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7 Budget Friendly Tips for a Room Makeover

Sometimes the need to redecorate a room doesn’t line up with when the budget allows for a full makeover. In those times, it’s good to have a few budget friendly ideas to spruce up the space. These seven tips are things that can be done even when funds are tight.

1 – Rearrange or Swap with Other Rooms

The most budget friendly thing you can do when redecorating is to look for inspiration from the other rooms in your home. Often times, especially in larger homes, there are pieces of furniture and other décor that could be moved from one room to another to make a free update to the space. If you are thinking about updating your master bedroom, consider using pieces from your office, the living room, and even the outside patio. Taking a piece from another room can provide just the change you are craving in the space you want to update.

2 – Paint Furniture

If you found a piece of furniture in another room that can work based on the shape and size, but it doesn’t quite match, consider painting the furniture. This is also a great option for updating old wood furniture that you’ve had in the room for years, or even furniture that you just found at a thrift store or rummage sale. Changing the color of furniture with spray paint is a quick and easy way to give it an entirely new look in less than a day’s time.

When determining if a piece of furniture can be painted, look for pieces that have good structure and very few flaws to the shape. When you paint, gouges and scratches can become more pronounced, so if you find a few imperfections, fill them with wood filler and sand them smooth before painting. If you are painting metal furniture, make sure to sand off any rust spots to ensure the rust doesn’t spread after you complete the makeover.

3 – Paint the Walls

If you want to make a bigger impact in a space, consider investing in a can or two of paint. Many rooms can be completed with one can of paint, but for more drastic color changes (like from white walls to dark blue walls or vise versa), you may need two cans to allow for multiple coats to get the walls fully covered.

If you don’t want to paint the entire room, consider painting an accent wall to give it a pop of color. If you have more time than funds, you can invest a few hours, a quart of paint, and a roll of painters tape into making a design on a wall instead. You might add a single stripe, a chevron stripe, or some free-hand circles around the room. You can get creative with the accent designs to make the room as fun as you want it to be.


4 – Have a Plan

One of the biggest things you can do to keep a makeover project budget friendly is to have a plan and a little patience. Think about it like this: if your car dies and you need a new car, you are at the mercy of the people who are selling cars at that exact time. If you are able to plan ahead on the purchase of your new car, you have significantly more bargaining power because you don’t NEED to purchase it immediately. You can wait for a better price to come along.

The exact same thing is true when it comes to purchases for your home. If you are determined to buy things on a certain day, you are at the mercy of what’s available on that exact day in the shops you can get to. If you’re able to instead plan the project, decide what you are going to look for, and then purchase when you find the items at the right price, you are in a much better position to find bargain pieces.

5 – Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Once you have your budget makeover plan in place, keep your eyes open for the perfect pieces everywhere you possibly can. Tour your neighborhood on the weekends to see if any of the neighbors are selling the perfect pieces on rummage sales. Search Craigslist and online rummage sale sites to catch when the items you need pop up for sale. Walk through thrift stores on a weekly basis and keep your eyes peeled for the perfect used items. And don’t forget to watch the clearance racks at your favorite stores to see what goes on super sale. I personally love walking through Target on the days they mark down their home décor items. It feels like a treasure hunt to find just the right throw pillows or wall art to fit my plan. When the items are on clearance, it’s an even bigger success knowing that I didn’t spend even close to full price on the perfect pieces.

6 – Change Light Fixtures

If you are handy, or you have a friend who is familiar with electrical wiring, you may want to consider changing out the light fixtures in your home to quickly update the space. Having light fixtures that are decades old often means that they are in an outdated style or finish, which can make the entire space look out of date. By swapping them out with an eye catching light fixture that you found on sale or at a thrift store, you can make a big impact change in that one item. One of my favorite stores to check for items like light fixtures is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Many cities and towns that have a Habitat for Humanity program also have a Restore where they sell good quality home fixtures that have been removed from homes that were remodeled. It is a store where one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure.

7 – Change Flooring

The final tip is definitely more hands-on, but can make a large impact in a room if you have just a little bit more money to spend and a weekend’s worth of time. Changing the flooring in a room can create a big change for not as much money as you are probably imagining.

