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Article By: Shealynn Waller
As the year moves on and winter comes to a close, new projects for the year become a priority. Spring brings with it growth, change and the opportunity to try new things. Your home is where your personality comes out the most and as the weather gets warmer, it’s the perfect time to start looking for ways to renovate on a budget.
Your walls could do for a little pick-me-up! Try splashing on a new color in a few rooms and see what you think. White walls are great to make figures and other decor pop, but a little color can accentuate the feel of the room. If you would prefer to not commit to repainting an entire room, try just one wall. An accent wall can add a smaller dash of color to draw the eye and change the feel of the room as well as the look. Paint can sometimes cost quite a bit, but there are a few ways to save money. Using primer on the walls first will make the paint you purchase last longer and spread easier on the wall, which means less paint to buy for the same result. Another option is going into a hardware store that sells paint and asking to purchase paint that was mixed wrong for another customer called “mistint paint.” You can also check on the Facebook marketplace or craigslist to see if anyone is getting rid of used paint. It might change the options of colors for you, but you never know what you might find!
Make New Storage
There are all kinds of options for DIY storage. Using old wood crates to make a coffee table or palettes for shelving on the walls are just a couple of examples. Wood slats, in general, add a calming effect to a room without too much work. Using wood and adding metal shelves or hooks for hang mugs, wine glasses or tools from can empty out drawer space and help you remember what all you own! Besides wood, plastic piping is another great option for cheap material. You can paint it and build it in any shape you want and is easy to drill through to add fixtures and shelves. You can even buy metallic paint and make it look like you used metal piping. No matter what style you’re looking for, do some research and let your imagination run wild.
Try A New Color Palette
A change in color can make a huge difference! Using calming blues or vibrant reds might switch up your living room or bedroom from ordinary to extraordinary! Throw a couple colored pillows on the couch, maybe a throw blanket and try some new art on the walls. If what you have doesn’t excite you anymore, it’s fair to say it’s time to change it up. If you’re not sure what color to do, try going to a hardware store and looking at paint swatches. Pick out the ones that you like the most, maybe consult with a staff member if you want, and then take them home and try them out! If you need to start small, try changing small things that won’t cost much. After that, let your creativity free and have fun!
Switch Up The Floor
Before the warmer weather is in full swing, hardware stores may have deals on new carpet or wood floors. You never know how much it will cost until you start looking. If switching out the floor is an option for you or you get a great deal, new flooring can completely change a room for the better. If you do not have the budget however, putting a small rug with some color or texture on a wood floor or getting the carpets cleaned can make the room feel new without much effort. Some hardware stores, when they get overstock of flooring or do not sell enough of one kind, they will offer the material at a cheaper price or even for free at times. Asking around can’t hurt and you never know what you might find. Again, the internet is a great resource to search with.
Try A Theme
Give a theme a try! You may already have something going on like florals or chickens, but whatever it is, try adding some variety! Ad some wood fixtures or antique looking decor with those chickens! Florals are great with eclectic color palettes but also with woodsy fixtures. Another idea for decor is to use kid’s art to make a collage. You can take all the doodles on the fridge and scattered about the house and make something you can frame! Be creative! Again, DIY websites or places like Pinterest will have a million and one ideas of how to decorate with different themes. Pick up a hot glue gun and make time to create.
Reorganize The Garage
Sometimes the garage becomes a last resort for storage or the place where everything ends up. Eventually, it can become a giant mess of random things. Instead, try to separate the garage into sections. A section for tools, one for outdoor gear like lawnmowers, winter items, and car parts. Once you have your sections, so through your things and try to get rid of as much as you can. If something is broken and you are not sure how to fix it, throw it out. If there is anything without a place at all, decide if it is necessary to keep and then store in the attic if you have to. The less you keep the more space you will have. Palettes are a great way to hang up tools and other items in a garage at a low cost. Adding shelves and organizers than hang on the walls will also make more space.