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3 WAYS WE SAVED MONEY ON OUR GUEST ROOM

Hello, friends! By now, you have hopefully had a chance to check out the first part of my home tour, featuring our guest room! If not, feel free to take a minute to get caught up here.


As I mentioned during the home tour part 1 post, we redecorated our guest room roughly 2 years ago to create a more calm, relaxing space for our guests. As usual, I had my eye on the budget, and today I want to share with you 3 ways we saved money during the redecorating process.



#1: Thrifting

This should come as no surprise if you read my previous post, since I mentioned that a few items in the room were bought at thrift/antique stores. I went on and on gushing about how much I love this chair, for example.



I spent around $100 on the chair, plus another $75 on upholstery. A similar chair available at Crate & Barrel sells for $1,300. Now if $175 for this beautiful chair isn't budget-friendly, then I don't know what is (yes, I'm patting myself on the back as I write this).


I know thrifting isn't for everyone, but it really can save you so much money on quality pieces. Don't just head to the antique store where the prices will likely be higher either. Be sure to periodically check thrift stores like the Salvation Army, and of course hit up garage and estate sales when possible. Amazing deals are out there, you just have to keep looking!


#2: Expanding beyond my "default" websites when searching

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have a tendency to look at my "usual" sites when I need to buy something for the house (I'm looking at you, Target). I check out my usual sites, and if they have the item I'm looking for, I buy it. While redecorating the guest room, I learned that taking the time to do a more thorough search is worth the extra time! Maybe you already know this, but at the time, I was not shopping around a ton and I did not realize all of the great, affordable sites out there. I ended up finding a ton of good options on sites like Overstock, Wayfair, All Modern, and H&M Home.


I initially wanted to buy a new bed frame for the room, but quickly realized that was not in my budget. I ended up finding a great option at Overstock. This gray upholstered headboard is simple, looks great, and only cost me $94 (in full disclosure I did have a 10% off coupon).

Here is a very similar headboard from Overstock.


To be fair, Target also has some great headboard options. The point here is to shop around and compare. I know massive sites like Wayfair and Overstock can be time consuming to peruse, but doing so can really help you save money in the long run. Those same sites tend to have great coupons and sales as well.



#3: Finding budget-friendly look alikes

As is often the case when working on any room in our home, I found some look alike pieces for the guest room that were a little easier on the budget.



Remember this wall hanging? I scored that on clearance at Target for $20. Similar options cost $50 or more. Here is a great option currently available at Target.


I also purchased the dresser from Target (online) for $266. I would have paid at least $500 at a store like West Elm. Now don't get me wrong - I LOVE West Elm, but a dresser from there just wasn't in the budget this time around. Note: Target no longer carriers the dresser I bought, but here is another budget friendly option.


So, to recap on this particular tip:




I hope you enjoyed hearing about a few ways that we saved money in our guest room. And, I would love to hear some of your budget-saving solutions as well!


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