Are you looking around the house and wishing you could change the decor but worried about your finances? Don’t worry we have an affordable way to help you restyle your home.
Upcycling is all about reusing your unwanted items and turning them into something practical again. This is a cost-effective way to makeover your home while allowing yourself to be more creative and falling back in love with your old items.
Spruce up your bed
A new headboard can revamp where you sleep, without the larger cost of a whole new bed. This is particularly great if you’ve invested in a quality bed from the likes of Divan Beds Centre but are now looking to update your room. Old pallets or even decking boards are a great material to upcycle and turn into a new headboard. Simply screw together, paint in your desired colour then prop up behind the bed. Check out this guide for inspiration and how to do it yourself.
Revamp your dining room set
Instead of getting rid of your old wooden dining room furniture, why not make the most out of it and give it a revamp? Whether you decide to upcycle the whole table and chairs, or simply just a chair for the corner of your bedroom, here’s how you can do so.
First things first, give the chairs and table a good clean, wipe away any dirt or cobwebs that they may have collected over the years. Once clean, it’s time to paint. If you have a garden, we advise you do this outside as it can get very messy, but otherwise make sure you put a painting sheet down before getting started. Regardless of the colour, choose gloss paint as it will have a better finish. It might be a good idea to sand down your chair before painting too so that the paint sticks better.
Once painted and dried, apply some fabric to cushions. This can be in whatever style you like, just simple cut your chosen piece of fabric to the size of the seat, enough to cover over the edges and then use a staple gun to secure it firmly into place.
Fully embrace shabby chic
When you’re on a budget, upcycling is a great compromise between regenerating your interior and saving yourself some pennies. Embrace the imperfections that come with old cabinets and drawers by restyling other aspects of your furniture such as the handles and only painting a select few drawers in pastel colours, for the ultimate shabby chic look.
Old mirror into new
If you’re looking to make better use of your mirror why not turn it into a chalkboard for the kid’s room or to be used as a message board for the family in the kitchen? All you need is an old mirror, some tape, chalkboard spray paint and some chalk. This video by Five Star Painting will show you the steps you need to take to create your very own chalkboard.
Do you quite often receive flowers on your birthday or maybe you’ve recently had an anniversary? While the bouquets look amazing at the start, once they’ve died, do you find yourself with an empty vase collecting dust? If so, we’ve got an idea for you – spray paint!
Make sure you find a spot in the garden where you won’t make too much mess and get spraying your unused vases. We suggest making them look like milk glasses (all white) and then you can use them in any room, to decorate shelves, window sills or coffee tables. These objects can suddenly become arty objects that can fill dead spaces.
Try out these upcycling techniques and tips to revamp spaces in your home without breaking the bank.