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Four tips if you’re redecorating on a budget

Modern life is more expensive than ever, but what we want to allocate our money to hasn’t changed. This may mean you have a lower budget for some important things, including redecorating your home. Although this may seem like a luxury, it’s often a necessity for your mental and physical health. You may have just moved into a new home and it needs some work to make it feel like yours. It could be you need to redecorate your home for a fresh start after a difficult period in your life. 

Whatever the reason for the change, redecorating on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice everything you want to achieve with the space. 

Create a budget

First things first: create a realistic budget. You need to plan where you’ll allocate your funds to avoid overspending. If you use too much of your available finances in one area, you may find you can’t complete the project in the original time frame.  This means you need to stick to your budget – it’s there for a reason. Avoid temptation!

Likewise, you’ll need to leave a small amount of unallocated funds. No matter how well prepared you think you are, you can’t account for the unexpected, so make sure you have some wiggle room. 

Do some DIY

There are only a few things as satisfying as stepping back from a bit of DIY and feeling proud of your work. It somehow makes you appreciate the décor more. 

For less nebulous reasons, hiring professionals could take up a significant portion of your budget. There are things you should never attempt on your own, such as electrical work. However, more general DIY like painting and wallpaper is very achievable for most people. Get stuck in!

Install fitted furniture

Investing in quality fittings that will last a long time will save you money in the long run. Unlock your home’s potential by investing in fitted furniture that will help you maximise the available space.

Before committing to a particular provider, do your research and consult fitted wardrobe cost examples that will help you budget for the best possible product.

Try upcycling 

Upcycling is a trend that has been gaining traction for some time now. It’s a term that refers to taking old or second-hand items and refurbishing them into a very different version of item. For example, you could take an old bedside drawer, repaint it and fit funky handles. 

Doing this sort of crafty activity is a fun project, supports sustainable practice, and helps you learn new skills along the way. 

If you don’t have any items with upcycling potential, look in charity shops or online marketplaces. You may just find some unexpected treasures at a bargain price.

Rachael is a 27 year old mum to 5 year old Luke and baby Oscar. She lives in England, slap bang on the border of Surrey and Hampshire. She writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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