Renovating your home can get expensive in a hurry. You want the best quality at the best prices but that’s not always easy to find.
The cost of your renovation goes up depending on the room you’re overhauling. Kitchen and bathroom remodels can skyrocket your cost and break your budget.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are simple, quality, budget-friendly things you can do around your home to up the value and the atmosphere. Take a look at these!
Cost Effective Kitchen Upgrades
Instead of going all out and purchasing new cabinets for your outdated kitchen, bring them up to speed with a couple fresh coats of paint. You’ll start by giving them a good cleaning, a light sanding, and one or two coats of primer to help your chosen color stick better. It’s important to do another very light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper in between color coats to achieve an even, smooth finish.
Small changes can make a huge impact and a great way to implement this is by simply installing new hardware. Change out the knobs or pulls on your cabinets and drawers. For the best results, be consistent with the finishes. If you decide on oil-rubbed bronze, stick with that for all the new hardware.
Once you’ve changed out all the cabinet hardware, you may notice that it clashes with your current faucet or even the light fixture. Both are fairly simple DIY projects that won’t break the bank. Replacing these items for consistency throughout the room elevates the overall look.
Revive the Flooring
You may be hesitant to replace your old flooring based on what it typically costs but if your old floors are in bad shape, it’s time. Peel-and-stick tiles are a great way to manage this upgrade without spending too much. Be sure to follow the directions carefully for the best results.
The area between your countertops and the bottom of your cabinets is a perfect place to add a little pizzazz. You can create an amazing backsplash out of many different materials including tin, brick, or even heavy-duty crafting foil. If those are a little out of your league, there are also several gorgeous peel-and-stick backsplash options on the market.
Budget-Friendly Bathroom Face Lifts
Redoing the walls in a clean, modern color is the fastest way to make a huge impact at the lowest price. All you need is a gallon of paint, a roller, and a couple of hours to completely change the look of your bathroom while leaving the rest of your budget free to cover other upgrades.
Adding faux stone to the outside of your bathtub or a peel-and-stick backsplash above the sink co Fresh paint- A clean, modern color can go a long way in completely changing the look of any room. It costs very little but adds a lot to the look and feel of the room.
Mirrors reflect light around a room and make it seem bigger and more open. Your bathroom probably already has at least one but adding a full-length mirror on the back of the door or an empty wall is a great, low-cost idea.
Updating Other Rooms
Bedrooms and living areas can almost always accommodate an accent wall. You can create this with paint or texture, as long as it is different from the other walls. Shiplap, stone, or faux materials are a great way to go.
Another budget-friendly way to change up a room is through the use of an area rug. These come in so many different sizes, colors and patterns you’re sure to find something that suits your home and your style.
When renovating your home, it’s a good idea to update things like curtains, towels or throw pillows to keep everything consistent. You don’t need to do this all at once but over time you can easily add in a new item here and there.
Stain the Deck
If you have a deck, porch, or other wood structure outdoors, it’s important to maintain it and protect it from the weather. Exterior stains provide water and sun protection. It is inexpensive and also greatly improves the look.
Landscaping is one of the best ways to increase curb appeal for your home but is often pricey. Adding just a few plants or shrubs in strategic places for the most impact will help keep costs down.
The cheapest way to boost the look of your yard is to maintain what’s already there. Trim overgrown trees, keep the grass green and mowed and clean up branches or trash. If you need more of an upgrade, many types of gravel can be used as filler and can usually be delivered at a reasonable price. Be sure to edge any graveled areas.
Paint What Needs It
You may not be able to paint the entire outside of your home (although if you can it’s worth it). What you can paint for very little money is your front door, any trim, and even your fence (except for chain-link fencing).
Don’t Break the Bank
Home renovations tend to be stressful and frustrating, often due to the cost and amount of work involved. Don’t let that happen to you! Use these simple, low-cost ideas during your next renovation.
Andrew is a DIYer and founder of SimplyHomeTips.com. He likes to share his experience through detailed guidelines with pictures on home improvement, DIY projects, around-the-house fixing, woodworking, etc.