We’ve been updating the house for the past few years – on a budget. That means doing most of the work ourselves and finding bargains wherever possible. This year, I really wanted to tackle the bedroom.
Here are the details.
If you remember from #30Ways2Save, we painted our own bedroom in a weekend. It only cost a few cans of paint and was easy to do.
The carpet really needed to go. Our older home has small rooms, so we were able to find an inexpensive Berber carpet remnant, fully installed. We saved money by ripping up the old carpet ourselves (and moving the furniture). This was another weekend project that saved us money.
Finally, we really wanted new furniture. We’ve had the same bedroom set for 15+ years and it wasn’t high quality to begin with. It was past time for it to go. We didn’t need, or want, to pay for a full bedroom set, so we were open to different styles if they looked good together and the price was right. I grabbed my good friend Lori, and off we went. She’s an expert shopper and knows where to find the best deals. We were able to find a dresser and armoire, both on clearance, at two different stores. They look great together.
I am getting more comfortable with negotiating lower prices just by asking (and with touching up furniture). I was able to ask for additional discounts because of some minor scratches, which reduced the prices even more.
Bottom line: With time and effort you can have what you want at a cost that works with your budget.