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 ;)

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  1. 1


    that grey ikea couch is my dream couch!! (sounds weird, but I really love the color!) cute room!

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    Courtney @ Brilliant Like Fireflies

    What a beautiful room, so bright, clean and crisp. I never would have guessed the frames were made from moulding!

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    Katie {Sweet Rose Studio}

    She must have had a great photographer! Ha! Love how she decorated. Gorgeous Sandee!

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    B Family

    She is awesome and her house is definitely an inspiration to me.

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    Great looking room! It's so full of light. Loving the colour combo! =D

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    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!

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    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 Becca

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    Steph @ The Silly Pearl

    Lovely! It looks like an expensive makeover! I love the large photographs.

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    Household Management

    Lovely blog nice combination of color and decoration thanks for sharing this!!!

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    Beth @ Free Stylin'

    Love all her frugal finds!! This living room looks great! :)

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    Cara @ Gardenview Cottage

    Sandee, You are my hero! It looks fantastic! Love,love,love it!

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    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 :)

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    Lil' Luna

    What?! What?! Sandee has some awesome taste!! Way to go girl. Your living room is awesome!! :)

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    Crafty Mischief

    Lovely living room! I'm in love with the marriage of grey and yellow!

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

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    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 @– where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

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    Super cute room!

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    Beautiful color combos! I love yellow and grey together :)

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    Wow, so gorgeous! I love every detail!!!

    I featured this on my blog today:

    :) Sarah

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    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds

    Nice! I'm collecting photo ideas for our living room. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party!

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    Megan Brooke

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

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

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

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    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:

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    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!

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    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.

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    Love the ideas, you make it look so easy. Excellent job and I love the coffee table.


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