Design on a Budget

Our Favorite Ways to Design on a Budget

The thrifty guide to bringing home design into your space with a couple of nails, your local dollar store, and a quick dumpster dive. (This is Chicago after all)

Finding a new apartment can be quite the headache. Unfortunately, a couple of Excedrin migraine won’t cure the ail of the inevitable security deposit and moving truck hit to your bruised bank account. But you’re here; in your new space, your new neighborhood, and your new coffee spot. You know the one that you’ve already made a reoccurring appearance to; seeking comforting familiarity in that hot latte and free Wi-Fi.  With your cable box not seeing installation until next week, you find yourself sitting amongst an array of brown boxes not knowing which corner to reluctantly tackle first. We have all been center stage at one point or another to this unavoidable apartment scene.  But with organizational chaos, comes fresh idea light. This is a clean slate for you. A chance to bring your personality, your unique character and your quirky flaws into a fresh new design. You won’t find it in a magazine and you don’t need a design degree to do it. Because this space is a reflection of you. Take a second look at that ‘garbage’ pile you haven’t walked to the alley yet- you might just find your new focal piece hidden behind a little dust, imagination, and a couple of George Washington’s. Get ready to design on a budget!

The dollar store is the most under rated and under used design tool …. And ironically, the most easily attainable.  They say imagination runs rapid once the levy is unleashed. Well here are a few ideas to help unlock that creative barrier and transform your nine hundred square feet, into your new home.

1)      Cake Stands. There’s about a full left side of the aisle dedicated to these. Grab one, lets make your new kitchen counter stand.

Kitchen counter stand

Use Krylon Oil rubbed bronze spray (or similar) to spray paint your candlestick. Take Scotch super glue (Almost always in the dollar section at Target) to the rim of the candlestick and place tray on top, to make a stand, allow drying.  You can use this in your bathroom or kitchen. Place fun soaps and washcloths on tray. (Five washcloth packs for a dollar- cut your costs on those paper towels) Voila!

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