Look! 5 Ideas That Make A Big Impact On A Small Budget

Look! 5 Ideas That Make A Big Impact On A Small Budget

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 8, 2009

01good060809.jpg060809-thumbs.jpg For those of you who missed the great finds in Friday's post on the Kansas City store, Good Ju Ju, have no fear, we've rounded up a few design ideas that made a big impact in their store and could do the same for your home. Plus, they are sure to make a big splash while staying within a small budget! Click through to see more...

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1. Shadeless Lamp Shades: The look of these lamps was fantastic against the raw brick in their loft style store. Lampshades are thrown away every day or can be found at the thrift stores for $1 or less, just try to picture them without their fabric or paper coverings. These give a little something extra to a bare bulb!

2. Quilts On Pipe: Having grown up with a Mother who was an avid quilter, this idea was at the top of our list for display ideas. It would be an easy way to make a curtain by using a simple sheet or drapery panel or displaying a large quilt, be it a family heirloom or auction find! You can purchase hand clamps from hardware stores cheaper than you can buy expensive mounting systems (ps, make sure to clean your length of pipe first with a good degreaser so you don't harm your fabrics!)

3. Hanging Planter Boxes: Old trim pieces turned planter boxes hand across one wall in the Good JuJu store. They look great and are made from scraps and otherwise discarded pieces of wood. They hang from each other and are anchored to the ceiling and would be a great way to spruce up a deck or sun room!

4. Painted Chandeliers & Bowls: Spray Paint is your best friend 100 times over, but bright colors are a great way to turn that inexpensive Craigslist chandelier into something fabulous. They don't always have to hang over your dining room table or entryway, think of them in other places like over a nightstand or kitchen island.

5. Embellished Blankets: Vintage blankets are a dime a dozen at thrift stores, tag sales and garage sales. Find one in a color you like and embellish the edges (or find a friend who is handy with knitting needles) with coordinating trim. Even if the edges are frayed, they can be trimmed back before taking on a project like this. Plus, it gives us all to use funky trim pieces we have stashed away for a rainy day!

(Images: Sarahrae)

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