Easy no-money home makeover tips
WHO says you have to spend money to makeover your home? Not everyone has money for new countertops, floors, and furniture, so check out these cheap and easy home makeover tips for busy moms and families.
Here are some easy, fun and practical ideas for spiffing up your space without spending a cent. There’s no reason to buy new stuff; you already have everything you need.
Use old paint you have taking up space in the garage or shed, in new ways. Perk up a table, interior door, stair risers or a wooden chair that have seen better days by painting them in a bright, unexpected shade, or use painter’s tape to section off stripes to create borders on walls.
Try painting a concrete floor for fun, perhaps in the basement laundry room. For wearability when painting floors, make sure to apply clear varnish on top of the paint once dry.
You don’t have to repaint your entire home or even an entire room to make a big difference.
A little paint in unexpected places can go a long way. Liven up any room by painting interior trim, doorways and windows in fresh colors.
You can even paint the doors themselves. The same goes for old tables or chairs. Be creative!
Dig out those fabric swatches you can’t bear to part with. They might be just the right size to re-cover your old throw cushions for your sofa or bed. Fabrics don’t have to be upholstery-type either; floral prints, stripes or gingham are fun for the summer, especially if the colour scheme is similar so you can mix and match.
Do you have boxes of photos that never get seen? Pull out some faves and replace your old framed pics with these ‘new’ ones. Group them in odd numbers on walls, shelves, coffee tables or mantles.
Re-arrange the furniture. Sometimes just moving your sofa into a new corner, or placing it on an angle, can make a world of difference in how a living room looks and feels.
Rethink what rooms your furniture pieces call home now. Why not move that club chair into your bedroom, near a window for a nice reading nook?
Use up ribbon pieces to pretty up drawer handles or knobs, or to create napkin rings.
Put old wallpaper to good use by using pieces to create pretty drawer liners.
If you keep old greeting cards that are too pretty to throw into the recycling bin, bring them out of hiding and display them in clusters on a mantelpiece or on a corkboard.
Create a new headboard from a beautiful blanket or quilt. Just fold it neatly over the bed frame or existing headboard for a nice shot of fresh.
Have an outdoor garden with flowers in bloom? Cut some and bring inside to enjoy in every room of the house.
Don’t use your wood-burning fireplace much? Move your potted plants (those that don’t need much sunlight) or a large grouping of block candles in various heights into that empty space.
Mix two colours of bathroom towels on the racks and in baskets, rather than always reaching for a stack of the same shade. Try mixing your mint with aqua or turquoise with chocolate brown.
Repurpose small, empty bottles to become single bloom vases. We like clear glass in varied sizes and heights. Group in clusters.
Pull out those baskets you keep forgetting about and put them to good use to house magazines and books you’re presently reading at your bedside. Line with a pretty tea towel.
You can completely change the look of a room simply by updating accent pieces and rearranging the furniture, so switch things up! Swap lamps from one room to another or pick up some new lampshades. New upholstery can work wonders for couches, but if you want a similar effect at a lower price, add some distinctive throw pillows. New rugs can add the perfect finishing touch without breaking the bank.
You don’t need to spend money on expensive framed art prints. Save money and add a personal touch with this easy tip. Go to a thrift store and buy used photography and art books. Cut out several images you like and mount them in inexpensive frames, then hang them in any room you like.
If you want to change things up in the future, you can always swap out the images using the same frames.