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*How to spruce up your house on a budget


With summer on its way, now could be the perfect time to paint the fence, re-seed the lawn or carry out those much-needed drain repairs, but have you thought about sprucing up the inside of your property? DIY doesn’t have to cost the earth and could make a significant difference to your home, so take a look at these money-saving tips.

Reupholster old furniture 

New furniture can be expensive, so why not revamp what you’ve already got? Sanding, varnishing and painting are all cost-effective ways to bring tired items to life, or you could try your hand at re-upholstering old chairs. To do the latter, carefully unscrew the seat and remove the dishevelled fabric. Once that’s done, lay a material of your choice the wrong side up on the floor and put the seat face down on top of it. Cut around the fabric, leaving enough to fold over the chair and staple the edges into place. Pleat the corners and secure before covering with a wooden board to ensure things look as neat as possible. Return to the frame and hey presto, it should be good to use. 

Create a feature wall 

If you don’t have the time or money to redecorate your entire house, fear not! All you need to do is to choose a room that could do with a facelift and create an innovative, vibrant and customised feature wall. There are many design ideas online, or you might decide to go it alone and make the most of your creative side. Textured wallpaper, stencils and wall transfers are a great place to start and you can even make the most of tiles, photographs, canvas prints or fairy lights. Of course, the colour scheme you go for should complement the rest of the room, but don’t be afraid to spice things up and opt for something a little out of the norm. 

Think about your soft furnishings 

It’s amazing what a new throw or a pair of curtains can do, so think about updating your soft furnishings. Home stores such as Dunelm Mill supply a wide range of household goodies, but if you’re looking to do things on a budget, don’t be afraid to have a peek in charity shops. The British Heart Foundation, for instance, has a range of stores across the country and stocks everything from cushion to lamps. They even have a fabulous collection of small and large rugs and will help you liven up carpeted or tiled floors in style – at a price that suits you! Markets, car boots and second hand stores are also home to a wealth of bargains, but always go for quality rather than quantity. 

Take up a new project 

Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune on ready-made household goods. Making your own decorations and accessories can be much cheaper and provide you with plenty of entertainment along the way. If your living room is in need of some candles, for example, get hold of some old china sets and stick a wick to the bottle of the cup using a glue gun. Once that’s done, melt some wax (available from craft shops) in the microwave and pour it in making sure the wick stays straight. Leave everything to cool and you’ll have your own unique candle set in no time. If you’re in a creative mood, you could even knit a patchwork blanket for your bed or sew materials of squares together to create a unique quilt. 

Revamping your house doesn’t have to cost the earth, so give these four fabulous ideas a go!

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78 comments

  1. Great Post ;) I my partner and I need to do up our bedroom and my daughters before baby number two arrives in August, so we'll defo be on a budget, we we're thinking of doing a wall feature in our room it needs brightening up!

    http://emilysmummyandbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Great post! I'm sprucing up inside with some painting.

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  3. I love revamping old furniture, egg shell white on everything :)

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  4. Car boot sales! You can find anything there - wallpaper, paint, lamps, vases - and all pretty cheap! I managed to get 3 rolls of flowery wallpaper for 50p and a tin of paint for £1 and redecorated my bedroom with it! It's amazing what people need to get rid of!

    Coming over from thecrazyperfect.blogspot.co.uk :)

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  5. great post! thanks for sharing.

    ♥Luanne Pang

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  6. I like the idea of doing a feature wall!

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  7. I love these! I dream about reupholstering a chair ahhaha. need my own place first ;)

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  8. What great tips, I will have to keep these in mind!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  9. I can't wait to get my own place - roll on next year!!

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  10. Some great ideas there, I like the sound of creating a feature wall.

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  11. Great post! We'll be doing some redecorating soon!

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  12. Thanks for the tips!

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  13. Great tips!

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  14. Great tips, going to actually print this off and give some of these a go!

