Inexpensive renovation: 9 ideas for your own four walls

Somehow everything is always the same? Everyday life, the job, the traffic … and also at home the same look welcomes you every evening? Then it’s time for something new: new colours, new furniture, new mood. You would have so many ideas, if only, yes, if only it didn’t cost so much. But it can be done without extensive and expensive renovation work. A few cosmetic repairs, a few accents, a little colour – and your home will appear in a fresh shine. The KlarMacher show you where you can start.

Renovate your bathroom: New home for towel and hair dryer

Many people find it particularly unpleasant when the bathroom has gotten old. After all, it is often the most intimate room in the entire apartment. Signs of age quickly make it look grubby and unhygienic. Our little renovation tour therefore starts in the bathroom.

1. spice up tiles

The tiles are intact, but anything but beautiful? Or you would simply like to have a different colour on the bathroom wall? Wall tiles can be refurbished relatively easily and cheaply. But be careful: As a tenant you should talk to your landlord in advance. Because the tiles belong to the apartment, they are therefore his property. Therefore, he might demand that you restore the original state.

  • Tile varnish is available in different colours at the DIY store. For more demanding requirements, you can get combination packages with primer and sealant.
  • If you are a talented craftsman, you can also use waterproof roller plaster. This is applied in the same way as paint and can then be given a texture.
  • Hardly any effort is required for tile foil. It is available ready cut to fit on individual tiles. Tile foils are especially suitable for patterns, graphics and pictures. Of course, they can also be used in the kitchen. And: You can remove the foil again if the landlord demands it when moving out.

2. renew joints

In the joints are deposits and moldy traces visible? A fresh face looks much cleaner, more hygienic – and newer. For only a few euros, you can obtain joint repair kits from specialist dealers. Usually you have to scrape out the joint first, then you can simply fill it up with the compound. Some sets include a squeegee to cleanly remove excess compound. Otherwise it must be added to the shopping list for the DIY store.

3. paint instead of tiles

Where the bathroom is not tiled, the fresh look makes it even easier: with waterproof wall paint. The wet abrasion class indicated on the bucket is important here. For the bathroom, it is best to use class 1 and 2 paints, which are slightly more expensive, but they will not fade in a damp environment – and no second coat is needed. A high wet-abrasion class is also important for the kitchen, where you may want to wipe off a splash of grease. With latex paints, on the other hand, the SD value is important. It indicates how much water vapour the paint can penetrate. For the bathroom it should be over 1.4 m.

Tools: borrow instead of buying

Drills, grinders, paint rollers – with good tools, work is much easier. However, it costs a lot of money. And that even though they are only used once or twice?

It is cheaper to borrow the necessary equipment. If friends and acquaintances can’t help out, then the DIY store will definitely do. There it does cost a little rent, but the staff can advise you on what you need for what and how to use it. But be careful: Many devices are pre-ordered, so it is best to inform and reserve in time.

Renovate your kitchen: New setting for cooking pot and refrigerator

Of course, everything you can use to bring the other rooms up to scratch is also possible in the kitchen – and vice versa. So a colourful refreshment would perhaps also look good on the tiles on the kitchen wall. It is also worth taking a look at the joints. And where there are no tiles but wallpaper, a fresh coat of paint is also welcome. Nevertheless, with the first tip we take another look at the colours.

4. colourful fronts

While the bathroom often contains only a few pieces of furniture that set individual accents by changing colour, the fronts of a fitted kitchen are much more dominant. Cupboards, doors, drawers: Everywhere there are larger surfaces that could use a fresh coat of paint – and your kitchen will shine in new splendour. And that for little money. However, it is important that you first carefully remove grease and dirt from all surfaces. If the fitted kitchen was not purchased by yourself, but is part of the apartment, you should also obtain the landlord’s permission in advance for the beautification work.

5. replace handles

How a kitchen looks often also depends on the handles of the cupboards and drawers. Are they worn out yet? Or are they already out of fashion? Do they no longer match the fresh coat of paint? Then look out for newer models. Individual handles are often available for just a few euros, and they are even cheaper as a set. But it is best to measure the distance between the handle screws beforehand so that you don’t have to drill new holes in the cabinets. Then simply unscrew the old handles from the back, put new ones on top – and many an old front suddenly looks as if it has been rejuvenated.

6. light for new radiance

If a new look is moving into the kitchen anyway, then why not also new light? Under the wall unit, above the sink, at the edge of the floor: a strip of small LED lights immediately bathes every kitchen in a new light – in the truest sense of the word. The installation is very easy: cut the strip, stick it on, done. Even low-priced versions around 20 euros often come with remote control and offer different colour moods.

Renovating living rooms: New ambience for sideboard and filing cabinet

Often it is not at all due to old furniture or unpainted walls that there is no feel-good atmosphere in the living rooms. It’s because there’s something lying around, hanging around, flying around everywhere. So instead of renovating, you could start by investing a few euros in storage systems, for example in stackable boxes, a small drawer cabinet or a shelf. Then you will also have enough space for some cosmetic repairs.

7. accents for the walls

Of course, a new coat of paint in the living rooms can’t hurt. But a new look can also be achieved with less effort – and much more cost-effectively. Namely with wall stickers. These are motifs that are simply stuck to the wall. They are available from small to large, black and white to multi-coloured, with traditional flower patterns to stylish 3D effects, sayings, maps and so on … Depending on the design, they cost on average between 10 and 40 euros and give the wall a new impression in no time at all.

8. furniture upholstery

The old furniture still does, it just doesn’t look as fresh as it used to. New furniture is expensive and perhaps not even necessary. Because with a few tricks you can spice up your old pieces quite a bit. For example with a fresh coat of bright lacquer. Or “wrap” the chairs à la Christo with coloured clothes and sheets. Also possible: sand them down and simply coat them with a protective lacquer. This gives the chairs a stylish vintage look. It’s even easier and cheaper with furniture foil, which you can get from specialist dealers for just a few euros per metre. The choice is almost limitless: matt or glossy, single-coloured or patterned, with all the colours of the rainbow.

9. new floor

A few cosmetic repairs won’t be enough? Because the old floor destroys any fresh look around it? Then it can be very expensive. Especially if you want to install a modern wood floor. It’s cheaper with good old carpeting, which you can sometimes get for less than ten euros per square metre. With the courage to use colour, you can create a completely new living atmosphere. A PVC floor, which is also available in a wood look, is similarly inexpensive.

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