We are always looking for ways to save money on our household expenses. Therefore, how would you like to give your home a whole new look without buying any new things? Do you think that this is even possible? Yes, it is and this post tells you exactly how you can do it.
Set aside one weekend and get the whole family involved. The kids will love it. A change is as good as a rest. Your home will have a completely new lease of life and you will still have all your cash in your pocket to treat them afterward.
Prepare the ground
Do not start by dragging heavy furniture around because you may have to drag it back. This could damage your back and the floor! Instead, have a walk through the whole house discussing what could be moved and where it would go. Take some pictures of where it was, to begin with, just in case you forget. Measure everything! It is very hard to judge accurately what will fit where.
Think about which pieces of furniture could go where. Some of your bedroom items may go well in the lounge and vice versa.
Dress things up to make them look fresh
Any upholstered furniture or beds that are looking a little ‘tired’ can be dressed up with fresh cushions and throws. You can use old curtains and make your own cushion covers from old coats and jackets. A coat of paint on headboards and bedsteads can make them look brand new.
New accessories create a completely new atmosphere
What you hang on the wall makes a huge difference to the feel of the room. Take all of your pictures down and move them around. If you are fed up of traditional pictures, you could wall mount some of your plates and shallow bowls. You can even hang up rugs for an Eastern effect.
The same thing goes for your ornaments. If you are someone who enjoys bargain hunting you may have picked up some lovely pieces and all you have to do is re-arrange them for maximum effect.
Practice some DIY on your furniture
Before you drag that chest of drawers out of the house, think about what you can do to make it more attractive. You can paint it a new color. You could change the handles or even remove some part of it so that it will fit in a new space!
Don’t forget the garage
There could be a treasure trove of items in your garage that would look perfect as features inside your home. Try to reuse architectural elements as decorative displays. If your garage is bursting with old window frames or doors and shutters, these can be painted or stained to make interesting features around the house.
Old window panels make great photograph frames and shutters and doors can stand in for your headboard. You can make shelves out of just about any scrap piece of wood or even driftwood if you live close to a beach.