Updating Your Home on a Budget

When it comes to my house and the look of it, I get itchy feet pretty quicky. If it was up to me, I could happily redecorate every year. Obviously, it’s not as simple as that with 3 kids and only one working adult in the household but I absolutely love scouring the Internet for home ideas and inspiration making changes to the house. With a brand new house on the horizon for us, I am going to want to put my stamp on every room and make it feel like mine.

I do need to accept however, that I’m not going to be able to do every single room all at once as we don’t have an endless pot of money. But here are a few tips that I have thought of and ill be using to update the home on a budget;

Changing door knobs/handles

It’s an incredibly simple way of giving a new lease of life to tired fittings. Instead of having to invest in all new fittings a sparkly doorknob or sleek modern handles can revitalise a unit whilst adding your own stamp. My Dad recently did this in his kitchen where the 1970’s style handles were all coming away. Some simple black chrome handles totally modernised the dated look that preceeded them all for under £30!

Charity shops / online bargain pages

Whilst it’s lovely to be able to rush out and pick all new furniture, you can get loads of bargains in charity shops, sites such as eBay or Guntree and also local Facebook sales pages. I recently found a local seller on eBay and haggled the price for 3 of her items and get a whopping £50 off as I said we would collect the same day. There are lots of bargains to be had in charity shops too – why not have a look next time you pop into town. It could end up saving you a small fortune.

Paint

Painting a wall can absolutely change and transform the dynamic of a room. Light to dark, plain to jazzy, boring to bold – whatever tickles your fancy paint is an inexpensive way to freshen up any room. Why not try going for just a statement wall with a standout colour that can be matched to your colour scheme. Our new living room currently has a plum theme which I will quickly be changing with the aid of a tin of emulsion totally revamping the look and feel.

Statement pieces

A large rug can add warmth to a room, or a large canvas on the wall can create character and give the room a much wanted personal touch. We have a large photo of us all hanging above our fireplace and it’s always the first thing people comment on when they walk into our house as it’s when the girls were two weeks old being held by a very proud big brother. Again, you can use charity shops or online ales pages to source a bargain.

I’d love to hear your ideas and tips for updating on a budget.

B xx

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  1. zoe cross
    2nd September 2015 / 1:51 pm

    great tips
    mine is just collecting second hand furniture and revamping them into something new.