Do you feel your home needs a facelift but don’t have enough money to invest in a big-scale project like a full kitchen remodel or adding an entire new section to your house? There are things that you can do on a low budget that will still considerably increase your house’s market value or simply just make it more beautiful for you to enjoy while you’re living in it. Sometimes the simplest things can have a huge effect on the appeal of a house. Here are a few ideas:
1. Paint the walls a new or fresh color. If you’re sick and tired of your wall colors or they really need freshening up, painting is a great idea and doesn’t cost that much if you do it yourself. Just pick some colors you love and that go with your decor, buy a few rollers and brushes, put on some music and turn it into a fun weekend project. Try to avoid trends and go with something you know you won’t get tired of in half a year, like that trendy tangerine that seems so cool at the moment, but that will end up tiring you in about a month.
2. Buy new doorknobs and hardware for your furniture. Or paint them. You won’t believe how much such a small detail will spruce up your old-looking kitchen cabinets.
3. Paint your kitchen cabinets. If you don’t have money to replace your cabinets altogether and they aren’t in such a bad shape after all, painting them will make your kitchen look like brand new and fresh. This is a more elaborate project, but totally worth it if you can spare some time, especially if you enjoy DIY stuff.
4. Update your light switches. Changing old light switches with new modern ones with dimmers will make your home look more polished and change your mood. Plus, it will make any potential buyers (in case you’re selling your house) think that you’ve taken really good care of your home. It’s details like this that jump the most to the eye.
5. Paint or replace your front door. Painting your door a fresh and bold color will totally change the appearance of your old house and make a good first impression on your visitors. And first impressions are hard to change, so this is something you should really consider. Plus, I’m sure it will put a smile on your face every time you come home and see a fresh pop of color and it will give you room to express yourself. Maybe you’re reluctant to put strong colors inside your home and everything is warm-toned or even white, but nothing can stop you to make your front door stand out without disrupting the harmony of the whole house. So allow yourself to go nuts with your door color.
6. Paint your kitchen or dining room chairs. If you have an old set of chairs you don’t have money to replace, paint them a new color or several different colors if you want to go wild. It will give your dining area a new look with minimum investment.
7. Update your sinks. Replace your faucets or sinks with new ones. It can go up to a few hundred dollars, but if you’re planning to sell your house it will pay out. And if you don’t have a few hundred dollars, you can cheat a little by just painting your faucets with some special spray paint that will hold well to humidity.
8. Re-grout your bathroom tile and re-caulk. If you can’t seem to get your bathroom grout clean no matter how hard you’ve scrubbed and how many solutions you’ve tried, it’s time to replace it (or paint it!). It’s not that easy, but it will totally change the look of your shower area. Also, caulk grows mildew and causes leaking problems in time, so it has to be replaced every few years. If you want to do it yourself there are plenty of tutorials out there, but hiring someone to do it is not that expensive either.
9. Paint the trim. Nothing looks fresher than a newly painted trim. It will make your whole house look clean.
10. Re-upholster old couches or armchairs. If you don’t have money to buy a new couch or armchairs, upholstery can be a great solution. It will make your furniture look brand new and you can use the occasion to change colors and textures you were bored of.
What are the home improvement projects you’ve tackled lately? We would love to hear new ideas!