DIY Home Furnishing Ideas for First Time Home Buyers Low on Funds.

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Let’s face it: by the time you have finished with all the expenses involved in buying your first home, you may not have a whole lot left over for spending once you move into that home. Just keep in mind that owning your very first home is quite an accomplishment in itself. You don’t need to immediately plunge into further debt by spending big money to fully furnish every room. Especially when there are plenty of do it yourself (diy) tips for creating really cool furnishings on the cheap.




Not every bed is adorned with a headboard. Part of the reason for that is the inescapable fact that this particular bedroom item can be surprisingly expensive. Fortunately, there is absolutely no reason why a headboard should cost so much. A perfectly serviceable and incredibly creative headboard can be fashioned out nothing but heavy-duty corrugated cardboard. Or a cornice and window drapes. You could even turn your favorite photographs into a headboard by cutting crown molding into frames on the wall. Use your imagination and come up with a creative do it yourself solution to not being able to afford a headboard for your bed. And here’s a nice Pinterest board to spark that DIY imagination.




Here’s a little secret that those big furniture warehouses don’t want you to know: pretty much anything with a flat surface can be made into a DIY nightstand that is every bit as functional and twice as decorative. Take one of those weekends when you are anxious over how long construction of your first home is taking to prowl through yard sales, flea markets, pawn shops, antique stores, junkyards and anywhere else you could potentially find an object capable of becoming a do-it-yourself nightstand. What to look for? An old barrel. A vintage suitcase and some bowling pins. (The pins can be glued to the suitcase to become a nightstand for a low bed.) If you find a nightstand in bad shape, consider sawing off the worst part, redecorating what you have left and affixing half a table directly to the wall. As with the headboard, the creative limits to a DIY nightstand are far less constricting than the financial limits to buying one.


Tables, Dressers, Chests…and More


The magic of decoupage can turn almost any old home furnishing into something that looks like it was bought brand new. All that’s needed to give your spare new home the look of a polished entry on the showcase of homes are paper with something you love about it, glue, paintbrushes and varnish. Oh, and any furnishing that has a minimum of one flat surface. That means, in addition to the above, garbage cans, laundry hampers, lamps, window shades, chairs and, well, you name it. The love you feel for the paper to be glued and varnished to the flat surface can be the result of an image, patterns, color, text or, well, you name it. That’s the great thing about decoupage as a way to creatively furnish your home on what’s left over after the initial investment of buying a home. By changing the way it looks, you can start down the path of transforming a few cheap pieces of wood covered in water stains and spattered paint into a one-of-a-kind coffee table featuring a glorious j igsaw puzzle on permanent display. For some wonderfully creative ideas as well as information on how to decoupage, take a look at these examples.


The ability to furnish a brand new home on the cheap need not sacrifice creative decoration. The internet is a goldmine for first time home buyers seeking do it yourself (DIY) tips for way to afford all the furniture to transform that sparse house into a home overflowing with the stamp of your distinct personality.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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