Renovation Solutions: Here are some tips on redecorating your home on a budget

Published: Saturday, Nov. 5 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

New paint, carpet and crown molding can bring new life to existing furniture as evidenced in this room.

David T. Price

There aren't many things that provide the same satisfaction as a new look for your home.

Just a clean coat of paint and rearranging the furniture can help a room function better, feel fresh and make you smile at a job well done.

Whether you have newly remodeled space, an addition to decorate or existing space to spruce up, we want to offer you a few ideas to help you save money in the process.

Most of us don't have the means to go out and replace all the furniture and accessories in our houses all at once. Usually, the items in our homes are collected over time.

Of course, if you have created new space with a renovation, you will probably need multiple new items to furnish the space.

Before you march out to buy everything, consider that a lot of us have accessories and furniture we aren't using or that could be repurposed.

Unfortunately, we all tend to keep too much "stuff" around, but when you are redecorating, such stored items may actually come in handy.

We have heard great stories of interior design consultants working with homeowners to repurpose old heirlooms that are collecting dust in the attic. One such story was where a client was able to clean up her grandmother's old secretary desk to repurpose it as a wine bar for the living room.

If the framework of the furniture is in good condition, there is no reason you can't refinish, stain, paint or reupholster items for focal points in your room.

If you don't have an attic or garage full of stored furniture and accessories, start searching for secondhand furniture that might work for you.

Try online classified ads, — such as ksl.com and craigslist.com — thrift stores, garage sales or even Grandma's attic.

Back in the day, furniture was made to last, so Grandma's old sofa may be reupholstered and be good to go for another 20 years.

The trick is to reupholster (or buy) big furniture pieces in neutral colors. Play up the colors and trends with throw pillows and accessories. This will make switching out your look less expensive.

Another way to save is to reupholster all your items at the same time. Most upholsterers give you a discount for multiple items. If you are working with a design consultant or interior designer, they should be able to help you choose the right fabric and get you a better deal with the upholsterer.

Even for a limited project to refurbish part of your home, investing in the expertise of professionals will save you money and time. It will minimize the chance that you will make a mistake that you will have to live with or pay to have redone.

Faced with strict budget constraints, people often seek to minimize design fees to "save money" for the bricks and mortar (or paint and fabric) of the project.

Though it may be counterintuitive, the truth is that the more time and money you spend up front, the fewer delays and additional costs you will encounter when doing the actual work involved.

It is our contention that you will end up paying about the same amount of money on your project whether you try to do most of it yourself or whether you pay for professional expertise.

The difference is in the quality of both the process and the product. You will get more bang for your buck if you recognize the value professional design can bring to your project. Make sure you pay each professional for what they do best.

Just as you would probably not ask your architect which type of nail the contractor should use on the wall sheathing, rely on the training and education of your architect and/or designer for questions relating to light, flow and proportion.

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