Now, I’m a snob. I know this. I like good clothes, good shoes and good house stuff. However, even I, Snobby Snobberson can appreciate the whole “necessity is the mother of invention” concept when it comes to decorating.
Take this, for example:
This is our project of the weekend, putting shelves on the newly painted wall across the bed in our room. Now, here’s more or less how it would have broken down if I’d have gone to P0ttery Barn and had my way with the store, rubbing myself and my credit card up against everything I could get my hands on:
Ledge (2) = $110
Picture Frame Black (3) = $56
Silver Picture Frame Mattless (2) = $58
Silver Picture Frame Matted (1) $89
Vases (5) = $60
Total = $373
Here’s how my Cheap@$$ design breaks down:
Ledge (2) = $17 (originally 29.99, 40% off, and the cashier messed up and only rang one of them up)
Picture Frame Black (3) = $27.47
Silver Picture Frame Mattless (2) = already owned both of them, I don’t know how much the actual silver cost, the 8 x 10 is a clip frame from Pier 0ne that would have been around 5 bucks, so we’ll say $10 total.
Silver Picture Frame Matted (1) = already owned this one as well, I got it from someone for my college graduation, it’s one of those frames from H@llmark where you get the autographs on it, mine was autographed, but I have friends who write things like “Penis, Ballsac” on things and it’s not so much something to display in my grown up home. (Yeah, there’s a story to Penis, Ballsac, another day, another day.) It was originally a 4 x 6 but I recut the mat to be 5 x 7, flipped it over so you only see the white, and done. Original price 19.99 (sticker was still on it, cuz the person who gave it to me – classy like that.)
Vases (5) – we used them at our wedding, so we already had them. Original price was a buck each, so total = $5
My total = $62.46 (which 19.99 was a gift so really only $42.47 as compared to $373 s0 – SCORE!)
And it looks amazing! Don’t you love when the cashiers mess up and miss scanning something big?
It looks great! Someday I’ll decorate a home. It just seems so pointless when we move in, finally get our stuff, and then move out less than three years later.
It looks very good! Well done
Secret Agent Mama
Looks awesome! And, I would totally think that it was expensive. 😀
Hydes Like Us
Niiice! That’s my kind of decorating budget.
Can you come do that at my house?
You are so awesome. I have found that a great source is Ross or Marshall’s. Seriously.
Very cool! I’m jealous of your decorating abilities! My bedroom has ONE thing on the wall…thats all I have the motivation to do!
I have nothing on my bedroom wall. I was lucky to get anything at all on my living room walls! I did order some nice prints from Etsy but I don’t like the mattes they came with and haven’t made it to the store for new ones or frames for them. D’oh!
I love it!! Great job!
I do so very much love PB, but don’t love the prices. Niiiiice work re-creating the look for less.
I rotate my home decor, so I have a closet of treasures. When I feel like I need a change, I open up the closet and take a look. I’m never disappointed!
Your shelves look great!
Crisp clean lines and solid traditional colors. I like it. The price is also a winner.
Score indeed. Move over HGTV.
It looks wonderful – really pretty and I am all for your price!!! Take care, Kellan
That does look awesome. I think PoBa is overrated, anyway. I have an area rug from there and it BREEDS dust bunnies.
I really love those shelves, I am a fan of clean lines. Target has some great little shelves like that as well, and they are of pretty good quality.
It looks good.
We have the Pottery Barn ones in our office (bought pre-kid). But we have Target ones in the living room. The good thing about the shelves is, you can’t put things on there, that little climbers can’t get to. Wink wink!
From men all over the planet thank you! All joking aside, great job. It looks great!!!
i’m stealing every idea! thank you! I’m catching up on your blog now…
looks great around here…!
redecorating is your thing!
That looks GREAT… and the price is definitely pretty reasonable!! You can come by here anytime and help me out with my lack of decorating skills!! 🙂
that looks wonderful! have you decided if you’d like the position on HGTV’s Design on a Dime?? 🙂
OMG, that’s awesome.
Ok, when you come visit DON’T LOOK AT ANYTHING CAUSE IT ALL SUCKS.
get over there…I’ve tagged you..
A Jill of All Trades
I love bargain hunting…and shopping in my own house for stuff that could be better viewed elsewhere!!! I’ve done this a lot recently and probably saved myself a buttload of money, as you have done!!