Easy no-money home makeover tips

Lesotho Times - - Health -

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.

— Styleath­ome.

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