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11 Ways to Make Your Home Look Like Pottery Barn on a Goodwill Budget

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April 15, 2016 · 3.3k Views

If I could, I'd decorate and furnish my house with everything from Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. A girl can dream, right? Before I am capable of expanding my budget so much as to afford that, I will turn to DIY projects and faux luxe.

The satisfaction of beauitfying your own home will warrant a new level of appreciation every time you step into that room. I'm here to prove that you don't have to spend a million bucks on your home to make it look like a million bucks. 


1. Add a breathtaking light fixture

Even if the rest of your room is as plain and simple as can be, riveting your guests' focus to your amazing light fixture will make them think everything in the rest of the room costs just as much.

IKEA Knappa Pendant Lamp, $24.99

Target Metal Work Light, $70.80

Also, take a look at another blog post - Target Coupon Tips & Tricks for Target Lovers - if you're looking for even greater savings.

2. Fake it 'til you make it

Marble has become all the rage recently, but if you can't afford to install marble countertops, don't fret! You can paint your countertops to achieve this expensive marble look for only about $30!

Find the tutorial here.

3. Make a chic hexagon shelf using popsicle sticks

That's right - you read that correctly. Popsicle sticks. I guess you could just eat a ton of popsicles or you can buy 1,000 wood craft sticks at Michael's for just $6.99. Even better, visit DealsPlus for coupons that can save you up to 40% on one regular-priced item! Michael's is awesome and regularly offers this coupon - sometimes I've even found 50% off coupons!

Find the tutorial for the DIY Honeycomb Shelves here.

If you want to create this simpler version, find the tutorial here.

4. Create an accent wall

Accent walls are a great way to add a little life to any room. Since you're only doing one wall, it's a lot more cost effective than painting or decorating all the walls in one room. Whether you're going for stripes, polka dots, or something even more unique, accent walls are a great and inexpensive way to make your room more you!

Find this Statement Wall tutorial (using paint pens!) here.

How cool and fun is this?! Find the tutorial here.

I could totally see this in a nursery. Find the tutorial here.

Find the tutorial for this DIY Dot Wall here.




A stenciled quote would be a great idea! Source: vtwonen

This DIY wallpaper was made with just a gold Sharpie! Source: Vintage Revivals

A little bit of chalkboard paint goes a long way. Source: The Uncommon Law

Source: The Uncommon Law

Find the tutorial for this DIY Wood Pallet Accent Wall here.

5. Make trendy geometric planters out of copper pipes

Copper is a great option if you're looking to add some rustic chic elements to your home. With its vibrant metallic hue, it adds sophistication and a bit of grandeur to any room. It's the new gold!

Whenever you're reading to make these planters, head over to DealsPlus for coupons for The Home Depot where you can find coupons like $5 off orders of $50 or more!

Find the tutorial for these DIY Copper Plant Hangers here

Find the tutorial here.

If you want to add a bit of color to your plant hanger, find this tutorial here.

6. Upgrade your textiles

When it comes to decorating on a budget, little things matter. Changing your textiles by upgrading the print or going for a crisp, clean all-white look can make all the difference. I personally love to go all white as it adds an ethereal, calming aura, and then I splash on some prints and textures with cushions and throws.

Bed linens are usually the most costly, so going for all white sheets and decorating with smaller accents such as cushions and throws is a frugal way to go. For the basics, visit IKEA and find a queen-sized fitted sheet ($12.99) and a queen-sized duvet cover and 2 pillow cases ($19.99) for about $33! At Target, you can get a queen-sized bed in a bag for just $59.99, which includes 1 fitted sheet, comforter, bedskirt, 2 shams, 2 pillowcases, and 1 flat sheet. 

If you're a bargain hunter (of course you are! You're on DealsPlus), you can find some great deals on cushion covers, throws, bed linens, and more. 

Here are some great, affordable options for cushion covers and throws:

Shop the products (left to right)

Row 1: $10 // $4 // $4.99 // $5.99 // $16.99

Row 2: $3.99 // $9.99 // $5.99 // $2.99 // $12.99

Source: HGTV Home

Source: Pinterest

Source: Urban Outfitters

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

7. Sew your own faux fur throw or rug for an instantly luxe look

Draping a faux fur throw over your bed or adding a faux fur rug to your room automatically makes your room look posh and modern. Faux fur throws can cost upwards of $50 (usually more, closer to $100), but you can buy faux fur by the yard for a fraction of that price.

Find faux fur at your local craft stores, and as always, don't forget to visit DealsPlus first to find coupons at stores such as Joann and Michael's!

Find the tutorial for this DIY Faux Fur Throw Blanket here.

Find the tutorial for this DIY Faux Fur Rug here.

Find the tutorial for this smaller, sheepskin rug here.

8. Print free artwork online and frame them

If you go on Pinterest and search "free art printables" or anything similar, trust me, you will find hundreds of wall art printables for your room at no cost. After that, there are innumerable ways to frame them, so go nuts!

Find these free printables here.

Find these rustic printables here.

Find these free printable calendars here.

Find an entire gallery of free images here.

9. Decorate with fake flowers (they'll never know 😉)

I think flowers are the perfect way to make any home beautiful, but the only downside to these beautiful buds is that they don't last forever. However, the more affordable and long-lasting alternative is to get fake flowers. Costing only a couple dollars at Michael's or even just a dollar at your local Dollar Tree, it's an easy, inexpensive way to to add color and greenery to any room. Fake succulents are also a great option!

Source: West Elm

Source: Sugar and Cloth

Source: Zilverblauw via Brit + Co.

11. Add some brass for sass

This is a super easy DIY to add some ~ooh la la~ to your side table. This blogger used IKEA's super affordable LACK side table, and it only costs $9.99 ($7.99 if you buy it in black or white)! That's an amazing deal for this spacious and lightweight side table! Note that the LACK side table in high gloss is $13.99. You can find these exact brass-plated box corners with mounting screws in an 8-pc. set for $8.99 on Amazon. That means you'll have a chic looking table for under $20. #winning

This project is the epitome of buying affordable pieces and exerting some time and effort into make it perfect. Luxury does not have to cost a fortune - and this proves it.

Find the tutorial for this DIY Campaign Style Side Table here.

11. Pin it and save

Now if you're not into DIY-ing your own projects, here might be the solution for you. If you find fall in love with a product online and you absolutely cannot stop thinking about it but it's totally out of your budget, pin it! Pinterest will actually notify you when there is a price reduction. Patience is key!

Source: Viral Blog

As always, don't forget to visit DealsPlus to find savings on all your home goods!


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Daisy loves to write with humor and can be quite the sarcastic commentator when it is appropriate. Loves carbs, fashion, staying active, and pinning the latest DIY projects for her room (which she will actually never do).

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