Finances are tight all round as the world slowly starts to recover from the global economic meltdown of 2009, and often, it seems as though there is nothing left over to make your house into a beautiful and comfortable home. However, with a little ingenuity and few pounds in your pocket you CAN make changes to your home, step by step transforming it into the elegant haven of your dreams. The following eight tips can help you get there.
3. Frequent Car Boot Sales and Auctions: Make a habit of attending car boot sales and auctions, but be disciplined! Most household goods will be your for only a small price, but do make sure that you need and like the item before buying. Sound out furniture to make sure that it is solid and in good condition, even if the outside looks horrendous! The outside can be fixed, structural problems within the wood cannot be. Fabric items should be sturdy, in good condition with no holes or frays and in colours that agree with your chosen colour scheme. Do not be afraid to ask to see the whole item, for example if it is folded into a small bag, the vendor wants someone to buy it, and they will happily show you the entire item.
4. Add Embellishments Yourself: Buy cheap plain linens, such as tablecloths and napkins, and add applique patterns or embroidery designs yourself. This works out very much cheaper than paying for monogrammed items or even for buying pre-embroidered products off the shelf. You will gain great satisfaction and have the added advantage of being able to choose the pattern or design.
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6. DIY Projects: Even if you are not certain about being able to perform even basic DIY tasks, nearly everyone can use a can of spray paint to freshen up a piece of furniture. Every thrifty household should have a variety of different colored spray paints – buy them in shades that mmatch you décor – and a basic tool kit that will help them to perform basic tasks, such as changing the handles on a chest of drawer and giving a bookcase a fresh coat of paint!
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