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If you’re bored by the look of your home, then it might be time to start renovating. With a few DIY improvements in different rooms of the house, you could really make it feel much fresher and more homely. Not to mention that a renovation is a good opportunity to repair and replace anything that looks a little shabby.
Top tips for DIY home renovators
For those who feel like taking on the task, you need to keep a few things in mind to enjoy the process far more and make good use of your time and money. Here’s what you need to consider:
Know your budget
Home improvement projects can very quickly turn into never-ending money pits if you’re not careful. Make sure you budget well and always have a bit of a financial buffer in place, just in case anything goes wrong.
Always educate yourself
If you’re using new equipment or taking on a DIY project for the first-ever time, make sure you watch plenty of tutorial videos before you start. You don’t want to end up with shoddy paintwork or uneven tiles because you didn’t do enough research beforehand.
Make sure it’s all legal
Different states require different permits for some home renovations. Ask your council if any of the DIY jobs you’ll be doing will need special permission.
How to renovate…
The kitchen is the hub of just about any home, acting as it does as a space for cooking, socializing, working, and more. However, that also means that it’s the room that has to work the hardest. Some regular touch-ups will help to keep it looking at its best, no matter how much use it gets.
To show the kitchen some love in a way that won’t break the bank, consider making some simple cosmetic changes. For example, you could try repainting the kitchen cabinets and replacing the handles. Or, introduce layered lighting to your space, with spotlights, ambient lights, and accent lights, which will brighten it up and make it more functional.
When it comes to renovating your bathroom on a budget, it’s important that you don’t attempt to change any of the plumbing, which is a particularly pricey and time-consuming job. Unfortunately, though, this means that you’re limited when it comes to altering the layout of the room. So, if you’re looking to create more space, you could instead add open shelving to give you additional storage.
Changing the tile of your bathroom can also go a long way in improving the way it looks, not to mention that lighter tile can give the impression of more space. And, with the right equipment, it’s perfectly possible to cut and affix your chosen tiles to the walls yourself.
The living room
You have much more freedom when it comes to doing up your living room because there is no need to alter any important infrastructure to do so. As long as your TV is near a power outlet and there’s enough space for seating and storage, you can get a bit creative.
Upcycled wooden chests or boxes can look great as coffee tables, while cost-effective shelving means you’ll have plenty of space to put lamps, candles, ornaments, and more. Splash out a bit on new cushions and blankets, too, if you want to switch up the style without having to invest in paint or new wallpaper.
Your bedroom is another space that offers you plenty of opportunities to get creative. Remember that it needs to be a somewhat tranquil space, so try to avoid making it too busy with additional trinkets. These may be an inexpensive way to update a room, but too many knick-knacks can quickly make it look cluttered.
Instead, you could paint the wall behind your bed in a calming color. Not only will this make the space feel much lighter and more relaxed, but it will also help to create an attractive focal point in your room. And, if you’re struggling for space, floating shelves and hidden storage solutions tend to be relatively cheap and easy to install.