Ask Away...: Pinch Those Pennies: Update Your Home Without Splashing The Cash

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pinch Those Pennies: Update Your Home Without Splashing The Cash

Come spring, we go into overdrive mode about our homes, wanting to clean them up and improve them ready for the summer. Summer is when we tend to socialize more and host parties at our homes, so it makes sense that come spring we like to start giving our homes little updates. Of course, if money is tight, then you might be thinking that you can’t afford to update your home, but don’t despair, because that may not be the case.

Believe it or not, updating your home doesn’t have to cost you the earth, it is possible to update areas within your home while on a budget. You’ve probably heard that a thousand times before and can’t help but think that budget decorating tends to be incredibly stressful, but actually it doesn’t have to be. It completely depends on how you go about it, what updates you make, and how you choose to do them.

With that in mind, below are some tips and ideas for pinching the pennies and updating your home without splashing the cash. For everything that you need to know to improve your home on a small budget, read on.

Recycle and reuse

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The first step to updating your home on a budget is a simple one: recycle and reuse what you already have. What this means is taking old, outdated pieces and thinking of ways that you could reuse them, either in the same area of your home or in another space in your home. It might only be a small thing but moving furniture around from room to room can make a big difference to how you feel about it. This is especially true if you opt to upcycle these pieces, which can be an effective way of recycling and reusing old furniture, that’s either damaged or outdated.

Upcycle to add extra style

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that upcycling furniture is hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. If you opt to get chalk paint that can be applied straight over old paint, this makes the upcycling process a little quicker and easier. Plus, there are plenty of tutorials online that explain how to go about it, so even if you are a beginner upcycler, it shouldn’t be too tricky to get the hang of how to achieve the desired effect. What gives upcycled pieces that finishing touch is swapping out the old hardware - aka handles or knobs - for eye-catching replacements that fit the style of the space and tone of the piece.

Be smart about where you get your supplies from

To keep costs as low as possible, it’s important to be smart about where you buy your materials from. If there is a budget-friendly DIY store near you, this is definitely the place to go. Or, perhaps you could use the discount that any of your contractor friends get, to make buying the bits and bobs that you need even more affordable? Another option could be to buy a discounted gift card for a store like Home Depot and use that to make buying your materials more affordable. You can have a browse at Cards2Cash for one or on another specialist discount voucher site. By using discounted vouchers, you can get more for your money, meaning that you can spread your budget a little further, which is always a good thing.

Add color with accent walls

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So you’ve decided that your bedroom, living room, and bathroom are all too dull, and want to add some more color to them? Instead of opting to paint the whole of each room in a new shade, consider adding one accent wall to each space. This will help to keep costs low and will still allow you to brighten up each space. Instead of just using paint, consider being a little more creative. How about tiling one wall with pretty patterned tiles? Or what about using a roll of wallpaper to create a more unique space? You could even opt to create a wall out of corks, old pieces of wood, or material - the options are endless. It’s just a case of seeing how creative you can be.

Head to your local junk yard

When it comes to getting some new bits and bobs for your home, don’t forget about your local junk yard. Believe it or not, junk yards are great places to find unique pieces of furniture and decor, such as old tiles, for instance. Most junk yards have stores attached to them, where you can find some incredible bargains if you are willing to have a good old rummage through everything, that is.

DIY your entryway

First impressions matter, which is why if your home’s entryway looks a little worse for wear, you most probably want to update it. Before you invest in a new front door, consider upcycling it. Believe it or not, you can easily upcycle a front door, it’s just a case of getting the right paint for the material that it’s made of. As well as doing up your front door, to give your entryway a little additional style, think about the other things you can do, such as pressure washing the tarmac, adding potted plants, and updating the exterior lighting.

Go DIY with your splashback


In both your kitchen and bathroom, the splashback that is in place plays an important part in the look and feel of the space. So if your splashback is old and outdated, now could be the perfect time to change that, by updating each room with a new one. Believe it or not, this doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you choose to go DIY with it or if you choose to use recycled tiles to replace your old ones. The best place to get recycled tiles from is online or from your local junk yard. For a DIY splashback, there are lots of options to choose from, from using old corks to using pieces of metal sheet, there are plenty of options. To get some inspiration and ideas, Pinterest is a fantastic tool, as there are so many ideas to look through.

Update the light fittings

If the light fittings in your home are old and outdated, then now is the perfect time to change that. It’s such a simple update but one that can have a big impact when it comes to the look and feel of your home. Swap out your old light fittings for new, stylish ones, and you will be amazed at how much difference it makes to the look and feel of the space. The great thing about light fittings is that if you shop smart, either online or at your local home decor store, you can get them for a low price and ensure that your budget goes as far as it needs to.

Be smart with accessories

To change up the style of any space within your home, accessories could be the answer. A lot of people don’t realize it, but accessories really can have a big impact on the look and feel of a space. As long as each accessory ties in well with the style and theme of the space, then they are a great way to change up how an area of your home looks when you are on a budget. Think unique rugs, stylish throws, pretty cushions, standout pieces of wall art, quirky ornaments, and curtains that add style. The great thing about accessories is that they are so easy to use to add style and are affordable too. Well, if you are smart about where you get them from they are anyway.

Swap the faucets


Want to liven up your bathroom or kitchen? Then one option that tends to work well is swapping out the old, outdated faucets for new ones. Faucets aren’t expensive to buy, or at least, they don’t have to be, it depends on where you choose to shop for them. Often, if you are a fan of vintage-style faucets, you can find some unique designs at your local junk yard.

Don’t forget your backyard

As the weather gets warmer, you are going to want to spend more and more time outside. So if your garden isn’t already looking its best, now is the time to change that. Believe it or not, doing up your outside space is much easier than you would think, you just need all the right tools, that’s all. Once you’ve cut the grass and trimmed the weeds, the chances are that your backyard will look much smarter. If you don’t already have a seating area, you have two options: create a wooden deck or to create a patio. The one that you opt for will depend on how much of your budget you have left, and which you think would fit best in your garden. It’s also worth dotting some pretty pot plants about, getting some smart outdoor furniture, and investing in some solar-powered lighting.

See, it is possible to update your home on a budget; it’s just a case of being smart about how you go about it.

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