Everyone wants their house to look like a home: cozy, comforting, and, well, nice. However, sometimes getting it that way can cost a penny or two. What do you do when you want to make improvements but can’t afford to demolish from the ground up? You do what you can when you are able.
Check out these ideas for sprucing up your house on a budget:
Use Paint to Your Advantage
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to update your home is with paint. Whether you use it on your front door, cabinets or walls, choose a paint that has a primer included to ensure the best coverage.
As an extra money-saver, wait to paint around holiday sales, or call your local home improvement store to see when the next one will be. Often, online or in-store rebates are offered to help cut costs.
Clean up the Yard and Flower Beds
Even if you don’t have a lot of money to invest in top-notch landscaping, there’s nothing like a nicely trimmed yard to give your home a little extra pizzazz. Caring for your lawn and flowerbeds gives curb appeal, so put a little time into keeping it mowed and weeded to the best of your ability. Add flower pots near the front door to welcome guests.
Don’t have a green thumb? Invest in hardy, no-fail shrubs like boxwoods or other evergreen shrubs. They are easy to grow, stay green all year and provide a lot of bang for your buck.
Shop at Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity is an organization that has been around for nearly 40 years. Its mission is to help build and restore homes for those who are in need. As part of its work, it’s opened up a chain of nonprofit home improvement stores called Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Each store is full of donated and gently used household and home improvement items including appliances, furniture and more. Look for chandeliers, lamps, sinks, etc. at a great cost savings, and donate what you’ll be replacing.
Swap Out Cabinet Hardware
Do your kitchen or bathroom cabinets need a facelift? Instead of spending money on new cabinetry, use the existing ones, but spice them up a little. It’s the hardware that often speaks to the time the cabinets were installed, so if you find yourself in a home that’s been through a couple of centuries, it may be time to make a change.
Add a fresh coat of paint, new drawer pulls and modern cabinet hardware to make your kitchen or bathroom look brand new.
Repurpose Yard Sale Items
One man’s trash is another one’s treasure, right? Scour yard sales for the items you think can help transform your space. If you’re looking for an organizational system in the entryway to help with coats, keep your eye out for a bench at a yard sale. With a paint job and some baskets, you’ve got yourself a way to manage your outdoor attire and minimize clutter. Mirrors are great finds, as they help brighten and broaden a space, and tend to be a little pricier when purchased new.
Always remember that a little cleaning and paint can turn any piece into something noteworthy.
Make Your Own Artwork
Art pieces can make a big difference in your home’s décor, and good artwork doesn’t have to be expensive. Try a few of these ideas to cover your walls with meaningful pieces:
- Paint on an inspirational quote using stencils and a brush or try a premade adhesive quote
- Feature a favorite collection, like monochromatic dishes, feathers or portraits, and display them in interesting patterns
- Reframe garage sale finds
- Blow up sheet music of a song that is meaningful to you
- Display your personal library with floating shelves
- Use a bold paint color on one wall to create a focal point
A lot of homes can be improved by simply getting rid of things and organizing what’s left. We tend to accumulate items as time goes on, but how much of it really gets used? Give away your excess and find a home for the items you use most regularly.
A great way to get everything organized on a budget is to make up a list of each area that needs help and head to your local dollar store for materials. For the price of a tank of gas, you’ll be able to put a dent in organizing your home.
Do the Work Yourself
One of the biggest cost-savings you can do is to perform a lot of the work yourself. Through the use of tutorials, both online and in print, a lot of home improvement projects can be done with your own two hands. For tasks that involve heavy electrical or plumbing work, of course, call a professional for expert advice, but to install new house numbers on your front porch? You’ve got that.
Improvements to your home don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Small adjustments here and there can make a big impact overall.