Laminate flooring has come a long way in the last 5 years, and you can now buy a variety of great looking laminate flooring for less than $1/square foot. This lightweight, easy to install flooring can be printed with images of wood, stone, or other designs to give your room a totally new feel. Considering most bedrooms in homes are close to 12’ x 12’, that means you could change the flooring in a room for under $150.

If that is outside your budget, you still have options. Consider getting a large area rug to anchor the room. These are typically available at stores like Ross and Home Goods for $50 or less. Not only can they add a pop of color to your floor, but you can move them into new rooms if you ever feel like rearranging in the future.

Having a strict budget shouldn’t keep you from having a space that you love. For under $200 there are a number of quick changes you can make to your home. Mix and match a few ideas and you’ll be surprised at how quickly a little time and a few dollars can change the feel of your home.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.

Source: quickanddirtytips.com

100 Birthday Freebies ~~ Celebrate WIth Free Stuff in 2021!

Become a Flathead and receive a free dessert for your birthday. You’ll also get a free Tijuana Trio when you sign up.
Kendra Scott offers a 50% birthday discount on one fashion jewelry or color bar item. It also offers a 25% discount on fine jewelry, sterling silver jewelry or gold vermeil jewelry. You can also get 25% off a home goods item. Find out more information here.
Members of the Kohl’s Rewards program get a “special birthday gift.”
Join the Wiener Lovers’ Club, and get a free coupon each year on your birthday, plus a free chili dog for joining.

100 Places to Get Birthday Freebies

Join Chick-fil-A One to get a “birthday reward.”

A&W All American Food

Join the Uno Insider’s Club, and receive a free dessert on your birthday, as well as a free appetizer with an entree purchase when you join.

ABC Liquor

Sign up for the Zax Club and get a free Big Zax Snak on your birthday, plus a free sandwich meal for signing up.

AMC Theatres

Join the Eclub, and get a free coffee and pastry on your birthday. You’ll also get a travel mug and daily discounts on coffee just for signing up.

Anthropologie

Sign up for Club Baja to get a “special offer” on your birthday.

Applebee’s

Get a free meal on your birthday when you join the bd’s Rewards eClub, plus get a coupon just for signing up.

Arby’s

My Best Buy members get a “birthday gift.”

Au Bon Pain

As a member of the Anthro Loyalty program, you will get a “special treat to celebrate your birthday.”

Auntie Anne’s

Join Fudgie Fanatics to receive a free treat for your birthday. You can get a small soft serve birthday cone, take off any cake (except for a small square) or take off any sheet cake.

Aveda

Receive a free cupcake (make that a baker’s dozen if you’re a Red Velvet tier member) for your birthday when you join Sprinkles Perks.

Baja Fresh

Sign up for the Friends and Benefits loyalty program to get “birthday gifts.”

bareMinerals

Sign up for Blazin’ Rewards to get free birthday wings during your birth month.

Baskin Robbins

Sign up for Firehouse Rewards for a free medium sub on your birthday or in the six days that follow it.

Banana Republic

Get a free Big Deal Combo meal on your big day by joining the ‘Q Crew, plus a coupon just for joining.

bd’s Mongolian Grill

Join the Planet Smoothie Club and receive a free smoothie for your birthday.

Benihana’s

Sign up for ABC Liquor Access to get a “birthday gift.”

Best Buy

Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the Mug Club.

Big Boy

Sign up for Hard Rock Rewards to get an “annual birthday offer” from the cafe and shops.

BJ’s Brewhouse

Sign up for the Pita Pit Rewards Club and receive a free pita on your birthday.

Black Angus Steakhouse

Get a BOGO breakfast, brunch or lunch for your birthday as a member of the Sun EClub.

Bojangles’

Sign up for a Pinkcard or download the app, and receive a free yogurt on your birthday.

Bruegger’s Bagels

Join the eClub, and get off the purchase of two entrees, plus two free slices of pie, the choice of a free “Marie’s Magnificent Six” or a free slice of pie with the purchase of an entree on your birthday. You’ll also get a special dine-in offer for signing up. The company also sends special offers for your wedding anniversary and allows you to add family members so they can get birthday rewards.

