Time is limited, funds are tight, but you desperately want to make over a few elements of your humble abode’s exterior and interior. Are there any feasible solutions?
Definitely, but the most ideal option is to put on your “handyman” cap and perform the tasks on your own.
But, let me warn you in advance: If you run across an idea or situation that seems too complex, do yourself and your wallet a favor and stick with the pros.
Otherwise, take a look at these simple and affordable DIY projects that can completely refresh your home’s appearance.
1. Bathroom shelving
Running low on storage space in the bathroom? Weaved baskets affixed to the wall will do the trick and can easily store a plethora of items, such as soap, lotion, and towels. We tend to stock up on common toiletries when we find them at a rock-bottom price, so these fixtures come in handy.
During my couponing days, I managed to pick up a stockpile of deodorant, liquid soap, and shampoo for less than 50 cents each. Guess where they were stored? You’ve got it — on these unique shelving structures.
If the grand, sitting, or dining rooms are equipped with basic lighting structures, spruce things up by installing chandeliers. They can be found in most home improvement stores for under $100. Along with being easy on your wallet, chandeliers add an element of class to the space.
3. Flowers, anyone?
Looking to lighten up the mood of your home with some fresh new flowers, but you don’t have anywhere for them to go? Grab a few used wine bottles or jars, apply your favorite shade of paint to the surface and you have a set of vibrant colored vases. I’m a huge fan of keeping fresh flowers around the home, so I’m always excited to pull out the decorative vases and put them on display for my viewing pleasure.
4. Add a little color
When we initially moved into our home, the walls were a dull shade of off-white. After a few years of working tirelessly on touch-ups to keep the walls clean and eventually growing bored with the appearance, we added a few accent walls and gave the living areas an entirely new look for a few hundred bucks by changing up the paint.
I’m thinking wallpaper may be a bit dated, depending on the pattern printed on the adhesive paper, but it’s definitely worth a shot if you have no desire to paint. I must add that I have run across some very neatly designed wallpaper for children’s rooms in the past few months at the arts and crafts store.
6. Dye the grout
This was another major problem in our home. The new tile was installed with off-white grout, which was immaculate until we started spending extended periods of time in the wet areas. Instead of shelling out loads of cash to have it steam cleaned or hiring a pro to come in and replace the grout, we decided to stain it a darker color. It took some time, but the supplies to do the job only came in around $40, making the project worthwhile.