Bored of your bedroom? Lusting for a new lounge? Kitting out your kitchen? Transforming your home can be a costly enterprise, so I have racked my brain, raided social media sites and come up with a few crafty ways to transform the feel of your home without emptying your bank account.

Make your own moodlighting

Don’t throw glass jars away from your jam or sauce pots. Clean them up, remove the labels and fill with tea lights to create boho candles. Tie a ribbon around the top for a touch of chintz.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 11.03.47Image Sarah May Rogers

Create a statement wall

Every time I attend any kind of cultural event, different country or different city, I pick up a postcard (or 5). Now, the wall facing my bed has become a statement wall of personal experiences. In my opinion, better than wallpaper as it tells my life experiences, and no one will have the same.

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Go to flea markets

Rummaging can be some people’s idea of hell. However they are worth persevering with, as some unique little gems can be picked up at a very reasonable price as markets give you the opportunity to haggle. Last weekend, there was the Soho Flea Market, which was full of independent crafts men and women from all around London harking their beautiful wares – jewellery to ceramics to soft furnishings. Portobello Road is always a hotspot for one off interior pieces that won’t break the bank too.

Portobello-Antiques-MarketImage from My MZone

Add a lick of paint

If you have a piece of furniture which looks tired, try painting it a bold new colour. I really like a strong hot pink or a bold zesty green to add a blast of colour to a room. The same effect can be achieved by re-upholstering (but I don’t think this is quite as easy as buying some paint…)

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 10.53.44Image from Houzz

Make a mosaic

I love mosaic. I can envisage everything I own covered with mosaic. Pop into some charity shops and purchase some differently patterned crockery, and buy some grout from a hardware store and hey-presto! Smash the crockery and attach it to pretty much anything with the grout. It would instantly uplift outdoor garden furniture (I’m thinking the seats and table tops of a patio set), can be used for decorative place settings, mirror surrounds… you name it. Again the thing I like best is that every mosaic you create will be completely unique.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 10.53.57Image from Instructables 

So there you have it – 5 simple ways to update and upcycle your home, in ways which won’t break the bank either.

By Jessica Moffatt-Owen

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