Fixing up your house can often come with a hefty price tag, so it’s not always your biggest priority!
But we’re here to show you that you can still freshen up your home, even if you’ve not got loads to spend…
Upcycle your furniture
If you’re sick of the sight of that old cabinet in the corner, getting rid isn’t the only answer. New furniture is generally quite pricey and upcycling could be a great way of breathing a new style into your home without buying new furniture.
If the term ‘upcycling’ is lost on you, it simply means dressing up old items with a new style, or just giving your furniture a bit of loving care. Not only could it change the look of your room, but you’ll have a great time in doing so!
If you’re a beginner, there are plenty of sites online offering inspiration for upcycling furniture. Many people like to give their old furniture a lick of paint, but if you wanted to be a little more creative, there’s nothing stopping you from applying patterns or adding fancy new handles to your old piece. You could even repurpose unused items, like using that old chest as an interesting coffee table - there are loads of possibilities!
Add a splash of colour
A bit of paint goes a long way to brightening up your home. And you might not need to paint the whole house as feature walls can make a real statement by only painting one wall. By choosing a smaller area or only part of a wall, you can get creative by using colours that you wouldn’t get away with throughout the whole house. Or you could even find some stylish wallpaper!
If you’re not re-painting the whole room, you may only need to buy a pot of paint or a few strips of wallpaper – making this a really good way to jazz up your house on a smaller budget.
Hunt for bargains
If you don’t want to fork out top prices for furniture in the shops, there are plenty of ways you can find quality pieces elsewhere.
A day at the auction could be really fun and you could nab some quality furniture for a great price – it’s not all dusty antiques! This guide is useful and provides more tips on how to buy good value furniture at an auction.
If auctions aren’t your thing, you could head down to a local car boot sale instead. You might have to dig through many items, but you could find something that’s right up your street. There’s plenty of room to haggle, too, so you could knock a bit of money off that piece you like.
Do it yourself!
If you’re looking to have your walls plastered, you might be reaching for the phone straight away. But if you know someone with the know-how, or if you’re willing to learn a new skill, you could shave loads off the total cost.
There’s plenty of one-day courses which can teach you how to plaster a wall from scratch, and they might not cost you as much as having to pay for a professional to do it for you. If this interests you, you can search online for courses near you and you could be plastering your own walls before you know it!
You could also cut costs if you say no to installation charges and get the job done yourself. If you’ve had new kitchen cabinets, you could save by fitting them on your own.
Spread the cost
If you’re still wanting to give your home a complete makeover, make sure you work out how much you can afford to reasonably spend. Researching online could help you compare costs to find the best deal and stay within your budget.
If you only have a small budget, you could look for stores which offer 0% finance deals for a period of time. Remember though, before you take out any credit, you’ll need to be confident you can pay back the total cost within this time so you don’t start paying interest on the balance.
Alternatively, you could opt for a personal loan to cover the costs. This could be a good option if you need to stick to a budget, as the cost will be fixed each month.
For more ways to finance your home improvements, read this article.
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