Free Fix: No-Cost Home Makeover

Househappy —  January 30, 2015 — Leave a comment

Whether you’re snowed in or not, this time of year it’s only normal to develop a serious case of cabin fever after logging several month’s worth of major “inside time.”

One of the best fixes for this? Spruce up your living space! But that doesn’t have to mean a trip to Ikea or splurging on expensive designer-made home goods. You can do this room refresh for free, with things you already have lying around. But you’ll need a little creativity, and some expert styling advice from Refinery 29. We gave one of their suggestions a try, and created a “color story” shelf using items we had around the Househappy office in shades of turquoise and brown (image above). Did we pull it off?

See more tips below, and click through for a slideshow of simple yet brilliant ideas.

Move furniture away from walls to create intimate seating areas that look intentional.

Frame an old letter or a page from a magazine, and arrange it artfully with other items from your home, and from outdoors.

Use twine to give an old chair a new look. You can wrap the arms, legs, and even weave it to create a new back.

Pull pages from a damaged book to create a no-cost wall hanging.

When in doubt, slap on a coat of bright paint to give you and your old furniture a new lease on life!

Here’s their take on a color story shelf featuring metalics and black.

Source: Refinery 29



From start to finish, Househappy redefines the modern homeownership experience by providing solutions for home search and maintenance. Sometimes life can distract us from proper home upkeep. That’s why we created Househappytrax, a technology tool designed to simplify home management by storing your home’s DNA. We send a trained professional to gather 250+ points of data specific to your house. The app features document storage, seasonal to-do lists and reminders, a maintenance and improvements calendar, discounts on home products and services, and you can even find trusted home services providers in your area -- all in one convenient location, accessible on any device.

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