Southern Living contributor Elizabeth Mayhew shares ideas for high style, low cost decorating.
Dresser Update

Dress Up a Dresser
Get a custom look for less by using upholstery tacks in a swirl design on the façade of a painted dresser. You can get a bag of decorative nails for less than $5!
Using a pencil, draw a swirly design (or any design of your choosing) on the front of your chest then pre-drill tiny holes along the pencil line. Next, tap the upholstery tacks into the predrilled holes.

Buy Fabric By the Bolt
Buying fabric by the bolt saves a lot of money when decorating your home. Look for fabric outlet stores for the best prices on remnant yardage like or Use yardage to create window treatments, upholstery and pillows. Leftover fabric doesn't have to go to waste. Create seat cushions, lampshades even placemats and tablecloths.

Use Basic Materials
Turn basic materials into something unexpected. When stacked on top of one another, terra-cotta drainpipes from a building supply store, ($3 each, from make a compact wine rack. Give the drainpipes a white wash look by dipping them into a solution of white paint and water. Then either glue them together for freestanding storage or pile them on top of each other in an open cubby or bookcase (Porter Bookcase, $449 from

Button Up a Lampshade
Add a colorful mix of buttons directly to a lampshade with a hot glue gun. Work your way around the top and bottom edges of the shade.

Transform a Wall
Here is a great way to put an empty, unused wall to work---transform it into a giant wall calendar that is sure to keep a busy family organized.