15 thrifty ways to refresh your home

15 thrifty ways to refresh your home

Turning jewellery into fridge magnets, using thumbtacks to make your own art and spray painting charity shop treasures are just some of the ways to update your home for less. Try these today:

1. Shop online but don’t checkout

If you’re perusing a furniture site and see something you fancy, pop in your basket but don’t check out. If the site has your email address, chances are they’ll send you an email with a discount code a few days later.

2. Paint yourself and get testers

Don’t hire someone to do your painting, get stuck in and do it yourself. Make sure to get a tester of the colour you like as well, many shops give them away for free.

3. Spray paint photo frames

Pick up some cheap photo frames from charity shops, the more mismatched the better then spray paint them all the same colour. Neon colours are on trend at the moment. It will look like you’ve bought them from a luxury retailer when it cost you pennies.

4. Disguise what you can’t replace

Cover a sofa, lay a rug over that stained carpet, or use fabric to screen an unpleasant view until you can afford to replace it. No one needs to know.

5. Use wall stencils

You can download lots of printable wall stencils on the internet now to inexpensively breathe new life into a room. These are great for children’s rooms.

6. Make your own art

A simple art DIY tip is to buy a blank canvas and decorate it with gold thumbtacks. You can make patterns, initials, whatever you fancy.

7. Spruce up the fireplace

Got an old fireplace that you can’t afford to light any more? Fill up the empty space with decorative logs to give it a homey feel.

8. Make your own cushions

Decorative cushions are now eye-wateringly expensive so why not make your own? You can pick the fabric you like and if sewing fills you with dread, why not just use fabric glue.

9. Use chalkboard paint on the inside of cupboard doors

A very cheap but stylish way of organising your kitchen cabinets. Spray the inside of them with the paint then write on what’s in the cabinets with chalk.

10. Make old jewellery into fridge magnets

Don’t throw away broken brooches, stick a magnet onto the back of them to turn them into stylish ways to pin up the grandchildren’s artwork.

11. Ask around

Let your family and friends know if you are looking for a certain item of furniture, you’d be surprised at how many will actually have an old one sitting in their garage that they’d be happy for you to take off their hands. Or try local Facebooking selling sites for unwanted giveaways.

12. Use old wallpaper on bookcases

If you have some spare wallpaper lying around, paste it on the inside of bookcases. This works particularly well on black or white shelves.

13. Hide your router

Use a hollowed out book to hide unsightly Wi-Fi routers. If you stack a vase on top it will make a lovely display.

14. Find charity shop gems and paint them white

You’ll be surprised what difference a lick of paint can do to charity shop treasures. Don’t disregard old ornaments that look like they belong in your grandmother’s house, transform them with white or black paint to look stylish and modern. Animal figures work particularly well for this and are on trend this season.

15. Add personality to your table

Have a piece of safety glass cut to your table’s size then underneath tuck snapshots, postcards, or printed fabric underneath. This is great for a dull desk that needs some added oomph.

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