Decorate Your Home for Less than $100
With the new year, many people vow to spruce up the space where they spend most of their time – their home.
Cindy and Ema Rust,mother-daughter designing duo, join us to show us a couple of ideas that can really give your home that comfy, cozy feel without breaking the bank. The duo is actually a trio because Cindy’s youngest daughter helps as well.
Cindy and Ema find furniture at thrift shops, yard sales, auctions, and sometimes even on the side of the road. Ema also talks about how she spruced up her $20 Christmas tree from college years by adding garland to fill in the empty spaces from where the bristles had fallen off over the years.
Cindy has been refurbishing furniture for over 30 years. She says she enjoys taking pieces of furniture from her childhood and re-doing it to match her house.
“I am taking something old and making it into something new and I love the idea of that,” Cindy says.
Ema also uses maps to make wall art and uses old vases to make lamps. Cindy has made a career out of this and she believes that everyone is creative and there is such a reward to re-using things we already have.
Cindy and Ema gives us a step-by-step lesson on how they refurbished a $3 table from a thrift store.
Step-By-Step Lesson on Re-Furbishing a Small Table:
- Find a piece of furniture with “good bones”
- Apply chalk paint with a chip brush, apply two coats and let dry completely
- Give it a distressed look to the furniture by sanding off some of the chalk paint
- Use a finishing wax with a chip brush with the bristles cut in half
- Use steel wool once the wax has tried to create a smooth finish