Is your tight budget preventing you from giving your dated home a much needed renovation? Believe it or not, there are many ways you can modernize your abode without breaking the bank. Here are a few cost-conscious renovating tips and tricks that will instantly add value to your home.
Update your home by trying these cost effective options:
1. Install a new backsplash
Something as simple as adding a new backsplash to your kitchen can really make a difference. Not only is it easy, but it’s also an incredibly inexpensive way to add color and personality to a bland space. Try using economical materials like tin ceiling tiles or chalkboard paint.
2. Add new lighting
Adding a new ceiling fixture is an easy way to add new interest to a boring living room or kitchen. While light fixtures can come at a variety of price points, you can make your own DIY drum shade or upcycle a chandelier and you’ll have a stunning new statement This will also lighten up your space, making it instantly more appealing.
3. Replace the faucets
Does your home still have the same standard issue faucets that were installed when it was built? One easy way to add some interest to your bathroom is by upgrading to a shiny new faucet. You don’t have to hire a plumber to do it; here’s how you can change your own faucet.
4. Update your windows
Windows are an often over-looked feature in homes. As a result, we choose practicality over style in terms of window coverings or we just ignore our windows altogether by leaving them bare. Luckily, this is a rather inexpensive fix. You can invest in geometric curtain panels or simple bamboo shades or you can always make your own window treatments. Either way, adding some visual interest to neglected windows will dramatically change the look of your space.
5. Use plates as wall decorations
Vintage plates in a variety of colors, patterns, sizes and textures is a great way to design a unique wall arrangement. Find a dramatic plate to place towards the center and then hang the rest of the plates around it in a design of your imagination. Hang each plate by attaching wire plate hangers and placing them on picture nails.
6. Give your home a paint job
Sometimes all your drab living space needs is a simple coat of paint. A simple new coat of paint will transform your home into a new and improved space. Just make sure you invest in good quality paint. While paint is a relatively inexpensive upgrade, it is still worth investing in more expensive paint as it has more pigment and resin, producing not only a better looking finish, but a more durable one as well.
7. Remove your kitchen cabinet doors
If your kitchen looks dated or doesn’t fit your personal style, one of the easiest ways to make a change is by removing your upper cabinet doors. If you want to open up a bit of space, removing the doors can add some much need spaciousness to a small kitchen.
8. Purchase new dishes
Open shelving requires showing off your collection of dinnerware. If the thought of this is something you might be embarrassed by, consider this a good opportunity to invest in new dishes and glassware. Simple is often the most effective. Classic white dishes and clear glasses show well. However, if your style suits mismatched garage sale finds, then that is also a good option.
9. Build simple shelves
Are you lacking storage space in your home? Ikea doesn’t have to be your default. Installing DIY rustic shelves in your bathroom or kitchen will not only add some much needed storage, but will also add some aesthetic appeal as well.
10. Use small appliances as accent pieces
When counter space is at a premium, small appliances don’t just serve a practical function, they also can serve a decorative purpose as well. Investing in stylish toasters, coffeemakers, and mixers is a great way to add a dash of color to your kitchen.