Get a High-Style Look on a Budget

From inspiring DIYs to flea market art, bloggers and designers share their favorite tips and tricks for decorating on the cheap (20 Photos)

Lia Wiedemann on Jan 18, 2013 at 11:39AM

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Reinvent What You Already Own

Source: Sita Montgomery

Interior designer Sita Montgomery’s home office is proof that a beautiful space doesn’t have to cost a fortune. To create a functional and stylish space for less than $300, she reinvented pieces she already owned while incorporating new purchases from big box stores. To dress up an old wood laminate filing cabinet, Sita painted it white and used $40 decorative furniture decals from O'verlays. For added storage, she purchased a $70 Vittsjo shelving unit from Ikea, spray painted the frame silver and filled the shelves with affordable storage boxes and small decorative accents she already had on hand. She bought her desk at World Market for $149 and instead of buying a new office chair, she used a complementary spare from her dining room.

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