When you want to update your home, you might assume it's going to cost you a lot of money. However, there are a number of ways you can give your home a makeover that won't cost you the earth. If you're on a tight budget, simply follow these tips.
Make your kitchen look like new
When it comes to decorating your house, the kitchen is usually the most expensive room to upgrade because there are so many fittings and appliances. However, you can give your kitchen a makeover while on a tight budget by:
- Covering the kitchen doors in vinyl or repainting them in chalk paint
- Covering old flooring with vinyl tiles
- Adding a new splashback or painting tiles
- Adding a small kitchen island
- Replacing door and drawer handles
- Replacing small appliances such as kettles and toasters
- While you may not be able to afford a full kitchen renovation, just carrying out these jobs won't take much time or money and can make a huge difference.
Bring your bathroom up to date
A dated bathroom can ruin the look of a house, and whilst an entirely new one might be out of your price range, there are ways to refresh your bathroom on a budget. If you have an old suite that really needs replacing, you can often buy one cheaply in a trade store, then get a plumber to fit it in a day or two. Most people can learn to tile, and there are plenty of tutorials online, while floors can be easily covered with vinyl or similar to make them look fresh and new. If you're painting your bathroom, always use specialist bathroom paint that can stand up to steam and humidity, otherwise it will soon start to peel.
Open up and light the space
A home that's full of dusty items and clutter will soon feel dated and depressing. Spend some time decluttering, and you'll soon see a big improvement to your home. Many people complain that their homes are too small, but a bit of re-organisation and tidying up can give the feeling of space.
Once the space is opened up, make sure you have adequate lighting. Rooms look smaller if they have dim corners, and ceilings can appear lower if they aren't lit. Add some corner lamps and your home will look lighter and more contemporary.
Find second-hand supplies and furniture
Look on Facebook marketplace and you'll find lots of local people selling DIY bits and pieces they no longer need, or have changed their minds over. You can easily buy paint, wallpaper and second-hand tools for just a few pounds, so there's no need to put off certain projects.
Second-hand furniture is also easy to find online, and if you rent a van for a weekend, you can fill your home with new furniture for much less than the retail price. Many people sell sofas, dining sets and beds that have barely been used, as they get bored with them or decide to go for a different look. Some of the bigger charity shops also sell furniture, and while some of it might be a little dated, it can easily be revived with some chalk paint or varnish to make it appear more modern.
Some people don't like the idea of second-hand furniture as they're worried it might be dirty. It's easy to rent an upholstery cleaner and get a sofa looking like new, or you can use antibacterial kitchen sprays on most surfaces.
Change your colour scheme without redecorating
If your room is a little dated, but you don't have the time or money to redecorate, then simply switching some of your décor can work well. For example, try covering old flooring with a rug, or adding splashes of colour with vases, plant pots, ottomans or other accessories. While it's not quite the same as a full makeover, it can help refresh the space for now.
Painting or wallpapering a feature wall can also change the look of a room without needing to completely redecorate. It also means that if you go off a colour, or it goes out of fashion in a few months, it's easy to change it again.
Your home is your castle, but there's no point in maxing out your credit card just to give it a makeover. There are plenty of ways you can get the look you want without spending a fortune, whether it's hunting for vintage finds or using some of your DIY skills and before you know it your home will be ready to place on the market and welcome viewers.
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