How To Decorate A Cozy Cabin For Cheap
You don't always have to spend a fortune to decorate your log home or cabin! So what are some ways to decorate and create a cozy cabin without breaking the bank? Small, simple things make a big difference!
When we first bought our beautiful dream log home in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, I had huge dreams of filling it with log furniture in every room, rustic wall hangings, etc. I quickly realized that after buying our home, my magazine cover dreams were not going to happen any time soon. It was good that I'm really not the type that has to have everything perfectly fashioned and decorated in a certain theme. In fact, most everything we own is either 2nd hand or was gifted to us. And I love it that way. We have more of a Native American and Western theme in our Living Room, a Pinecone theme in our kitchen and guest bedrooms, a Bear theme in our baths ... I love it all. So decorate your home however it makes you happy! We had unexpected expenses when we bought our home 5 years ago, such as:
- a new refrigerator (the old one died just after we moved in)
- a new hot water heater (we found the "new" hot water heater was actually almost 30 years old and almost rusted completely through. It's a miracle it didn't)
- new flooring (because I tried to use our carpet shampooer to get out some dirty looking spots in the carpet. That reactivated pet urine. I had never heard of such! (It was horrendous smelling for a couple of days until we couldn't stand the thought of having such dirty carpet even if the spots, and smell, did go away.)
- And then ... surprise! We needed a new metal roof. Thunderstorms proved that there were several leaks and no roofer (we went through 3) could find the problem. The wall in our living room was looking like a waterfall during a heavy rain (even though there were "no leaks" reported on the disclosure and the inspector we hired failed to find places where our metal roofers almost fell through!)
Yes ... life happens! But you know what? We STILL love our home! And it was improvements that we are thankful we could make. We won't discuss the "rustic fence" that needs replacing by the highway. It's difficult to look at (and mow around), but priorities first. The new fence is a want.
Needless to say, we couldn't afford the "wants" of decorating inside when we had "needs" to be taken care of. So how did we begin decorating our beautiful log home? We started small. It's the simple things in life after all! So here are a few suggestions of things I did to decorate.
KITCHEN: I love pinecones, so I bought pinecone curtain valances for all my kitchen windows and doors. I also have ivy plants above my cabinets and it just brings nature inside and makes it feel warm and cozy. In between, I placed a couple of pretty server dishes and a beautifully painted ceramic rooster cookie jar above my stove top cabinet that I found at a resale shop. I use braided jute coasters and trivets to keep my counter and kitchen table safe, and a pinecone table runner for my kitchen. I have braided rugs in front of my sink and stove. All are inexpensive! (I use the braided jute products that we carry in our store, Ozark Cabin Décor, because they are all natural and easy to clean with soap and water.) I also bought an iron star paper towel holder. Inexpensive, but it looks expensive. I've always had a gift of finding inexpensive things that look pricey!
FAN PULLS: Something as simple as rustic resin fan pulls really make a difference in rooms that you have ceiling fans in!
LIVING ROOM: I wanted a "Tree of Life" metal wall hanging and a large Barn Star for the large area where our living room is vaulted. Everything I was finding online was incredibly expensive and small, but I found an antique shop that had huge Barn Stars for $20! One in over our stone fireplace. We also found a Home Décor store in a mall and I was surprised to find a very large, round Tree of Life for less than $50 hanging high up on the wall! I truly think the Lord gives us the simple desires of our hearts! We have a braided jute log carrier that my husband loves. He calls it his "splinter preventer". It makes carrying firewood so easy and we hang it up near the fireplace or next to our back door.
Our Tree of Life we found for cheap! And notice my Autumn leaves. I love gathering and dating them every Fall.
BATHS: I already had a neutral beige shower curtain for our hall bath, but it looked so plain. Know what I found to dress it up? Shower Curtain Hooks! For under $20, I found a set that had black bears and green leaves. I alternated them and it's amazing how much that dressed up our bath. The old wall paper and ceiling border is dated, but since the border was of a cabin and forest scene, it's grown on me! For the master bath, I found a metal wall hanging of a bear and cedar trees to go over our tub and threw down a couple of slice/half rugs to put in front of our sinks.
Inexpensive shower curtain hooks will totally dress your bath up!
BEDROOMS: Shop clearances and sales! I found an amazing reversible comforter with pinecones on it for our guest bedroom. I love reversible anything, because it's like having two sets! We still haven't bought log furniture, but I found some amazing wood carved headboards in a resale shop. I found two quilt racks as well. One at a Goodwill and another in a friend's garage sale. One I use in my living room for our lap blankets in the winter while watching TV and the other I have in our guest bedroom to show off my great grandmother's quilt she made in the early 1900's. My MIL gave us a beautiful one as well that she made. I see it as a rack of love and hugs. : )
OUTDOORS: Do you love planters for flowers? There are many items that make beautiful planters. Old boots, an old wheel barrow, watering can, wood crates. I'm not a green thumb, so I shopped a resale shop and found an old milk can for my front porch. I also found someone in our area from FB that had an old, authentic wagon wheel, so it's out in front of our shop! Less than $25 for each one. You can find a ton of rustic things very reasonably priced to
incorporate in decorating your cabin.
Use some of God's nature, like pinecones, to decorate with! It's free!
NATURE: What's better than a good discount deal? FREE! Use things in nature God has given us for free! A basket full of pinecones is beautiful on a counter top, table, or by the fireplace. I happen to make pinecone fire starters (I've spoiled my husband to them in the winter time), so I always have a basket on the hearth. A hand full of wild flowers are beautiful for the table. No vase? Use a Mason jar! Do you have some jute string? Wrap it around the top of a mason jar a few times then tie a bow and fill it with whatever you'd like ... candy, candles, cotton balls, bath salts are great fillers. Mason jars are big sellers on Etsy!
I LOVE shopping resale shops! I'm telling you ... you will relish in the fact that you bought something beautiful and good quality for cheap while those who visit your home think you must have spent a fortune. Not that I care what others think...I just love the money we've saved! Around here, we call it "Junkin'" when we shop at resale stores. I LOVE Junkin'! You can find some incredible finds. Have you ever had coffee at a restaurant and you never could understand why there coffee was so delicious and yours at home never tasted as good? One word. "Bunn". I've always wanted a Bunn Coffee Maker. I found one for $5 in a shop. It had hard minerals in it that prevented it from brewing, but nothing my husband couldn't figure out and fix. Now we have a $300 coffee maker that makes delicious coffee like the restaurants in less than 3 minutes.
I'll stop here with this. Don't be prideful. Don't get yourself in needless debt. Shop for deals. Shop for the little things that make a big difference! You'll be happier for it. I did reference to some of our products on our store on this post, and I may again in the future. But it's because I love everything about them and they are things that are affordable for most people!
Since we're talking about getting things that are affordable, PayPal has recently come out with a "Pay in 4" payments option now which is great. If you need that large rug? Pay it out instead of all at once! Visit our store at www.ozarkcabindecor.com to see if there is something that might fit your Décor. Then take advantage of the "Pay in 4" payment option!
So I hope you've gotten a couple of ideas from this. I'd love for you to drop some inexpensive decorating ideas in the comments below if you'd like! We operate a 24/7 roadside service for large trucks/trailers on top of a booth at the Branson Craft Mall, this website, and elder care in our family, so I'll try my best to blog again next week! May God bless you and yours!