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Diy projects on a budget

We all want our homes to look beautiful, to be spaces we enjoy being in. After all, we spend a lot of time inside them! As much as we love our homes, they can sometimes begin to feel tired and outdated. By giving them a fresh makeover, we can bring them alive again. which can boost our mental (and even physical) wellbeing.

But if the glossy magazines and 'home makeover' programs are to be believed; this will be an expensive undertaking. And in truth, that is often the case. However, it does not have to be. There are ways of giving your home a fresh new feel, without breaking the bank. Best of all, anyone can achieve this. So, take a look at these ideas for DIY on a budget to make you fall in love with your home once again.

A change of scene

Starting with the basics, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change a room is to rearrange it. Look at what furniture you have and try swapping them around. It might seem too simple, but do not knock it until you try! Move sofas to allow better flow through a room. Change the angles or set seating around a fireplace. Move furniture away from doors. It is a bit like feng shui - and if it makes you feel good, then it's working. It will change the feel of the room and does not cost anything. One idea that is 'in' now is mismatched furniture (look at upmarket bistros and suchlike). A mix of styles keeps it looking interesting and fun.

Consider adding some attractive storage, such as trunks or shelves. Keeping the clutter down vastly improves any space.

Use accessories

Never underestimate the power of accessories! By adding texture and color with fabrics you can lift the feel of a room in moments. You can buy reasonably priced cushions and throws that will instantly transform your sofas and armchairs. If you are feeling adventurous, you can turn old sweaters or blankets into interesting cushion covers. Houseplants count, too, and as well as adding color they help to improve air quality. Make it more interesting by planting them in old jugs or even teacups. Liven up tired vases by giving them a coat of spray paint - gold, for example, gives an opulent feel.


Replacing plain old light switches or door and cupboard handles with interesting alternatives can also make a lot of difference.

Artwork always adds a feel of sophistication and does not have to cost a lot. A reframed print or even a piece you have created yourself will instantly add color and fill up blank spaces.

You can find accessories for free, in nature! When you're out and about, pick up flowers, fallen branches, pinecones and suchlike - but do so responsibly.

Consider 'Pre-loved' items

Do not be afraid to use secondhand! You can get some real bargains out there, from classified ad listings, charity stores, re-use center’s or places like Reverse Garbage. They do not have to be perfect. In fact, their history adds to their appeal. With wooden furniture, you can always give them a lick of paint or sand them down to reveal the original wood grain depending on which wood type it is. Upcycling works well, too! It does not only have to be furniture; you can get ornaments, lamps, art, ceramics, glassware, clocks - you name it! Whatever you choose, you will have saved money, given the item a new home, and been more 'green' helping out the environment.

Creative use of paint

Nothing changes a room as much as a fresh coat of paint. But do not just slap on any old dull color and leave it at that. Mix it up a bit with two or three colors. If you have recesses or niches, stick some wallpaper (an odd roll in a DIY store 'bargain-bin' will do) in there or use a different color paint.

Instead of big blocks of color, add some texture and detail by using one of these techniques:

  • Rag Painting - as the name implies, you use a rag to create a pattern in the paint. You can do this by dabbing at the painted wall with a crumpled rag (or even a plastic bag), or by twisting the rag into a cylinder and rolling it down the wall. Using a different shade and/or a 'glaze' will produce a more interesting result.
  • Sponging - like rag painting, this method uses two paints. Apply the first color in a solid block, then use a sponge (with a glaze if preferred) to dab over the top.
  • Stencils - to keep costs down here you can make your own, from stiff cardboard. By repeating a pattern around the room, perhaps as a border, you can create the look of expensive wallpapers for a fraction of the cost.
  • Dragging - paint your wall, then add a glaze. With a long-bristled brush, make sweeping movements down or across the glaze to add texture. This often gives the appearance of silk!
  • Striping - Use tape to separate the wall into sections. Paint each one in contrasting colors or shades to give a bright, vibrant effect.

Paint does not have to be limited to walls! Floors can be enhanced by a coat of hardwearing paint, and some of the techniques above will add to the effect. And there are tricks you can use with paint to change the perception of size; painting a high ceiling a darker color will make it seem lower, as it appears to push the walls out. And the same works in reverse for low ceilings.

Kitchen counters can be given a new lease of life with special paints that look like granite. Even kitchen appliances can be improved with paints specially designed for them.

This is a general idea of what can be achieved, without costing you a small fortune. All it takes is a bit of imagination and effort, and your home will be a place to be proud of once again.




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