In Claus Ihlemann, Decorum Furniture Blog

Recently a friend had to relocate to the West Coast for a 2 year assignment. This created the need to furnish an apartment on a tight budget, but also wanted to keep it fun and exciting.

Decorating on a DimeFirst step was heading for the local Furniture Store and look through the clearance department. A Comfortable sofa, pair of slipper chairs and a dresser was located and brought home. The dresser provided lots of storage space and doubles up as the Audio/Video stand. A pair of slipper chairs in a colorful print provided a fun color scheme. Second step was trips to the Thrift and Consignment stores. Here we look for very serviceable pieces of good quality and suitable to be painted. As you inspect each piece we envisioned how it would look painted in bright colors. A night stand would become an end table, a cocktail table in an ugly wood finish with carved pedestal base becomes a fun, playful cocktail table. End tables and accent table were located, all suitable to be painted.



Decorating on a Dime


A quick trip to the local paint store provided helpful hints as to the best way to prep each piece to be painted, and the fabric on the slipper chairs guided the color scheme. We pick bright, fun colors like sunflower yellow, teal and aqua.

As you can see in the photos the result is a fun, colorful, bright and charming living room, ready to welcome guests.


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