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16 Feb 2017

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If you’re addicted to home makeover shows like Neville’s Doorstep Challenge, you’ll probably already know you can do a lot to a room with €1,000.

Ireland’s king of decorating transforms a couple’s problem room with some smart interiors advice and a lot of paint! As Neville has shown us, updating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, the best way to spruce up your house is to tackle it one small project at a time.



Whether you’re a first time buyer moving into your first home, or you’re a next time buyer planning to move home this year, updating your home will add to its value (as well as making it nicer to live in!)

Read on to discover seven quick and simple ways to update your home for under a grand.

1.    Give your kitchen a facelift

Despite our best intentions of positioning our kitchens at the back of the house to catch the sun, a lot of Irish kitchens are very dark. There’s nothing like a lick of white paint to brighten up your kitchen and be bang on trend.

You can also spruce up ugly cupboard doors with a coat of on-trend grey or duck-egg blue. Use a specialist primer if the doors are gloss and treat to a couple of coats of satin finish paint. Remove the doors and knobs before painting or better yet replace the knobs for a total transformation. If you have the budget, invest in a quality stone or timber worktop. Painting dated splash-back tiles is another great way to improve your kitchen. You’ll find specialist paint for this job at your local DIY store.

2.    Turn a wall into art

Gallery walls add instant wow-factor to your rooms. They make a modern house seem more cutting-edge and give an old house quirky charm; a win-win wonder! IKEA does a great range of basic frames that will look good among flea-market finds and abstract canvases for a quirky eclectic look.

You could also create a feature wall of old fashioned china or frame those sentimental cards shoved in the back of a cabinet. Check out home interior websites for gallery wall inspiration and you could pull this look together in a weekend.

3.    Create a home office

You’d be surprised how much more productive you’ll be if you had a clear surface to call your desk and enough shelf space to file away your documents. A simple laptop table, some shelving, a pin-board and a lamp are all you need to create your own little home office under the stairs or in a little-used box room.

 Invest in some paper trays, magazine files and stationery to keep you well-stocked and organised. If you’re hoping to resell, an office space will be a major bonus point to prospective buyers.

4.    Paint floorboards

Pulling up a dirty, dated carpet to reveal authentic floorboards is an instant space-refresher. If your floorboards are in good nick, sand and varnish them to show off their natural beauty. You can hire a sander over a weekend to get the job done more easily.

Or for a fresh, New England feel, give your floor a lick of white paint. As the paint distresses over time, character is added. If you’ve ever seen the floors in Avoca’s Suffolk Street food hall you’ll get the idea.

5.    Change your curtains

Ready-made curtains have really improved in quality through the years, and are now super affordable. If you really wanted to take advantage of the great prices, you could buy two designs: one sheer summer design and one heavy-lined pair to layer over sheers on a double curtain rail for the colder months.

6.    Create a coffee table display

One thing you’ll always notice about a beautiful room in a magazine or home store is a great coffee table, with some interesting items proudly displayed on it. Use some trays for a neat stack of books. (TK Maxx always has some interesting carved or mirrored trays for discounted prices).

Place a dish on your table as a catch-all for keys, lip balms and loose change. Keep your vignette simple and make sure you leave some room for drinks and a couple of your favourite magazines!

7.    Get a set of statement dining chairs

Now we’re not saying we support the replication of classic design, but if we were, there are some really good options out there. An Eames Eiffel or Hans Wenger Wishbone chair will add some major cool points to your dining table. Think of iconic furniture as art.

For more home news, check out our blog to see how Xpose’s Karen Koster swapped clothes for a new sofa after moving into her new home.

If you haven’t gotten as far as the decorating yet but are thinking about buying your first home or moving, chat through your mortgage options by booking a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting today.

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