Decorating your home may be an exciting process, but it’s one that fills us with dread at how much it’s ultimately going to cost us. It’s not cheap to get your home looking just the way you want it to, is it? As a matter of fact, you may be forced to play the long game if your budget doesn’t stretch as far as you’d like. As luck would have it, I’ve picked up some pretty useful tips over the years on how to minimise the cost of redecorating.
Ok, so let’s talk about furniture. There are ways to fill your house for little money or even for free! Why not ask family and friends if they have any furniture that they don’t want or were going to get rid of! Remember you can always up cycle them to your taste! Look at eBay and sites like free cycle! You can get old season pieces on eBay, from shops like Made and Habitat for a fraction of the price!
Don’t be afraid to embrace second-hand. Plenty of the stuff that you find in charity shops, online or from your family is perfectly fine. It doesn’t mean that it no longer serves its purpose. It’s just that, like you, whoever owned it before has decided to change up their decor. Use that to your advantage. I’d dare say that some of the things you find pre-owned have a lot more character than buying new. Just check out this vintage furniture by Horton Green Interiors. It’s far cheaper than the modern stuff, and has a whole load more character!
I’m going to go ahead and guess that, from your desire to redecorate, that your old decor has grown stale. That may be true. It could be time to switch things up around the house to breathe new life into it. But that doesn’t mean that you should just start tossing away all your old belongings. All those things cost money, and once upon a time, you decided that stuff was perfect for your home. And guess what? It still could be. It just requires a little bit of imagination.
I love this little set up! An up cycled owl ornament just spray painted white, charity shop bowls painted on the inside. And a easy DIY piece of art! So easy and so cheap too!
Instead of throwing stuff out, think about ways you can enhance them. More often than not, a new lick of paint could turn that unwanted old dressing table into the ideal bedroom accessory. A new set of cushions for your sofa suddenly becomes the ideal centrepiece of your living room. Give it a try. Look around at Pinterest boards and scrapbooks online for inspiration if you have to.
You don’t need to be a DIY enthusiast to knock some stuff up yourself, either. Consider your limitations and attempt the things that you think you’re clearly capable of. If you’ve always fancied yourself as a little bit of an artist, then make your own wall decorations! Is your husband always boasting about his DIY skills? Put him to the test on that new coffee table. This will go a long way to saving you money.