighting frugal home decorating tips”

  1. I haven’t read AT in ages (agree with you that like lifehacker, it’s sometimes very good but way too MUCH) but liked the shower curtain post and some of the other stuff over there a lot.

    Posted by guinness416 | September 20, 2009, 8:42 pm
  2. Great idea for the wallpapered boxes!

    Design Sponge is pretty cool for thrifty, use what you have decorating ideas - a great resource for repuposing things you already own into cool decor.

    Posted by Emily@remodelingthislife | September 20, 2009, 10:55 pm
  3. Some great frugal tips here, i like it! Especially love what you can do with wrapping paper - sure it makes a nice bright key piece for any room.

    Posted by oneadvice | September 23, 2009, 3:09 pm
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