The average remodeling project can cost thousands of dollars. While you may want a brand new kitchen or a garden bathtub in your bathroom, wants versus budget are two very different things. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to reinvent your home without the high cost, time, and labor of remodeling.
Here are 5 projects to consider if you want to bring a new look to your home without spending an outrageous amount of money.
1. A Fresh Coat of Paint Throughout
Many homeowners forget just how much impact wall color can have on the look and feel of their home. If you want to reinvent the ambiance throughout the home, one of the most effective, easiest, and cost effective changes to make is wall color!
A fresh coat of paint can make a home look brand new. These days trendy neutral colors are in, including grays, gray-blues, gray-greens, and warm beiges. By switching your walls to a neutral color, you have more of a blank slate to work with, allowing you to add fun designs and pops of color to a space.
If you prefer to have color on your walls, top paint options for 2018 include:
Behr: In the Moment
HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams: Honeycomb
Benjamin Moore: Caliente
Olympic: Black Magic
No matter the color you choose, you’ll be surprised at how effortlessly a fresh coat of paint can bring new life to your home.
2. New Lighting
Natural light is nice, but what can you do about rooms that don’t have many windows? With the right lighting fixtures, you can make any room in your home feel spacious, warm, and cozy. Recessed lighting is ideal for darker spaces like basements and attics.
A new light fixture can also be the perfect focal point for any room. Hang a unique chandelier about the kitchen table to enjoy well-lit dinners. Or install new side table lamps in your bedroom for a more intimate look.
The right lighting can enhance the shape and layout of a room while you save up for those bay windows you’ve been dreaming of.
3. New Patio Doors
Over the years, patio doors can become a hassle. Not only can they become hard to open and close, the tracks can become warped and worn, making the door noisy and unruly to deal with. Aside from the physical aspect, as patio doors start to age, they lose their original sheen. The once bright white wood or vinyl can become stained and discolored.
Older doors are also at risk of creating air leaks and drafts. This makes it harder to maintain a comfortable and stable temperature throughout the home.
To bring new life to your home’s entryways, consider having new patio doors installed. These days there are all sorts of options including sliding doors, French doors, and more. By choosing a new style of door, you can accentuate your home’s entryways, making them more inviting and much easier to operate.
4. Cabinet Refinishing
Kitchens are the most popular and widely used space in the home, which means they’re also subject to the most abuse. Over the years, your kitchen floors have likely faded, the countertops are worn, and the cabinets have definitely seen better days.
An effective way to makeover your kitchen is to refinish the cabinets. While total cabinet replacement costs thousands of dollars, it only cost a few hundred to remove, sand, and re-stain the existing cabinets. You can even paint cabinets if you’re looking for a unique color!
To finish off the project, be sure to install new cabinet hardware. This includes hinges, door knobs, and pulls. With a few hours of elbow grease and enough dedication, you can restore your kitchen and create a more modern look and feel that you’re proud of.
5. An Improved Exterior
Fixing up the inside of your home is only half the equation. If you want your home to have great curb-side appeal and be the best looking house in the community, take the time to improve the exterior. This includes mowing and planting new grass seed, clearing out the gardens, planting flowers, and laying a fresh layer of mulch or pebbles.
You’ll also want to consider refinishing your porch or deck. After years of facing rain, snow, sun, and wind, chances are Mother Nature has taken her toll on the natural wood. Patch up any cracks and chips and apply a fresh paint of coat for a beautiful outdoor area.
Remodeling your home doesn’t have to happen at the cost of breaking the bank. If you want to change the ambiance of your home, there are all sorts of ways to achieve a new look without