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Spring Spruce on a Shoestring

It’s the time of year when most homeowners are rifling through their possessions in the throes of a Spring clean out, throwing away the dust-gathered clutter of Winter and opening the windows to let the new season penetrate through the home. Along with this large scale cleanout often comes the desire to redecorate, giving a new look for the year ahead. However, particularly with our economic climate being as it is, redecoration is not always that easy an option as it can be quite an expensive decision.

Luckily, that doesn’t always have to be the case. So if you’re after some tips on redecorating on a shoestring budget, then keep on reading.

You Will Have to Spend Something

It is a fact that you will have to spend something to change the look of your room, you can get a lot for free but you can get a lot more for cheap. Therefore, it is essential that you spend your money wisely on key pieces that will dramatically alter the look and feel of the room. Perhaps you could splurge on some stylish and bold wallpaper for a feature wall like the ones on offer at or splash out on a decent set of tiles for example. These large areas will change the context of your room instantly and will be money well spent.

Now Spend Nothing

When you’ve purchased your main pieces, then it’s time to see what you can get for nothing. Start by considering websites such as Freecycle and Gumtree who offer very cheap and often free second hand if you can go and collect them from the current owners. You may be surprised at the range and quality of items available in this way so it is definitely worth a look. Along a similar train of thought is to look on community notice boards and in local publications for items that someone else is throwing out locally that might suit your needs.

Doing It Cheaply

The middle ground is to revamp existing items by spending small sums of money on coatings and coverings that can significantly alter the exterior appearance of fixture, furnishings and fittings. For example, waxing, painting or staining kitchen cupboard doors can radically change your kitchen and update it in ways you can hardly imagine. Similarly, simply recovering a chair, sofa or even just the throw cushions can make a huge difference whilst still being a purse-friendly option.

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