A vibrant paint color can completely change the feel of a room. Before you commit to a full-blown renovation project, think about how much a coat of paint could do for your room. Rearrange your space and take control of your environment by applying a fresh coat of paint over existing furniture or walls.
2. Add some shelving
If you have a spare room or corner just begging for a bookcase, you don't need to raise your budget to make it all happen. Look into an attractive, cheap shelving unit and put it together yourself. If you feel like getting fancy, try building different sections of shelves to separate your books or knick-knacks.
3. Replace old outlet and switch covers
Old switches and outlets can be a little visually jolting to the eye. You don't need to replace them all at once but if your heart is set on a complete makeover, see if your local hardware store has a deal on bulk orders for light switches and outlet covers. Then, swap them out one by one and watch the new ones bring a beautiful shine to your old décor.
4. Install a new faucet
Want to give your bathroom a facelift but don't want to spend too much money? While you're lucky if you can find a relatively cheap faucet in the store, there are also ways to spruce up your old fixtures without paying a lot of money. Consider getting creative with repainting or refinishing, replacing your sink and faucet or installing a new shower head.
5. Repair your baseboard
Give your baseboards some love! Did you know that over time, they'll chip and crack? Instead of paying someone to patch them up, you can fix them by simply getting out the joint compound or caulk. Apply a thin coat of caulk over the damaged area, repeating each time it dries until the crack is completely filled. Though the job will take longer, you'll save money and let your trims look how they were meant to.
6. Update your light fixtures
Like outlets and switches, light fixtures can get old and outdated. Whether you're looking to revamp your whole house or get a new bedroom light, many online stores sell customizable fixtures for less than $100. The best part is that when you're improving your lighting fixtures, you can monitor your electrical system to ensure safety and convenience.
7. Repair your bedroom door
If you have an old and rickety bedroom, it's time to face the facts: Your door needs a little work. Remove the handle and set aside the broken parts. Take a look at your hinges, check if they're bent or in pretty bad shape and check or ask your local hardware store for some replacement parts.
8. Redo your backsplash
Do you have a worn-out backsplash? Remove outdated tiles by prying them from the wall, going in on an angle with a chisel and hammer so you don't damage the drywall. Depending on the size of your kitchen, your only limit for creativity is your imagination. If you don't have much money to spend, go with basic tiles from the store that do not have any pattern or texture. Or, if you're bold, install big-ticket tiles to make your kitchen more stylized.
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