Tassels and Decor and Patience


Ok, I am going to be painting my living room soon. I am just putting it off because of the endless wall problem. The yellow goes all the way up the stairs and into the hallways. So, you can’t really stop. It will be a HUGE project. So the color I choose has to be a color that will work EVERYWHERE.

But I am working now on thriftily implementing a slightly different color scheme into my living room, while I put off painting.

Here are the colors that I want to work with.

Pretty blues and greens and linen and maybe a pop of red. (You heard me right….a pop of red)

Ok. So……what am I doing? How am I going to do the big change?

I am looking at what I have. Checking out thrift stores and working on transforming my color scheme for less than two hundred dollars. For real. That’s my budget. New pinch pleated lined drapes. Some new furniture. Fabric for re-upholstery or accent……all for around $200.00.

I’m not lying.

And it won’t happen overnight.

I started with moving my room around. Envisioning the changes I see coming. You saw that in yesterdays post.

And when I say I want to redecorate…when you are on a budget, you need to be patient. You need to be willing to work on it. You need to be willing to wait. You need to be willing to not STICK to the above fabrics but work within that color scheme.

This said from a very impatient person so starting somewhere like making small changes and moving the room around helps me see the future changes.

Sometimes it is tough waiting. When I went to the fabric store to get samples, I really debated spending hundreds of dollars on fabric alone. Do you know how much that fringe alone is? Over $9.00 to $12.00 a yard. I was contemplating getting it to run down “drop cloth” curtains to save on cost or for just around pillows.The Waverly blue patterned fabric in the middle, $13.00 a yard but I  LOVE it! My favorite green indoor/outdoor fabric $16.00 a yard. That adds up people!

And when I started adding up the numbers,  I was having a “poor me” pity party…..just a tad.
I will be honest with you, sometimes that happens.

Then I get knocked in the head with something like this.

And this……

They were at a Goodwill here yesterday. They were all marked $4.94 and were coded #4’s, which means they WERE 1/2 OFF. The exterior of the rolls looked filthy and sun faded but when I un-rolled them, they were untouched. I couldn’t unroll the whole thing BECAUSE IT IS OVER 300 YARDS OF FRINGE PEOPLE! For $2.47 for the WHOLE bolt.

I’m not sure how I can use them…..the lime green I just may use for the piping cord. I can also implement into products I sell and into my living room decor.

But it was more than just getting the fringe…..it was getting the reminder I needed.

To decorate on a budget…….

I just have to learn to wait.

Which was a tough lesson last night because two gorgeous chairs that are EXACTLY what I want are on CL for an extremely low price…….but out of my budget. I am convicted to wait.

Because when I do…..when I wait…..I get hit in the head with stuff like this.

A whisper of ……”Girl….don’t you think I can handle your decor? You would have gotten a yard or two…..here is 750 yards that I want you to think about. I am BIG enough to handle your needs AND wants. By the way child, you do understand that you got ALL of this fringe for less than what ONE YARD of fringe would have cost you in that fabric store, right?”

Yes, Lord I got it.

For you guys…….let’s just say it was 6.00 a yard fringe……look it up on fabric.com if you do not believe me. It is usually more. That is $4,500 worth of fringe!!!!!!!!

And it becomes almost funny.

We all need reminders.

Be patient. Decorating on a budget doesn’t happen overnight.

Many of you say…..Rebecca YOU ALWAYS find the good deals! Listen…..
I passed by these a few times. I didn’t catch them at first. I wasn’t looking for them for sure and at a glance they just went through my mind as a dirty roll of something or other. Even when I picked them up, it wasn’t really hitting me. They were gross. I walked around with them in my cart and then it started hitting me. The value, how I could use the color. The piping could be used for the cord……it didn’t just fall in my arms. I had to take the time to envision their use.

Main tip to finding deals….just take your time and do not look for anything specific. When you do, you can miss what else is there. Also remember, this doesn’t happen every day! I also can go a couple of weeks without great finds. I go out of the store empty handed tons of times.

You just have to be faithful to wait.

When you do….it is usually much more rewarding.

So, do you have any ideas on the fringe?

Piping ideas?

Do you like the colors?

Think it is a good deal or waste?

I would love to hear your thoughts!



0 thoughts on “Tassels and Decor and Patience

  • February 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Wow! What a find. Good girl spotting it too 😉 Even if it took a minute. We are slow sometimes, aren’t we? LOL. I bet you’ll be creating soemthing fab in no time! Maybe trim out a lampshade? We know ya love lamps. Happy day Rebecca.

  • February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    If you love the chairs on CL, I would phone up and try to negotiate the price down…you never know!

    And yes, thrifting and decorating on a budget means keeping an open mind and going to the thrift stores very often. But what a sense of pride and accomplishment you get!

  • February 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Our two main assets are time and money. You can either decorate on a budget but it takes time. If you spend more money you can get it done quicker but it costs you more. I always remind my friends who work full time of this. They have the money to pay more for something and I have the time to get it done myself. We are in the same boat sister!

  • February 9, 2012 at 1:55 am

    How could you lose with those prices? They’re close enough to work with your plan, Whatever you don’t use, if nothing else, you can sell and probably get 100% of what you paid. Clean it’s going to be more attractive to buyers than the dirty outside they won’t have to look at. Maybe your slipcover maker would barter. Who knows your possibiities??

  • February 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

    FABULOUS find!! I am re-doing my living room, weirdly in most of those very same colors. and I am doing it on a dollar store budget as well. I have just been picking up a few items here or there adn TRYING to be patient… Just bought 2 craigslist chairs that were not exactly what I wanted so I am slipcovering, and I found upholstery weight fabric at Walmart for $2.47/yd in my colors!! I am SO envious of your trims, they are gorgeous and just the right colors. good eye!!!
    Nice reminder of the need for patience, THANKS!


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