Most of us would love to have every room in our homes look like those photos from a fancy home magazine but let’s get real. Most of us don’t have the time or budget to have a completely picture perfect home. Yet, we can still be content and fulfilled with what we have and strive little by little to make the changes we want. If you budget, plan and focus on the things you love about your style and your home, slowly you’ll be able to see just how much your spaces have to offer (without spending a fortune). Here are a few small projects you can take on right now, to get you on your way to a fresh look in your home.
Changing paint colors on walls and cabinets can freshen up a room and change the entire feeling of a home without spending hundreds of dollars. Painting existing furniture will brighten a space without the cost of new furniture. All it takes is a little elbow grease on your part.
Throw pillows are easy to change out to add a different aesthetic or color pallet to your space. Plus, they are getting more affordable all the time (more pillows coming soon to our online store!). Don’t overspend on pillows so you can change them out every few years without feeling guilty or too attached.
Mirrors and Hardware
This one is so simple, it could be an easy weekend DIY— Take down old mirrors in your bathrooms and buy updated ones. Paint the cabinets with Chalkpaint (registered trademark) by Annie Sloan then wax them, and change out their hardware. Your bathroom will look brand new without spending thousands on a complete reno.
My husband disagrees with this next money saving tip, but I am a big believer in changing out the flooring in your home room by room over time. If you can’t spend $20,000 on new wood floors then don’t.
My favorite flooring is what we used in The Findery where the floors had to be replaced. It’s raw wood pine flooring from Lumber Liquidators. We stained it ourselves and then used water-based polyurethane to seal it. We had a framing crew lay it so it was less expensive than having a flooring company work on it. This floor is a third of the cost you will pay for pre-finished wood floors. But then again, I want them to be used, show wear and tear and I don’t care if I have scratches on them like some people do.
Does your home have you feeling a bit uninspired? Then try one of these simple tricks and breathe a little life into your spaces. You can create a haven out of your home without spending the big bucks and stressing yourself unnecessarily.