Create a Fabulous Family Room with Things You Already Own

Who has the budget to buy new furniture? I know I don’t. But I want to have a comfortable place for our family to enjoy each other. So I’ve been looking at ways I can create a fabulous family room without having to replace my furniture.

Here are some of the budget friendly ideas I’ve collected:

Spiff up drab and worn furniture by using slipcovers.

Slipcovers cost far less than having your furniture reupholstered and way less than buying new furniture. If you are handy with a sewing machine, like I am, you could take a great buy at the fabric store and save even more.

Look around the house or garage for furniture that could be repurposed.

That table I thought I’d sell at my next garage sale would make a great place to play Risk on Saturday night. Or maybe I could take the two halves of the top and turn them into shelves. The beveled shape would be interesting and add a designer look that usually costs hundreds. I’ll have to think about it.

That old cargo trunk looks a bit beat up, but I wonder what it would look like if I really dinged up the metal. I remember a friend who dropped her hot water kettle and turned it into a creative work of art by adding more dings. I don’t think it would hurt to see what would happen. I can always paint it and then antique it to capture the full effect.

I’m thinking I could hang those extra dining room chairs up on the wall right near the ceiling and take them down when we have guests. Wouldn’t it be fun to put a child-sized doll on each chair? My granddaughter would love it! Her little friends would be peeking down at her. I could even bring one down for her to play with as a special treat.

Add color.

This is one of my favorites. I can redo the walls for under $20.00 if I use one color, $40.00 if I use two. My parents always painted the walls white when we moved into a new house. While the lavender paint they covered in one of our homes deserved to be replaced, I really enjoy playing with color. While paint isn’t reusing something I already own, it is one of the best ways to take something I already have and give it a fresh setting. The faded upholstery on my sofa won’t look as washed out with a matching shade on the wall.

I have a CD-tower and I think I’ll paint, too. That will liven up the room a bit. I think painting the chairs might be a bit too much, though.

Add a few colorful accents.

OK, this is another item that I don’t already own. I’m going to make a trip to the local Goodwill to see if I can find some throw pillows to put behind my back. If I don’t find what I need today, I’ll keep on checking back. Or I may take advantage of that sale at the fabric store and make some cushions.

Sonya Weiss

About Our Interior Decorating Columnist Sonya Weiss:

From the time she was a child, Sonya spun stories to entertain herself and her siblings. Once she graduated from high school, she put her writing aside and attended college where she studied Secondary Education, majoring in English. She's represented by literary agent Nicole Resciniti. 

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