Thinking that your room or house needs a serious update? Look no further. I am here to give you some tips on brightening up your space in a way that doesn’t drain your wallet or cause excess waste.
I’m not going to lie, going green isn’t always easy. Sometimes it takes some real know-how and good old fashioned elbow grease. However, listed below are some projects of varying difficulty. Once you finally finish that project you’ve been working on for who knows how long, you’ll be so happy that you stuck with it.
Refinish and Repurpose Old Materials
Old appliances, stairs, & furniture can usually be repurposed without having to dump the entire item. As long as the structural integrity of the item has not been compromised, in most cases the item can be revamped.
Reupholstering chairs and couches doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. Unwanted fabrics from around the house or thrifted ones can be used in a sinch. Pliers and a staple gun are the only tools needed for this job!
Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens
Another very creative idea for old and possibly dingy stairs is to use some old fabric or wallpaper to cover up dings, scrapes, or just plain old wood in need of some updating. Again, this project is fairly easy and should only require a few simple items such as wallpaper paste, acrylic gloss, and the usual items like scissors and markers.
Photo credit: Inline Design
Lastly, a creative way freshen up a dull room is to separate it with some used items, like old doors. These could be used when you have a large space that could use some separation or repurposed doors can be used as various accent pieces in just about any room. They can be repainted, but depending on your decor, it might look just as nice to sand down the door a bit and leave it with that antique type of look. It could be as simple as brushing off the door, giving it a little sanding, and picking the perfect place for it in your home.
Photo credit: Nifty Homestead
Tiny Houses & Guest Houses
For those who really want to simplify and de-clutter their life, tiny houses are always a great option. Tiny homes are often made with the ability to be moved, which makes them convenient. They are also commonly manufactured with reusable and recycled materials. Of course this option isn’t for everyone, but if environmental impact is something you are seriously concerned about, tiny homes could be solution. With much less space to occupy, heating, cooling, and water costs are drastically decreased.
Old sheds and storage areas can undoubtedly be repurposed into a wonderful guest house or tiny house. Keep in mind that a tiny house can be built to suit your specific needs. So, if adding plumbing, electricity, and water lines seem like a daunting, wasteful, and expensive task – you don’t have to do it! Use materials you have on hand or thrift old items that can be used to restore an old space in your backyard. Your imagination is the only thing holding you back.
Buy Eco-Friendly Whenever Possible
We totally get it, sometimes you just don’t have time to start a new project. Or maybe it’s just not the right time of year to get in over your head on that next big project, like repurposing your old shed. If all else fails, try to purchase decor from eco-friendly companies. These days you can find just about anything you need to spice up a dull home made from post-consumer recycled materials.
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Remember that being green and stylish is possible! One of the many benefits of going green in the home is that you will have the most unique pieces of furniture and decor around, many of which are truly antique and can’t be found anywhere else. There’s also a sense of pride that comes from being able to create your own beautiful, one of a kind decor. Not to mention, the fact that you won’t be creating unnecessary waste in order to spruce up your home. Here’s to living, decorating, and restoring – the green way!
written by: Trisha Miller, regular contributor on care2, elite daily, hello giggles, and lifehack