Unhappy In Your Home And On A Budget? Have A Super-Affordable Mini Renovation!*

*This is a collaborative post*

When you’re unhappy with the current decor or design of your home, it can leave you feeling gloomy. Having a huge list of things that you'd love to do is all well and good if you have the funds and time required, but when you don't it's easy to become disheartened. But that doesn’t mean you can't make improvements. Instead, work out a budget you can manage and make a little difference to each space, bit by bit.

Whether you’ve recently moved house and have a lot of work to do, or you’ve been in your home for years, and it needs a little TLC, you can often feel out of your depth. Working on one room at a time can make things a lot more manageable. A little change really does go a long way. If you can spare a few hours here and there, the ideas listed should help to transform your home and hopefully the way you feel about it.


The kitchen is often the room we all want to change the most. But forget a brand new suite, these tips will help you spruce the place up.

Paint The Cabinets

If you hate the cabinets that you have up in the kitchen but buying new ones is an expense you don’t want, salvage the ones you have instead. Take inspiration from articles like this and add your own unique touch. Sand them down, paint them and change the handles. You’ll soon see the difference it can make.

Add A New Appliance

You don’t have to change every single thing in a kitchen for it to take on a different look. Instead, you just need to make a few swaps. If you want to add a new edge or a pop of colour, why not invest in one new appliance, or even two? You might find that a new kettle or toaster really adds life to your counter tops.

Focus On Dining

In our kitchens, we can often think more about the cabinets than anything else. However, creating a cute dining space could also really bring the room to life. Whether you bring in a table that you’ve used elsewhere or even create a diner style booth, you could transform the room completely and give it a whole new central focus.

Living Space

Making changes to your living space is crucial if you want to feel at home. Doing what you can to make it cosier is the first step.

Enhance Texture

One of the easiest ways to make your living space look and feel more comfortable is to focus on texture. You don’t even need to invest in new furniture for this. By simply changing your curtains, couch covers, adding scatter cushions here and there and even a rug, you can transform the whole overall look and feel of the room.

Change Furniture Around

You can instantly refresh a room by changing it's layout. If your living space has looked the same for a while, think about rearranging the furniture or choosing a new focal point. It’s a very simple option, but it could give the room an entirely new look.

Work With Colour & Light

Most of the time, we all want our living spaces to be light and bright, or to give off a certain vibe. Two of the ways you can do that involve colour and light. With colour, you can invoke different emotions and moods - so make your paint choice count. However, you can also achieve the same principle with light. Websites like www.cashfloat.co.uk discuss the benefits of switching to LED lighting if you want your room to have a welcoming, warm glow.


Everyone will have a different take on how they want their bedroom to look, so simply channel your inner style, and get to it.

Pick A Theme

Bedrooms can take on a whole new look with the help of a theme. If your current room - or any room in your house - seems a little thrown together, choose a theme to help you achieve the style you're after. Whether you want vintage glam, or sweet and serene, opting for the right colour and look could be all it takes to transform your sleeping space.

Focus On Sleep

If you have trouble getting a good nights sleep then you might want to consider this when making any changes. Add in blinds that block out the light, use calming colours and work with storage to try and keep the space clutter-free. A lighter, brighter, more organized space should make you feel a lot better altogether.

Less Is More

In other rooms, you might want to think about accessorizing the space to give it personality, but in your bedroom, try to stick to the idea of less being more. In this room, you want to be able to keep things as understated as possible. Clever storage ideas can help and items like candles and incense will give off a homely feel whilst still keeping the space serene.


Like the kitchen, we all want the bathroom of our dreams. Short of swapping your old suite for new, you can actually make a little go a long way.


If you feel like your bathroom is just too boring and basic right now, it’s time to accessorize. You can pick up things like candles and mirrors, rugs and towels for great prices both online and in your local discount store. Simply choose your primary colour and pick up pieces in the bathroom department that can add a new lease of life.

Look Down

Your flooring can take up a lot of space in your bathroom. It can also change the overall look and feel. Yes, you might want to paint the walls, but if your flooring is dated, that might not be enough. Luckily for us all, you can find some great flooring ideas that don’t have to cost the earth like these here.


When you find that the paint and flooring just aren't enough, you might want to think about tiling. This will depend on the space, your suite and the cost of the tiles of course. Or, if you don’t think you’re up to the job, you can paint them instead! Tile paint can be quite affordable and long-wearing, meaning you can change the look and feel of your bathroom for a lot less.


When you’re unhappy with your home, you can often focus on the inside. However, sprucing up your outside space can make a world of difference too.

Out With The Rubbish

First up, if your yard is completely overgrown and looking gross, you’re going to want to set aside a day to get out there and make it right. Simple! Rip everything out that you don’t want and give yourself a blank slate to start with. If you don't have anywhere to put the rubbish, then it might be worth looking to hire a skip to get rid of the unwanted items and plants. You might also find that having a skip will push you to renovate another room whilst you're sorting your garden, as you have the space to dispose of any unwanted items, furniture and waste!

Plant Flowers

Once you've got rid of anything you don't want, look at planting flowers, trees and even vegetables. You can find seedlings for great prices online and pretty flowers for sale in your local garden store or supermarket. Go with things you like the look of and make sure you read up on how to care for them.

Create A Space

To really transform the outdoor space you have, think about adding in a small living or dining area, like this. With the addition of seats and a table, potted plants, candles, lighting, and even a heater, you can create a cozy space where you can unwind after a long day.

*This post was contributed by Sam Jones

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