How to Start Fresh by Not Spending a Dime

You know that moment all too well when you just take a good look at your family room and wonder, “I’m so over this room and everything in it. I just need a change.” But sometimes it’s easier said than done, especially with a family to support money can be a bit tight. Even for the singles living on a recent college graduate salary trying to make rent every month. But what some don’t realize is that the simple matter of being stuck in a rut can all boil down to the factor of NO CHANGE in your life. When we get bored even when some of us are open to change and embrace it we get so caught up with work, and school and well life itself that something so minor like our dwellings can affect our moods and behaviors.

In an article published back in 2010 by Catherine Dunwoody titled ‘13 No-Money Makeover Ideas’ she provides pretty good insight on how to accomplish this daunting task. Here are a few of her tips and see if any of these spark your interest into revamping your own space! ***Hint #4 is HUGE and I ALWAYS suggest this to our clients.

The Top 5 Ways to Make-Over Your Space:

1 Use old paint you have taking up space in the garage or shed, in new ways. Perk up a table, interior door, stair risers or a wooden chair that have seen better days by painting them in a bright, unexpected shade, or use painter’s tape to section off stripes to create borders on walls. Try painting a concrete floor for fun, perhaps in the basement laundry room. For wearability when painting floors, make sure to apply clear varnish on top of the paint once dry.

2 Dig out those fabric swatches you can’t bear to part with. They might be just the right size to re-cover your old throw cushions for your sofa or bed. Fabrics don’t have to be upholstery-type either; floral prints, stripes or gingham are fun for the summer, especially if the colour scheme is similar so you can mix and match.

3 Do you have boxes of photos that never get seen? Pull out some faves and replace your old framed pics with these ‘new’ ones. Group them in odd numbers on walls, shelves, coffee tables or mantles.

4 Re-arrange the furniture. Sometimes just moving your sofa into a new corner, or placing it on an angle, can make a world of difference in how a living room looks and feels. Rethink what rooms your furniture pieces call home now. Why not move that club chair into your bedroom, near a window for a nice reading nook?

5 Use old ribbon pieces to pretty up drawer handles and knobs, or to even create napkin rings!


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This article is featured on Budget-friendly home makeover ideas by Catherine Dunwoody and photography Virginia Macdonald


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