decorating ideas on a budget? Easy
decorating ideas and projects for cottage
style decorating that won't
break the bank for easy-sew cushions, do-it-yourself distressing and
other quick and easy ideas for your homestead, farm or home. We also
have some advice
kitchens and decorating in the country
Home decorating ideas do not have be
costly or complicated. In fact the decorating projects that you will
find here for your country homes will be very quick and easy, and won't
break the bank as they really are decorating on a budget. So those of
you who enjoy such projects may also be interested in other ways of
saving a penny or two in Saving
Country Home Decorating Ideas for Easy-Sew Cushions
times have you seen lovely napkins and serviettes at your home
decorating stores? Have you ever thought that you could use them for
something other than what they were made for? Have you thought about
using them to make some cushions? This is an inexpensive way of making
a variety of cushions for your home and because they are already
pre-sewn the job is dead easy.
Buy cotton napkins in the colors of
your choice. You may choose to have a plain napkin in a matching color
for the back or 2 napkins the same for both back and front. Buy the
cushion inserts 2 inches smaller than the
napkins themselves to allow
for sewing the sides. Common sizes for cushion inserts are 12
and 18 inches square.
If you need to put in a zip for washing
purposes, stitch a zip to one side of each napkin. Place napkins with
the wrong sides together and stitch the other 3 sides allowing for
about a 1/2 inch seam. For those of you who don't want to use a zip.
Stitch the cushions in the same way with the wrong sides together and
by sewing 3 sides only. Turn cushion cover inside out and place cushion
insert into cover. Hand sew or machine sew the remaining fourth side.
Country Home Decorating Ideas for Do-it-yourself Paint
homes often have that worn and lived in look. If you have a new home,
you can create the same effect just by distressing furniture. If you
have a piece of painted furniture that you would like to
distress then follow these easy examples. By doing it yourself you will
have the exact color and feel that you want. You will, however, need
two different paint colors; one for the base coat which will come
through after the distressing, and another color paint which will be
for your top coat.
a piece of furniture that lends itself to the distressed look.
Basically you are looking for anything that looks 'cottagey' and old
fashioned. Something simple works well; Shaker or Mission furniture is
perfect. It should be solid wood, either painted or unpainted. If you
have chosen something that is unpainted it will need to be wiped clean
with a damp cloth, given a light sanding with some glass paper or fine
sandpaper, primed with an undercoat and then painted with your base
color. If the piece of furniture is painted, then you can either
follow the above directions or just paint it with the base coat without
using an undercoat.
Let it dry. Once dry rub wax over the
base coat, rubbing with the grain. If you want a really authentic aged
effect then the waxing should be more concentrated around the edges of
the furniture and other areas that would indicate natural wear and
the top coat, and let it dry. If you are placing your furniture where
it will be placed outdoors and will come into contact with direct
sunlight, then it will have to have an additional layer of exterior
latex paint to ensure that it doesn't fade. If your furniture will be
used indoors then an interior latex paint will be fine.
make a final sanding to create your distressed look by using a medium
grade sandpaper. To get better surface contact between the wood and
sandpaper on flat edges, wrap your sandpaper around a block of wood.
Sand the piece down until you have the desired look. Once you are
happy, wipe down your bench again with a damp cloth. When it is
completely dry seal with two coats of polyurethane.
Country Home Decorating Ideas for Jazzing-up those Towels:
The last of our quick and easy home
decorating ideas. If you have some towels that are really
quite plain you can decorate them very simply by using some ribbon, and
creating some simple cottage style towels. Cut
your ribbon of choice 2 cm longer than the towel itself. Tuck the ends
of the ribbon under itself to get a good edge and tack or pin in place
either end of your towels. Then machine sew the ribbons where you have
Well, hopefully you have been inspired
by these quick and easy decorating ideas. With a little bit of
imagination one can always do home decorating on a budget. Please check
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it that country feel. We have some lovely things. My personal favorite
are the country swags
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