Whether you’re planning to sell in the future or just want to breathe new life into your home, there are many easy and affordable ways to update your house! And you don’t need to have any special skills or need to hire someone to do these updates – you can tackle most projects in a weekend.
It’s amazing what a can of paint can do. Whether you entirely repaint the interior of your home, paint the cabinets, add an accent wall, or repaint your existing furniture in a trendier color, paint is the DIYers best friend! There are thousands of online tutorials for painting projects – all you need are the right tools, a can of paint, and a little creativity.
Swap Out Hardware
Handles, drawer pulls, knobs, hinges – these come in hundreds of styles and finishes to fit any aesthetic. Choose gold or brass hardware for an on-trend look or go for a classic finish like brushed nickel. If your style is more eclectic, mix and match finishes or hunt for vintage options.
Update Your Light Fixtures
You may need to call in an electrician to help you update your light fixtures, but some may be easy enough that you can do yourself. If you have builder-grade light fixtures, take a trip to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to pick out a few new pieces. This will instantly add character to your home and can help you pull a room together.
Refresh Old Appliances or Furniture
Whether you’ve recently brought home a vintage piece or just want to fix up an existing piece of furniture that has seen better days, contact paper and stickers are a great way to fake the look of a luxe piece for less. Use faux marble contact paper to get the marble-topped table of your dreams or use stainless steel “stickers” to cover an appliance that is starting to yellow with age. You can also use wallpaper or even washi tape to put a new spin on an old favorite.
Install New Light Switch Covers
It might not seem like much, but updating your light switch covers can help a room feel complete. It’s the attention to details that can really make or break a space.
Upgrade Your Window Treatments
You can work with a professional window specialist to get drapes, shades, and shutters. But you can also browse your local big-box retailer to choose a new solution for your home and install it yourself. While you won’t be able to boast that you have custom window coverings when you go to sell your home, you will get a new look at a fraction of the cost.
Install a New Tile Backsplash
Did you know that they make peel-and-stick tiles that are ideal for use in your kitchen or bathroom? These are easy to install and don’t require a handyman to do the work.
Rearrange the Furniture
This might seem obvious, but never underestimate how powerful rearranging the furniture can be. It can dramatically affect how light, bright, and open your space feels. If you can’t figure out how to rearrange a space, consult a friend with a good eye to help you see the possibilities!
These are just a few of the many affordable home projects you can tackle on your own! And if you’re willing to pick up a few new skills, you can save even more on future home updates.
But if you’d rather hire someone to do the work for you, I would be happy to provide you with some local recommendations. Just reach out to me and let me know what you’re working on!