Try these simple budget-friendly projects to take your home from drab to fab in just one weekend! Get ready to fall in love with your space again.
1. Get painting
Who hasn’t got an old tin of paint lying around in the garage? Give your cornices, skirting boards or picture rails a lick of paint to instantly spruce up a room. Still got some leftover? Great! Perk up your side tables or paint-dip the legs of your chairs or coffee table; you won’t believe the difference!
Top tip: while you’re at it, take this opportunity to get rid of any holes or cracks with Polyfilla.
2. Fit warmer light bulbs
Audit your light bulbs and swap clear bulbs that give off a white or bluish light for ones labelled ‘warm white’, for a softer illumination and a cosier feel. The best-lit rooms tend to have layers of blended light to create a cosier vibe, so switch off the main overhead light and use a mix of table lamps and wall lights instead.
3. Back boring shelves
Add a punchy pattern to the back of a boring bookshelf by lining them with bright paper – use up colourful offcuts of wallpaper or giftwrap for an eclectic look. This idea will also work if you want to add a pretty surprise element inside a plain cupboard. Take a leftover length of wallpaper to line the back of the door, using strong wallpaper paste to secure it.
4. Scrub, scrub, scrub
Guess what? That grout between your tiles was once white (and not the dirty grey that you’ve become accustomed to). Scrubbing the grouting between all your floor-, wall- and shower tiles will make them look brand new. Mix a 3:1 paste of baking soda and water and apply to the grout, then spray with a 1:1 white vinegar and water solution – if it’s bubbling, it’s working! Then scrub and rinse. Or ditch messy grout altogether and cheat your way to a beautiful Moroccan tiled wall. Trompe l’oeil wallpapers are a hit – who’s to know it’s not the real deal?
5. Focus on a roaring fire
As temperatures drop, make your fireplace a focal point. Pull couches and chairs inwards to face the hearth, so that you’ve got a cosy little spot for friends and family to gather. Make the fireplace the hero of the room by painting the chimney breast a deep shade or by adding stone cladding.
6. Consider it handled
Give your cupboards and drawers an instant facelift by replacing all the doorknobs or handles. Choose a printed or colourful doorknob to effortlessly add a pretty pop of colour to the room, or give it a modern edge with a sleek metallic handle. Simple, but so effective.
7. Splish splash
Beautiful, colourful, slick and stylish splashbacks are all the rage right now, and they’re incredibly easy to do yourself. You can nip out and buy some small mosaic tiles or, better yet, use up those extras you’ve got lying around in the garage for an on-trend boho mix-and-match feel. If you’re after something a bit more fanciful than a tiled splashback, wallpaper makes a much more decorative alternative. Protect it with clear Perspex sheets if you’re papering close to the sink area.
8. Wow factor
There’s nothing like a pretty picture or a feature wall to instantly glam up a room, but art is expensive, right? Well, not necessarily. Those pretty gift cards you’ve collected over the years, the cute drawings your kids have done that you’ve stored away, and even some of those beautiful sayings you’ve pinned on Pinterest all count as art, just add a frame. Also swap out some of your pictures and move them around to breathe new life into your art collection.
Top Tip: to brighten up a southfacing room, position a mirror on the wall opposite the window to reflect the incoming daylight.
9. Plug it up
It might sound far too simple and not at all glamorous, but that’s exactly what makes it an easy weekend update. Replacing your electrical outlet and socket covers on your plugs and light fittings will instantly make a room look new. Sound like too much effort? Simply give them a scrub and a lick of paint, if needed.
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10. Love your shelf
Restyling your bookshelves or any other shelving is a quick and easy way to give a room or area a fresh look. Give your bookcase or shelving unit a mini-overhaul by swapping ornaments between rooms or grouping them differently. You can also organise your books by size or colour, then stack them horizontally and vertically to add visual interest.