While we are spending excessive amounts of time at home due to the pandemic, we might begin to notice every crack in the wood or peel in the paint. The idea of home improvement may seem appealing but people are often held back by budget concerns in these times of economic uncertainty.
However, think back to every romance movie where a geeky girl is transformed into a gorgeous bombshell after a makeover. She is basically the exact same girl but with contact lenses, a new hairstyle, and some fancy clothes.
Similarly, it does not take a great deal of effort or resources to update your home. There are a myriad of projects that homeowners with no building and construction experience can manage on their own. Best of all, many of these make use of cost-effective materials. Here are some simple ways to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank.
Green is the New Black
If you have an outdoor area on your property, you will want to make the most of the warmer months. Revitalize old wooden decks by washing and scrubbing them thoroughly. Then, brush on a coat of protective wood stain and varnish to make it look as good as new. Create a welcoming and inviting walkway through your garden with assorted flagstones and line the path with stones, old bricks, or solar lamps.
Plant a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers to attract bees, birds, and butterflies. Flowers such as purple coneflowers, sunflowers, and goldenrods are not only gorgeous to admire but are also loved by pollinators. To ensure that your plants thrive, choose perennials that are native to your region. Perennials can be divided and thinned out every three to four years, providing unlimited sources of blooms for the lifetime of your garden.
There is nothing quite like waking up to the soundtrack of birdsong! An old basin or large ceramic bowl placed atop some bricks can create a lovely rustic birdbath. Place some rocks inside the bowl so that smaller insects and animals can safely have a drink too. Repurpose cheap grocery pallets into nesting boxes to give birds a safe place to settle and you will have your very own choir in no time.
Even if you live in an apartment, you can still bring a little bit of nature into your home by having window boxes or planting baskets. Interior decoration with indoor plants is an increasingly popular hobby that offers numerous mental health benefits as well. A large, striking, leafy plant such as the monstera deliciosa can act as a visual anchor for your room while creating a relaxing tropical vibe.
Another low-cost craft that complements the current plant craze is macramé. While macramé has been in the mainstream since the 1970s, it is making a comeback as part of the boho-chic interior design trend. There are many free patterns available online to help you create fashionable and unique macramé plant hangers to decorate the walls of your home.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Speaking of decorating, there are a variety of ways to accessorize your residence without putting a strain on your budget. You can buy inexpensive rugs, throws, and cushions from thrift stores or online using an Amazon promo code. Modest accessories such as these have a huge effect when it comes to the comfort and coziness of your living space.
While bare walls might contribute to the impression of space, too many plain walls can be dreary and dull. Do you have half a bucket of paint in storage? Add depth to your room with a freshly painted and textured feature wall. If you are feeling bold, you can even install affordable temporary wallpaper with eye-catching floral or bohemian motifs.
Similarly, you can make the most of paint remnants by refreshing plant pots, vases, and old furniture. Painting your front door a vibrant color is a great way for your entrance to stand out in the neighborhood. Of course, do make sure that you are using non-toxic and eco-friendly paint if you intend to expose any of these items to the elements.
Whether you are a photography buff or just love taking family photographs, why not make some large prints and frame them yourself for one-of-a-kind wall art? You can save a pretty penny by purchasing framing components and putting them together instead of going to a professional framing service. Instead of throwing old bathroom mirrors away, frame them as well and create accent pieces for your hallway or living room.
While you are at it, don’t forget to show some love to your kitchen and dining area. If your kitchen feels dated, try changing the faucets and cabinet knobs for an instant update. Add a dose of character by installing a decorative tile backsplash. Another idea is to convert an unused side of a kitchen cabinet into a chalkboard wall to keep an ongoing grocery list. You can even write down the ‘daily specials’ to bring the café feel into your home.
There are countless makeover projects that amateur home improvers can undertake. If you are unsure of where to start, choose a small project or part of a room and gradually scale up from there. After the completion of each project, sit back and reap the benefits of the love and thought that you have invested in your home.