Tight Budget? How to Makeover Your Home Without it Costing the Earth

Tight Budget? How to Makeover Your Home Without it Costing the Earth

If your house is in desperate need of a makeover, you may be putting it off because you think money’s too tight. Well, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be a millionaire in order to update your decor and spruce up your living space. Because with some creative thinking, a little DIY know-how, and plenty of enthusiasm, you’ll soon see how easy it is to breathe new life into a tired-looking homestead.


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If you have a tendency to hoard then this tip is definitely for you. Getting rid of old stuff frees up space and is also a good way of making a few extra cents on the side. You could stick it all in cardboard boxes and have a garage sale, or upcycle it, so it goes to a new home.

If you’re the creative type, the other option is to rescue old pieces of furniture by trying your hand at a bit of restoration. Old chairs can be reupholstered and given a fresh coat of varnish. Old tables that are perhaps too big can be sanded down, and the wood could be used to make something better suited to your living space. Distressed-looking furniture is very on-trend right now, so you could save yourself a fortune compared to if you were to buy something brand new. It’s a great way of giving your home the ultimate eco-friendly makeover.

Rearrange Furniture

It’s very easy to become complacent when we’ve been living in the same place for a long period of time. We get so used to our homes being organized in a certain way that it doesn’t cross our minds to try and utilize our living space differently. Moving furniture and decor around can make a house look and feel like an entirely different space. You could even try rearranging it as according to the principles of Feng Shui.

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Online Auctions

Sadly, bankruptcy has become more common since the economic downturn, and businesses are no exception. Many have been forced into shutting their doors and have to auction off equipment and furniture as a result. However, the one silver lining of this is that there are plenty of bargains to be had, should you know where to look. So, go online and search local auctions to see if there are any coming up in the local area.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

It’s surprising just how much difference a fresh lick of paint can make. Wallpaper and paint loses its color over time and can become dull-looking without us even realizing. Sprucing your house up with a few coats of paint or wallpaper is sometimes all that’s needed to give your home a new lease of life.


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Remember, being short on cash doesn’t have to stop you from getting the most out of your home and your life. In fact, being frugal when it comes to our interior design forces us to ‘think outside the box’ and use our imaginations and initiative. So, if you’re willing to put in a little hard work, you could find yourself living in a wonderfully unique living space that you’re proud to call home.

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