Home renovations can add up and become extremely costly, and we all know how addictive it is to give our home a fresh look, and spruce things up every now and again. I personally know how easy it is to become obsessed with browsing homeware shops! If you’re bored of looking at the same four walls (literally) but are tight on cash, then maybe these budget-friendly tips will help you out…
Refresh What You’ve Already Got
Instead of buying new, think about refreshing the things that you’ve already got. Sick of white walls? Give them a lick of paint – add some colour! Decided you hate that grey side table? Take it outside and spray paint it in any colour that takes your fancy, maybe opt for a metallic bronze for an antique look or a pastel yellow if you want to brighten things up. It’s so easy to just chuck perfectly good furniture away, when in the long run it’s cheaper to buy a few cans of spray paint. If you put your mind to it (and use Pinterest) it’s amazing what you can do.
Source Pre-Loved Items
It’s pretty great what things you can pick up from facebook marketplace, unfortunately for me whenever I see things, they tend to get snapped up! But if you get in there quick enough, you can source some real gems. It relates to the above tip in a way too, as you can grab a bargain find amongst pre-loved pieces and sand it down, give it a lick of paint, change the handles… you can quite literally transform something ugly into something beautiful so give it a go!
Change The Flooring
If you can do the flooring yourself (or rope in a partner or family member to do it for you) then it’s actually pretty affordable to swap out the floors. I moved into a house with no flooring and little budget to work with so I simply just measured up and shopped around the for the best deals. Shopping around is the key here, and weigh up prices per sqm too! I went into B&Q after hunting around for bargains online and knowing what the best price was, I was able to make my choices based around that. Get an idea of how much it’s going to cost minimum for the kind of flooring you want and then you’ll have it in the bag when sourcing your perfect floor.
Go For An Unfinished Look
I have a love for exposed brickwork so you can save hugely on a professional plasterer by going for the more ‘unfinished’ look if you like it as much as I do. My house was already done when I moved in otherwise I would have loved some exposed brickwork in my lounge, I love that rustic look! If you do opt for this, keep it to interior walls and not exterior otherwise you’ll end up a bit chilly getting rid of that insulation!
DIY is everything when working on a budget, it’s not for everyone, and it’s certainly not for me… but I’ve got stuck in anyway. I hate painting and I spent over a week painting my stairs which was hell but it saved me a fortune on hiring professionals to do it for me. Even little things like putting up shelves etc, save the money on hiring a handyman and watch videos and learn! Or if you have a dad like I do who is pretty much a pro at these things, get them to teach you. I promise it’s worth the money you save.
Mosaic Village have a fab step-by-step guide to remodelling if you want some expert tips!