Living Room on a Budget

We’ve talked a lot about our older sister, Sandee on our blog.  She’s our unpaid manager πŸ˜‰  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.
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 πŸ˜‰

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  1. Love this couch wondering which one it is from Ikea and what fabric and how it has held up, thanks

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. Love her living room! She did a great job on the board and batten and I love the large frames on top πŸ™‚

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

  8. What?! What?! Sandee has some awesome taste!! Way to go girl. Your living room is awesome!! πŸ™‚

  9. Oh my gosh this is my DREAM family room πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. love that couch… off to my neares Ikea… very very soon! So the big sis is just as creative as the twins? Amazing!

  15. 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

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

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

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

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

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