Have you ever wandered through your home thinking of all the different DIY updates you could do? Maybe a little paint here, or some new artwork there. The possibilities are endless and the fun of a project is alluring. But did you know there are budget friendly updates that are quick, simple and easy? Similarly, there are easy cosmetic fixes that are also wallet-friendly? Can I get a, YESSAAAA! Transform every room in your home with these easy weekend projects.
- Enhance Your Entry!
Your entry is one of the only visible areas of your home that is open to
your community and neighbors. It’s your welcome beacon after a long day and is a visual representation of you. Above all, first impressions matter, so an entrance enhancement is a must. Invest in a new door, or paint your old one! Paint is no longer just a color choice. With the options of chalk paint, milk paint, glossy or matte paint, the creative juices can flow freely. New paint can dramatically change the look of your home and your curb appeal. Already have a rockin’ front door? Try updating another area like exterior trim, replacing house numbers or installing new outdoor lighting. Solar lighting has really kicked it up a notch in recent years. As a result, it’s a budget friendly update perfect for any home.
- Install a New Backsplash.
It seems like whenever we see images of updated kitchens, the backsplash is always tile. Certainly it doesn’t have to be! Trying something simple like tin ceiling tiles can be a total game changer for your cocina. Not into the metallic look? We love the wooden bead boards and wallpaper mixtures that are mixing up tradition as well! Go for something utilitarian like stainless steel sheets, or turn it into something fun with chalkboards or magnetic paints. Ultimately, a backsplash can be a creative fun space, or a functional space depending on your needs. Due to it being such a small space, you can experiment on a budget until you find the perfect one for you.
- Build your Dream Headboard.
Your bedroom is your getaway. As a result, it’s the one room in your home where you can close the door and have your own little escape. It’s no wonder that investments for this room are usually over the top and extravagant. Consequently, they can also be costly. High end or unique furniture pieces can easily break the bank. So, if you’re looking for a WOW factor, try building your own headboard. It’s not as hard as it looks, and adding your own personality will make it one of a kind. And the best part besides not breaking the bank? They can be made out of anything! Use old ski’s or skateboards as accent pieces. Like to read? Wire in your favorite lamp at the perfect height. Decoupage magazines or artwork. And if you are feeling really creative, use salvaged material. Fencing, old doors, and window shutters are all viable options for your new piece of furniture.
- Add Some Faux Architectural Interest.
Boring rooms don’t have to stay that way. And, let’s face it, sometimes there is only so much you can do with wall art and paint. But if you are looking for more of a unique pop, try adding a little bit of faux architecture. Adding chair rails, picture moldings or crown molding can drastically alter a space. Especially if it’s applied in a manner that isn’t exactly traditional. Visit your thrift stores to find truly unique frames or lumber yards for wonky woods. Then, jazz them up with pops of color, or match them to your wall color and hang in fun patterns. Just remember the golden rule; measure twice, cut once.
- Illuminating Ideas!
Fixtures. They are all the rage! Not only do fixtures have a wide variety, but bulbs are also getting a makeover. Therefore, you can find a fixture to match any room. However, the more unique, the more the cost. But, not if you make it! You can now easily create a fixture to match any room! Your lighting really sets the mood from ambient to full fledged fluorescent. So your creative genius really is the limit when it comes to making your perfect piece. Try a fabric-covered drum shade to match unique decor. Or refurbishing old chandeliers to bring in some glamour. Pop Edison bulbs into some old wire baskets to create funky pendant lighting for your kitchen. Maybe take a look at your local hobby store for all of the necessary main elements. And if you love your lighting and aren’t ready to make a change, try to install a dimmer that will make it more versatile.
- Accessorize Your Cabinets.
This is as simple as adding new hardware, or as creative as adding whimsical decals. Depending on your ultimate goal for your home, cabinets can be a great place to get a little crazy. Keeping your home sale ready? Then hardware is easily exchangeable for something with a little whimsy. It only takes minutes to update and it can easily be changed back. Paint is taking the update to the next step. Because refinishing or staining wood cabinets can add a high end look and feel, this is a logical step. But refurbing with milk paint or something distressed will add a little flair. Want to take it a step further? Go with a blue or creamy color to really offset surrounding areas. It’s a unique way to set your kitchen apart from the boring same old same old. Feeling really crazy? Decoupage! Whimsy comes to life with decoupaged cabinets. Update in florals or beach themes. And add wallpaper to large flat areas. The sky is the limit!
- Get Creative in Your Small Spaces
Nothing can kill creativity faster than a small, cramped, what-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-this space. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Jazz up your tiny spot with bold colors, wallpaper, faux finish or glitter paint. What? That’s right, glitter paint. A small space is really a blessing. Likewise, it’s a chance to experiment with mediums and ideas that you may want try elsewhere, but aren’t sure how it will work out. Rather, use your small spot to find the perfect blend and then roll it out to a larger room. Or, if your partner is a Beige Is Best kind of person, use a small space to sneak out some of that pent up creativity. Paint the ceiling or stencil the floor. Try hanging plants, new mirrors, build a shelve or make funky prints for the wall. Because anything goes when it comes to an easily fixable small space.
- Add Porch Curtains
This is one of the most romantic and easy to do installations. Porch curtains will give your home a dramatic look that is dual purpose. Not only is your curb appeal increased by 100%, but you now have added privacy if you need it! In addition, your porch will now look like an extension of your home. What better way to give off a warm and welcoming vibe! For long term curtains, install rods and hang as usual. But, for a less invasive approach, use sticky-back wall hooks to hang and then cinch off to the side. As a result, this less invasive approach still allows a functional use without drilling into exterior wood. This is also a great approach for metal porches or odd angles.
Updating doesn’t have to expensive if you are willing to try a little DIY. Doing it yourself really allows you to customize your space. Also, think of it as a personalized transformation on a budget without the full-scale remodel. It’s an amazing concept. And you don’t have to be artsy to do it! The internet is an amazing thing. Shop for ideas and inspiration, then give it a try. And, if you need any inspiration, help or guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here for you beyond the closing table.