Whether you’ve purchased a newly built house or invested in a fixer-upper, it’s nice to add your own personal touches to make a house your home, and to bring some new energy into your life. It may also be ideal to order all new furniture or call a contractor and have major remodeling done if need be, but often the hidden expenses of moving means your budget is lean and big changes will have to wait. However, there are options. Don’t let low energy or funds get you down or hold you back!
Think of visiting discount stores, searching thrift shops and rummaging through the clearance aisles to find the treasures for the projects you choose, which will make your pockets and mind a lot happier. Here are ten inexpensive ways to help you get motivated to make some changes to your home, both indoors and out, without breaking the bank:
Baskets are a great way to create a focal point while cutting out the clutter. You can look for odd sized wicker containers at resale and thrift stores and refresh them with soapy water before spray painting, or purchase matching canvas or plastic baskets. Choose coordinating or contrasting colors and arrange the baskets on a couple of shelves or another catchy area, and your visitors will soon be admiring the clever way you disguised your mess!
Sheets for Slipcovers
Slipcovers can be expensive, but how about using designer sheets to upgrade your furniture? Look for matching or coordinated flat sheets and drape them over your tired pieces. Add cloth ribbons around the armrests, legs and other areas to hold the covers in place.
Mirrors can add depth to a narrow room or create a focal point over a fireplace. When searching for a mirror, look for them at yard sales and ignore the frame if it clashes with your taste. You can remove the mirror from the frame and hang it plain, or create a new frame with a variety of different materials like wood, fabric or even molding.
Moldings aren’t just for ceilings and baseboards, although adding it to those two spots will give your home a fast, customized look. Molding is great for a plethora of other home projects, too. Think about adding it a chair rail, boxing in an accent area or framing a collection of odd-sized mirrors to turn them into a matched set. Check out the wide selection of moldings at a lumber store and let your imagination run wild!
Paint will transform nearly any tired surface into a fresh, new-looking space. If you have a hard time picturing the perfect color for the room you want to renovate, you can look online for a virtual paint visualizer. It will give you an idea of color combinations that work well together and let you see what the end result will look like.
There are plenty of things you can do outside your home to give it a makeover as well, and one of the easiest ways to begin the restoration process is with exterior paint. While you might not be ready to change the color of your entire house, a fresh coat of paint will work wonders on shutters, trim, decks and railings. Use a contrasting color on deck boxes, flower pots and your mailbox to give your home an instant boost of curb appeal!
Landscaping is to the outside of your home what furniture is to the inside. It’s a way to show off your personal taste. Trim back trees and bushes, and consider adding a bed of perennial flowers to add a splash of color in the spring and summer.
Patios and Decks
These spaces are likely where you’ll be entertaining in nice weather, so add a personal touch for your friends to admire. Consider laying a new paver pathway, add some comfortable cushions to your seating area and cluster some interesting plants or flowers in a corner or two to give your space a personal touch.
New doors, whether it be a front door or a garage door, can give your home a fresh, updated look, too. Just like picturing a new paint color, you can go online to get an idea of how a new door style might look. Really put your exterior design savviness to use and check online for local vendors. Some even have tools to help you visualize your selections, so you can preview what certain options could look like.
Outdoor lighting will show off your hard renovation work, and with solar lights available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, you can quickly and easily transform your space. Use solar lights along walkways and in flowerbeds to showcase the best features of your home and entertainment area.
You don’t have to put a lot of energy and money into renovating your new home. The key is to utilize savings wherever possible and to take advantage of do-it-yourself website ideas and virtual project visualizers to give your imagination a boost when you’re finally done unpacking. Making simple changes to your home can be powerful enough to change the way you think and live every day. Good luck!