When you think about cottage living, what comes to mind? For me, it’s casual, inviting, charming, and easily achievable on any size budget. You don’t need to break the bank to add a few simple elements into your space to give it an easy breezy cottage look and a welcoming feel. And you won’t wind up eating Raman noodles and can soup for months to afford the look; although I must confess I’ve been there, done that for a darling little wicker chair I purchased at a high end boutique. Live and learn.
Here are a few ways to achieve cottage style on a tiny budget.
1. Re-purpose for a fresh look
Think outside the box and use pieces you already have in ways different than originally intended.
2. Cover old furniture to give it a second life
Slipcovers are a great way to breathe new life into old worn pieces and dated fabrics. If you’re like me and never learned how to sew, a drop cloth also works well.
3. Buy second hand for a steal
Yard sales and consignment are great places to buy vintage furniture with cottage style and usually for a deal.
4. Don’t forget about cottage details…
Stylish fabric accessories are an inexpensive way to add color, texture, and pattern to any room. Add pillows, throw blankets, and window treatments for even more cottage style.
5. Incorporate family heirlooms
Don’t banish them to the attic! Give those family heirlooms a second chance with paint and slipcovers to save on the budget and make your family smile.
I ‘m lucky to have many beautiful family heirloom pieces, but they don’t always coordinate with my cottage look. I can remember seeing this side table in my grandparents living room when I was very little. I gave it a quick coat of paint to add a pop of color and character to our guest room.
Good luck with your cottage style projects! I’d love to hear about them.