This is a collaborative post by Ryan Brickley
Do you ever just feel the need to give your home an overhaul and make it look brand, spanking new? Me too. All of the time. But doing up the house takes time, effort and often quite a lot of that precious money.
Whether you’ve had a revamp on the brain for a long time, or the spring cleaning fever has taken over, giving your home a new lick of paint, a bit of love and some pazzazz doesn’t have to cost the earth, and it can be fun too.
Declutter and organize
A good tidy up and organize can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home, as well as clear the cobwebs from your mind too. Put toys back where the live and get rid of scraggly magazines which are strewn over the coffee table in the lounge, empty waste paper baskets and vacuum anywhere which hasn’t had any love in a while – you’ll be surprised how good the place will look.
After you have decluttered and organized all of the family mess, give your home a good deep clean from top to bottom. By washing down the walls and scrubbing the carpets, you will make your home feel and look fresher than the day you first moved in. Don’t forget about your windows, doors, cupboards, furniture and blinds too. You may find that once you have given your whole house a good scrub that your work is done.
Fix things that are broken
There is nothing that will make you feel as though your house is tired and neglected than broken furniture or appliances. If things are simple to fix, dedicate some time to putting things back in working order instead of buying new – not only will you feel as though you have accomplished something, but you’ll get back that rocking chair you love or rug which you’ve been hiding away because of the holes. If something really is too far gone to fix, check out discount websites, such as dontpayfull.com, where you will be able to find many of the things you’ll need for a fraction of the cost.
Raid your local thrift store
Personality is an important part of making a house a home, and if your home is lacking some feature lights or ornaments, check out your local thrift store for cheap home decor options. You will find that there are likely to be loads of things there which you wouldn’t normally give a chance, but that actually suit your home. Don’t be shy!
Add plenty of greenery
By bringing the outdoors in, and investing in a few houseplants, you will be giving your house a complete upgrade. Potted plants not only give a room a new lease of life, but they detoxify the air and improve your home’s health. You can read more about the benefits of houseplants here.
Let in light
Different times of day and different rooms require different light – from bright and airy in the daytime to soft and mellow at night. The best way to increase light in your home is to fully open up curtains and let the sun flood your house – you will need to clean the windows for this to be the most effective, but it will all be worth the effort.
Add soft lamps to corners of your house and buy low wattage bulbs, which are not only great for your energy bills, but for setting a calm mood in the evenings and preparing your family for a good night’s sleep.
Add a coat of paint
If you have the budget for just one thing, make it a fresh coat of paint in the room where you spend the most amount of time. A new coat of paint can completely transform a room, and whether you opt for a complete change of color or just a refresh of what’s already there, it will freshen your home’s look. If you don’t have the money for a complete repaint, focus on just the woodwork or create a feature wall to distract attention from the other parts of the room which are yet to have work done on them.
Update frames, art, and photos
Is the artwork lining your walls looking a little tired? Are the photos 10 or 20 years old? Give your walls some love and change up your photos and art with something a little more recent or colorful. If you can, maybe change the frames too and give your hallway or lounge a completely different look. If you are creative, why not make your own or frame some bright travel photos?
Update fittings and fixtures
Sometimes it’s the little things which make all the difference, and if changing your door handles from old-fashioned brass ones to fun and funky ceramic ones is all you want to do, then go ahead! By changing light fittings, lampshades, fans and even locks, which are vulnerable to lock-picking, you will be adding interest to otherwise overlooked areas of your home.
Reface and resurface your kitchen
A whole new kitchen can cost thousands, but to overhaul your kitchen simply repaint or change your cupboard doors. You will be leaving the structure as it is, but giving your kitchen a whole new feel. If this is too far out of your time limits or budget, giving your splashback a makeover is a lovely way to add interest to your kitchen – you can add colourful tiles, or even purchase stickers which are made to look like tiles, so you won’t even need to do any of the hard work!
Update your furniture
Buying new furniture is expensive, but giving old chairs a lick of paint of a new slip is a simple DIY job which you can do at home. You can also check out websites such as Gumtree or Preloved, where you can buy furniture from people who no longer need it. These websites are full of absolute bargains, so you usually have to be pretty quick when making decisions.