I think at the moment every room in our house needs a freshen up. Rooms that you think you only decorate a year ago when it was actually four years ago are looking a bit tired and in need of some TLC. However, when you have some many rooms needing a makeover how do you do it on a budget?
Shopping around is a firm favourite of mine. Although does require some patience too! Don't just go with the first shop you find for everything. If you can hold off until offers pop up on paint i.e; 3 for 2 or two pots of paint for X amount that saves some pennies straight away. Also look out for end of line ranges etc.... My Mum recently picked up some pink Dulux paint in a local store reduced to just £2 per 2.5 litre pot as it was old/end of range stock. That's paint for Thing 3's bedroom sorted and at a cost of just £4.
eBay is a good place to look for new furniture if you are looking to add new pieces or replace existing furniture. You can buy new items on eBay as well as good condition secondhand pieces and it's always worth a look before you pay full price in store. If you do end up looking at buying new always search for discount codes for the stores you are looking for. There is sometimes valid discount codes or even a discount if you sign up to the stores email newsletters.
Upcycling furniture is also a good idea. I recently upcycled our bedside tables as the dark wood was really depressing me! The furniture itself was still solid but it was the colour that bothered me and they needed a freshen up. I bought a tin of furniture paint from our local Wilkinson store and some crystal drawer handles from Amazon. All in it cost £17 for both bedside tables and I think they look much better although far from perfect as it was my first project!
Last year with the help of my wonderful parents we did a garden makeover. Our front garden had been neglected since we had the extension done and we needed to make it look like we had space for 3 cars (building regs requirement!). We bought membrane for under the gravel from Poundland, some of the gravel was free from Gumtree and another set of gravel we paid a little bit for also from Gumtree. The paving slabs were relocated from my parents house and we bought lavender from Aldi. You can read all about that makeover here; Our DIY garden makeover