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Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate

Warm weather can make any homeowner itchy to give their home a new look. However, with the economy still not warming up much, you may not have the funds to splurge on home decor.

That doesn’t mean you have to skip out on freshening up your interior. There are loads of ways to create cool, funky decor by reusing or repurposing items you already have around the house. Don’t have major craft skills? Not to worry. Most of these suggestions don’t require a needle and thread.

A Little Greenery

Plants are one of the easiest ways to add a little life around the house. While seeds and soil run relatively cheap, decorative planters can cost a pretty penny. Instead, save up a few coffee cans, dig out some paint and a few create pretty planters of your own.

As a bonus, this is also a great art project to do with kids. It not only teaches them about gardening, but instills in them the importance of recycling.

Mood Lighting

Did you know those mason jars you’re so fond of drinking out of can also double as a way to give your home a romantic glow? Simply slip a votive inside and you’ve suddenly changed the room’s whole mood. Use them indoors or out — they’re a great addition to a dinner party on the back patio.

Decorative Drawers

Take a chest of drawers from blah to beautiful by tying a bit of unused ribbon around each drawer handle. This upgrade is a fabulous way to add whimsy to a child’s bedroom, or a bit of femininity to a guest suite. Go monochromatic, or choose to mix-and-match colors like this sweet set of drawers from Real Simple.

Cool Side Table

Put those vintage suitcases or old hat boxes to good use and stack them as a side table. Not only do they add a touch of retro quirk to any room, but they also double as extra storage space.

Whimsical Wall Decor

Switching out wall decor is a quick and simple way to give a room a completely new look. Instead of replacing old paintings or photos, consider just hanging the frames. A wall covered in a collage of empty frames can be just as intriguing, if not more so, than one covered in artwork. Leave the frames as they are, or paint them to match.

Pretty Pillows

While you may not be able to afford a new couch or brand new bedding, you can easily spruce up a room by recovering the throw pillows. Use old scraps of fabric or repurpose a curtain, tea towels, scarves or even an old top sheet instead.

Don’t have the materials on hand to complete these projects? Not to worry, most can be found at your local thrift shop or flea market, making them a super cheap redo as well as a great way to help the environment by recycling.

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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