Six Budget Faffing Projects

If you are into interiors, then you will be fully aware that faffing is the Holy Grail of interior obsession.  My weekend is not complete without at least two hours of serious house faffing much to the annoyance of my family who object to being moved out of the way so that I can readjust cushions whilst they're watching sport.  Obviously they've got their priorities wrong but if you're reading this, then I would suggest that you are similar to me in that it's faff before football all the way.

I've listed below six easy mini faff projects that are suitable for undertaking over the course of a weekend which will satisfy your interior urges, involve minimum disruption and barely even warrant a trip to Homebase.

1.  Move Your Furniture Around

This is my all time favourite.  I do this at least once a month and my family go mental but for me it's a great way of updating your area with no cost whatsoever.  Recently I swapped my dining room and living room completely around which sent the kids into spirals of confusion.  I had a sitting area in a Downpipe painted room and the dining room in a white room.  Much as I adore dark walls - I've got plenty of them in my house - we weren't using the dark sitting room during the day as it had more of an evening, social, cosy feel to it.  It was the obvious solution to move the table into this room and the sofa into the white room.  Huge success!  The white sitting room is now used all the time and the dining room is totally perfect for social gatherings and looks fab lit with candles and laid for dinner.  The downside to moving furniture is that unless you are related to Kim and Aggie, you are likely to have three years worth of tumbleweed fluff underneath.  Just moving a sofa to a different angle can give a whole new look to a room.  I've moved the dining table ninety degrees in the past and it creates spaces that weren't there before, ready to be filled.  It's quite handy if you have someone around to give you a hand - I can remember Joe coming home when I was 40 weeks pregnant to find me lugging a microwave across the kitchen.  Nowadays, I recruit my children although I'm not sure that would fall under Childline regulations.

My swapped around dining room, now a cosy haven perfect for drinking huge quantities of wine, food and gossip.

My swapped around dining room, now a cosy haven perfect for drinking huge quantities of wine, food and gossip.

 

2.  Rearrange Those Accessories

Again, this is a hugely satisfying way of giving a different look immediately to your space.  In my very first blog, I mentioned that every now and then I like to take everything off the shelves and put it in the middle of the room for assessment.  This may sound simple but it really does work!  Things that you had forgotten about come back into prime position and you can create new vignettes and colour combos.  I do this regularly and it's very therapeutic.  Another way of adding new textures and colours to areas is to move your rugs, either from room to room or by changing their position in the space.  The same applies to lamps.  I am constantly moving the lamps in my house - just this small change can just transform the room.  In my mind, accessories are made to be moved, they shouldn't stay static.  They are the cast in the play of your perfect space.

Possibly an eclectic step too far but I like so it goes.

Possibly an eclectic step too far but I like so it goes.

3.  Cut The Crap

Whilst you are doing all this moving and changing, it's a perfect time to weed out unwanted stuff that you're bored of or have gone off.  Get rid of the things you don't really like that much, move different things into their position.  Actioning point number 2 above is a perfect way to achieve this.  As previously mentioned, I have a cupboard of charity shop and thrifting accessories in waiting but I also have a cupboard of accessories past their prime and waiting for eBaying.  I say a cupboard, it's more like a garage.  I am constantly in battle with Joe as currently his access to the lawnmower is restricted by two coffee tables and a drinks trolley.  And of course, eBaying is the best way to be able to buy new things to replace the things you've sold.  It's guilt free and you can bathe in the smugness of being an active recycler.

Coffee table and drinks trolley now residing next to Joe's lawnmower.

Coffee table and drinks trolley now residing next to Joe's lawnmower.

4.  Do A Mini Upcycle

This is a hugely rewarding faff.  A few weeks ago I bought a charity shop glass fronted cabinet that was a bit knackered looking, but I needed somewhere to put my huge vintage glass collection when we took down the cupboards in my kitchen revamp.  St Leonards Hospice charity shop in Heworth came up trumps and I spent a very relaxing afternoon transforming it.  I painted it black and used off cuts of my hall wallpaper to decorate the inside.  I'm really happy with it and it took no time at all.  One thing I have learnt from doing upcycle projects is not to expect too much of myself - I am a naturally impatient person and prone to ballsing it up so quite frankly I've decided that if it looks good to the eye, it's good enough for me.  Who needs to know that there are four pieces of wallpaper on the back of the cupboard when there should be one?  And who needs to know that when the cupboard is open you can see the scuff marks from where I've done dodgy paintwork?  Need to know basis and it looks cool so I don't care.

Before:  £25 charity shop buy.  A bit scruffy.

Before:  £25 charity shop buy.  A bit scruffy.

After:  Transformed with a bit of Cole & Son and Valspar.  Still slightly scruffy but improved.

After:  Transformed with a bit of Cole & Son and Valspar.  Still slightly scruffy but improved.

5.  Curate A Wall Collection

Everyone in their house has somewhere to put a curated wall.  I've said before that Etsy is an amazing source of immediately downloadable affordable art.  If you've got a printer and some card, you can create a new look within minutes.  I was in a card shop in Henley this weekend and they had a fabulous selection of amazing wrapping paper that I was sorely tempted to buy and put into a frame - maps, butterflies and even skeleton prints.  Frames can be picked up for pounds at The Range (I really should be a Brand Ambassador) and a previously boring wall can be transformed.  But don't stop at prints.  Pretty vintage plates make a really cool display and can be picked up cheaply at charity shops and car boot sales.  I use adhesive plate hangers and they work perfectly.  I've got a collection of printer trays in the living room.  Or do what I did this week and collate photographs on fairy lights.  And let's not forget my collection of religious iconic images which I am desperate to resurrect (unintentional pun).  Anything goes - if you love it, pull it all together and stick it up.

Ella's bedroom update which she likes - best reaction as could be expected from a 14 year old.

Ella's bedroom update which she likes - best reaction as could be expected from a 14 year old.

6.  Compose A Future Plan Of Action

It's hard when you look at your home and you want to do everything all at once.  I am the worst for this and it drives Joe up the wall.  I'm always prioritising housey stuff, often at the detriment of family time if I'm completely honest.  So what I have recently starting doing is writing a plan of future action.  It's impossible both financially and time wise to do everything you want with your house immediately so listing out work to do and timeframes really, really works.  Plus it keeps Joe happy as I'm not actually spending any money, just planning to.  Write a list of which rooms you want to change, how you want to change them and the likely costs of each project.  Lay it all out on a spreadsheet or Word document.  Then put achievable goals next to these rooms and set it out over the course of a year, two years, however long you wish to make it.  Make it feasible in terms of budget and affordability.  If you need tradesmen, you can then book them far in advance which gives you time to be 100% sure of what you want them to do.  You can start collecting bits and pieces such as lamps and decorations for the planned space, even if it's six months in the future.  This spreads out the cost of the project as well.  The fun bit is the planning so set up a file or mood board on Pinterest so that when you see something that fits you can add it in.

My revamped kitchen for which I slaved over Pinterest.

My revamped kitchen for which I slaved over Pinterest.

So, some quick, easy ways to update your space and satisfy your interior cravings.  Here's to the weekend faff - long may it reign.