A pleasant living space can make a huge difference to your wellbeing, but it can also leave a dint in your bank balance. If you’re tired of tripping over toys and have grown weary of your walls, a spring spruce-up can really help to lift spirits until lockdown ends.
Here’s some inspiration to help you refresh your home on a tight budget.
Clear the clutter
De-cluttering is the simplest way to make any room feel bigger and brighter, and a tidy living space can have an instant calming effect on the mind. Make the most of the space you have by investing in furniture that will keep the clutter out of view.
Old school locker unit that blogger, Anna Kilpatrick, rescued from a bonfire
That doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on brand new cabinets. Blogger/influencer Anna Kilpatrick rescued this old wooden locker unit from a school she worked at. “It was about to be thrown on the bonfire,” says Anna. This is an effective way to store shoes, toys, and general hallway clutter that would otherwise be on the floor.
Kitchens are the worst culprit for clutter. It takes no time at all to fill cupboards with pans, crockery and plastic containers that can be surprisingly awkward to store. This webstore has some innovative storage solutions. We especially love the water-bottle stacker, and the pan organiser rack.
Creative storage ideas from APlaceForEverything
Utilise that dead space
You can double your storage space with a bit of ingenuity. We love this simple DIY hack that will cost you under a fiver. “It doubled the shelf space and made everything easier to reach,” says Penelope. All you need is a pack of cup hooks. Lightly tap into the wood using a hammer and twist them the rest of the way. Use a pair of pliers to make this easier.
Corkboard and hooks can double your storage space. Photos credits: Listotic and Penelope’s Oasis
Corkboards and pegboards are a cheap and easy solution for hanging cooking utensils and gadgets and maxing out your cupboard space.
It’s surprising how many barely-used items get chucked away. You never know what you’ll find in a skip or scrapyard! Facebook Marketplace is a treasure trove of home bargains, as are charity shops.
How would that old table look with a coat of varnish? Upcycling is the perfect way to breathe new life into items that would otherwise go to the tip. Your only limit is your imagination!
Red leather chair was “free to good home”, which Ronnie Morritt revived with leather feed
This 1960’s Ekorne chair was ‘free to a good home’, and for Ronnie Morritt, it was as simple as giving it a good clean, leather feed and buff to get it looking like new.
Furniture restoration has grown in popularity, and there’s some fabulous chalk furniture paints and accessories to help you achieve your desired look whether it’s traditional or shabby chic.
Get handy with tools
A drill and hacksaw can open up a world of opportunity. Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned pro, a DIY project is perfect excuse to get creative.
We love this canned-food organiser shelf. It’s designed to sit in that awkward crevice beside the fridge and it’s so genius you’ll wonder how you never thought of it!
Lois Spencer-Tracy, founder of Bunni Punch, transformed her 2-bedroom terrace with the help of her partner. “Living in a tiny space really can stretch your imagination when it comes to DIY projects,” Lois says. “Storage is key when you have a small home, so look at up-cycling items to improve your home life on a budget.
Lois Spencer-Tracy used copper pipe and scaffolding boards to create kitchen storage. https://www.bunnipunch.co.uk/
“Use copper piping to create a hanging wall feature in your kitchen or ask around at factories for any pallets that can be turned into a book shelf. Timber yards are great for buying used scaffold boards for shelving or for used railway sleepers which are ideal for making into a garden bench.”