Living in a rental and cringe every time you walk in the kitchen?
So was Eliza B. Then the rookie decorator decided to give the kitchen a makeover on a very tight budget of $100! Check her before and after photos out here.
Now that spring is here, it’s time to dust off the winter vibe and give your home a fresh new look. Here’s our budget-busting tips for giving your home a spring makeover without spending much cash (perhaps just a little elbow grease!).
New furniture on a budget – upcycle your own stuff!
One of the best ways to redecorate on a budget is to makeover your existing furniture and give it a fresh new look.
- Revamp your bedroom or living area by refinishing furnishings like your bedside tables and drawers, bookshelves, tables and chairs. A quick sand back and repainting, or some fresh new fabric and a staple gun, and they can be completely transformed.
- If you’re not sure where to start, check out your local Bunnings or Masters store and their websites – they offer some great DIY advice and workshops to help show you how it’s done.
- Or get online – there’s a YouTube tutorial for everything nowadays! You can watch step-by-step instructional videos on how to sand back and restore your old furniture to have it looking better than new.
Reuse and recycle – score other people’s old stuff!
Need a new couch, dining table or a fridge, but don’t have the cash?
- Keep an eye on your local community notice board and on websites like Gumtree and Facebook – these are great places to score yourself some new furniture and appliances. You won’t believe what some people are giving away, or want very little cash for!
- Check out local garage sales, organise a swap meet in your street or with friends, and trade items (and DIY decorating tips!) with one another.
- And don’t forget to hit the Op-shops – head down to your local Vinnies or Salvos and score yourself some bargains. As well as furniture, you can also pick up some great homewares, clothes, toys and games to revamp your wardrobe and help keep the kids entertained on a budget.
Tip: When looking at old furniture, remember that you don’t have to love the colour or finish – you can repaint or recover it to get the look you’re after.
Add a splash of colour
- If you’re handy with the sewing machine (or have a friend or relative who is!) visit your local Spotlight or Lincraft store and grab some funky fabrics to whip up some new doona covers, cushion covers and curtain ties on a budget.
- Keep an eye on discount store catalogues for sales on linen and soft furnishings to add a few new splashes of colour to a room and give it a fresh look.
- Add a few vases around the place (keep an eye out when you’re at those garage sales and Op-shops!) and cut fresh flowers and greenery from the neighbourhood to create a fresh spring feel.
- Grab some cheap photo frames (or even better, use spray paint to give a new look to your old ones) and frame the kids’ artworks or some of your favourite photos and mementoes to create some original and eye-catching wall art.
Tip: If you’re renting and can’t nail picture hooks to the wall, use removable adhesive hooks and lightweight frames or canvas prints to create a photo wall display.
With so many fabulous DIY home renovation television shows and blogs available for free, you don’t need to pay an interior designer to get all the tips, tricks and advice you need to give your home an on-trend makeover. Keep an eye on these for what’s trending, and use your new-found DIY skills to copy the looks at a fraction of the price.