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Some Low-Cost DIY Ideas For The Uninspired.

January 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Money/Business, Weekly Columns

(Akiit.comEverybody wants to be proud of their home, but that isn’t always easy on a shoestring budget. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should give up on your dreams of a better-furnished home, because anybody can have a brand new kitchen table or bedroom wardrobe if they’re willing to take a slightly longer route to acquiring it.

Getting creative.

If you’re into DIY, or you’re entertaining the possibility, then you probably have some form of a creative streak. Put this to good use, because that’s exactly what the “professionals” do when they design furnishings for a home. If they can do it, why not you? Maybe put together a canvas or some form of painting for your wall.

It’ll save you a substantial amount of money, rather than buying a huge piece of art from a local gallery or online store, and it could still achieve the desired colour or thematic effect for your room; if not more so, because it’ll be personalised to your specific tastes. Of course, if you don’t want to design art by yourself, maybe you have a creative friend or family member who’d love to add a splash of creativity to the walls in your home.

Fixing things rather than replacing them.

There are those who DIY for fun, and those who do it perhaps because it’s related to their career, or they’re just handy with building things, and they want to show that high level of attention and skill within their own home. There’s something about the idea of using your skills to personalise your own place which is just irresistible, isn’t there? Especially when money is something hard to come by. DIY becomes all the more worthwhile as a venture.

Of course, perhaps you’re still struggling money-wise, and you’re looking for a few new ideas. When it comes to old, broken furnishings and appliances in your house, the thought of replacing them might be making your head spin. Well, if you can assess the problem, perhaps it doesn’t have to. Perhaps you don’t have to replace that broken oven just yet, for example. You could invest in a new belleville washer to tighten loosened dials on the front face of the oven. Sometimes, problems don’t have to be brushed aside. Sometimes, “new” isn’t always better, if you’re at least willing to take a little time to do some research and learn about easier fixes for the problems in your home.

Makeshift decor.

The DIY doesn’t have to stop at technical fixes or practical solutions to reinventing your home at a low-cost. Rather than spending hundreds on new decor, you could spend mere pennies on some paper or card and start building your own decor and furnishings for next to nothing.

You could create a curtain out of paper, if you got a little creative with the folds. You could make a set of paper butterflies and attach them to an empty, uninspiring wall somewhere in the house. You could even include something as simple, but quirky, as a lampshade for your candles. A beautifully-designed home does not have to cost ludicrous amounts of money. It can instead cost your time and dedication, if you’re willing to devote that to it.

Staff Writer; Greg Poole

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