Home makeover programs have never been so popular. Millions tune in to watch Grand Designs and other shows in the same niche. Most of the time we would never tackle such crazy projects, but nevertheless, we love to watch how others build, renovate and decorate their homes. The only problem with such programs is that it makes us want to give our home tired-looking home a makeover, but if you don’t have much money to spend, where do you begin?
Renovating on a big scale is expensive. Ripping out kitchens and replacing bathrooms is going to set you back thousands. The end result will be worth it, but unless you have deep pockets it is not advisable. The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to give your home a makeover. There are lots of ways to spruce up tired décor and furnishings without it costing the earth.
Online Bargains Look for bargains online or check out discount codes and voucher deals (click here for details). There are always great deals to be had if you have time to shop around. It is also worth looking on websites such as eBay or Gumtree for used furniture, fixtures and fittings. Someone else may not want an old pine dresser, but it could be perfect in your dining room.
Rearrange the Furniture It may sound obvious, but have you considered rearranging the furniture? I bet your rooms have stayed in the same layout for years, so consider what a difference it will make if you move things around, remove bits of furniture you hate, and replace your tired old rug with a new one. If you are not sure whether a layout will work, measure the room, draw a scale plan on graph paper, and cut out scale pieces of furniture from paper. It’s a quick way of checking whether a sofa will fit before you go to the trouble of moving everything.
A Lick of Paint A new colour on the walls will make a huge difference to the overall look of a room. Many people assume that neutral colours are the way forward, but if you want to make a big change, try a bold colour or hang some wallpaper on a feature wall. If you hate it, you can always repaint or switch to some different wallpaper.
Shabby Chic Have a go at transforming your old wooden furniture with some shabby chic paint techniques. To buy a shabby chic dresser or table will cost you a lot, but if you are willing to do the work yourself, you should end up with an attractive piece of original furniture. All you need is some chalk or milk paint and plenty of spare time. Have fun with paint effects and be creative.
It won’t take long to give your tired rooms a makeover. Schedule a weekend for the job and enlist the help of the kids. Everyone will benefit from your group effort and your home will be a nicer place to live.