COVER ALL YOUR BASES

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

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA

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. Watch Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia only on Fox­tel.

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