Making improvements to your home doesn’t need to cost you a small fortune. With a touch of imagination and a little hard work, there are many ways you can re-style your home on a budget
Upcycle your existing furniture
Before you ditch your dated furniture and replace it with new, there are many ways you can breathe new life into old furniture simply by using a little imagination, creativity and a pot of paint! However, it’s worth noting that most furniture will need to be lightly sanded before painting. This, although tedious, is easily done and will make a huge difference to the overall finish. If you’re worried about ruining your furniture, take a trip to your local charity shop and pick up a piece of furniture to experiment on first. If completely changing the look of your furniture is a little daunting, why not make a small but effective change by replacing old handles with new ones? These can be purchased at most DIY shops and will cost very little to do.
Little changes make a big difference
There are several other cheap and cheerful changes you can make, which although seem not to make a big difference, can have a huge impact to the way your home looks and feels. If your sofa is looking a bit tired and there is no prospect of a DFS sale for months, why not invest in a couple of colourful throws and matching cushions? The effect is simple but can help brighten the room. Another way of enhancing the look of any living space is by choosing a rug which complements the other items within the room; not only will this add a focal point but will also help add warmth. The tiles in kitchens and bathrooms can, after a time, start to look tired and may be a little grubby. But instead of re-tiling, a simpler and more cost-effective alternative would be to re-grout the tiles, this can be a bit time-consuming as the old grouting would need to be removed first but the finished effect could be stunning. Should you wish to go that bit further and change the look without replacing the tiles, it is possible to buy special tile paint or transfers which can be placed directly onto your existing tiles. This means you don’t need to be a DIY expert to create a whole new look – and it’ll be at a fraction of the cost of totally re-tiling!
A lick of paint goes a long way
An easy way of revitalising a room is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Although this may not seem like it would make a huge difference, the results might just surprise you. A professional painter and decorator could cost a considerable amount for the same job you can do. So, if done yourself, a lick of paint could be a cost effective way to brighten up any room. Another way to add a new dimension to any room is to add a feature wall. Whether that be with a block colour or a printed wallpaper. You don’t, however, need to redecorate to create a feature wall! By simply adding different types and size photos frames to one wall you can give your room the real wow factor with very little effort. These also don’t need to be bought new, most charity shops will have plenty of old frames you can sand down and re-paint to suit your style and colour scheme.
De-cluter and organise
A good way to overhaul your home and not spend a single penny is to de-clutter! Get rid of all unnecessary items by throwing, selling or giving them away. Be ruthless with your de-cluttering and only tackle one room at a time so the task at hand is a little less daunting! There are many ways to store those items that you can’t part with, including storage solutions you can create yourself for low cost, such as using vintage ladders to display jewellery and items you wear every day. These can be picked up at auctions or online selling and buying sites, for very little.
Updating your tired kitchen
You might think that updating your kitchen will cost a small fortune, however, by replacing or painting your existing cupboard doors, you can drastically reduce your expenditure whilst still sprucing up one of the most important rooms in the house. Most DIY stores will offer a replacement service and will have a large selection of doors to choose from. They will also offer a measuring and fitting service or can give advice on how to do this yourself. Other ways of changing the look of your kitchen without removing doors or units is to change the lighting – add under counter lights, or a new main light to the ceiling, to help transform the look.
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