Monday, April 14, 2014

13 Hacks for Successful DIY on a Budget

Whether you have moved into a new home, are trying to sell your home, or just want to update your spaces, the idea of renovation can seem overwhelming. 
This is especially so when you don’t have the financial means to completely gut the room and start from scratch. However, there are many things you can do yourself to improve both the quality and the look of your home without breaking the bank.
Channel those DIY vibes and try these tips and tricks for renovation on a budget.

Shop Sales and Discounts

Keep an eye out for sales, discounts, and coupons at hardware stores, craft stores, and online retailers. Buying materials during sales can significantly reduce your project costs.

Repurpose and Upcycle

Look for items you already have at home that can be repurposed or upcycled for your project. Old furniture, clothing, and household items can often be transformed into something new with a bit of creativity.

Compare Prices

Don't settle for the first price you see. Compare prices from different stores and online retailers to find the best deals on materials.
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Paint Makeover

Give old furniture, cabinets, or walls a fresh new look with a coat of paint. Painting is one of the most affordable ways to update and transform your space. Look for discounted paint at hardware stores or consider using leftover paint from previous projects.

Borrow or Trade Tools

If you don't have all the tools you need for your DIY project, consider borrowing them from friends or family members. You can also check if there are tool lending libraries in your area. Alternatively, you could trade services or skills with someone who has the tools you need.

Use Free Resources

Take advantage of free resources like DIY tutorials and templates available online. Websites, blogs, and YouTube channels offer a wealth of information and inspiration for DIY projects.

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Start Small

If you're new to DIY, start with small, manageable projects that require fewer materials and tools. As you gain experience and confidence, you can gradually take on larger projects.

Consider Alternative Materials

Explore alternative materials that are more budget-friendly. For example, instead of hardwood, you could use plywood for furniture projects, or instead of expensive tile, you could use peel-and-stick vinyl for backsplashes or flooring.

Lighting Update

Upgrading your lighting is a quick and affordable way to bring new life to your space and it's easy to do yourself. Replace canned lights with pendant lights. Refresh the light bar in the bathroom. Update that old chandelier. 

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DIY Décor

Instead of buying expensive home décor items, try making your own. DIY wall art, throw pillows, and decorative accents can add personality to your home without breaking the bank.

Embrace Imperfections

Remember that DIY projects don't have to be perfect. Embrace imperfections and view them as part of the charm of handmade items. Focus on enjoying the process rather than striving for perfection.

Hardware Refresh 

Bathroom and kitchen hardware and fixtures are quick and easy updates that can change the entire feel of your spaces. The swap is DIY-able and budget-friendly. Try adding a trending metal color like gold or brass. Matte metals too are a timeless addition. 

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Fabric Remnants

Visit fabric stores and ask for remnants or remnants bins where you can find small pieces of fabric at discounted prices. These can be used for various DIY projects like throw pillow covers, small upholstery projects, or even crafting.

Thrift Store Finds

Explore thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets for affordable items that can be repurposed or transformed. Look for solid wood furniture with good bones that can be sanded, painted, or refinished to suit your style.

DIY projects are a great way to save money while also adding your personal touch to your living space. A few budget-friendly projects are quick wins for updating any space in your house. 

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