Most of us have little plans to turn our humble home into something more gorgeous, but babies, child care costs and school fees always end up scuttling our renovation plans.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get our home dreams at a price we can afford? And not by being so super cheap that we end up living in a cardboard shoebox. With some strategic thinking about design, materials, and timing, it’s not so hard to cut costs without cutting corners. The universal truth about renovations is that every little thing adds up. So save a little here, save a little there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real value. Here are 15 best, cheap and smart ways to renovate your home sweet home.
15 Best, Cheap and Smart ways to renovate your Home Sweet Home
Before making any changes in the house, it is best to put everything away where it belongs and simply clean up the place. Your place will look better immediately. Also, by cleaning, you get the opportunity to see how things are arranged and think of ways to simply rearrange the furniture or choose a better location of stored belongings to make it more effective or pleasing to the eye. Getting rid of clutter will also clear up space and will make the rooms look bigger than they did when they were crammed with things.
In addition to thinking big, you should also think small. There are small changes you can make that make a big impact as well. Changing the hardware of cabinets, for example, can change the look of the kitchen without having to replace the cabinets. Painting the trim instead painting the whole house might be sufficient depending on your situation. Adding a drawer organizer might keep you from needing another drawer. Repairing instead of replacing some things could avoid headaches and cost less, depending on the amount of time and material it would take to repair them. Changing the rug or towels in the bathroom, or a new bedspread or curtains in the bedroom can change of the look of the room without any remodeling whatsoever.
You may also be able to find items either in your own house, at yard sales, at thrift stores, and at a Habitat for Humanity Restore that can be repurposed to a different function. I use a chest of drawers with a bookshelf that was made for a bedroom in my kitchen. The bookshelf part works great for cookbooks and cereal boxes while the drawers hold my kitchen towels, plastic wrap, and similar items. You can also consider adding a counter top to a dresser to turn it into an island. This will give you additional counter space as well as storage space.
These are inexpensive finishing touches that make a huge difference, and the installation is quick and easy. Along the same lines, you can also buy new hardware for the cabinets in your house.
This is a seemingly small detail that has the potential to make a HUGE difference. If you start making small changes like this, try and think of a theme to build off of so everything in your home looks cohesive.
Two-inch wood blinds give your home a nicer aesthetic than most one-inch vinyl blinds. As a plus, they’re harder to destroy if you have any kids or pets in the house.
You don’t necessarily need new pieces of furniture. Simply creating new shapes and reorganizing the flow of a living space can do wonders.