Almost every weekend, millions of Americans wake up and feel the need to redecorate their homes out of the blue. The only problem is that not all of us have the money to spend to clear out the Home Depot or Lowe’s for a massive renovation, so we have to look for smaller ways to give our homes a makeover. Thankfully, there are plenty of projects that you can do with a tight budget that will liven up your home and make it feel brand new. Here are 10 of the ways that you can do just that.
Sometimes all it takes to make your home feel like an entirely new place is a little feng shui. Change the furniture placement around in the house and try to get rid of some of the clutter that could be weighing the mood down. You might find that orienting your television or couch in a certain way just feels right. Remember when we were kids and simply adding an extra square foot of space felt like a huge accomplishment? That feeling doesn’t go away as an adult.
Make Your Own Art
It doesn’t matter if you have the artistic skills of Leonardo da Vinci or zero skills whatsoever. If you’re able to create some of your own art, you can place it on the wall or on your tables/cabinets to really spruce things up. When we think of art, we tend to think of painting, but the sky’s the limit for what you can do. Even just gluing together some old junk from your garage could be considered a form of rustic art!
Switch Up The Lighting
The lighting of a home is massively important, and you don’t want it to feel like you’re sitting in a cubicle in some skyscraper. Get creative with the lighting, and even placing Mason jars over the bulbs will give your house a lot of character.
Get a Green Thumb
Plants breathe new life into your home in ways that you might not have ever expected. You can decorate your front porch or back patio with outdoor plants, or fill the empty spaces in your living room with indoor plants. While not everyone is a plant expert, it’s a cheap way to make things feel better while providing extra oxygen in the home.
Upcycle Your Items
Earlier we talked about how you can simply glue junk together and call it art, but what you can do with your old and unused items doesn’t end there. Upcycling has become a trendy hobby for people who want to repurpose things for furniture that otherwise would have been thrown out. Do you have an old door laying around? You could stain and repaint it, turning it into a coffee table for next to no money.
Let’s say that you don’t have much laying around that you want to upcycle, but you still want that feeling that you get from upcycling. With that in mind, you can head to the thrift store to start looking at old furniture that’s marked down to just a few dollars. From couches and chairs to nightstands and tables, there’s going to be a lot available at your local thrift store. You may even find someone’s old upcycling project that you fall in love with!
Windows are your home’s connection to the outside world, and life is too short to simply have plain white blinds for them like you’d have in a drab office. Give your windows a cheap treatment that will really feel like a full makeover, which can include something as simple as cutting up old coffee sacks or bedsheets to place above the windows. There are dozens of ways you can perform window treatments for $20 or less.
Renew Old Furniture
Do you love the furniture that you have in your home but feel like it could use a little sprucing up so that it matches the rest of your house? Upholstering is a cost-effective way of changing the look of your furniture, though it does take a little bit of know-how. If you’re a crafty person who’s good with a sewing machine and stapler, though, reupholstery will be something that you can do in your sleep.
DIY Kitchen Projects
The kitchen is one of the places in the home where people might be a bit afraid to start doing some renovations because they feel like they can be wildly expensive. However, there are some minor changes that you can make to your kitchen that will really make a difference, including painting your cabinets, adding a vinyl print to your backsplash, or even making shelves for your spices. A little work goes a long way in the kitchen.
Brand New Bathroom
The bathroom is the other part of the house that we perceive as expensive for renovating, but like the kitchen, there are some great low-budget changes to make. Replacing the faucet is easier and cheaper than you might think, and the same is true with the showerhead. Even doing something like replacing the towels with a different color or adding a new shower rug will make it feel like a completely new room.