We all want to make our homes better. Sometimes doing that can be too expensive or too time consuming or both. So this list we put together is going to go over some easy and cheap options to put a fresh new breath of life into your house….without breaking the bank.
1. Refreshing rooms with a fresh coat of paint
While you don’t have to be a pro to learn how to paint like one, there is more to a good paint job than just slathering some color on the wall. Be generous with tape, make sure to tape off the sections you don’t want to splash with paint. A fresh coat of paint can really bring some life back into an old room.
Cost: About $150
2. Adding crown molding
Adding crown molding to your room is a great way to add some spice to any ceiling and save it from being just an ordinary ceiling. It really helps to stand out and draw attention to it. The best part is that you can do it yourself without costing an arm & a leg. You can take the easy way out by buying premade plastic molding, all you have to do is cut it to the proper length and glue it up. It can all be done on an extra Saturday.
Cost: About $200
3. Install a Stair Runner
A stair runner is something that’s so often overlooked but it’s a simple and easy way to make your stairs stand out. The best part is that it’s simple and easy and you can customize it however you want. Make sure to choose colors & styles that will match with the rest of your home. Other than that, the choice is completely yours, have a blast!
Cost: About $175
4. Vintage Entry Lantern
Using a vintage entry lantern is a good way to make a mixture of old style with a new home. The antique style can bring life into any entry way. Go to an antiques store or browse online and find a lantern that’s a good match for you. Then all you have to do is run some new wires to it, give it a good polish, and you’re good to go!
Cost: About $250
5. Renew Old Flooring
Depending on what type of flooring you have, there are a few ways you can bring life back into your old flooring. If you have hardwood floors I recommend a deep cleaning and refinishing of your floors. Finish it up with a fresh coat of polish and varnish on them and they’ll look brand new again! If you have carpet, think about getting some fresh carpet in a different style. Or you could add a new paint design on the floor, the possibilities are endless!
Cost: About $250-$500
6. Add Privacy With Interior Shutters
Interior shutters are another good way to let your inner designer come out, you have so many options and styles that you can do! Plus they really help make your windows stand out and draws attention to them! It’ll refresh any old windows!
Cost: About $750 (Depends how many windows)
7. Give cabinets a new look, fresh knobs and new paint
Cabinets can be really expensive to replace and who wants to embark on a project like that, where it can be weeks without a functioning kitchen. That’s no fun. However, a great way to give your kitchen a brand new look without all the work is to throw a fresh set of paint on those cabinets and replace all the knobs. That’ll give you a new cabinet feel without all the mess.
Cost: About $150
8. Install a Water Filter
A water filter is a must have for any house. You definitely don’t want to be drinking tap water, don’t even get me started on all the stuff found in most tap water. Water bottles can be expensive to buy all the time and it’s not the best for the environment. A water filter is a simple fix for both of these issues. Plus it’s easy to install, you can do it yourself in a few hours!
Cost: About $250