Save: Redecorate with what you already own
Don't get hung up on names
"Just because it's the dining room hutch doesn't mean it needs to sit in the dining room," Kelly says. "It can be filled with books and sit in your office."
She did just that on one recent decorating job. Kelly used the bottom half of the hutch, with wooden doors, to camouflage some less-sightly office essentials, like printer paper. The top, with glass doors, showed off books and other beautiful objects.
In another recent transformation, Kelly painted industrial-style lockers that had been in a garage with a bright color and moved them into a child's room for toys and storage.
When you give yourself permission to look at what the pieces can do, rather than what they're called, "that's where the fun really starts," she says.
Many times you need only to move furniture and give it a new job. Add paint and the cost can be anywhere from $10 to $25. And new hardware -- which can transform the look of furniture from bedroom or bathroom to kitchen or living room or back again -- can be less than $5 per piece at big-box stores or yard sales, she says.