By: Jeannette Brown
Makeover projects to improve the look of your home don’t have to break the bank, and many projects can be done over a weekend. Do-it-yourself updates, for a small price, can produce great results and give you the most value for your renovation dollar. Here are 10 projects based on affordable ideas:
1. Lay out the welcome mat
Your home’s curb appeal will be vastly improved with a few touches that make your home’s entrance more inviting. You don’t have to spend a fortune to paint your front door a new cheery color, install new door hardware, buy a welcome mat, and arrange a few potted plants. Give guests, including future buyers, a strong first impression of your home by improving the first area they see: the entrance. You can even go the extra step by installing some outdoor lighting to show off the landscape and decorative features.
2. Let there be light
A new light fixture is an easy way to replace an existing outdated fixture and for example, you can improve the look of your kitchen’s eating area in no time. This simple improvement will conveniently improve the light of a particular room as well as improve the look of your home’s aesthetic.
3. Backyard Bistro
Flagstone tile is a rustic-style tile that is a great cheap option for outdoor tile installations. You might not have the extra funds for an expensive outdoor patio, but you can make a cute backyard escape over one weekend by arranging flagstone tile. Just add some outdoor seating and potted plants, and you’ll be set to pour yourself a glass of lemonade and enjoy your new and improved backyard.
4. Hardware Change
Replacing factory-issued handles and pulls on your cabinets and drawers is an inexpensive and quick way to update the look of your kitchen or other areas with cabinetry. With a little searching, you can find unique handles that are more in line with your design preferences.
5. A Step Up
Your home’s stairway is often overlooked as a place to add distinctive touches that will improve the style of your home and foyer. Unique railings, embellishments, or color can add the perfect amount of flair to your staircase with little expense.
Your dining room or living room will be greatly improved with the addition and installation of dimmer switches. Dimmers give you control to set the mood of a room and will improve your home’s resale value.
7. New Backsplash
While you might feel like redoing your kitchen, there’s a much more inexpensive way to give your kitchen a fresh look: a bold new backsplash. Ceramic or glass tile along the wall is a great way to transform a dull-looking kitchen.
8. Sink or Swim
If you’re bored with your bathroom, consider replacing an old sink with a brand new one. Maybe you’ve always wanted a pedestal sink or a completely different style to energize the space.
9. Interior Doors
Switching out a plain old door with a detailed antique door can do wonders to update your home’s interior elements. You can also switch out hollow-core doors that are not as effective in keeping out noise.
10. Wallpaper one wall
By just wallpapering one wall of a room as an accent wall, you’ll cut down on cost and create instant character with a stylish design that complements a room’s décor. A room with just plain walls and no built-ins is ideal for papering a single wall.