Coming up, some (more) ideas for turning a bare space into a stunning place without making big purchases.

A home doesn’t need buckets of coin to show its true colours!

1. Update light and electric sockets

Over time, the plastic of switches and sockets takes on an unsightly yellow that can really date your décor. Replacing the light switch and electric socket surrounds/covers won’t break the bank. To find an exact match, take one of your covers to an electrical wholesaler.

2. Go to garage sales and second-hand stores

The words ‘second-hand’ or ‘pre-owned’ tend to make us take a step back. With a bit of creativity, some paint, and a friend who’s familiar with basic carpentry, it’s easy to turn a dated unit into a statement piece.

Unconvinced? Take a look at what upcycling can do in this article, where we feature Thomas Camilleri’s home.

P.S: Check out this garage sale happening at Ħaż-Żabbar tomorrow!

3. Do-it-yourself

A quick google search is all you need to find out how to build or transform any piece in your household yourself. You can find guides on building shelves, repainting and restoring furniture, swapping upholstery, to building structures like pergolas.

For example, this article by features 40 brilliant DIY Shelves guides by different experts.

If you’re new to this kind of work, we’d recommend getting a friend!

4. Barter and trade with your neighbours

Don’t have the tools to do an upgrade or DIY project? Ask neighbours if they can lend you their tools. Who knows, you may yourself have (or know someone who does) something your neighbour would like to ask for in return!

5. Green up

There’s a reason why a view makes a property’s price skyrocket. Nature is the best interior designer! We value being connected to nature in our homes, and people are happy to pay more for homes that have a view, are next to the water or a park.

But there’s no reason you can’t make your own home the view. Plants inject colours into your home, clean the air, and bring with them a plethora of benefits to your health. Between the soil and getting the right pots, it can be a little time consuming at first, but it’ll be worth it once your home starts to look like a garden. Join this Facebook page run by Maltese gardeners for support!

Meanwhile, this article takes a look at some of the best plants you can add into a Maltese household.

6. Hire a designer

Even if you have €100 to spare, it’s still worth spending it on a designer – just their advice can help you better your home more than any item you purchase at a store. Even if it just a conversation and a couple of sketches, they can help you where to look, what to get, and how to go about improving your home steadily. They can:

  • Help you create a precise budget around what you want to achieve and the resources (money, the furniture you already own) you have access to.
  • Figure out what’s worth spending your money on.
  • Identify a colour scheme that resonates with you
  • Work with you to restore and redesign furniture items you own that might have lost their lustre
  • Transform your space with crafty illusions, such as the addition of curtains and mirrors to play with light and spatial perception.
  • Take you to the best garage sales on the island and help you discern the wheat from the chaff
  • Learn how to start greening up your house without incurring too many costs or obstacles.

Take a look at some ideas by local designers as to how you can add Maltese character and transform your kitchen.

Our team at House Malta is always on the look-out for spaces, places, and things that are being built up, torn down, modernised, restored, or re-purposed – be it by a big team or a one-man(or woman)-army.

Do you have a story, a person, or a place in mind?

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