There may have been a time when you looked around your home and no longer felt satisfied or satisfied with its design. Maybe you haven’t touched or changed anything inside or outside your home for several years. Or maybe the decorating trend you tried a year ago now looks dull and outdated. When you feel these things, there is no doubt that you feel like updating and revamping your home. Unfortunately, some of you may choose not to due to budget restrictions.
However, remodeling your home doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money on new things. With a few tweaks, creativity, and DIY skills, you’re well on your way to sprucing up your home. So, fall in love with your home all over again by trying these 11 budget-friendly ways to transform your home.
One of the reasons your home can look dull and uninteresting is because of the clutter you’ve left around every corner. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize when your home is already cluttered, especially when you’re used to seeing those extra things on the floor or on flat surfaces. Some of them can also block your decorations, making your home look completely messy.
So before you even start changing your decorations, start by decluttering the whole house. Once you’re done, you can call the movers to get rid of your trash and extra stuff on your behalf. By doing so, you might see a cleaner, more spacious home appear right in front of you.
2. Refresh the paint on your rooms
A quick and easy way to transform your home without hurting your budget is to simply apply fresh paint to your rooms. You don’t even have to be a seasonal painter to tackle this job. As long as you have the basic supplies at home like paint rollers, brushes, trays, painter’s tape, and drop cloths, you’re good to go. Overall, DIY house painting can cost you AUD 200 or less, including painting. If you’re painting a large space, you can let your family members join in the fun of painting and sprucing up the whole house.
3. Plant more greenery and flowers
Meanwhile, if your outdoor space is starting to look plain and empty, transform it by simply adding more plants and flowers. You can either buy affordable flower seeds in the market for 2-5 AUD or ask your neighbor who is a gardener.
If you’re not an avid gardener, you can stick to planting the easier ones like perennials, marigolds, ferns, and shrubs. For the finishing touch, you can invest in a cheap outdoor pole umbrella from Live Dreamo and other furniture stores for less than 90 AUD and place it near your flowers. Don’t forget to look for discounts and promotions as well.
4. Replace your hardware
It’s amazing how a quick change in your hardware can transform the overall aesthetic of your home. Therefore, if your doorknobs, faucets, and even kitchen cabinet handles are starting to look rusty and old, you can replace them with new and affordable ones. You can find new hardware parts for $5 AUD per piece or less. However, keep in mind that updating and installing hardware can be a tedious job. Therefore, make sure you can dedicate an entire day to completing this project.
5. Re-caulk your bathroom
Seeing those brown, chipped caulk coatings in your bathroom tiles is a huge sign of a bathroom overhaul. Don’t worry because that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to do an expensive bathroom remodel or swap out all of your bathroom tiles with new ones. All you have to do is buy a new caulk, which probably costs between 2 and 4 Australian dollars per tube, and then you can start re-caulking your bathroom. Applying it isn’t difficult, but make sure you do it right or watch caulking video tutorials to avoid re-caulking next year.
6. Add a hammock
Another way to improve the exterior of your home is to add outdoor seating. However, a full set of outdoor seating can range from AU$700 to AU$1000. A way to add garden furniture on your lawn without breaking the bank is to invest in an outdoor hammock. You can place it in your yard or patio not only for an aesthetic touch but also for functionality. A hammock can cost AUD 52 or less, depending on the brand and type of material used.
7. Add decorative touches to your cabinets
While repainting your cabinets is a cheap option to revamp them, you can also opt for another alternative by sticking stylish washi tapes around the edges of the cabinets. A pack of 10 rolls of duct tape will only cost you AU$12 and you can remove it in five minutes. Apart from their unique touch, they are also removable. Therefore, it is easier to change them as often as you want.
8. Transform your old couch
Undoubtedly, buying a new sofa will cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But if your old sofa is still functional, you can use and transform it instead to make it look brand new. You can buy a sophisticated cover for your sofa for less than AUD$40 and use it to reupholster your old sofa for a successful makeover. Multiple covers are also available in different sizes and colors, depending on your home aesthetic. Now you can get a new sofa in your living room that is ideal for your budget.
9. Spruce up your furniture with a wood polisher
If you have old and worn wooden furniture in your living room or outdoor space, you can give it a quick refresh with a wood polisher. You can buy a bottle of wood polisher for just $9 AUD and use it to polish your wooden furniture and other hardwood surfaces you have around the house. If you have hardwood floors, you can also use it to make your floors look new and sparkling.
10. Enlarge your room with mirrors
You may be looking for a way to expand your room without going through expensive room expansion and remodeling. Consider investing in oversized mirrors for AUD$60 to AUD$70. A large mirror could create an illusion to make any room feel more spacious than it is. It can also capture more natural light, automatically making your home more welcoming and brighter.
11. Add a new rug
The beauty of rugs is how quickly they can bring a room together and add style and warmth to any space they are in. So, transform your living room by purchasing a stylish new rug for a price range of AUD 30 to AUD 60, depending on size and design. Be sure to choose a style or pattern that complements your existing decorations to avoid color clashes.
Transforming your home isn’t always about how much you spent to make it look new. Most of the time, it’s how you work with what you have when you find a way to rearrange them. So try out one or more of these options and see which works best for your home.