Ways to improve your home – We all love to refresh our homes and give them a new look and there are many ways to improve your home, and the new year is an ideal time to do this. If your finances are still recovering after the added expense of the festive season, however, it can be tricky to splash out on expensive decorating tools and materials. Think outside the box though, and there are plenty of ways in which you can update your home without spending too much. Check out our advice for some great ways to save…
1. Choose value paint With so many paint brands available, it’s sometimes difficult to know which to choose, and, if you’re a keen decorator, even buying enough paint for just a couple of rooms can end up costing a lot. We’re big fans of Wickes’ chalky flat matt emulsion – an ultra-flat paint which absorbs light and helps to hide any imperfections for a rich, luxurious finish. And the best news is, it’s only £7.49 per 2.5 litre tin, a huge saving when compared to some other paint brands.
2. Re-use and recycle Unleash your creative side and make use of something which might have otherwise ended up in landfill. There are endless opportunities when it comes to building your own furniture, or updating an item which has seen better days. If you have got your hands on an unwanted wooden pallet, for example, see how to transform it into a stunning headboard by visiting our website www.yourhomemagazine. co.uk and heading to the craft projects section.
3. Swap skills with a friend or neighbour If the thought of making curtains sends you into a spin, why not make a deal with a friend or neighbour? If one of your friends is an expert with a sewing machine and you’re a bit of a whizz at woodwork, why not swap skills so that you can both benefit from some handmade interior accessories?
4. Make your own curtains window dressings can be expensive, so if yours are in need of an update, why not make them yourself? You don’t need to be an expert seamstress, especially to make a simple blind, and practise makes perfect! We love Merrick & Day’s website, which offers a wide range of curtain and blind making essentials, including linings, tracks and heading tapes, plus simple kits to help you make your own blinds. There’s also a selection of fantastic books, for all the inspiration and advice you need, plus projects from making a simple Roman blind to more complex curtain designs.
5. Update fLooring for less new flooring can make a huge difference to any room, so if you’re looking for a smart update without breaking the bank, check out your local DIY store for a good range of value options. We love Wickes’ range of bargain buys, which includes this beech-effect design. It’s hardwearing, so will resist the wear and tear of day-to-day living, and as an added bonus, it’s under £5 per square metre.
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Originally posted 2015-01-28 09:42:03.