Home updating on a budget
New look: the Petersiks’ office, with reupholstered chairs and charity shop cabinets (Pic: Kip Dawkins) BARGAIN HUNTING “Try Red Cross charity shops, flea markets, house auctions and e Bay,” says Eithne.“You can find great furniture cheaply, sand it, repaint – make a cushion cover out of any old fabric, an old T-shirt or a holey jumper and you have a unique piece to update a room.” She recommends casting off our British reserve, and asking friends and family who are renovating to donate unwanted items such as kitchen countertops, cabinetry and so on.
I chose to paint the kitchen Benjamin Moore’s Million Dollar Red, and at the time loved my kitchen’s cozy, warm, coffee-house feel! I was so upset that I had made the “wrong” decorating choices and felt stuck with my selections.
A quarter of us are planning to tackle home improvements this year and 52 per cent of all DIY projects are aimed at making the home a better place to live, rather than adding value, according to Kingfisher, parent company of B&Q.