Since we moved into our current home two years ago I’ve worked hard to make it our own. It hasn’t been easy! Social media is awash with picture perfect homes, and Pinterest is renowned for giving us unrealistic expectations. Let’s face it, no two homes are the same, and everything comes with a price tag attached. If you want to improve your home, but don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds, you’ve come to the right place.
First of all, I want to make it clear that it is entirely possible to improve your home on a budget. I am immensely proud of what I have managed to achieve with an unreliable income whilst also single-handedly raising two children. If I can do it, anyone can!
Below are 10 easy AND affordable ways to improve your home. I’d love to see images of your budget-friendly DIY inspired by this post. Feel free to tag me on social media so I can see what you’ve achieved. I’m always happy to answer any questions, so if you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wallpaper samples are readily available in DIY shops free of charge. Using a variety of wallpaper samples, you could create a feature wall or decoupage furniture.
- Fancy a new kitchen but don’t fancy paying the hefty cost that comes alongside it? Sticky back plastic is your answer. Fablon is the ultimate transformation tool, in less than 2 hours I completely transformed my dated kitchen cupboards. Fablon is available from websites such as eBay and Amazon and is also available in DIY stores.
- Charity shops are a homewares treasure trove. Some of my favorite home accessories have come from local charity shops. All you have to do is keep an eye out for hidden gems. What can be better than saving money and supporting a charity?
- We are all guility of flicking through catalogues and falling in love with furniture or home items that we can’t afford. Whenever I find something I love, I always check websites such as eBay and Amazon for the same or a similar item. More often than not I find something I love just as much at half the price.
- It needn’t cost an arm and a leg to replace flooring. However, once you’ve calculated the cost of material, accessories and fitting, improving your home can feel immensely unachievable. Recently I discovered Online Carpets, an online carpet retailer that offers a huge range of carpets, laminate and vinyl flooring and the required fitting accessories at a fraction of the price. All you have to do is find the flooring you desire and enter your measurements. Delivery is extremely quick, however, you will need to fit the flooring yourself or hire somebody to do it for you.
- Just like wallpaper samples, paint tester pots are also a great way of saving the pennies without compromising your vision. Paint tester pots can be used to create feature walls using frog tape like the beautiful design created in this post.
- If you haven’t heard of upcycling furniture, where have you been hiding? Just because you don’t like the look of an item of furniture doesn’t mean you should replace it. Improving your home can be as easy as painting a table or unit.
- Framing your favourite photographs is more affordable than you think. Instead of ordering prints from an online printing service, I purchased photo paper from my local supermarket and I now print most of my photos myself using a normal office printer. I always keep an eye out for pretty frames in charity shops and £1 stores ready for when I need them. This keeps the cost of framing photos to under £2.
- The Extreme Coupining And Bargains Facebook group is fantastic for bargain hunters. The group is updated multiple times a day with bargain finds so make sure you join so that you don’t miss out.
- Last but not least, lets not forget about outdoors! Keeping on top of weeds is the key to keeping your garden looking nice. Planters and plant pots look lovely when filled with stunning low-cost plants. Garden furntiure doesn’t need to cost either, check out this post to see how I created a bench using pallets.