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21 Ideas to Renovate Your Home Without Spending Much Money

To renew is to live. And living costs money. Because it is not just about breathing but about giving ourselves certain tastes. Anyway, there are ways and ideas to change the face of our house without putting ourselves in great expense. You just have to sharpen your ingenuity, imagination and be creative when it comes to refreshing the spaces in your home. In this book of ideas we want to tell you how to renew our environments spending little or nothing. Good ideas, big changes and little expense. An equation that is always welcome.

Starring role

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On a single wall or in an entire room, wallpaper transforms spaces without changing a piece of furniture. Wallpaper costs from € 12 per square meter. If we are going to do it, we recommend choosing a pre-glued paper: you just have to moisten it and place it, or a vinyl one with a non-woven base: it is more resistant and you only have to apply glue to the wall or paper. To find out how many rolls are needed you have to calculate the perimeter of the room by the width of the roll. Paper from the Anima collection, design by Andrea Zarraluqui for Coordonné.

Bring out the colors

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A wall in the kitchen or children’s bedroom can go from a white surface to a slate wall, from the classic black (€ 10.28 / 250 ml Valentine), to the daring strawberry or orange. It is easy to apply and does not need a previous primer (€ 13.75 from Beissier), unless it is a plasterboard wall. Doors can also be released by applying two coats of enamel, such as Bruguer’s Acrylic Satin (€ 14.95 / 750 ml at Bauhaus); it is 40% cheaper than if they are lacquered.

Removable

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The vinyls allow you to customize a wall with all kinds of motifs, from geometric to your own images; they are easy to fit and removable.

Stylish walls

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The walls do not have to be smooth: a molding or a baseboard gives them texture and elegance in an easy way. The new collection of Modern skirting boards, by Orac Decor, can also be used to integrate lighting. The High Line model in the image, designed by Pierre Daems, is the best-selling of the collection, and costs € 20.66 per linear meter.

New kitchen

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If it is deteriorated or has lost color, you can renew the kitchen counter without having to remove the existing one or the holes in the sink. The solution is to cover it with microcement (from € 50 per square meter at Topcret), available in different colors and with an anti-humidity wax finish, especially for kitchens and bathrooms.

A plus of functionality and savings

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The sink and the faucet can be renovated to gain additional savings. There are single sinks with a drainer for less than € 40, like the Fyndig model in the image, from Ikea (€ 39.99). In addition to the steel ones, the resin ones are available in many colors. A cold front opening tap prevents the boiler from turning on when not needed; Roca’s L20 kitchen mixer with swivel spout has this technology and costs from € 105 + VAT.

Different footsteps

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There are laminate floors (like the one in the image, the Eligna Wide model, from Quick-Step, which costs € 24.95 / square meter) and ceramic (like the Techlam from the Cosmos collection, from Levantina, € 30 / square meter) that do not require works. They are installed over the existing one, and even some – the floating parquet with a click system – can be disassembled and moved if you move house. Stone floors are already another option for a quick reform: Levantina also has a marble, the Crema Marfil Tile, with a thickness of 1.2 cm and various formats that costs from € 55 / square meter. Another alternative is vinyl. In roll or in tiles, they are adhesive and are installed on any surface. Being very thin (between 1.5-3 mm) the doors will not have to be lowered. The Scala 30 model, from DLW Flooring, costs € 40 / square meter with installation included.

Like the first day

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Every so often – between 10 and 15 years – the wooden floor must be sanded and varnished (from € 15 / square meter). It should be borne in mind that solid flooring and gluing allow more renovations than floating parquet, whose life is usually around 30 years. Just sanding it will help clarify and renew the look of the parquet throughout the house. Ash gray floor by Detarima.

More and better light

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Replacing a blind door with a glass one allows light to reach every corner. If you already have glass doors, you can change one to acid-etched glass or give it an etched look with stickers. In the image, Rimadesio sliding model.

One switch, many lights

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The dimmers on the lamps allow you to play with light and control consumption, reducing it by up to 50%. In the case of recessed halogen lights, the switch must be replaced by a push-button (the most basic is a screw-in one). There are 15-500 W pill-shaped dimmers compatible with any push button on the market from € 24. For table lamps, the dimmers are installed on the same cable and have a cost of about € 35 / u. In general, energy saving light bulbs (compact fluorescent or CFL) do not accept dimmers. Not all LED lamps are dimmable either; check this feature in the product information. A standard 9W Philips lamp (equivalent to a 60W incandescent) with an E27 thread and a transparent bulb costs € 12.99. Set of switches and regulator in anthracite finish from the 1950 collection, by Font Barcelona.

A coat of paint

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Painting the walls is another simple and inexpensive way to change the face of a room. And you don’t need to start painting the entire room, sometimes just renovating a single wall with a contrasting color and raising the spirit of the environment is enough.

Change the arrangement of the furniture

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This simple and practical idea is no less effective, and the most economical of all since we will not have to invest more than our time. That will also be little. Changing the orientation of the bed, turning the armchair making the living room look the other way, finding a new location for the table, chairs, paintings and ornaments can radically transform the space without spending a single coin. By changing the location of the furniture, we make the energy circulate in another way, also renewing ourselves inside.

Add plants

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Green and nature always renew environments, oxygenate it and give it another energy, fresher and healthier. Add pots on the balcony or patio or inside the house, choosing the right species and the ones you like the most. If you are one of those who do not want to take care of them, you have to opt for cacti or succulents that do not require much watering and can live in almost any environment.

Add design to a wall

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Today there are countless vinyl designs that can change the face of a dull or monotonous wall, refreshing the whole environment. This image is a clear example of how a simple and straightforward design in basic black lines can make a big difference.

Give another use to those forgotten spaces

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The under stairs are generally places reserved for the accumulation of things, to have them untidy or simply free and without use. Invent a new space by recovering that small but functional place if we know how to use it.

Add some textures and color detail

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A small expense but that results in a great visual modification is the addition of a new color or texture in the form of pillows, covers, a blanket on the armchair, a small folder or rug under the table. With a minimal investment we can incorporate warmth and color in different corners of the house.

Play with the renovation of some furniture

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You can change the vibe of an entire environment by renovating just one of the leading furniture in the place. A bedside table painted in another color, a chest of drawers with new hardware or decorative ceramic handles, a table with a new patina, a bench worked with decoupagge or some other special technique bring fresh air into the room.

Change the curtain

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Without having to paint or buy new furniture, a simple shade change can mean a big visual change. A new colorful curtain or one with an attention-grabbing design can contrast with the rest of the simple décor and make the environment look brand new.

Let there be a new light

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Another small but significant change is adding some new light fixture. A new design lamp, located in a strategic or original place, will refresh the area. If you cannot buy a new appliance, a simple change of location will cause the lighting from another angle to change its lights and shadows.

Sort and throw

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Putting in new elements is not the only way to introduce changes. Getting rid of everything that we have not used for a long time or that is already old is a good way to change the energy of the place. Ordering, freeing up space, allowing new things to come in is a good exercise for mental order as well.

Renovate the boys’ room with cardboard furniture

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Cardboard is an inexpensive, environmentally friendly material and, although it may seem otherwise, it is incredibly resistant. Its lightness makes it a very versatile material as it makes it easy to fold and transport. Renovate the children’s room with totally new and original furniture!

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