You don’t have to spend a fortune on hiring a professional interior decorator or contractors to get a home you’re proud of. Redecorating and home improvement is something you can do yourself with a limited budget. The following DIY secrets can help you get great results with limited funds.
Shop on Craigslist or at local thrift shops
You don’t have to buy new to find something great. In fact, oftentimes the perfect piece you need for a space in your home can’t be found at your nearest mega-retailer. With some keyword research to find the right search terms you can find all kinds of great furniture and accessories on sites like Craigslist. The same goes for local thrift shops. You can often get things at a fraction of what you’d have to pay to buy something new.
Good interior decorating is layered. Try to blend different colors, textures, and styles. You can even incorporate pieces from different periods. You might have some very modern looking accessories paired with mid-century modern furnishings. You can pair some of your second-hand finds with brand new items from Ikea. Don’t feel like you always need to shop from a collection to acquire everything you need to decorate a room.
Paint is cheap and changes everything
Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to transform the look of a space or a piece. If you found a great deal on a used and rather beat up dresser online or at a second-hand shop, a coat of paint or two might be all it needs to make it look new again. Painting a room or even an accent wall a new color can also give a space a whole new look for not a lot of money.
Support local artists or create your own art
Artwork can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. For inexpensive art, you could go to some mega-retailer and buy something mass-produced or you can scout out local fairs, farmers markets, or storefronts to find locally produced artwork. If you’re an artsy person yourself, or even if you’re not, you can try your hand at creating your own art to display. Sign up for a local ceramics or painting class and you might be surprised at what you can create. Locally produced or homemade art also makes for great conversation when you have guests over.
Quick and simple upgrades
There’s no shortage of extremely simple and inexpensive upgrades that can make a big difference in your home. With a screwdriver and about an hour of your time, you can swap out all of the electrical outlet and light switch plates with decorative ones. While you’re at it, you can replace all your cabinet hardware as well. Swapping out incandescent bulbs for more energy efficient and brighter LED bulbs requires a step stool and another hour of your time, at most. Another quick and easy upgrade is to install new baseboard heater covers to update the look of old baseboard heaters in minutes.