Painting the House on a Budget

Renovating the house is not cheap. If you are only thinking of getting a new kitchen or bathroom then still you need a big budget. But if you are just thinking of getting a new paint job around the house and getting new wallpapers then you might not need to mug a Leprechaun for his pot of gold.

First thing is first, set a budget. Even though this job doesn’t cost a fortune but it is easy to get carried away. Therefore, you need a budget and make all efforts not to cross it.

Let’s begin, first you need to strip the wallpaper. I got a wallpaper stripper for $8 in a garage sale. You need it because it will save you a lot of time and effort and remember time is money. This job can also be don’t by using a sponge and a bucket of warm water but don’t spend time doing mundane stuff. After the wallpaper is off, cover the wall in generous amount of sugar soap and repeat the process.

It is highly unlikely that you may find the exact shade of the paint you want lying around in the house (it is highly unlikely you may find any paint lying around the house). Therefore, you have to look for some good deals if you want to save money because lets agree paint is very expensive. At the moment XYZ are offering “buy one get one free” on ABC paints. Which means for $20 you can get two tins of paint for the price of just one. Just a tip, choose a neutral color like cream, ash white or off white because they go with everything.

XYZ Home depot sent me coupon for 20% off on wallpapers. An employee told me they keep an eye out for people who are moving and help them by giving discount coupons. I don’t know how they keep themselves updated but the discount is very useful.
When buying the wallpaper I was keeping it very tight and trying not to buy anymore than necessary so I was really reluctant to buy more than one roll of wallpaper. But since I had the coupon for 20% off it came in handy and I purchased two rolls of the wallpaper I liked. It cost me just $40.

Also remember to buy things in bulk. Many stores give you a good discount if you buy in large quantity. Therefore, plan ahead when renovating your house, make a list of what you are going to need and try to buy in bulk. Lastly, I do all the small scale renovating in my house because it saves me the labor cost and also because I love to do it. So, if you can do it by yourself that would be great because you will saving a great amount of time and money.

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