Hey there! How are you guys doing?! I am pretty excited about this post today. I don’t know about you, but my husband and I don’t have tons of money to spend on home improvements. We would love to have a beautiful home and to be proud of it, but we have very little money to make the upgrades that we want. Derek and I rely on doing very cheap fixes and minior changes to make a big impact. I have gathered 10 of my favorite upgrades to make around the home that make a big change, but that are very budget friendly.
- Paint Light Fixtures: I would love to go around the home and replace every single one of our light fixtures. I believe they are the original fixtures that we placed in the home in 1960. They are old, dingy and really outdated. However, light fixtures are extremely expensive. We were looking at a light for the living room and the one that I liked was $200 (and that was WITH a huge discount). I knew that if I changed that light then I would want to change all of the lights. So, when I was choosing to upgrade the lights in our bathroom I decided that maybe I should paint them. What a difference that made! Here are some ways to paint your light fixutres.
The possibilites are certainly endless when it comes to painting your light fixtures. You can get ride of that old outdated brass look in a matter of minutes by just purchasing a can of spray paint.
2. Revamp Furniture: Revamping furniture is a great way to get a different look for a room. You can reupholster furniture, paint dressers, paint couches and you can even put new hardware. You would be suprised about how different a dresser can look by a simple paint job and new hardware. It will look like a brand new piece! This can give the room a whole new look too!
3. Update Outlets: This is a simple fix. You can buy a cheap outlet from Home Depot for about $1 and then it is super simple to rewire an outlet. You can then add a new cover on it. It is super simple to do this and can change the look of a room. You can get rid of a yellow dingy outlet with a new clean white one. Your room will look much cleaner and more updated. You can check out the tutorial here
4. New Door Knobs or Paint Old Ones: Changing the doorknob can change the entire door. The old brass doorknobs are out of date and you probably hate your door but you are not sure why. You can then change your doorknob in order to create a brand new look. A simple and cheap fix would be to spray paint your door knob.
5. Frame Mirrors: Many homes have mirrors in their bathrooms that are construction grade. They are boring and bland and have no frame around them. You would be blown away by the difference that a frame around a mirror can do for your bathroom. Check out the tutorial here
6. Spruce up Faucets: I haven’t done this one yet. I really want to though. We have the original faucets in our bathroom and they are pretty nasty. Each faucet is covered in soap scum that is practically stained on. No matter how much I clean it looks awful. Plus there is rust that will never come off. So I would love to paint these suckers!
7. Refinish Tub: Yet another project that Derek and I have not attempted. So our bathroom was so gross when we moved into the home so I had a great idea to take a pumisce stone and to clean the soap scum off. I was so proud of myself. Until I realized that the stone completely ripped apart my bathroom. It has scratches all over it. Although a bath isn’t too horribly expensive we would probably pay somebody to replace it which would be a lot of money. I don’t really want to try to fix the bathtub. So I think I want to refinish it!
8. Recaulk: Look around at the caulk around your shower, your bathtub, your toilet, your sinks and around your trim. It probably looks really gross. All you need to do at this point is use a box cutter and slowley take away the old caulk and then recaulk around the places where you thought were gross. I have done this several time and it makes such a huge difference!
9. Paint Cabinets or Restain: This is probably one of the most time consuming of all of the projects, but it can make the biggest difference. ALthough this is one of the more expensive projects it is such a great way to revamp a kitchen or bathroom. Obviously in this picture they did a lot more than just paint the cabinets, but look at how goegous that paint is!
10. Add Shutters: One really cute thing to add to the outside of your home is wood shutters. These are pretty simple to add but it certainly adds to a great curb appeal.