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How do you create a new space on a budget?

Who said a makeover isn’t possible if you don’t have a budget? With a frugal attitude and a little creativity, you can still turn your home into the space you’ve dreamed of.

Here are some home makeover tips to try without breaking the bank:

Thrift and upcycling

Claire Cobbledick from Gumtree South Africa says, “Sanding and re-staining a dated dining area or adding new hardware and a lick of paint to an old chest of drawers can turn used furniture from drab to chic in no time.”

You don’t have to buy in expensive stores. You can opt for pre-owned items and still create standout pieces that are unique to your individual style.

Channel your inner Picasso

Get creative and create your own artwork to hang on your walls. You will find countless DIY ideas and tutorials online.

If painting or drawing isn’t your forte, you can always stretch a piece of beautiful fabric in a large frame into one large piece of art for an eye-catching wall.

You will also be able to find quite affordable photo frames of various sizes online.

do-it-yourself furniture

It’s no secret that furniture is expensive. That is why so many homeowners choose to make them themselves.

Make a bookcase by stacking, sanding and painting a few apple crates. There are several step-by-step tutorials online for making unique furniture pieces—including coffee tables and patio furniture—from wooden pallets.

Paint is magic for home makeup

A fresh lick of paint often makes all the difference in a room. Applying a few coats of brilliant white interior paint to walls is an easy and often less expensive way to give a room a fresh, new look.

The same goes for kitchen cabinets. A vibrant pop of color can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen in an instant, saving you the cost and hassle of replacing cabinets that are actually in good working order.

READ: Refresh your bedroom with these six interior trends

It’s in the details

Maintenance goes a long way. A chipped tile or drips of dried paint on the floor may seem insignificant, but it’s these little details that make all the difference to the overall look of a home.

Make notes of things in the house that are repaired, replaced, or need a new coat of paint. Look at baseboards, door handles, cabinet door corners, and ceiling cornices.

Giving your home a makeover doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

It is possible to have a stylish, contemporary home by being smart about what you buy and where you buy it.

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