How to revamp your home and save your sanity: an easy guide to home renovation.
Not everybody has the energy to spend countless hours on tricky home renovations. Most of us would rather watch this kind of action unfold on TV then take it up ourselves. Luckily, there are a few very simple ways you can DIY without feeling like you’re going to DIE.
Paint and wall art
The cheapest and most effective way to give your home a lift is with a new coat of paint. If you take the time to prepare your walls properly and get the right tools, it’s a task that even the most placid of home renovator can complete.
Ensure you purchase quality rollers or brushes as loose bristles and badly fitting rollers will make the job so much harder (and no one wants that). To prepare your walls for painting simply remove any peeling or flaking paint with a stainless steel tipped scraper, ensuring that you also fill in any nasty cracks, gaps or holes. Don’t forget to lightly sand over your filled areas to get a smooth finish.
Once you’ve got your walls looking shiny and new, there’s a quick and easy way to give them a little injection of personality and flair. Removal wall art and decals are available in a range of colours, patterns and designs. Simply press them onto the wall and peel them off next time you get the urge to redecorate.
A lick of paint will also brighten up a dingy bathroom in a snap. Choosing a bright, clean colour such as white will make the room appear bigger and more inviting. Update your shower curtain, or, if you want to go a little crazy, throw away the shower curtain and add a glass shower screen as this will give the room a chic appearance without undergoing extensive renovations. You can also replace your outdated tap handles and shower head for cheaper and water efficient ones.
Putting aside an afternoon to DIY some home storage solutions will keep your house looking spic and span and give the illusion that you’re an organised person. If you want to get creative, put a magnet strip under your cabinets to store spices. You can use letter organizers to store flip flops or flats and if you’ve got little ones just use a command hook behind your high chair to hang bibs. A cheap CD tower turned on its side makes for a great bathroom organizer while a shoe organizer is perfect for the pantry.
The right lighting can make a world of difference to your home.
Cetnaj the Lighting, Electrical and Data Specialists, believe LEDs are the best lighting option you can choose for your home. Not only are they good for the environment, they’re also better for your household and your bank account.
LEDs don’t contain any harmful materials such as mercury or lead and can last up to 50,000 hours which is about four times longer than fluorescents and 50 times long than standard incandescent bulbs. That means if your LED is turned on for eight hours per day, it’d be over 17 years before to be changed again.
Scent may not be something you can see, but it definitely adds to the feel of your home and there are some cute DIY projects out there that only take a few moments. Try tying some Eucalyptus to your showerhead; it will make an amazing fragrance with the steam. Or you could simply add a couple of cinnamon sticks or a sprinkling of cinnamon to a saucepan full of water, and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes until the smell disperses throughout your home.