Cheap ways to remodel

2017-06-07 06:00

If you have been living in the same home for many years, or if you bought a fixer-upper, it is natural to want to renovate and upgrade your home.

Paula Pant, author and blogger, admits on her Google post that upgrades are expensive, as one will desire a new set of kitchen ­cabinets, new countertops, bath vanities, and hardwood floors, which are likely to cost several thousand more.

Pant shares a few affordable ways to remodel your home on a budget.

Smart choices, smart look

  • Use peel-and-stick contact paper with stainless steel finishes on appliances: This gives you the modern look you are going for without the astronomical price tag. Your appliance will have a stainless steel facade at a fraction of the price of the real deal.
  • Change your doorknobs, handles and hinges: These are inexpensive finishing touches that make a huge difference, and the installation is quick and easy.
  • Change your lampshades: This is a seemingly small detail that has the potential to make a huge difference.
  • Install new blinds or curtains in front of the windows: Two-inch wood blinds give your home a nicer aesthetic than most one-inch vinyl blinds.
  • Rearrange your furniture: You do not necessarily need new pieces of furniture. Simply creating new shapes and reorganising the flow of a living space can do wonders.
  • Repaint your walls or change your wallpaper: Try a matte finish if you had a glossy finish before. If you have wallpaper, rip it off and paint instead.
  • Alternatively, paint your ceiling a new, fresh color: Some people are experimenting with soft neutral colors on the walls and a bold color on the ceiling, like white walls with a bright yellow ceiling, or light beige walls with an eggplant or purple ceiling. If bold is your style, go for it.
  • Hang new photos or art on the Walls: Is your home a little bare? Put a personal touch on the walls with photos or art.
  • Hang more mirrors: This increases the light that shines through the house. If you can hang two mirrors in the same room, put them on opposite walls; this will make your room seem bigger. You can even hang them in places that are above eye-level (like over a fireplace).
  • Buy a new bed set or pillow covers: If you are crafty, you can sew these out of old pieces of clothing or fabric, or knit a blanket.
  • Think small to make a big difference: Buy small decorative items like mini-lanterns, artsy coasters, or a new coffee table book. These are finishing details that can give a space a modern feel.
  • Put plants everywhere, both indoors and out: If you already own plants, but have them potted in cheap plastic containers, upgrade them to a nice ceramic pot. If you happen to feel creative, why not paint the pots.
  • Burn candles or incense, or use an air freshener: A new scent can help you enjoy the feeling of a nicer atmosphere.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

Weird things dogs do

Caught your dog doing something... well a little bit odd? Don’t worry, there’s a simple explanation for his behaviour.

 
 

Paws

Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.