Living Room on a Budget

We’ve talked a lot about our older sister, Sandee on our blog.  She’s our unpaid manager ;)  Today we thought it would be fun to show off her darling living room she created on the cheap.  It really doesn’t take a lot of money to create a cute family room on a small budget.

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Want to hear her frugal secrets?  

Black frames: Free! Sandee’s father-in-law gave her floor molding and her hubby constructed them to Costco’s basic poster size for the pics.  Final frame size was 20×24, nice!

Couch: Ikea = affordable: under $1000 for a sectional, not too shabby.



Pillows: Recycled pillows form. Chevron fabric from here, quatrefoil fabric from Walmart.

Coffee table: Side of the road dumpster find. Fresh coat of paint brought it new life!

Lamps: Hand-me-downs from her mother-in-law.

Board & batten: Cost of wood/caulk/paint + elbow grease created a shelf for the molding turned picture frames.


See those cute quotes around the room? Simple reminders of what’s important paired with sweet family pics.

Take advantage of {FREE} printables that can be used as art and to fill an empty frame on the cheap.  Sandee’s framed free printables: Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. [Get it here]  This is our happily ever after.  [Seen in the top pic, get it here]


San is your ideal blog reader.  She’ll pin all your cute projects and actually incorporate them into her house because she’s not a blogger, so she has the time, haha!!

Hope you’ve been inspired to decorate on a budget.  Hit up those garage sales and use your monthly Goodwill coupon ;)

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • kate - that grey ikea couch is my dream couch!! (sounds weird, but I really love the color!) cute room!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney @ Brilliant Like Fireflies - What a beautiful room, so bright, clean and crisp. I never would have guessed the frames were made from moulding!ReplyCancel

  • Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} - She must have had a great photographer! Ha! Love how she decorated. Gorgeous Sandee!ReplyCancel

  • B Family - She is awesome and her house is definitely an inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie - Great looking room! It's so full of light. Loving the colour combo! =DReplyCancel

  • Jenny Yarbrough - That is darling! I love the board and batten walls. My husband has been wanting to do that in our dining room. Cute!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Your room looks awesome!! I love the couch in your space- the ikea couches are super great value- and have great reviews. I'm sure you'll be happy with them. The color looks great with the other items in your room.
    xo BeccaReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Sminkey - love that couch… off to my neares Ikea… very very soon! So the big sis is just as creative as the twins? Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Aspiring Kennedy - I'm obsessed with yellow and white chevron stripes! Especially in combination with grey and white. This has inspired me to overhaul my living room too.ReplyCancel

  • Tonia L - Very nice…but not only do I not have time to make the cute stuff for my house…I don't have time to garage sale…LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Steph @ The Silly Pearl - Lovely! It looks like an expensive makeover! I love the large photographs.ReplyCancel

  • Household Management - Lovely blog nice combination of color and decoration thanks for sharing this!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth @ Free Stylin' - Love all her frugal finds!! This living room looks great! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara @ Gardenview Cottage - Sandee, You are my hero! It looks fantastic! Love,love,love it!ReplyCancel

  • The {Prince} Family - Oh my gosh this is my DREAM family room ;) I gotta say my family room looks much better on your blog lol!

    Now I am motivated to finish up the rest of my main floor so one day it will be blog worthy! Thanks for all the sweet comments :)ReplyCancel

  • Lil' Luna - What?! What?! Sandee has some awesome taste!! Way to go girl. Your living room is awesome!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mischief - Lovely living room! I'm in love with the marriage of grey and yellow!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - The room looks so beautiful and inviting! I love the pops of yellow. :)ReplyCancel

  • cheapcraftymama - Wow that looks so stylish and sophisticated- great job! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com– where you can win free ad-space on my blog!ReplyCancel

  • michelle@somedaycrafts - Super cute room!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Beautiful color combos! I love yellow and grey together :)
    ~AngelaReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Wow, so gorgeous! I love every detail!!!

    I featured this on my blog today:
    http://craftingandcreativity.blogspot.ca/2012/05/things-i-like-thursday-28.html

    :) SarahReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ My Favorite Finds - Nice! I'm collecting photo ideas for our living room. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Brooke - Love her living room! She did a great job on the board and batten and I love the large frames on top :)ReplyCancel

  • Liaza - You inspire me. You thought me how to turn my living into a beautiful space without cutting my budget.ReplyCancel

  • Rubermie - OMG. its a dream come true. You are lucky with your gift girl and please continue posting more.ReplyCancel

  • Welcome Back Lolly Jane!! - […] inspired summer list to do with our cute nieces & nephews: Check out our tips on how to style a living room on a small budget: We would love for you to stop by Lolly Jane sometime and stay up to speed on Sandee’s […]ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - There’s so much I love about this room: the polished look of the board and batten, the cheerful pillows, and of course, those gorgeous frames (and kids!).

    I filled my living room with family photos, too: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/09/great-room-gallery.htmlReplyCancel

  • Maricela - I love the room! I was just wondering you mentioning that your sister also revamped her fireplace area. Where can i find that? I would appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • Living Room Design Ideas on a Budget - […] This ambitious homeowner tackled everything from molding for a photo shelf to sewing her own pillowcases. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Whooa! It’s cool sophisticated room. I wish I could be in the room. Your idea with the frames is awesome and I really like the couch. ReplyCancel

  • Living Room Design Ideas on a Budget | HOMEPINS.info - […] This ambitious homeowner tackled everything from molding for a photo shelf to sewing her own pillowcases. […]ReplyCancel

  • Peanuts&Thread - Love the ideas, you make it look so easy. Excellent job and I love the coffee table.ReplyCancel

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