Transforming your home can be very expensive.
The total cost of new flooring, modern tiles, plush rolls of wallpaper and the fancy furniture you’ve had your eye on for a while can quickly mount up.
But giving your home a new lease of life doesn’t have to break the bank.
If you’re on a tight budget but want to give your home a makeover worthy of Instagram – there are plenty of things you can do.
And some won’t even cost you more than a tenner.
From stick-on tiles and IKEA up-cycles to bathtub paint and marble effect spray counters – there are loads of budget-friendly ideas to try out.
Here’s a round up of some of the ridiculously cheap ways to transform your home.
1. Cheat your way to expensive-looking marble
While it would be lovely to have real marble fixtures and fittings all over the house – it’s probably not feasible on the average UK income.
Instead, you can fake it with cheat products that can help you achieve the expensive look for a lot less.
You can pick up marble spray online from around £5 to £20.
Our sister paper Wales Online revealed how a teacher transformed her dated kitchen counter top to a stylish black marble on using two acrylic black paints, two ‘marble effect’ spray cans from Amazon, primer and an epoxy glaze to create the look for £99.
The marble effect spray cost just £7.50 each.
Here’s how she did it:
Step 1: Sand down the kitchen top.
Step 2: Paint over one coat of white primer.
Step 3: Add two coats of black acrylic and let that dry for an hour.
Step 4: Spray on the marble effect.
Step 5: Pour on the epoxy glaze and spread it across the counters.
The whole up-cycling project only took five hours to complete including waiting time.
2. Try self-adhesive flooring
Earlier this year the Manchester Evening News reported how a savvy shopper transformed her tired bathroom for just £80.
Jodie Berry, 28, from Cheshire, and her partner, Mike, used self-adhesive floor tiles from Homebase to revamp the flooring, and completed the look with plants and bamboo accessories from IKEA.
Speaking to online money-saving community latestdeals.co.uk, Jodie said: “Whenever I have an idea I’ll always head over to Pinterest and search things like ‘Scandinavian bathroom’ or ‘botanical bathroom’ to get different tips and tricks.
“There’s so many DIY tricks on there that you can make with things you’ve probably already got in your house.”
For the transformation, they bought three boxes of floor tiles for £12 each. The soap decanter and toothbrush holder were £7, the plant hanger was £4.50. and the plant was £6 – all from IKEA.
3. Upcycle your old furniture (IKEA furniture is always a good place to start)
TikTok user @middo4789 shared a ‘simple yet effective way’ to upcycle IKEA’s MALM.
The short clip begins with a shot of the handle-less MALM chest of drawers in white (the six-drawer version that costs £115 on the website).
The user then shows gold cupped handles that she purchased from eBay for £6.99 for 12.
After adding each of the new drawer handles, she dresses the top of the drawers with diffuser sticks, a lamp made from a light bulb in a wire mesh vase and a house plant on a gold tray to create the luxury new look.
4. Consider painting your tub instead of buying a brand new bathroom set
TikTok user @blonderebel decided to repaint her off-yellow bathtub white for a cleaner, more modern look.
In her video she uses a paint brush to apply Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit, revealing the finished look after two coats.
If you’re brave enough to have a go at repainting your bath yourself, you can find bathtub refinishing kits on online retailers for approximately £20 to £40.
5. Use stick on tiles
If you’re after a quick fix for dated tiles consider stick-ons.
Stick on tiles are available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures for around £5 to £40 per pack.
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TikTok user @kfoulkes showcased how she used stick-on tiles to transform her bathroom in a video shared with followers.
In the video, she said: “When I moved into my flat there were some tiles with pictures of shells on in the bathroom and I couldn’t afford to re-tile the whole bathroom.
“So, I ordered these tile stickers from Amazon.
“Just chopped them down, stuck them over the old tiles and they’ve worked pretty well.
“They’re waterproof and it was so much cheaper than re-tiling the whole bathroom.”
6. Make your own bathroom accessories
TikTok user @hammsmom uploaded a video explaining how she made a bath caddy.
A bath caddy (also known as a bath shelf) is a piece of wood, plastic or metal that bridges over your bath for extra storage.
In stores and online, most bath caddies will cost shoppers around £15-£40 but you can make your own for less if you have a spare piece of wood and a few tools.
How she does it in just three steps:
Step 1: She begins her project by cutting wood boards to match the width of her bathtub before gluing them together and sanding them down until they’re completely smooth.
Step 2: She then modifies the shelf by drilling a hole and sawing a thin slot from the edge of the wood to the edge of the drilled hole to create a make-shift wine glass holder.
Step 3: After staining the wood a dark brown colour, she adds a few further modifications including wooden rests for a tablet or book, personalises the shelf with a hand-painted ‘relax’ message, and decorates it with candles and a small plant.
7. Transform an old IKEA shelf
TikTok account @sovehome uploaded a video revealing how you could upcycle an IKEA KALLAX shelf.
The video begins with an old IKEA KALLAX shelf – which you’ll find on the website for £29-£35 – placed horizontally on plastic sheets.
The hacker starts to unscrew the unit then cuts one of the cubes off with a saw.
The pieces are then sprayed with white paint, legs are added, and two square door frames are created out of wood before they’re upholstered with burlap.
In the final clip, the new stylish unit – with the added legs – then stands almost double in height and has been dressed with a candle, diffuser, house plant and a leaning picture frame.