Paint can be your best friend when trying to update your space for less. That's because it can be used to spruce up almost anything: walls, furniture, porches, railings, flooring, lamps and chandeliers. There are so many different kinds of paints out there (environmentally friendly, matte, high gloss). And all you really need tool wise are a few rollers and the paint cans themselves.
Bring the outdoors in
Another inexpensive way to give your home a warm feel without breaking the bank is by giving it some new life in the form of plants, tree branches or flowers. You can even use stones, small water features or a stand-alone fireplace. It's all about bringing the outdoors in and adding freshness to your space.
There are dozens of creative ways to add art to your space that don't involve spending a truckload of moola at an auction house or art gallery. All you have to do is get creative. Find a colourful or uniquely patterned piece of fabric or wallpaper and stretch it across a canvas; add a frame for a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Visit your local video store to track down old movie posters from your favourite flicks. Use postcards or important photographs to create a picture wall. Ask the little ones in your life to create some finger paintings or drawings; frame them or hang them on your refrigerator. Buy frames at a local craft or antique store.
Visit flea markets
Speaking of antiques, a great way to update your home is to buy some inexpensive, unique finds from antique stores or flea markets. Many pieces just need some tender loving care in the form of your elbow grease. You can find everything from new dining room chairs to chandeliers at outlets like these. Just be wary of softer items like cushions, bedspreads or couches (bed bugs and other small insects are known to hideaway in them).
Instead of going out to your local store to buy a whole new mattress set or tons of new throw pillows for your couch, why not invest in some inexpensive slipcovers? They're a great way to update the look of your space without putting a dent in your pocketbook. They work for almost everything. What's more, many slipcovers can be purchased with an anti-stain guard, ensuring they'll last even longer than your regular pillows.
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