There are a many ways you can save money on DIY and decorating projects, increasing the value of your home in the process. Here we run through a few relatively easy ones that you can try.
If you’re looking for a unique paint colour, but don’t want to spend a lot, simply buy a large container of pure brilliant white, and stir in a couple tester pots (to get the best results pick a strong colour). This will give you a more liveable colour, and at a fraction of the price of pre-mixed coloured paint. Also, feature walls are a way of piggybacking on the wallpaper trend without spending a fortune.
Painted concrete floors
Not just for garages, painted concrete floors look very chic indeed and are second-to-none when it comes to being hardwearing, easy to clean, and budget friendly. Before painting, check that the concrete is dry and free of any major holes. (If it’s damp, you’ll need to have that seen to by a professional before you can start painting). Before painting, remove any grease from the concrete, fill any small gaps with Polyfilla, then prime and paint with a roller. Use specialist concrete floor paint, of course.
Old-fashioned veneer kitchen cabinets can look decidedly uncool, but you can refinish them yourself, avoiding the cost of a whole new kitchen.
Before you get started, make sure you’ve got all the tools and equipment you need – small rollers will help you paint fiddly areas, for example, and a paint sprayer will give a great, even finish. Masking tape is essential for protecting surrounding areas and creating crisp edges, and don’t forget a dust sheet and protective clothing/mask.
Start by removing the cabinet doors and shelves and giving everything a thorough clean. If your cabinets are wooden and you want to show off the natural wood with a clear gloss or varnish, you’ll need to remove any current paint with a sander or paint stripper. This is a big job but may be worth it if you have good quality wooden cabinets. Next, fill any cracks with wood putty. Then, use a primer before finally painting the cabinets.
We hope these simple and easy-to-follow tips have been useful and inspirational, and we wish you the best of luck with the exciting project that is renovating your new home or sprucing up your current property to add value before you place it on the market.
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