When Mr B and I bought our current home nearly 6 years ago, our house had previously belonged to another family and although the style was very neutral, we wanted to put our own style stamp into the house. When we moved in, I was 7 months pregnant with our second child so we only had time to unpack what we needed before Chaotic Monkey was born.
Since then, we have been trying to update our house to reflect our personalities. After living in the house for few years, we have a very clear idea of how we use our spaces, where things are more comfortable, what is needed and what can go, and we have been doing just that for the last few years.
Updating your home and making it more personal is a long process. Mr B and I were both working full time then, we have two young boys who we wanted to spend quality time with and we don’t want to spend our weekends working on the house, but we still wanted to make changes (there is only so long you can look at magnolia walls for!) so you start small. Updates don’t have to be time consuming, big or expensive to make a big difference in your home.
These 10 ideas will help you update your house on a budget:
# 1 – Spray Paint the door knobs.
Replacing door knobs or painting doors can prove very costly but you can easily update the look of your doors by spray painting your door knobs.
# 2 – Paint your furniture.
When we first moved into our home, the whole house was a homage to pine. Kitchen units, kitchen table and chairs, wardrobes and most other surfaces that you can think were pine. I painted my kitchen table and chairs and it has made a massive difference to the space in terms of light and style. It feels more airy, bigger and brighter. It is amazing what a lick of paint can do.
# 3 – Paint the tiles.
Whether you inherited some ugly kitchen tiles or your bathroom tiles are too “vintage”, you can completly transform them with some tile paint available in most DIY stores.
# 4 – Decorate with plants.
Plants give any space instant warmth and personality and, if you don’t have green fingers, you can replace them very cheaply.
# 5 – Use stencils to give your walls some personality.
Stencils are easily used on my surfaces so a small once off payment will go a long way.
# 6 – Update your cushions
Keep an eye for special offers in cushions and change them regularly or update them with with some felt or buttons.
# 7 – Add some pompoms to your lamps.
A simple pompom braid, some ribbon or washi tape can give a lamp an instant update to any corner of the house for only few euros
# 8 – Make your own wall collage with your own personal items.
The beautiful thing about wall collages, is that you can include anything and everything. From brand new decorations to second hand finds, from tissue flowers to family treasures. It is a lovely way of displaying your possessions and dressing your walls.
# 9 – Update your lights.
Lights and lampshades make a huge difference in a space feels. By investing a little in nice fixtures, your spaces will feel far more homely and more personal.
# 10 – Make your own headboard.
I know this might sound daunting, but iut is far easier that you would think. It can be done at a very low cost and it can be updated easily. What is not to love?