Girlfriend, it ain’t no secret. I absolutely, tee-totally LOVE beautiful things, yet decorating with beautiful, classy, stylish accessories can sometimes come with earth rattling, panic attack producing, price tags.
Just being candid, my family is in a season of BUDGET! Maybe some of you can relate. You ever had to dwell there? You might be living on a fixed income. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t very well like living in this season of cut-back spending. My fleshly, worldly side is hoping God doesn’t have us here for long! Yet, I can definitely testify that I have indeed seen God miraculously provide for our family in mind boggling, heart changing ways that have been very humbling.
Debt Free Diva Decorating
In the last few years, I have added new words to my vocabulary like thrifting, whimsy, shabby chic, restore, upcycle, vintage, distressed, and words that want to send this girl off in a hooting, hollering, shoutin’, shopping, happy In Jesus, glorious tizzy! I can still decorate our home, create a welcoming, comfortable, happy environment for our guests, showcase my God-given creativity, and stay within the budget that my husband and I have created.
Three Hints From The Wannabe Decorating Diva
Use What You Have- Sometimes the best pieces are right under your nose. I love to remove an item from one area and place it in another. Try it! Take something from a bedroom and move it to the living room, dining room, or even a bathroom. You instantly have a new look. Experiment with mix matching different patterns, colors and even finishes on furniture. Don’t be afraid of paint. I LOVE playing around with some chalkboard paint. If you can dream it, try it!
Recently I had an idea to add a new office area and “drop zone” for our keys, lunch boxes, letters that needed to be returned to school etc. I decided to take a foyer coat closet that is rarely used, and turn it into my new space. I took the closet doors off the hinges and called a dear friend to assist in painting the inside of the closet a bright, barnyard red. I then added creative flair and whimsy flavor to my space by adding upcycled pieces, colorful yard sale finds, and a cute little desk that I purchased at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. Honey child, that space has become epic!
Don’t just look for new things. - I have found some incredible pieces at garage sales, rummage sales, and even at a salvage yard. The key is the earlier you arrive the better the selection. Of course if you decide to go later you may even have a better chance at a huge discount. One of my latest hobbies is upcyling old vintage furniture or frames and giving them a new pizzazz!
Check out the local Habitat for Humanity Restore or Local Thrift Shops- I find that the merchandise at thrift shops is always changing. You can find dishes, kitchen cabinets, appliances, lamps and so much more. The proceeds at Habitat for Humanity go to building homes for the underprivileged.
So What’s Deliverance Got To Do With It?
You know, in many ways I guess you can say I am very much like one of my yard sale finds. There was a time in my life when I was so messed up, broken, insecure, and felt very much like an unwanted, discarded piece. My marriage was in shambles, my self-esteem was whipped, tarnished, and under attack. That rotten, stankin', scallywag Satan had me convinced that I was unseen, unheard, and insignificant.
Truth is, my God, my DELIVERER, my Provider, my Healer, my Redeemer, my Restorer, my Rebuilder NEVER, ever gave up on me! He saw me and how beautiful I could be. I like to imagine my Father saying,”I’ll take this one, polish her up, refine some things, mend the broken pieces, and restore her into a beautiful, useful masterpiece.”
My friend, once God gets a hold of you and transforms you on the inside, the changes will ripple out, motivating you to reach out to others, share hope, love and encourage the broken.
It’s just like thrifting. It takes a little persistence and patience, but you can sure bet your bottom dollar that you will end up with one beautiful NEW masterpiece!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
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