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Refreshing Your Home on a Budget

Our homes get a lot of use. Especially if you’ve got kids and pets. We spend a lot of time in our houses, and now a lot more of us are even working out of them. Your home is where you relax after a hard day. It’s where you are free to be yourself, to relax with your family, and to entertain your friends. It’s your own private space in the big wide world. It makes sense that we’d want our homes to look and function at their best. To keep us safe, to give us what we need to create sumptuous meals, to get a good night’s sleep and to unwind when we are stressed out.

But, with so much use, it’s no surprise that our homes can quickly start to look worn and tired. Things break, our décor becomes dated, and we can easily fall out of love with our homes. Unfortunately, while we’d love to always live in the home of our dreams, refurbishment and decoration can be very expensive, and not many of us can afford to undertake a full home makeover as often as we like.

Luckily, however, there are plenty of ways to refresh your home even on a tight budget. Ways to make small changes that can help you to fall in love with your home again. Easy things that you can do, to refresh your home without spending the world.

Refurbish Your Kitchen Cabinets

 

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A whole new kitchen can cost a fortune. You’ll often find that the cost of installation is at least as much as the kitchen itself, and you can face weeks without a kitchen while the work is being done. But, your kitchen is an important part of your home. For many people, it’s the heart of the house, and many modern families spend most of their quality time together in the kitchen, cooking, eating, doing homework and having fun together.

Fortunately, getting a brand-new kitchen isn’t the only way to refresh the room and give it a new lease of life. Check out https://kitchensacramento.com/kitchen-cabinets/ for remodelling and refurbishment options. Including refacing your cupboards which could only cost a fraction of the price.

Let More Light In

If your home has started to look dull and dark, the easiest way to brighten it up is literally brightening it up. Getting plenty of natural light doesn’t just brighten up your décor. It can also improve your mood, help you to get more vitamin D and help you to sleep better.

There are many great ways to increase the natural light in your home. You can switch to lighter curtains, paint your window frames a lighter color so that they reflect more light inside, add mirrors to the walls in smaller, darker spaces, trim back anything in your garden that might be blocking light and simply clean your windows.

Paint the Walls

Redecorating is very expensive. But, just painting the walls can be significantly cheaper. Even if you paint them the same color, a few shades lighter can brighten things up and make things look cleaner and fresher. Try to stick to neutral colors, so that you can change your accessories when you get bored without having to worry about clashing colors and schemes.

Hang Some Art

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Original artwork can be very expensive. So can prints if they are from a known artist or limited editions. But, there are so many other options. Frame wallpaper samples or bits of gift wrap that you love. Frame pieces from magazines or even your children’s artwork. Everything looks cool in a frame and hanging large pieces can add color and life to your home. Check out this cool free printable

Move Things Around

You don’t need to spend a penny to make your home look completely different. Just move things around. We get used to our furniture being in the same place, so moving it around can make your rooms look entirely different. Change the layout so that the seating faces each other instead of the TV and you’ll suddenly have a more sociable room with a new focus.

Cover Your Furniture

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Sofas and chairs are very expensive, but they don’t last forever. They can also be a large feature that draws focus in your rooms. So, if you are bored or your sofas need a new lease of life, instead of replacing them, cover them. You could recover your seat pads and cushions or simply buy big throws to cover them up when you fancy a change. This is a super simple way to refresh your room.

Throw pillows can also add a much needed pop of color, add texture and dramatically change the look of a room within minutes. Check out my favorite throw pillows this season: House Fenway’s Favorite Autumn Pillows

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DIY: Christmas Card Holder

Christmas cards will be showing up in the mail before you know it! Even in today’s technological age, there is something so wholesome and nostalgic in receiving a tangible greeting. The stamp, the pretty envelope, the message – it’s still one of the great thrills of the season. I love receiving Christmas cards, but have always struggled with how to display them. They are all so pretty and thoughtful; how could I just toss them aside? I usually resort to taping them up around the house, but by the end of the season half the cards have fallen down. So, I decided to challenge myself this week and tackle a DIY project with a thrift store find: A Christmas Card Holder. The holder was the perfect answer to my Christmas card dilemma. I’ll show you what I did and how you can make one for around $10-$15!

Supplies:

1 oversized frame

a tube of acrylic paint

sponge brush

a piece of medium grit sandpaper

scissors

hot glue gun (3-4 glue sticks)

8-10 yards of ribbon (in a variety of styles and widths)

5-10 clothes pins

I stopped at my local thrift store to pick up a frame. I wanted the frame to be large enough to display a handful of cards, have some unique detail and cheap enough not to break the bank. I found this picture for $5 and thought it would work perfectly!

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$5 for my thrift store find.

Dismantle the frame removing the glass and picture. Wipe the frame down making sure it is clean and grease-free.

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Using a sponge brush apply two coats of acrylic paint (the color of your choice), waiting in between coats for it to dry.

After the frame is completely dry. Lightly sand with some medium grit sandpaper to create a weathered feel and reveal some of the frame detail.

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I found all of my ribbon at the dollar store and Target’s Dollar Spot.

Once the frame is painted, it was time to attach the ribbons.

Cut the ribbon into stripes the width of the frame.

Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the frame making sure the ribbon is taut enough it will not sag. Work your way down the frame from the top to bottom, mixing up the ribbon styles as you go.

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Once the glue has cooled it is ready to hang.

Attach your beautiful holiday cards with clothes pins and enjoy! 🎄😄

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My finished card holder.
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The perfect display of all my treasured Christmas cards.