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  15. I'd love to be able to spruce up where we live, but being in a rented property we'd definitely have to seek the Landlord's permission which then in turn leaves me scared of any potential rental increase (something we can just NOT afford at the moment). But we do what we can. But the walls really do need a paint job :-( We've been here nearly 10 years now.

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  16. This is really helpful as we're moving house soon and I can't wait to put my own stamp on it :)
    The Life of Emily-Alice

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  17. The feature wall idea sounds great, looking forward to sprucing things up!

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  18. I love a bit of DIY :) @mandsmanc

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  19. I love turning someone's old 'rubbish' into something really fab..with a bit of creativity and work..amazing what you can do!

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  20. great! im in the process of doing up the whole hse again on a budget so this will come in handy

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  21. handy tips, I am forever re-decorating, one newly decorated room sure shows another room up!

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  22. I've always wanted an accent wall but I cant talk my hubby into it!

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  23. great handy post in todays climate

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  24. I love just moving the room around to spruce things up a bit :-) xx

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  25. Great tips! I just wish I had the energy to get my house the way I want it.

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  26. I love feature walls! I plan on doing a Dumbo one in C's new nursery!

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  27. Now all I need is a big bag of energy!

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  28. I've always wanted to upholster old furniture, and make new stuff from old!

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  29. I've just moved into a new house and these tips will come in handy, can't wait to get cracking!x

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  30. like the idea of doing a feature wall!

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  31. Some cracking little ideas. So creative.

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  32. I LOVE this!! (Not to mention NEED this!)

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  33. we need to get some things done too, have done a bit but lot more to do!

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  34. I just wish I had the time.....

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  35. I want to paint my kitchen pretty badly. There isn't a lot of wall, but it would really make a difference (in my opinion anyway). I just haven't a clue how to go about painting things like walls, especially when the oven is in the way.

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  36. Great ideas. Fresh paint always does wonders. I added a red sheer curtain to my off-white sheer and it just made it pop!

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  37. great site with money so tight these days always handy to have helpful advice

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  38. Great Tips, we are decorating our house at the min.

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  39. I would get my little man the clarks orbiter go

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  40. A few notes of inspiration here! Thanks x

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  41. My mom as always made her own house decor and is constantly painting and repainting pieces and walls to make it feel like new there!

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  42. Katie Matthews22 May 2013 at 10:05

    Brilliant! Not sure how you have tie make such a brilliant blog, superwoman!!

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  43. Wish I was creatively minded I'd love to be able to create stuff for the house out of left over wood etc...

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  44. ive really got into upcycling recently

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  45. I'm all for ideas on a budget especially when it comes to decorating, I can't believe the price of wallpaper now.........£12 a roll and that's in the bargain bin! Gone are the bargains of years ago when I managed to picked up some quality wallpaper at £3 per roll for my stairs/hall. I needed 10 rolls so 30 quid to do the lot, can't be bad :)

    Great blog, thank you.

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  46. I just put up a couple of pics the other day and I feel it has brought a whole new life to our sitting room

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  47. i hate that i'm not creative at all! i've been thinking about decorating a wall and i'm afraid when i'm done it'll look messy and unorganized :(

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  48. so many lovely ideas here

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  49. Great post really helpful and some great ideas :-)

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  50. Love crocheted blankets but can't crochet!!!

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  51. thanks for yet more great tips,i popped down to my local british heart foundation shop as you suggested in your soft furnishings tip and picked up some lovely new cushions to match my newly painted lounge.thanks x

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  52. I've been thinking about a feature wall for a while. The other suggestions are great. I definitely need to keep them in mind for when I have more time. :)

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  53. Another great post and its that time of year again, paint brushes etc start to come out!

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  54. I just moved into a new house, perfect!

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  55. Those are great ideas! Thanks for the share :)

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  56. i found also shopping your home works well and very cheep, ie swap accessorries around from other rooms its amazing how different a room looks just buy swapping curtains about.

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  57. We are sprucing up or home over the summer, mainly living and dining rooms ready for freinds coming over for summer lunches, I can't wait!x

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  58. great ideas if i get some money to do up my house i will pinch a few

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