Buca di Beppo

You need to spend to join Aveda’s loyalty rewards program, but you’ll receive a birthday gift valued at , as well as double points for your next Aveda purchase.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

Be sure to check out our Swagbucks review for how to get the most out of Swagbucks.

Carvel

Get a BOGO coupon for your birthday by signing up for the My Cold Stone Club. You’ll also get a BOGO coupon just for signing up!

Chevys Fresh Mex

Be sure to join Habit Burger Grill’s CharClub to enjoy a free Charburger on your birthday.

Chick-fil-A

If you’re a Raving Fan eClub member, you can enjoy a regular-size premium shake for your birthday, plus you’ll get two free grilled chicken tacos when you sign up.

Chili’s

Krispy Kreme Rewards members receive a free Original Glazed Dozen. You’ll also get a free doughnut when you sign up.

Chipotle

Receive a birthday gift when you sign up for JCPenney Rewards. If you are not a JCPenney credit card member, you must have earned points within the last 21 months.

Cinnabon

Get a birthday beverage or food item as a member of Starbucks Rewards.

Cold Stone Creamery

Join the YOMO Club, and get free yogurt on your birthday.

Columbia

Make sure you’re a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club to receive a free waffle on your birthday. You’ll also get free hashbrowns when you sign up.

Container Store

Sign up for My Harkins Rewards and receive a birthday coupon to use at the concessions.

Culver’s

Get a free Italian ice on your birthday when you download Rita’s Ice App.

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CVS Pharmacy

Challenge yourself to score as many birthday freebies as possible and make the celebration — and savings — last all month!

Del Taco

So get busy now and enjoy the free birthday stuff as it rolls in on your big day.

Denny’s

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Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW)

As a member of the Godiva Rewards Club, you’ll get a free birthday chocolate offer every year.

Dippin’ Dots

These restaurants and retailers will provide you with free treats for your birthday. Be sure to sign up in advance.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Most of these places require you to sign up for their email list or join their rewards club at least seven days before your birthday.

Edible Arrangements

Join Premier Rewards Plus and get a free Pizookie for your birthday. What’s that? It’s a big, warm cookie smothered in ice cream… yum. What’s even better is you don’t have to wait for your birthday – you’ll also get a free Pizookie just for signing up.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Become an AMC Stubs Insider to get a free large popcorn during your birthday month. If you’re a Premiere or A-List member, you’ll also get a free large fountain drink.

Famous Dave’s

When you become a BFF Club member, you’ll receive a free birthday sundae.

Famous Footwear

Sign up for TCBY emails, and receive your first 3 ounces free on your birthday.

Firehouse Subs

Register for the Chef’s Table, and you’ll get a birthday certificate.

First Watch

Create an account, join the Birthday Club, and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Friendly’s

Opt into the Birthday Club when you subscribe to Old Navy’s emails to get a “free birthday gift.”

Godiva

As a member of So Connected, you’ll get a choice of a free burger or a free garden bar entree on your birthday. You’ll also get a free appetizer for signing up.

Habit Burger Grill

Get free Dippin’ Dots for your birthday when you join the Dot Crazy! Email Club.

Harkins Theatres

Sign up for Denny’s Rewards program online or via the mobile app. You’ll get 20% off your next visit, plus a free stack of buttermilk pancakes on your birthday when you order online at Dennys.com.

Hard Rock

Get a free dessert for your birthday when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club, plus get free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic beverage with every visit!

Hooters

Email club members get a free birthday entree, plus off just for joining.

Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar

Hooray! It’s your birthday!

IHOP

When you sign up to receive Banana Republic’s emails, you can opt to also get a “birthday gift.”

Sign up for MyHop and get free pancakes on your birthday. You’ll also get free pancakes on the anniversary of your sign-up.

J. Crew Factory

The last thing you should do is pay for stuff. So we’ve put together a list of 100 places where you can get birthday freebies, updated for 2021.

JCPenney

Enjoy a “birthday surprise” when you sign up for the My Red Lobster Rewards program.

