COVER ALL YOUR BASES

MAKEOVERS NEED NOT COST THE EARTH IF YOU FOL­LOW RE­CY­CLE, RENEW, RE­STORE AND RE­PAIR RULES ON IN­TE­RI­ORS

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You shouldn’t need to take out a sec­ond mort­gage to give your home a makeover. Fo­cus on the four Rs: re­cy­cle, renew, re­store and re­pair, then de­vote a small bud­get to ver­sa­tile, qual­ity new pieces to re­fresh in­te­ri­ors for a small in­vest­ment.

First stop: your lo­cal op shop, eBay or Gumtree for tim­ber fur­ni­ture pieces like din­ing ta­bles, cof­fee ta­bles, side ta­bles and buf­fets that you sand, paint, re­pair and re­ju­ve­nate. Re­cy­cling is a smart ap­proach be­cause if your style changes, you can re­store th­ese pieces time and time again. Next, it is time to up your up­hol­stery game.

Find a sec­ond-hand chair, couch, bed­head or ot­toman that just needs re-cov­er­ing.

But up­hol­ster­ing fur­ni­ture isn’t cheap and much of the cost is in the labour.

I think it is well worth tak­ing an up­hol­stery course as a fu­ture in­vest­ment.

A sim­ple way to fill a wall is to cre­ate a pic­ture gallery with bud­get frames.

Fill them with your own photos, print home­made art­works, or fill them with tex­tiles you love. The best way to re­ju­ve­nate your bed­room on a bud­get is to in­vest in ver­sa­tile bed linen, cush­ions and doona cov­ers.

Choose doona cov­ers that are re­versible so you get two looks from each piece, then choose two dif­fer­ent colours of bed linen that match your doona cover so you can cre­ate four looks from three pieces.

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