Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money when you’re shopping for home decor accessories – you just have to know where to look. When I start my shopping quest, there is a specific “pecking order” I follow. With a little imagination, an open mind and a can of spray paint, you can score big for your next home decorating project.
It’s “Just a Spray Can Away”
When it comes to shopping for accessories, anyone who has ever worked a home decor project with me knows this phrase, “It’s just a spray can away.” After all the walls have been painted, the floors installed and the furniture arranged, it’s time for a “shop till you drop” accessory hunt to finish off the room.
My favorite process is to gather as many inexpensive items as possible that are the right size and shape for the room. I teach all my clients to look for interesting objects that catch their eye – but, don’t worry if the color doesn’t match the project. The most important thing is to get items that fit the niches you’re trying to fill. After that, every item you find is “just a spray can away” from being a perfect match to your new decor.
Here’s the “shop till you drop” the pecking order …
There’s No Place Like Home
Your garage, your closets, your attic – you probably have a wealth of items than can be recycled into a new accessory for your project right in your own home. Remember, the item doesn’t have to match – you can work on that later.
Leave no stone unturned – scour your home until you’ve looked in every nook and cranny for items with potential for an extreme accessory makeover.
Flea Market Finds
Consider the flea market to be just another extension of your own garage. Actually, if you think about it, flea markets are filled with a bunch of stuff that used to be in someone else’s garage and that’s what makes it a great place for an accessory hunt.
Charity-Based Thrifts Store
If it’s not in your garage or you haven’t sold it at the flea market, then I hope you donated it to a local charity thrift store. And that’s exactly what I’m counting on when I rummage through other people’s donated items at my local thrift shop.
Look for old lamp bases, vases, pottery or wall decor – thrift stores are full of diamonds in the rough.
Don’t Forget the Dollar Store
The truth be told, I usually don’t find large scale ceramics or other décor items I would use at the local dollar store, but it is possible. However, if I’m hunting for a low-cost selection of baskets, trays, frames, etc. – it’s always worth a trip.
Dabbling in Discount Stores
Shopping in stores like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target or Big Lots for home décor items may take an open mind for some of us – but, it bothers me not! Once you’ve painted them up or customized your treasures, no one will know the difference. I am often complimented on many of my embellished discount store finds – although I seldom offer the source of my purchase.
Resurrecting the Dead
So now you have it – all of my biggest accessory-shopping secrets. Once I’ve collected enough items to fill the room, I take them home, clean them up and break out a couple of cans of spray paint.
A trip to the local home improvement store can get you spray paint in almost any color or texture you can think of. Bring samples of the colors from your room with you and pick up one or two accent colors for your project.
Spray your treasures with multiple light coats of paint for the best results. Or you can purchase paint in a can to brush on and scuff off for a shabby chic look. The possibilities are endless.
After I’ve exhausted every low cost option available to be cleaned, polished or painted – only then do I supplement with a “signature” piece or two of a higher value. And if you follow the “pecking order” with a little imagination, an open mind and a couple of cans of paint, you can bring home low-cost accessories for your next home decorating project, too.