Righto….. my last post was kinda half way done…. today the last installment on this little makeover. If you can remember, my client inherited furniture and it didn’t really suit her style or new home. Rather than getting rid of perfectly good furniture, why not try to work with what you have, incorporate it with the existing home and save thousands at the same time. I hope these last few posts have inspired you to look at your unloved pieces differently and perhaps give them a second chance. You can rejuvenate your home on a budget if you only think out the box and try your hand at a few DIY jobs.
Remember the old lounge……
and the kitchen …….
and the dining area……
Ok, so you do remember 🙂 …… Last time you saw how the lounge area was transformed with a few new accents, a recycled coffee table and how the right grounding colour can make the biggest difference…..Thats quite a big change don’t you think? Yes, I agree and the home owner is ecstatic that her old dated furniture has a new lease on life, and she actually loves the space!
Kitchens are expensive items to renovate or change. In this instance, I worked with the colours and not against it. Yes, its dated, and yes the colours might not have been the best choice but it’s here, and there is no big budget to change it, so we will make the best of the situation ok? Simple de-cluttering goes a long way of making a space look fresh, and adding a splash of colour can make a big difference.
See how the lime is picked up in the abstract painting? Just a tiny bit needed and the same dark green that normally doesn’t go with lime, feels a little like it belongs with it also being repeated in the painting. The strong blacks are repeated in coffee tables, bench top and breakfast chairs. Adding a splash of yellow with lemons and fresh flowers softens the green and give a homely touch.
Opposite the kitchen is the dining room. White high gloss built-in buffet with marble look top… not exactly the best match for a mahogany period dining suite. I stripped the green covers from the chairs and found a fabric that will match the grey and charcoals in the rest of the open plan space a little better. Remember, this is a budget makeover !
So. Much. Better!!!
I added a big mirror to balance the tall cabinet on the end, flanked with lamps that has black shades and silver base for rhythm with the living room and a big bunch of flowers for impact on the buffet. The same yellow flowers, lemons and some green apples now sit on the table, bringing the colour of the kitchen closer. The wavy silver and charcoal fabric on the chairs brings the dated dining suite a little into the modern era.
This little nook served to be no good to the client, but I had other plans with this space.
A drinks cabinet off course! Now doesn’t this make much more sense and serves a real purpose? The best part, she had all the beverages in her pantry, so it cost nothing, nada….zip…
A beautiful, classy dining room….bowls and vases she already had, put to good use.
Even though it’s not perfect and there’s a few mismatched styles and periods, it does feel a little more cohesive and livable. The home owner loves it, but loves the fact that she could afford such a big change without making big changes. A lot of her own items were used, and a few new items sparingly bought for big impact.
Small changes with big impact can save the day. A lamp, a painting, a rug and flowers, all do-able and inexpensive things, but giving a total different feel to a space. Rejuvenate your home on a budget is not that difficult friends. Go look at your room that you hate for what ever reason. See the basics, and find ways to incorporate a few things without braking the bank.
I will show you more little changes with big impact next time with my Spring sprucing friends..