Art is Where You Find It…and It Is Cheap

Posted on March 18, 2010. Filed under: decorating |

I have been so caught up with remodeling our Delaware beach house that I haven’t had much time or energy to blog. I took some photos the last time we were there. When I reviewed them I discovered that I had been able to create art for next to nothing. All of our budget is going to the remodel which leaves me with a great decorating challenge. I need to furnish and decorate 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a great room (game room/television area). The goal is to spend as little as possible.

When we are done I will post pictures of the fully furnished space but fr now I want to concentrate on 2 of the 3 bedrooms.Beach House Guest Room

This picture shows you one of the new bedrooms. The headboards were $20 on Craigs List and the dresser was $40 on Craigs List. The lamps were part of a combo pack of lighting. Four lamps for $40. The bedding is Walmart (around $35 a set) and included everything (LOVE bed n a bag). The throws were about $10 each.

Now the other side of the room is where the creative art comes in. . .

Bushel Basket Lids as Art

These are . . .bushel basket lids. I got 6 of them for free on Freecycle. I am considering adding a stencil on the center cross-bar to add a little something. They might say “Sand, Sea, Sun” or “Dream, Relax, Inspire”. I might put the name of our beach house on the other 3 and hang them just inside the front door. “The Welcome Home”

The other bedroom on this level also got the frugal treatment.

The bed is an antique that was given to me by my neighbors it has a matching dresser. The night stands were on clearance for $24 each. The lamps are from the lamp combo pack. More Walmart bedding.  The art was on clearance for $15. But wait! That’s not the creative, cheap art I refer to in my title. That would be these. . .

Free art from Vintage Printables

I apologize for the glare. These are pictures I printed for free from the site Vintage Printables. I have seen there items featured on other blogs and thought I would check them out. I chose images of shells (it being a beach house and all). The frames were from my local dollar store. So the entire wall of art cost a whopping $6.00.

I am really pleased with what I have been able to accomplish so far. I can’t wait to show you the final reveal. I found the absolutely most perfect couch (blue cotton duck with white piping) and it was only $100 on Craigs List!

We are going back to the Delaware beach house for spring break. We will be laying new floors, carpet and bringing in the furniture. My favorite part is about to begin! The decorating and fluffing.

I hope to share it with you all very soon.

“Til Next Time,

Make Yours A

Welcome Home

I am linked up with Thrifty Thursdays at Bloggeritaville and the Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence and Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple and Frugaliscious Friday at Finding Fabulous and It’s So Very Creative at It;s So Very Cheri and Made it for Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


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You have done a great job of making a comfortable space. I’m packing my bag and will be there for the weekend 🙂

That’s exactly the response I am hoping for. We rent the house to guests during the Spring, Summer and Fall. My goal was to be frugal but to achieve a look that didn’t scream bargain hunter. I don’t want to be sad if something gets damaged.

I love the bushel basket lids–I don’t think I ever knew what those were. Thanks for linking up!

Thank you, thank you for showing us the vintage prints! I love those. What a great find. Yours are great!
Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.

What a fun project to get to work on each time you go back. Thanks so much for linking to my party. I will have to add you to my reader since I don’t see a follower section. I hope you will follow me as well.


Great finds & great inexpensive art/wall hanging ideas!

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