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5 Simple, Low-Budget Home Renovations

Does your home feel a bit outdated? Sometimes, a busy schedule can make DIY renovations seem daunting. Or your household budget may keep you from hiring a professional to do the job. Fret not, because here's a list of five quick and cost-effective ways to spruce up your place like… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/living-room-with-yellow-walls_iStock-e1522868346714.jpg?fit=684%2C392&ssl=1
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Does your home feel a bit outdated? Sometimes, a busy schedule can make DIY renovations seem daunting. Or your household budget may keep you from hiring a professional to do the job.

Fret not, because here’s a list of five quick and cost-effective ways to spruce up your place like a home renovation hero.

  1. Add a new coat of paint on the walls.
  2. Install decorative light fixtures.
  3. Re-caulk and add new tile in the bathroom.
  4. Donate or recycle unwanted clutter.
  5. Update the cabinet knobs and countertops in the kitchen.


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1. Add a New Coat of Paint on the Walls

It’s easy to overlook the wall colors in your home. Applying a fresh coat of paint can be one of the simplest and cheapest ways to take an old room from drab to fab, according to HGTV. If you’re not confident with your ability to color coordinate, snap some pictures of the rooms you want to repaint, take them to your local home improvement store and ask for some help. There’s no shame in admitting you don’t want your dining room to have the color palette of an entire crayon box and need some assistance to help avoid it.

2. Install Decorative Light Fixtures

Dim lighting can be great for romantic dinners but not so much for when you’re cooking, doing laundry, taking showers and all the other things you do at home most days. Practical matters aside, low light may also make the interior of your home appear a little dull. Consider brightening up your life and getting some new light fixtures. According to Better Homes and Gardens, it’s a quick and affordable way to freshen up a room, and with a $5,000 budget, a half-day’s time and a trip to the store, you can likely outfit most of your home, no sweat. Remember to treat lights like furniture. They should be functional and fashionable. The floor lamps you had in your college dorm might not be the right fit in your current place.

3. Re-Caulk and Add New Tile in the Bathroom

A bathroom renovation can seem daunting, especially if you only have one bathroom in your home. The prospect of navigating around a demolition zone every time you want to brush your teeth or take a shower isn’t something anyone wants to think about, but with a little planning, you can make some minor bathroom updates without sacrificing function.

Start by re-caulking around sinks, showers, toilets and tubs to get rid of unsightly grime, says DIY Network. Then pick out some affordable new tiles for the floor, and you’ll be in business. Unless you’ve got plenty of experience, though, hire a professional to install the tile. It may be relatively inexpensive, but it isn’t easy. Sure, new sinks and toilets are great — and probably within range for a $5,000 budget (provided you didn’t go with marble flooring) — but caulk and tile may be all you’ll need to upgrade your bathroom’s look.

4. Donate or Recycle Unwanted Clutter

Simple and free — a perfect combo. Yes, all you’ll need to do to clean up your house is … clean up your house. Set aside a weekend and go through the items cluttering up your abode. (You probably don’t need any electronic device made back in the early 2000s.) Donate or recycle the junk, sell anything that may yield more than $5 at a yard sale or online and enjoy the newfound order you’ve created in your home.

5. Update the Cabinet Knobs and Countertops in the Kitchen

Kitchen renovations can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. According to Better Homes and Gardens, new cabinet knobs, drawer pulls and countertops can be installed on a reasonable budget and rejuvenate even the stalest of kitchens, with minimal stress.

Renovating your home doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive. Hopefully, these five upgrade ideas can help you start to give your home some tender love and care.

Originally published on June 28, 2017.

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Breathe new life into your home with a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

Don’t let dim lighting darken the mood! Add new lights to help brighten up the house.

In the bathroom, re-caulk around sinks, showers, toilets and tubs. Then amp it up with new tile on the floor or shower walls.

Ready for a big impact? Simply swap out cabinet knobs and drawer pulls in the kitchen.

Clutter catastrophe! Set aside a weekend to gather things to donate, recycle or sell at a yard sale.