I watch home renovation programmes on television all the time lately and I am often seriously impressed with how fabulous a job is done for such a teeny tiny budget. It’s amazing what a lick of paint, some serious elbow grease and removing an old patterned carpet can do to a place. Some are completely transformed for a lot less than you would think humanely possible. I think I spend more on cake in a year than what a few had to magically make over an entire house!
I know we need to shop around to get the best deals and take a leaf out of those programmes that just focus on the main issues. I can hang fire on the Jacuzzi bath I so crave and instead prioritise getting rid of the old-fashioned wallpaper, dated worn carpet and awful curtains to give the house an instant refresh without a huge outlay.
I am pleased to see a laminate flooring sale as I prefer this to carpet for my asthmatic son and as cold as it feels underfoot I am tempted to do a few of the rooms in the new house just for the ability to keep them clean. A quick steam mop and they are as good as new again, whereas a carpet wears each muddy footprint like a medal for everyone to see…
In the new house I want to make a couple of feature walls with wallpaper or different coloured paint to give it the lift it so badly needs but without breaking the bank. Before I move I must completely de-clutter the house, at the moment it is quite an eyesore in places and I do not want to carry that problem onto a new house. I need to come up with a suitable way to store all the boys’ toys, games and artwork without it covering every worktop and surface anymore!
There are more decorating on a budget tips here that I plan to follow them religiously as we will not have much money if the house sale ever goes through (month 3 and still waiting, I am losing all hope!). Wish me luck.