A woman smiles as she holds up a drink and a sub she got for free from Jersey Mike's Subs.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Sign up for My Wei Rewards and choose from these birthday freebies: crab wontons, traditional edamame, vegetable spring rolls or pork egg roll. The reward will automatically appear in your app seven days prior to your birthday.

Kendra Scott

Joining the I Love Big Boy email club gets you a free meal on your birthday.

Kohl’s

Members of the MyPerkins Club receive a free Magnificent Seven meal on their birthdays. The meal includes two eggs, any way you like, plus two smoked bacon strips and three buttermilk pancakes. Plus you’ll get a 20% off coupon for signing up. You will also be able to add your children ages 12 and under so they can get birthday rewards, too.

Krispy Kreme

As a member of the ExtraCare Beauty Club, you’ll get “birthday gifts with beauty surprises,” as well as 10% off for joining.

Longhorn Steakhouse

Beauty Insiders are eligible to choose a free makeup or skin care gift for their birthday.

Marie Callender’s

Join the Nothing Bundt Cakes eClub and get a free Bundtlet on your birthday.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Sign up for the Subway MyWay Rewards program and the sandwich-making company will give you “something special” on your birthday.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Members of the Greater Rewards program get a “birthday gift” in addition to a welcome gift from the sportswear and outdoor gear retailer.

Old Navy

Download the Pretzel Perks app, and get a free pretzel on your birthday.

Olive Garden

Members of the eClub get a free entree on their birthday, as well as a free appetizer for signing up.

On the Border

Join the Famous Nation and get a free dessert with a value of up to .00 for your birthday.

Pandora

Sign up for Rockin’ Rewards and get a coupon for a free birthday burrito, plus a free cup of queso just for signing up.

Pei Wei

Join the Prime Club to get a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member.

Perkins

Get 10 free boneless birthday wings when you sign up for Hootclub. You’ll also get off your first purchase of or more when you sign up.

Pinkberry

As a birthday reward, “you’ll receive a Swag Up for a 55 SB credit when you redeem your next gift card.”

Pita Pit

Members of World Market Rewards get a “surprise offer” on their birthday, plus a 15% coupon for signing up.

Pizza Hut

Join the Hut Rewards program to get a “birthday reward.”

Planet Smoothie

Register for the Red Robin Royalty Program, and get a free birthday burger.

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Redbox

Enjoy a free sundae on your birthday when you sign up for MyCulver’s. You’ll also get a BOGO value basket when you sign up.

Red Lobster

Download the Tropical Smoothie Cafe app to be eligible for a birthday reward. What you get depends on your loyalty tier, but it ranges from a reward to a free menu item.

Red Robin

Join the free DSW VIP Club to get a birthday reward. You’ll also get on your birthday if you spend 0 annually as a VIP Gold member, and you’ll get if you spend 0 annually as a VIP Elite member.

Rita’s

Famously You Rewards members get a birthday cash reward.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Sign up for Arby’s emails and get a free milkshake and curly fries on your birthday when you buy any sandwich. You’ll also get a free small fries and small soft drink when you sign up.

Ruby Tuesday

Get a complimentary dessert on your birthday by signing up for the eClub. You’ll get a free dessert or appetizer when you sign up.

Sephora

Members of Club Fondue will get a “birthday voucher.”

Sbarro

Members of the Bruegger’s Bagels eClub will enjoy a “free treat” on their birthday, as well as a free bagel and cream cheese just for signing up.

Sonny’s BBQ

Join the POP! (Perfectly Organized Perks) program to get a birthday gift.

Sprinkles

Sign up for the email club, and get off when you spend at least . You’ll also get a free appetizer when you sign up.

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Starbucks

Join Edible Rewards and receive a free 12-count chocolate dipped fruit box (valued at .99) during your birthday month. You’ll also get a coupon for signing up (valid for 30 days).

Subway

Become a member of the Slice Society to get a birthday surprise. You’ll also get a free New York slice when you buy a beverage after signing up.

Swagbucks

Join the Chipotle rewards program to get free chips and guacamole on your birthday when you make a purchase of or more. When you sign up and make your first purchase, you’ll also get free chips and a choice of guacamole, queso blanco or salsa.

