At some point each year many of us will get the itch to spruce up and refresh our homes – general day-to-day wear and tear can start to take its toll with scuffs, stains and marks appearing in high-traffic areas. On top of the need to refresh to ensure our homes aren’t looking tired and worn, enticing new interior trends often emerge to grab our attention and sometimes we just feel the need to breathe some new life into our homes.
Thankfully, it’s not always necessary to splash the cash on expensive furniture and decorators. Take advantage of a free weekend with a touch of DIY and upcycling and you can spruce your home in no time with a touch of personal charm thrown in for good measure.
From painting tips to simple furniture restoration, delve into these practical tasks.
Paint a statement wall
Painting is one of the best ways to inject new life into your decoration without breaking the bank. If you don’t want to redecorate extensively, opting for a contrasting statement wall is an excellent option. Use a few different samples to compare shades and when it comes to painting, use a roller for the main body of the wall and cut in the edges with a brush.
Paint skirting and doorframes
Skirting and doorframes benefit from a new lick of paint every couple of years as these features can become chipped and dirty. Skirting is generally white, but matching it with wall colours is an option for creating a contemporary edge. Be sure to sand, clean and tape the edges of the skirting and doorframes before painting to ensure a tidy, professional finish. Consult this step-by-step guide for an expert finish.
Reinvent your dining table
The very nature of the dining table makes it likely to suffer over time with wine spillages, grease marks and burns contributing to the wear and tear. Dining tables can set you back a hefty amount of cash if you’re looking to buy brand new, but a bit of DIY love is a fantastic option for refreshing a table and sprucing up your home. With the correct tools, stripping, sanding and re-varnishing a table is relatively straightforward task. Take a look at this step-by-step guide and be sure to vacuum up any mess! The innovative, ultra-lightweight H-Free is ideal – explore our range of cordless vacuum cleaners here.
Upcycle a chair
If you’ve got wooden dining chairs in need of some care, spending an afternoon with some paint and tools is a creative and thrifty way of adding some new charm to your home and saves you having to replace furniture. Start off by sanding the chair all over to create a good surface for the paint to stick to. Next you can either keep a natural finish and apply varnish or apply primer and a colour coat of paint.
Restore a vintage find
Spotted a piece at a car boot sale or market that’s caught your attention, but it’s in need of some love? A bit of DIY endeavour and creative thinking can turn old, forgotten pieces into pride-of-place items! If a piece of furniture looks tired and worn, don’t let this put you off. Try and picture it in your home, and it can only take a spot of sanding and painting to restore a table or chest of drawers. Be flexible and creative and you will add personal charm with ease.
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