A small change can make a big difference and that’s never more true than when revamping your home. But there’s no need to spend a fortune to overhaul your interior design; instead try a few simple upcycling ideas to change the look of any room in an instant and your home could have a whole new lease of life in time for Christmas!
New builds can be especially difficult to decorate, with their plain walls and lack of period features providing little in the way of character. It’s therefore important to create interest in your rooms, using some quick, quirky and effective techniques to bring your home to life.
If you’ve got some furniture going unloved in a spare room, or stashed away in the garage out of view, give it some personality or repurpose it entirely for a low-cost way to update your home. An old, wooden chair is a fantastic thing – perfect upcycling material! Try painting it a bright colour, but put a super modern twist to its design by leaving some parts natural. This combination of bold colour and natural wood is bang on trend and a brilliant way to make a feature out of a tired piece of furniture. Just remember to treat the parts you want to keep bare with wood wax, wrap them in newspaper and apply masking tape to ensure you get a sleek, sharp line between the paint and wood.
Another great way to transform something old into a thing of beauty and functionality is by turning a storage unit into a funky child’s book box. Simply turn the unit on its side, screw on some table legs and line it with colourful sticky back plastic for a bold, wipe-clean finish. This piece is sure to be a hit with any young bookworm, neatly storing your child’s favourite books in a place they can easily get their hands on them when it’s time for a story.
Whether you need somewhere to write notes in your home office, like to jot down a shopping list in the kitchen, or want to create somewhere for your kids to doodle and draw, a chalkboard wall will make a fab addition to your home décor. Sketch out a design on paper and then pencil it onto your chosen wall. Mask off the edges with masking tape to keep your design neat for a professional finsish, then paint the area with chalkboard paint. Always paint away from the edges to prevent any paint bleeding through the tape, then, once dry, gently peel off the masking tape to reveal your beautiful new chalkboard wall.
If you want to get your house looking its best in time for Christmas but need to save your money for gifts and festive food, don’t pine for things you can’t afford or wait until the Boxing Day sales; try rummaging around your garage or look around your home for items you could revive with a bit of TLC and DIY. Doing this will enable you to wow your guests with furniture and furnishings that look like beautiful, boutique one-off pieces.