As a homeowner, your to-do list may be never-ending. There’s always something you need or want to do to improve your home. Everyone wants to live in their dream home someday. For most homeowners, it takes a little bit of work to get there.
Big renovation projects like kitchen and bathroom remodels aren’t practical for everyone. These large-scale projects can take up a lot of time and money. When resources are limited, you may be left feeling like your home-improvement dreams aren’t within reach.
But, you don’t need a large budget to make some simple improvements to your house. Even the smallest improvements can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your house. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can instantly turn your house into the home of your dreams.
1. Refresh Your Cabinets
New cabinets are one of the biggest investments you’ll make when you take on a big remodeling project. Homeowners usually don’t account for this huge expense. Pre-made cabinets can run anywhere from $3,000-$10,000 depending on the material and size of the room you need to cover. The costs move closer to $15,000-$20,000 when you want custom-designed cabinets.
If you’re not ready to take on a major remodel that requires new cabinets, you can easily give your existing cabinets new life with a fresh coat of paint. This project does a take a little bit of work – you’ll need to remove the cabinets from the wall for best results. But, it will only cost you the price of the paint you choose.
2. Update Your Fixtures
Most homeowners are less than pleased with the factory fixtures their home was built with. Brass-colored door handles and porcelain drawer-pulls are commonplace in a lot of homes, tending to make them look really outdated. Upgrading your fixtures is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your home.
You can find inexpensive, modern fixtures at most home improvement stores. Or, you can spend a little more and purchase high-end drawer-pulls and sink fixtures to create an elegant room. If you prefer a more vintage look, you can usually find antique fixtures at flea markets!
3. Let the Light In
Your basement is extra livable space that most homeowners tend to disregard. Even if people have a finished basement, they usually don’t spend a lot of time in it. Basements tend to be damp and dark – things that are not exactly welcoming. One of the best ways to upgrade your basement is to give yourself more light!
A good home improvement company can help make your basement more enjoyable by installing retrofitted egress windows. Egress windows extend further out in a large semi-circular shape, allowing more light in to a usually dark space. Even better, these larger windows serve as an alternate escape route in case of emergencies.
4. Reupholster Your Dining Set
If your dining room set is outdated, the rest of your home can look like it’s stuck in another century too. Old cushions on your kitchen chairs can end up looking as old as they feel. You can make your home look more modern by reupholstering those tired cushions.
You’ll just need to stop by the craft store with your measurements and choose your favorite fabric. After that, you’ll need a staple gun and a screw driver to secure the new fabric and put the cushions back on the chairs.
5. Add Some Throw Rugs
The costs of installing or replacing hardwood flooring are huge. A simple alternative to installing a totally new floor is to invest in a few throw rugs. Large rugs can be pricey, but they’re always cheaper than buying a new floor. Throw rugs can change the look of a room instantly, making it look warmer and more inviting.
Even if you have carpet in most of your home, you can still add throw rugs to enhance the room. Adding an elegant or colorful throw rug over boring carpet adds extra interest and design to any room. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold design here. A good throw rug can act as a statement piece for the whole room!
6. Create A Picture Wall
Finally, don’t forget to add personal touches to your home every step of the way. You can have the nicest house on the block, but if you’re lacking in personal touches, it will never feel like a home. Transform a barren living room wall into a family picture wall in a few easy steps. It’s as simple as buying a few frames, printing out your favorite photos, and hanging them up.
Frames in different styles and shapes add visual interest and make the wall look even more creative. You can even mix in your favorite art prints to create something really unique. Stick with the same color pallet for your frames to add some consistency, but don’t be afraid to play with interesting layouts and designs!