Did you know that 57% of homeowners know that their home is in need of some TLC – and a lot of DIY?
You probably inwardly groan every time you see your tired old couch or weathered garden furniture. You’ve got regular bills, student loans to pay off, and your emergency fund is looking more suitable for a brief shower than a rainy day.
How can you afford to improve your home when your budget is less Prada and more nada?
You can make over your furniture without spending loads of money. These DIY upgrades will turn your furnishings and interior decor from drab to fab in no time!
DIY Upgrades That Don’t Cost the Earth
With a little elbow grease and just a few dollars on supplies, it’s easy to turn your tired furniture into something beautiful.
Be inspired: try out some of these top DIY furniture upgrades to get started on sprucing up your living space.
1. Restore Silver Weathered Wood in an Afternoon
Wooden garden furniture that’s been sat outside for years turns silver. It gathers moss and dirt and starts to look unappealing to sit on.
Deck restorer costs about $20 a can and works perfectly well on outdoor wooden furniture, too. Simply buff the wood with a wire brush to clean off the surface, then paint the restorer on.
Wait for 5 to 15 minutes, then buff with a wire brush again. Wash the furniture with soapy water and there you go! It’ll look like new. You can always add a new color stain and weatherproof sealant to really make it last, too.
2. Dye Chair Covers
Your couch is probably covered in a few coffee stains or has faded sides from sunlight. It’s easy to restore your couch in just one afternoon with a little fabric dye.
Cover up stains by choosing a darker color than the original fabric or modernize your living area with a pop of zingy brights like pink or coral.
If it has removable covers, choose a dye you like and follow the instructions. You’ll need a few packs of dye to make sure you have enough for the whole couch.
Can’t remove the covers? Find a paint-on fabric dye and set to work with your brush instead!
3. Upgrade Cupboard Handles
One of the quickest and cheapest ways to renovate your kitchen cupboards, bedroom furniture, or even your interior doors is to upgrade the handles.
You can buy new door knobs or cupboard handles from any DIY store. However, if you’re looking for something unique, try looking at thrift stores and visiting flea markets for some vintage styles.
When you’ve found the handles you like, simply remove the old ones with a screwdriver and pop on the new knobs to smarten up your furniture! If you’re looking for something specific or just some inspiration, make sure to check out eames!
4. Cover up with cushions
Cushions and throws hide a multitude of furniture sins. It’s also a quick way to revamp your interior style without spending a lot of money.
Use large throw cushions to revive a sunken couch, or turn your uncomfortable kitchen chairs into must-sit thrones with a well-placed cushion pad.
Throws and blankets are perfect for revamping the spare bedroom. You could even try framing a stunning throw for a unique piece of wall art to cover up any blemishes in the plasterboard.
5. Mod Podge + Gift Wrap = New Tables
The amazing uses of Mod Podge include revamping old tables – or any flat surface – in just a few minutes.
Find some craft paper, gift wrap, or even fabric that suits your style and would fit well with your interior decor theme. Cut it to the size of your table top.
Add a layer of Mod Podge to the flat surface and carefully lay the paper or fabric over the top. Smooth out any crinkles and wait for it to dry. Trim any excess around the edges then add a few coats of water-based clear polyurethane to seal.
Find More Inspiration for Cheap DIY Projects
These are just a few ideas to get you started on the road to becoming a budget DIY upgrades expert.
The great thing about living in the digital age is that you’ve got inspiration and tutorials right at your fingertips. Once you’ve dyed your couch, revived your garden furniture, and installed new handles, you won’t want to stop with your projects.