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Get a free birthday sub when you sign up for the email club.

TCBY

Sign up for Redbox Perks and receive a free birthday rental (it must be used within 60 days). You’ll also get a free one-night rental for signing up (that offer is valid for two weeks).

Texas Roadhouse

As an Ultamate Rewards member, you’ll get an offer for extra bonus points on all purchases during your birthday month.

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The Melting Pot

Sign up for the email club, and get a free dessert on your birthday.

The Spaghetti Warehouse

Subscribe to Club Cinnabon to get a free iced coffee on your birthday and a free order of BonBites for signing up.

Tijuana Flats

Get a free egg sandwich with a purchase on your birthday when you join the Shmear Society — not totally free, but hey, you’ll need something to help wash that sandwich down. You’ll have 14 days to claim your reward.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

When you sign up for Factory First, you’ll get an extra 20% off and free shipping on your birthday. You’ll also get an extra 15% off your first purchase after signing up.

Ulta Beauty

Members of the Pandora Club get a 15% discount during their birthday month. This offer can only be used one time and is valid on regular-priced jewelry only.

Uniqlo

You’ll receive a free pasta after signing up, as well as a birthday gift for joining the eClub.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Join Club Cantina and get free queso on your birthday, and just for signing up.

Waffle House

Download the Uniqlo app to get a birthday coupon during your birthday month.

Wienerschnitzel

Join the Warehouse Club, and get a free meal on your birthday, plus a free appetizer with an entree purchase for becoming a member of the club.

World Market

Get a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with a purchase on your birthday as a member of the Bojangles’ eClub.

Yogurt Mountain

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Zaxby’s

Get a free beverage on your birthday by signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program.

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Sign up for the email club and you’ll get a free appetizer or a sidekick of ribs on your birthday.
As a member of the Longhorn Steakhouse’s eClub, you’ll get “special offers and coupons” on your birthday. You’ll also get a free appetizer when you sign up.

A Cozy New Rug Collection

Hello friends! Praise be, the election is over and I just marked my birthday over the weekend – my official holiday season milestone. Whenever the calendar passes November 8, I feel like I can finally turn 100% of my attention to all things holiday. Obviously, the holidays are going to look and feel very different than years past. Perhaps instead of the holiday season, we should start referring to the next few months as the hunker down season. Because that’s what holidays in the time of Covid are going to require of us. But I’m not entirely mad about the idea of holing up at home. I’ll take a very valid excuse to look for ways to make my home as cozy, comforting, and beautiful as possible.

Enter the new rug collection from Beni Rugs, designed by my style soul twin, Colin King.

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Called the Shape of Color, this new rug collection offers eleven Moroccan style rugs. Each rug features shocks of color inspired by Tangier and Marrakech. The hues are deeply saturated in simple geometric shapes or big bold stripes.

A Cozy New Rug Collection on Apartment 34A Cozy New Rug Collection on Apartment 34

While I typically eschew color, rugs are a wonderful spot to inject something fresh into a room. I used a bold colored rug in my own living room. The particularly nice thing about a rug – it’s an easy way to reenergize a space without really having to change anything else.

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There are a few secrets to picking out a rug. First, you want to think about size. A common mistake is getting a rug that is too small. You want all (or nearly all) your furniture in a space to sit on your rug. That helps a room feel anchored and like everything is working together. A too-small rug will actually make a small space feel even smaller!

Next, you want to think about foot traffic. If you’re looking to put a rug in a high foot traffic area, you’ll want to ensure any rug you select will withstand an onslaught of dirt and use.

Finally, when adding a colorful rug to your space you don’t need to “match your decor. You just want to keep everything in the same design family. Do you decorate with mostly warm colors or cooler tones? That will help you pick your colors.



 

If you’re looking to upgrade the coziness of your home before the holidays hit, I definitely think one of these rugs would be a great way to do it. I’m already debating which one I might add to our house. I do have a home office refresh in the works! If I pick out one of these rugs – I’ll be sure to share.

How are you planning on sprucing up your spaces for the holidays?

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