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Is your home looking a little ragged around the edges? Perhaps it hasn’t been redecorated in a while, or it’s just lacking that homely feel that you long for when you walk through the door. Maybe you’ve recently moved into a place, or perhaps it’s slowly declined over time. Either way, bringing some life into your space doesn’t have to be as expensive as you’d think. Here are a few ideas for updating it- on a budget!
Give it a coat of paint
You can buy big pots of paint relatively cheaply, and giving the walls a fresh new coat can make a massive difference to the way your room looks. If it’s currently dark and dingy, try a white or magnolia which will bounce the light around and give it a really bright and clean feel. If you feel your home looks too stark, paint the feature wall in a different shade to add interest- or find some wallpaper on clearance. Your feature wall is usually either the wall behind your sofa or the wall which has your fireplace on it.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine, why not make your own cushion covers, seat covers, and curtains? It’s much cheaper than buying them ready-made, and best of all you have much more choice when it comes to fabrics. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist or designer, why not create your own art or prints to hang on the wall instead of splashing out and buying them at a store? Maybe you (or your other half) is good with their hands and can make things out of wood? Create pieces of furniture, storage boxes or shelves using spare or offcuts of timber- once it’s painted you’ll never know it was done on a budget. According to TheSharpCut.com, these are the best table saws on the market, and along with a drill, these are really the main pieces of power equipment you’ll need.
Scour bargain stores
Ex catalog and end of line stores, eBay, dollar stores and inexpensive shops like Ikea are all home to great bits and pieces that won’t cost the earth. Don’t just buy things because they’re cheap, have in mind what you’re looking for and the vibe you’re trying to create in your home. But if you happen to spot the things you need and they’re not expensive then go for it! Plants, vases, ornaments, lamps and other accessories can all be picked up from these places, and unlike designer and boutique stores, they needn’t break the bank.
Look for second-hand gems
We live in the kind of world where people throw things away even when they’re perfectly good. Bad news for the planet, however, it can be good news for you if you go about things in the right way. Keep an eye on classified sites, Facebook marketplace and eBay for people selling (or even giving away) good quality functional items just because they’ve bought something newer. You’ll get things far cheaper than when they were new, and no one will know you purchased second hand unless you tell them. Second-hand shops are another great place to look, these are often run for charities so as well as finding a bargain, it’s nice to know the money you’re spending is going towards a good cause.