It’s only natural to want to update your home at some point in your life living there. When you see the same space for years on end, it’s eventually going to need a refresh. On the other hand, you may be looking to sell your home and want to re-inject some new life into it.
Whatever the case, home remodeling projects are not always cheap. In fact, Home Advisor estimates that the average remodeling project costs over $46,000! That’s a fair chunk of change.
So, what if you don’t have the budget but still want to update your space in some way? The good news is that you don’t need to spend thousands to do so — check out the rest of this blog for affordable inspiration.
- Spruce Up Your Home Entrance
You’d be surprised what a difference a refresh to your home entrance can make. After all, it’s the first place you and your guests see, so you want to make this area as warm, welcoming, and appealing as possible.
It can also boost your home’s curb appeal, which only adds to its value. You also don’t have to break the bank on this project. You could start by replacing your front door, or painting it a bright and cheery new color. Update your door hardware and outdoor lighting to illuminate the doorway and walkway at night — adding an extra touch of warmth.
Add a few new planters on either side of your entranceway with bright flowers and replace that worn-down entrance mat. These simple updates could cost you less than $1,000 and could make a world of difference to the first impression of your home.
- Revamp Your Kitchen Island Countertop
If you’re lucky enough to have enough space in your kitchen for an island, then this a quick and affordable project you can do on a weekend. But instead of replacing the tiles of your island countertop with an expensive alternative, opt for Formica or wood laminate.
Today, there is a myriad of options that mimic the look of expensive marble, granite, tile, and hardwood. This is an effective project which you can DIY, even if you’re not very handy!
- Update Kitchen or Bathroom Tiling
There’s nothing like missing or moldy grout between your tiles to make a bathroom or kitchen look tired. This is yet another quick and affordable home update you can DIY on a weekend.
If you have a kitchen backslash that is outdated, you can instantly transform the mood and aesthetic of your kitchen with new ceramic or glass tiles, or even tile paint.
The same goes for your bathrooms. Perhaps you don’t have the budget to remove and replace all the tiling in an entire bathroom — so why not start with the shower or the backsplash behind your sink? You can easily paint over old and tired tiling for a simple yet effective refresh.
- Switch Up Your Lighting Fixtures
Your home’s light fixtures can make a huge impact on how modern or dated it appears. There is a quick fix though — by simply swapping out some of your key light fixtures, you can revamp a space without spending very much at all.
For example, look at updating your kitchen light fixtures, especially those above a kitchen island. You could also install downlighting with dimmer lights in your bedroom or lounge area to create an atmosphere.
Consider the design of the light fixture and its function. Opt for metals such as polished gold, brass, and copper for something edgy, sophisticated, and timeless.
- Refresh Your Exterior With Window Boxes
Are window boxes still a thing? You bet your bottom dollar they are. This is a beautiful and effective way to add some character to your home. Plus, it’s also a fulfilling task if you can plant and keep your flowers alive.
Install a few window boxes outside your most prominent or key windows, i.e. the windows that face the curb/driveway. This will add instant charm and appeal to your home from the street and as you pull up to your front entrance.
- Update Your Faucets
Along with light fixtures, sink hardware can make a home look outdated and tired. If you want to pep up key areas of your home such as the kitchen, guest, and main bathrooms, you want to change out your faucets.
With so many choices to consider, go for faucet hardware that is both elegant and timeless. This way, you know your investment will last a good few years before it’s time for another update. If the sink doesn’t match the hardware, it may be a good idea to update it too.
- Personalize Your Entrance Hall
Your entrance hall is the one area of your home that can leave a lasting impression on how your home feels. If your entrance hall feels austere and cold, it’s time for a cozy update.
Add some shelving units and decorate them, hang some family pictures, add a hat or coat stand, or a shoe rack to keep things neat and organized. You can also add a small-scale table with a mirror and use this area to hold your keys, and sunglasses, etc.
- Overhaul Your Walls
This is one of the best ways to completely transform a room without overspending. If you want to inject new life or personality into your main bedroom, your living area, or even your kitchen, think about creating an accent wall with a bright pop of color.
You could also opt for wallpaper or a collection of mirrors to add some character to a room. There is a huge range of gorgeous wallpaper options, stickers, and murals that you can DIY in your own time to change the look and feel of any given area of your home.
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