As the cold spell drags on many of us will be sheltering at home this weekend, making it the perfect time to tackle some long overdue DIY projects.
Thankfully you don't need a vast amount of cash to give your home a facelift, so try these simple budget-friendly ideas to makeover your pad by Monday.
Attention to detail
As any interior designer will tell you, it is the details that lift a room from good to great. This means paying close attention to accessories, soft furnishing and final finishes to give your home a well-polished look. Even simple moves such as giving all woodwork a fresh coat of paint, swapping dull kitchen cupboard knobs for glass or ceramic styles and upgrading your light switches to a more stylish design can transform the overall feel of your home.
If you're not handy with a sewing machine, make use of the wealth of 'how-to' videos on YouTube.com, or consider enrolling in a course to learn some basic skills. This will enable you to recreate designer curtains, bedding and cushions at a fraction of the cost of new, particularly professionally custom made drapes which can be incredibly expensive. Visit Hotcourses.com to find out about courses in your local area. If tackling a large project is out of your skill set, you can still create a personal touch by titivating off the shelf pieces with beading, trims and tassels.
Mini home office
With more of us working from home than ever before a home office has risen in the list of priorities when house hunting. However if you don't have the luxury of a spare room and cannot afford to move, you may find yourself sprawled out on the kitchen table and forced to clear your paperwork away every evening. Not ideal.
A great solution is to create a designated workspace by transforming an old wardrobe. You'll need to fix in new shelves – one at desk height and one or two above to stash files and office supplies. Depending on the size of the wardrobe you may need to fix a sliding shelf using drawer runners and guides to make space for your computer keyboard. Keeping the wardrobe doors will enable you to close off your office at the end of work day, or remove them to create a more open space. Consider painting the interior of the wardrobe, or lining with wallpaper to create a new look.
Unlike interiors, most people don't see the details of a garden; they notice the overall effect. Nevertheless it can feel like an enormously daunting task if you're not naturally green-fingered, so try to keep it simple. Clearing the borders of your garden by weeding and trimming lawn that may be creeping in garden beds is a straightforward way to make a messy garden look tidy and cared-for.
Bamboo screening is a fantastic and affordable way to cover tatty old fencing and create privacy from nosey neighhours. It is easy to install with ties or staples and can also be used to screen unsightly areas such as compost heaps, rubbish bins, gas and oil tanks.
If you're keen to add greenery and colour opt for low-maintenance plants such as shrubs, conifers and grasses, and avoid attention seekers such as roses, climbers and bedding plants.