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Home improvements: Revitalising your space on a budget

The secret to decorating on a budget is thinking laterally – from turning old wooden chairs into cool bedside tables to painting one wall in an eye-catching shade.

The secret to decorating on a budget is thinking laterally – with a lick of paint, rickety old wooden chairs can be turned into cool bedside tables, or a stack of old magazines can be converted into an unusual perch for a much-loved lamp.

Painting one wall in an eye-catching shade is an affordable way to transform a room, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different, get yourself an oversized canvas from an arts or crafts shop and paint that in a single shade instead. It’s a great, simple and cheap way to fill an otherwise bare wall.

Alternatively, try turning a collection of colourful plates into a wall arrangement. Choose plates in a range of sizes, colours and patterns, and attach them using wire plate hangers; make a point of picking up interesting plates on your travels. Meanwhile, leftover glass bottles can be covered in enamel paint to make striking vases; paint different sized bottles in the same colour (or slight variations of a single shade) and then group them together.

But the very cheapest way to redecorate is to just move your furniture around. This may also encourage you to get rid of unnecessary clutter – so with a little help from Dubizzle or the likes, your redecorating spree may even make you some money.

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