10 DIY Home hacks
Remodelling can seem a daunting prospect, but there are lots of ways to refresh your space without employing decorators or knocking down walls. Here are some do-it-yourself hacks to redecorate your home.
1. Restore old furniture
Retro looks are in and those hand-me-downs from family members may come in handy. From tablecloths and vases, to chairs and tables, restoring retro items isn’t always a huge job that requires outside expertise. There could just be a bit of wear and tear. And you can always buy vintage furniture.
2. The unused fireplace
Fireplaces are common in older houses, but often not used if the chimney’s blocked up. Rather than using it to store boxes or spare bits and bobs, you can make better use of the fireplace by filling it. Ideas include candles to create a warm look, or your heater, perfect in the colder months.
3. Mirrors can transform a space
We use them to check our appearance, but mirrors can also be decorative and make a big difference to the look of a room, including the bathroom.
4. Light the room up
Lighting fixtures don’t have to be boring. In fact, they should have character and help define the look of a room. You don’t need a fancy chandelier – just something that reflects your style, and offers the right level of lighting.
5. Indoor garden/wall art
For the people who don’t have a garden, a vertical garden indoors can do wonders for a space. This is more than the little cactus pot you have on the kitchen window sill. You can plant herbs and flowers in pots and hang them on a wall like a piece of art, or alongside your kitchen utensils.
6. Create a wallpaper effect
So you don’t like the old, plain walls of your home, but you don’t just want a fresh coat of paint and wallpaper is too hard to change. How about creating a wallpaper look with paint? You can find a range of patterns on paint rollers nowadays, and create an exciting new look in your home.
7. A doorway to something new
The doors inside a home are usually pretty ordinary in design, as are cupboards. Why not embellish or replace your doors to create a vibrant look? They don’t even have to match the rest of the room.
8. Stairway to books
If you have stairs in your home, you probably also have a lot of empty space underneath them. It’s space just waiting to be used. Why not install bookshelves to create a library?
9. Sheet metal looks pretty cool
Sure, you might not use it in your lounge room, and it’s usually used to build sheds, but if you have an attic or study, using silver sheet metal as a wall gives a modern industrial look.
10. Bathroom reboot
The bathroom is usually the one place in any home that needs renewal after a few years, but you don’t need to spend a fortune on renovations. Consider replacing the tiles to a pattern look. And if you’re lucky enough to have the space, you could always invest in a claw foot bathtub.
If you’re looking at a home that requires refurbishment, it’s important to factor in the costs involved. Speak to an Aussie broker early in the process to discuss ways to pay for redecorating your home or buying a home that needs refurbishment.