The 5 "Re's" of Quick-Fix Makeovers

The 5 "Re's" of Quick-Fix Makeovers

Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 14, 2008

Not all makeovers involve grand budgets, architects or even a weekends worth of time. Click through the jump to see the 5 "Re's" of quick-fixes to your spaces...

While scouting around the O At Home (Oprah's Home Decor Magazine) website we came across some really great tips to keep in mind while fixing up your spaces. They are simple, easy to remember and a great place to start before you spend big bucks on complete renovations or overhauls.

  • Rearrange - It doesn't hurt anything to change things up a bit. Don't be shy to pull pieces from other rooms that you might not normally use. Live with it for a day and make changes accordingly.
  • Reorganize - Clearing out the clutter from your daily used spaces can open up things not only visually but mentally as well. Having a clean bookshelf doesn't give you any more squarefootage in your apartment, but it will make it feel bigger if everything is in it's space.
  • Repaint - A simple pop of color whether it's on a shelf, accent piece or entire table is sure to brighten your room and bring a fresh crisp look to things.
  • Repurpose - Repurposing items doesn't always mean taking trash and making it treasure. Don't forget to look at your coffee table as an under-window bench or your step stool as kitchen seating.
  • Retail - When all else fails, don't be afraid to buy exactly what you want for the space. With the advent of Craigslist, you can retain most of the retail value of a piece if it's kept in good condition.

    You can check out the whole article here, along with more really great photographs of transformed spaces.

    (Photos courtesy of O At Home by Ngoc Minh Ngo; styling by Lance Boyd)

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