As a PNG homeowner, it’s your duty to make your home a reflection of you. Whether you’re an artsy sort of a person or someone who likes subtlety when it comes to decorating, there’s no reason why you can’t make your home be YOUR home. The idea of decorating or refurbishing a home tends to give people the impression that it’s a hefty exercise. However, if done right it’s bound to be a lot less costly. In this Hausples.com.pg guide we give you some tips on you to spruce up you home without spending all your Kina.
The first tip – plan, plan, plan.
Planning involves mapping out how you want to decorate; how long it’s going to take; what type of theme you’d like to incorporate into your PNG home; and most importantly how much you’re willing to spend and whether it’s in line with your budget. From your budget, you should have a fair idea of how much you want to spend. With your budget sorted out, you have two approaches to take; you either brainstorm simple Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects or go for the long road by carrying out a complete renovation of your home.
For those who love a challenge of DIY projects then you’ll be pleased to know that spicing up your home is as easy as ABC. You can start off by searching the Internet, particularly websites like Pinterest that give 101 ideas on decorating. Otherwise, the old magazines you have lying around the house could also be a perfect source of inspiration.
From the balcony to the bedroom, there’s so many things one can do transform their home’s image. The front door entrance is a great place to make a bold statement. With the help of a hammer/drill and nails, you could hang an intricate cane placemat or carving. Or if you think your furniture is looking a bit drab then instead of purchasing a new set, save money by re-upholstering with your own favourite choice of colours. You could also treat your wooden furniture like cabinets, tables and chairs to a fresh coat of varnish or paint.
For décor, there are a multitude of items one can use for interior decoration. In a country like Papua New Guinea (PNG) that spins on the axis of culture, one can use various cultural artifacts for décor. Be it beautifully woven bilums or striking clay pots, artifacts are a great way of investing in your home’s “look”.
Renovating on a budget… it is possible!
If you already have arrays of décor and have tried your hand at DIY projects and still want to do something more extreme like renovating then that’s fine too. It is essential to decide where exactly you’d like to renovate. After doing so, the next most important factor to keep in mind before venturing onto the path of renovation is once again, BUDGET. If you’re on a mission to save a lot of Kina, it’s wise to get quotations from all the shops you’re planning to purchase from. The quotations allow you to compare prices and determine where you’re likely to save a Kina or two.
In Port Moresby, people have a range of hardware stores to look at if they’re considering a home makeover. Yet what most people are looking for when shopping for building supplies is to get not only quality but also cheap materials.
For instance, if you’re thinking of giving your bathroom a fresh look with some new tiling then it’d be best to check out a shop like City Pacific Hardware. Unlike other hardware stores, City Pacific Hardware is the perfect option for the grassroots. Word of mouth has proven that this hardware store is the ideal place to scope out refurbishing supplies. It’s been running for four years and seen a great influx of Port Moresby residents.
Whether they’re in the process of building their first homes or simply renovating, Port Moresby residents have turned to this hardware store for their needs, supply-wise. Supply and Distribution Manager of City Pacific Hardware, Crisanto Solis stated that since the store’s establishment, it has seen a large number of people coming in to purchase construction materials.
“What makes our shop different is that it is a one-stop shop with cheap prices. The products we sell are not only affordable but of good quality.”
Also, NasFund members can hold onto their hats as this hardware shop accepts Nasfund cheques. The convenience and affordability provided by shops like City Pacific Hardware are two elements to consider when giving a home a fix up.
For those with looking for a one-stop-shop, the Hardware Haus chain of stores operates out of a number of locations throughout PNG including Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka, Mt Hagen, Madang, Wewak, Kavieng and Kokopo. Hardware Haus carry a very diverse range of hardware and home furnishing to complete almost any job PNG home related task.
Whether you’re decorating or renovating your home, dressing up a home doesn’t have to be an expensive task. If you’ve taken the liberty of doing your homework then you’re likely to save a lot more Kina and ultimately end up with a refreshing home.
City Pacific Hardware is located at Erima just next door to Erima Big Rooster.
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:30 – 16:30
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