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In this economy, it’s hard to improve anything around the house — including my mood. To help save a few bucks, I’ve started cutting back, recycling materials, and clipping coupons. Even better, I’ve learned to scour the web to learn about some of the best ways to fix up and design on a dime.

For instance, Thrifty Little Blog has some great tips on painting supplies. Nothing makes an old room seem new again like a fresh coat of paint. Of course, the way I paint, that statement is a little questionable. Thankfully, this post really speaks to people like me because these supplies are best suited for people that aren’t so great at painting. Make sure to check out the comment section for a few additional tips.

Over at Designer Garden, there are step-by-step instructions on how to make old chairs new again, via upholstery. I’ve always found this to be an incredibly daunting task, like I would glue a few fingers together or something. However, this tutorial makes the project seem doable, fresh and cheap!

If you don’t want to get the glue gun out, Down on Sanford has a few gorgeous fall decorating ideas that won’t involve soldering, stickiness, or losing any fingers. For year-round décor from recycled materials, Kara’s Korner has a tutorial on how to make decorative pillows from cloth napkins.

Once you are finished with one of the above projects, stop on over to Tearing Up Houses for the best fried egg sandwich recipe ever. Hey, a girl’s got to eat, right?

While we’re on the subject of fried eggs saving money… remember that DIY doesn’t always save you money. In fact, some of those projects can actually kill your home’s value in the long run. Check out DIY Life’s list of no-nos when it comes to home improvement projects. That should certainly save you some time, money and tears.

Happy saving!

By Rachel Cericola

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  1. Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    Hey, I know that sandwich! :) Thanks for the linkage. Kelly
    October 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Permalink
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