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Published January 15th 2014
Renovate and Rejuvenate on a Budget
You don't have to you have bucket loads of money to spruce up your home. Just some quick and simple changes can make a huge difference. It has to be easy to be on my criteria list.
In the days when yellow and blue were fashionable I loved my fireplace but unfortunately it showed all the soot and no matter how much time I spent scrubbing it with Sugar soap it always looked dirty. I bought a small can of chocolate brown paint and replaced the tiled hath myself. It made all the difference to that room.
Another fun thing to do is to decorate the walls with novelty collections like clocks or watches, or mosaic your own mirrors.
My collection of clocks started with one expensive gift and then expanded by regularly visiting Savers. The average price I paid for each clock was four dollars. I still think there's room for a few extra novelty clocks but my kids say they tick too loudly.
I have recently changed all the taps in my house to chrome and this has really modernised the house. Bath and laundry taps are not too expensive but some of the kitchen taps can be. Shop around. I've done the same with cupboard handles and got identical ones to Bunnings about half price.
The other simple change that has made a big difference in my house is changing light fittings. I replaced some of the plain old light shades. In my bedroom I fitted an imitation chandelier and it completely changed the room. It only cost $60 on special and it's one of my favourite pieces.
Bathroom renovations can be the most expensive but I only spent a few hundred dollars to change the look of my apricot bathroom. I painted one in two different browns and changed the light fittings to large globes. In the other I painted it all white and covered the old tiles with white pressed metal (the dearest part), replaced the taps and got a shaving mirror from IKEA for $20. My biggest expense was the sinks but they were well and truly worth it and together these changes transformed my bathrooms.
The kitchen is also another expensive area for renovation. Once again I changed the taps and the light fittings. The thing that was strikingly different was covering the tiles with pressed metal. It was not a messy or complicated renovation to do as there was no pulling off tiles, fixing problems or messy grout. It was all completed in a day.
To jazz up the outdoor areas I bought a few plants, some cheap garden ornaments ($10 each) and spray-painted a rusty wrought iron table and chairs. For my Four-dollar investment (two cans of spray paint from a $2 shop) it looks brand-new.
The hardest part of all this was deciding on which pieces to change. I shopped around online for the cheapest versions of what I liked and made sure that these changes were relatively simple to do.
Even though my skills are limited, I love spending time doing home maintenance and renovation. I'm lucky to have a very handy friend. I'd love to hear about your budget ideas for rejuvenating your home.