This Reader Created A Movie Theater Atmosphere In Her Home On A Budget
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Create a theater-like experience without overspending!
We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home these days and while this has been tough, I think the silver lining is that we have also been able to spend much of that time with our family as well. Family movie night has become a regular thing in our home since all this has happened and we plan on continuing it even after the pandemic.
If you are looking to make your movie-watching experience from home even better, one thing many people are doing now is creating a movie-theater atmosphere in their basement or media room. Reader Nicole has done just that by turning her basement into a Disney movie-viewing paradise!
She even decorated her staircase walls to give the look of a movie theater lobby and ticket stand! I love this idea as it gives you the feeling of actually going into the theater. And as a frugal Hip reader would, she was able to do it on a budget! Check out her story…
So, recently I decided our basement needed a decorating overhaul. We hadn’t really done anything cute with our finished basement since we moved into our home over 5 years ago. It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint and the decor consisted of random family photos hung on the bare spots to cover what I could of the dinged up walls.
A few months ago I decided it was time to get to work on this project. My amazing hubby applied two fresh coats of paint, and I got to work searching for fun Disney art. We are big Disney fans, and the basement is where we have our movie nights so I figured this made perfect sense. What I hadn’t realized was that since Covid, it was nearly impossible to find new Disney wall items anywhere! After countless hours searching FB Marketplace, eBay, Mercari, and the like, I finally built up a collection of what I was looking for.
The downstairs now looked just like what I’d pictured in my head but our hallway was just plain bare, so I got creative and thrifty and was so happy with the results!
I found a cute theater ticket sign at Hobby Lobby and only paid 9 bucks for it with the 50% off wall hanging sale that was happening. Then, I ordered a Disney poster book in used condition on eBay for less than 10 dollars. When it arrived in the mail, I started measuring and cutting my favorite posters. I then stopped by Walmart and grabbed four of their 3-pack document frames to house my “artwork” for a total of 23 bucks. My husband helped me space them out and hang them up with nails we had on hand and voila! I had my neato Disney themed entrance to the basement. For around 40 bucks, I completed a fun project and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Hopefully, this post encourages you to think outside the box on your next decorating endeavor!
Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your frugal and fun decorating tip! This is a wonderful way to remind people that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your ideal decor idea come to fruition. And we just love those 50% off Hobby Lobby sales too!
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