Just moved into your first home and now need to spruce it up on a budget? No problem. Sunny has created a comprehensive guide, considering everything from the easiest DIY fixes you can carry out to ace accessories that will make an impression in your new home.
Ready to fix up that new home to suit your personal tastes but don't have a huge budget? No problem! We've come up with a selection of easy fixes you can do with minimal fuss and impact on your bank account.
Did you know?
We conducted a survey of homeowners in the UK and discovered that 62% of people buy a home that needs decorating or updating to suit their tastes. 16% purchased fixer-uppers that required complete renovation.
If you're in that 62% and are looking for easy fixes you can do on a budget you'll find it here. We've covered it all, from quick fixes with a lick of paint to vinyl stickers that can hide a multitude of sins, try out our tips and enjoy a home that you love for a little less.
Vinyl sticky back plastic that can be cut to size and laid onto worktops is an incredible invention, allowing you to instantly update a tired looking kitchen counter or bathroom side. You simply buy the vinyl in a roll, measure and cut to size then stick and smooth it out onto the surface you want to upgrade.
Choose from a wide selection of designs such as marble and wood grain effect to add a touch of luxe to any space, with just a peel and a stick!
Where to buy vinyl sticky back plastic for worktops
You'll find this clever invention available from these stores:
Removing and replacing tiles is hard (and expensive) work. Instead, spruce them up and make them more to your taste with specialist tile paint. You can pick this up from most DIY stores and it's now available in a wide range of colours to complement all decor preferences.
Be sure to take a look at our tips for working with tile paint section, further on in the guide. There's a knack to achieving the perfect finish but once you nail it, you'll be painting every tiled surface in the house.
Everything from skirting boards to bannisters can start to look tired over time, so grab some gloss paint in a bright white shade and give these a lick of paint. It's a cheap and easy way of creating a fresh look in any room, as the painted surfaces add a lovely clean finish.
Tips for glossing woodwork
Did you know?
Brits in the North of England are happier to take on a property that needs renovating. More people in the North East and North West (42%) purchased a property that required a complete renovation compared to the rest of the UK.
It sounds a little too simple but you'll be amazed by the effect a new light fitting can have.
An elegant chandelier, a pop of colour with a classic lampshade or an on trend, hammered copper design - whatever you're looking for, ensure it's easy to install and within budget.
If your new light fittings require any electrical work to be carried out when putting them in, ensure you enlist the services of a professional to stay safe.
An even easier fix is to swap out your existing light bulbs for new ones. You can pick up bulbs that you can control the colour of to set the mood or select bulbs with soft glows or brighter hues depending on the vibe you want to create in your space.
Are the kitchen cabinets looking a little tired but you simply don't have the budget for a whole kitchen renovation? No problem, paint is here to save the day again. You can buy specialist cupboard paint, which offers a protective coating and ensures the finished look lasts.
Step 1 - Remove door handles.
Step 2 - Remove cupboard doors.
Step 3 - Place on a flat surface and wipe down with sugar soap and a damp cloth.
Step 4 - Lightly sand the door to remove any excess paint and create a surface with more grip.
Step 5 - Wipe down the door again to remove any dust or debris.
Step 6 - Prime the door - click here to learn more about primers.
Step 7 - When the primer is dry, apply your paint in any grooves with a small brush.
Step 8 - Once the grooves are painted, use a roller to apply the first layer of paint.
Step 9 - Add another layer, dry, then paint again if necessary.
Step 10 - Re-hang your doors and attach the handles.
A dirty patio can make any space look tired and unappealing. Whether you borrow your pressure washer from a family member or friend or invest in one, this quick and easy fix will revamp your outdoor space in an instant.
You can also use a pressure washer to clean up old decking, breathe life back into tired garden furniture and even remove loose paint from fencing or wood structures in the garden. So while buying a pressure washer might be an added cost, the investment will continue to pay returns for maintaining your new home, as the device can be used to spruce up everything from the patio to your car.
A simple fix that makes a huge difference is simply swapping out current door and cupboard handles for new ones. You can have great fun with this and even get creative by painting up budget, plain cupboard door handles and adding your own design.
Spice up the kitchen with new cupboard handles in a bold chili red shade against glossy white doors or add a vintage touch with brass, ornate handles on your built-in wardrobe. If you're a fan of the shabby chic trend or mismatched vibes then take a wander around your local car boot or scour eBay for people selling old door handles that you can then use in your home to enjoy an eclectic finish.
Grout gets grubby over time so if you don't fancy changing the tiles but feel like something needs to be done to spruce them up, clean up the grout. It will require some elbow grease but it's a simple fix that costs very little to do, however, once you're finished you'll be amazed how different the room appears.
For stubborn stains on grout, you can also tidy it up with a grout pen. These require a little time and patience but allow you to effectively draw over sad-looking grout and make it appear shiny and new again. You can pick up these pens in a range of colours, they typically cost around £10 and you'll find brands such as Ronseal and Unibond offering them.
Tips for cleaning grout
Damage caused by the previous owners to walls can be easily fixed with a little filler and a scraper. Simply fill the whole, scrape away the excess and wait for it to dry. Then, once dry, take some sanding paper and lightly sand down the raised area of filler before painting to match the wall again.
You can also buy specialist paint that is is a little thicker - Polycell's 3-in-1 Basecoat is the best option - which works great to cover fine cracks with no need to use filler and a scraper at all!
What type of filler do you need?
There are a range of filler types to choose from, here we've listed some of the most common to help make things easier when you head to the DIY store.
DIY store B&Q recommends adding some PVA glue to your filler to help it stick!
There's a chance that if you're living in an older property, the former owners have covered some perfectly lovely original flooring with carpet. This task might take a little extra work and time commitment, but the result will be worth it. Take a peek under the floor to see what treasure could be hiding underneath and give your rooms a makeover in an instant.
Upstairs you might find wooden floorboards that you can sand down and varnish to enjoy a rustic, exposed wood floor. Downstairs, there may be some beautiful tile work in the hallway or kitchen that can be scrubbed up to replace dated carpet.
In the bathroom and kitchen, the silicone sealant may be looking a little tired. It's so easy to give this an update and it will instantly improve the appearance of the room. Here's how:
You will need:
You don't have to use a special sealant smoothing tool. Simply wet your finger and drag this across to smooth out the sealant.
Step 1 - Put sealant remover on your sealant, following the packet instructions.
Step 2 - Scrape the sealant away with your remover tool.
Step 3 - Clean with mould spray if necessary and wipe dry.
Step 4 - Once the area is thoroughly dry, apply your waterproof sealant. Place the product in your cartridge gun for easy application, Ensure you apply even pressure across the area and then smooth the sealant out with your tool.