Giving your home a style makeover needn’t cost a fortune or take a lot of time and effort. There are plenty of things you can do that will make a big difference. In this article, we are going to look at some ways to refresh your home, so grab your tools and let’s get started.
Kitchens are expensive to replace, which is why we tend not to do it very often. The good news is that you don’t need to go crazy to makeover your kitchen. With some paint, accessories, and a weekend or two, your kitchen will feel brand-new.
- Paint Your Cupboards – painting existing cupboards is a quick and easy way to completely transform a kitchen. You can pick up paint from any good DIY store, but make sure the paint you buy is suitable for the surface you want to cover (for example, plastic covered MDF cupboards need special paint). Use a roller for a smooth finish and complete the makeover with some new handles. Again, these are easy to come by online and in-store.
- Replace the Taps – switch out your old taps and replace them with a fancy new pull-out mixer tap. These look very stylish and it is a project any DIY enthusiast can handle.
- Swap Tiles for Glass – tile splashbacks are the go-to for many people, but there are alternatives. Coloured glass splashbacks look stylish and modern. You will need to ensure the wall is smooth before you glue a glass splashback, but the end result is well worth the time it takes to re-plaster a small section of wall. If you don’t want to order bespoke glass splashbacks, look for glass mosaic tiles instead. They come in a range of finishes and styles.
Older bathrooms tend to have an old-fashioned radiator for towels and heating. You can give your bathroom an instant makeover by fitting a new electric towel radiator. Choose from a range of designs, including ladder-style and minimalist racks – justradiators.co.uk has a great selection of all kinds of radiators, valves, and accessories. Go for a contemporary design or stick with a classic column radiator – both will enhance your bathroom.
If there’s nothing wrong with the radiator, upgrade the bathroom with a smart new roman blind or funky shower curtain and matching accessories.
You could even paint a beach mural on the wall for some extra pizazz! There are some amazing Bob Ross tutorials on YouTube that are easy to follow.
Are your stairs covered in a ratty old carpet? Rip it up immediately! There is no excuse for leaving an old carpet in place when there are so many other fun things you can do with your stairs – check out our previous post for some creative ideas.
Spend a weekend sanding down the treads and risers on your staircase. Make sure you remove all the nails and staples before you begin, or it will tear your sandpaper to shreds. When all areas are smooth, prime and finish them in a coat of gloss paint. Do several layers of paint for a hard-wearing finish. Choose colours that match your décor or have fun with a rainbow palette.
You don’t need to stop at paint either. Create a collage of magazine pictures, postcards, and even photos on the risers. Once the area is dry, cover it in several coats of gloss varnish for protection. Now, every time you walk upstairs, you can view your picture gallery with pride.
We spend a significant amount of time in bed – around 33 years over a lifetime if you are wondering. That’s a lot of hours, so you want your bedroom to look nice. Thankfully, it won’t take much effort to give it a style makeover.
Get rid of your old curtains and replace them with a minimalist blind. Standard-sized blinds are inexpensive and readily available from stores like Dunelm, but if you have irregular sized windows, you may have to buy a custom blind. Alternatively, try making one instead, using a blind kit and some nice fabric. It’s not as difficult as you think – read Sara’s step-by-step tutorial to guide you through it!
Remove the carpet and paint or varnish your floorboards. This is a weekend project anyone can do. It can be done using a hand-held sander, but the job will be much quicker if you hire an industrial sander. For a shabby-chic look, go with whitewashed floorboards. For a French country-style look, paint your floorboards in pastel blue, pale green, or lemon.
Lighting also makes a huge difference in a bedroom. Switch out your ugly pendant light for a dramatic chandelier and invest in some pretty string lights for above your bed.
If you really want to push the boat out, donate or give away your cheap MDF furniture and spend a weekend hunting for old-fashioned dark wood (and solid) items in junk shops. These can be sanded down and painted for a cute shabby-chic look.
We hope this article has given you some food for thought. Have fun with your projects and don’t forget to post the results on social media to inspire others!
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