One area that we all have to get to grips with as official adults is DIY. If you’re a complete novice, don’t worry we have put together some easy DIY tips that you can use to improve your home on a budget.
With some simple DIY, you can make a big difference. An old piece of furniture can be transformed, rooms can be injected with a new lease of life and your home will generally be a nicer place to spend your time in.
Let’s take a look at some DIY tips that you can use to get started.
1. Upcycling furniture
When you move into your first place and have to furnish every room, buying everything new can be extremely expensive. While there are some decent affordable homeware brands that you should check out, it’s also worth looking out for second-hand furniture that you can upcycle. Facebook marketplace is a great place to find cheap furniture in your local area.
Upcycling furniture doesn’t take a DIY expert. Often all you’ll need to do it sand is down and add a coat of paint in a colour of your choice. A good furniture upcycling tip is to replace old handles on draws as this can give a new lease of life too.
2. Sprucing up your entrance
Your home entrance is one of the most important areas to focus on if you want your home to feel inviting. You can spruce it up by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint, adding a welcoming doormat, and introducing some potted plants. Adding a new door number, if you can, is also a nice way to put your stamp on your new home and ensure friends and family can find you easily on their first visit.
3. Jazzing up the walls
Redecorating can feel overwhelming but if you focus on one room or one feature wall it will be easier to tackle. If you’re painting, you’ll need:
- A roller and tray
- Masking tape for the edges
- An old sheet to cover the floor
For your first painting project, we recommend enlisting the help of family or friends who already have some knowledge. With helpers, decorating can actually be a fun activity too.
Wallpaper is another great option to add colour and vibrancy to your home. If you’re a novice, it’s definitely worth enlisting the help of someone who has done it before and can show you what to do.
4. Adding plants
Do you want to inject some colour into your living space? Luscious plants and bright flowers are a great way to achieve this with minimal effort. Choose seasonal plants if you are on a tight budget as they will be cheaper.
If you’re unsure if you’re ready for the commitment of being a plant mum/dad, go for succulents that don’t require frequent watering. Some of our favourites include:
- Burro’s tail
- Jade plant
- Aloe vera
- Pincushion cactus
- Snake plant
Not only will plants like these make your home look great, but they’ll also improve the air quality.
5. Rearranging your living room
The living room is probably one of the rooms you spend the most time in and some simple rearranging can breathe new life into it. Why not try moving around some furniture to see what you prefer. If you don’t have a lot of space, moving lamps and pictures around can also make a difference.
When rearranging your living room, you should think about how you can make the space feel bigger. There are a few DIY tips that you can use to achieve this such as adding mirrors, keeping doorways clear of furniture and lowering wall hangings to give the impression of higher ceilings.
6. Framing photos
This is one of the simplest easy DIY tips. Get some of your favourite photos printed and frame them to add a personal touch to your home. They’re sure to fill you with warmth and happiness every time you look at them.
7. Revamping your bathroom
Something as simple as buying a new toilet seat can uplift your bathroom and make it feel nicer. You may also want to consider installing an eco-shower head that will help you to save water. Both of these are cheap and easy options to fix.
It’s also worth checking the sealant around your shower/bath. Give it a good scrub and then check for any gaps that need filling in. Gaps can cause a leak that will end up being very costly.
Bringing it all together
These easy DIY tips will have your home feeling fresher and looking great in no time. Get the whole family involved and you’ll be surprised by how quickly you can make a big difference.
Do you have any additional easy DIY tips to share? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.