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.

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