12 thrifty ways to give your home a makeover

12 thrifty ways to give your home a makeover

1. Unusual objects for quirky furniture

Try giving an old item a new lease of live. For example, an upturned plant pot works as great side table; plant stands can be used as bedside tables and a vintage suitcase - with a few legs added - makes a great table come storage unit.

2. Creating your own art

If you want great artwork but can’t afford art prices, find great prints and put them in expensive-looking frames. Alternatively buy an artistic friend a canvas and let them design you something unique.

3. Secondhand shopping

Browse charity shops and swap sites for solid pieces of furniture which you can do up or sand down to make as good as new.

4. Create your own headboard

Instead of shelling out on a new headboard, try making your own. All you need is a wooden board or frame, some gorgeous fabric and a staple gun. You can revamp it whenever you want simply by changing the fabric.

5. Create your own decorative chalkboard

Making your own chalkboard takes minutes. All you need is a frame, a piece of wood to fit into it and chalkboard paint. Lay the chalks alongside and let visitors leave you little messages.

6. Mirror mirror

Try to avoid large, garish pieces and instead look for quality ornaments for a touch of glass. You could also look for a gorgeous picture frame and replace the picture with mirrored glass.

7. Use clever kitchen solutions

Cheap clay pots or large mason jars make great utensil holders instead of buying the real thing.  It’ll add character to your space too at a fraction of the price.

8. Go rustic

Old pieces of wood can be reworked as shelves and mantles around the home for a more rustic look. If you’re lucky you may even be able to pick up pieces of driftwood from the beach which you can turn into frames.

9. Buy recyclable accessories

Pretty glass diffuser bottles; decorative candle containers and interesting gift boxes can all be used as decoration once the product they came with runs out.

10. Up-cycle old wooden furniture

Simply painting furniture a new colour will give a room a different feel. Buy unvarnished, basic branded wood pieces and paint them whatever colour takes your fancy, then layer on a coat of varnish to finish it off.

11. Old piping

Using old piping as an industrial-style clothes rail will bring a modern feel to your home for little to no cost.

12. Spruce up old furniture

Remove and replace the hardware on items like draws and cupboards doors. This is an inexpensive way to give them a new look.

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