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Ask Allied: How can I change the style of my new home on a small budget?

by Jackie Heath on Aug 25, 2020
Read how to at your style to your new home on a small budget.

Wondering how to give your new home a fresh look on a small budget? But you are on a small budget and go the DIY path. We have some tips that can help you spruce up your home on that small budget.

  1. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint

     Painting your walls can make a world of difference. New paint and updated colors will make a room more vibrant. Get creative with an accent wall in a complementary color, or add an ornate pattern using stencils. Don't forget the ceilings; a new coat of a white or off-white can really brighten up a room. Rejuvenate doors by painting them. For those homeowners focusing on the kitchen, paint the cabinets a new color. Doing it yourself will not only save you money, it will also be rewarding.

  2. Change the hardware on doors and cabinets

    In addition to painting doors and cabinets, you can replace the handles. Handles and hinges come in a variety of finishes and styles. Pick brushed nickel for a modern feel, or bronze to bring out that rustic style. When you go to the store, bring one hinge of each size that you will need to help you buy the correct kind. There isn't much to switching out hardware. All you will need is a screwdriver and maybe a drill for additional holes.

  3. Change the faceplates on switches and outlets

     If you are moving into a new home, especially an older one, the switches and outlets' faceplates are probably dirty or turning yellow. Your local hardware store will have faceplates for different switches and outlets in a variety of finishes and colors. You'll find that plastic ones are the cheapest, but metal ones can really elevate a room. All you need is a screwdriver.

  4. Great wall art on the cheap

    Art gives a room personality, but it can be expensive. In the age of thrift, you can find affordable art and frames at secondhand stores. The piece you pick out might be perfect and ready to hang, or it could be the start of a craft project.

  5. Add molding to your room

     Molding can really elevate the room’s style, especially on a budget. You'll find molding at any hardware store in a variety of traditional and modern styles. Molding has a variety of uses, from chair and picture rails to crown molding and baseboards. Installing molding is a good project for those who have little or no experience doing a DYI project. All you will need is a measuring tape, manual miter saw, hammer, nails, polyurethane, stain, and paint. Don't forget to measure twice before cutting.

  6. Increase your home’s curb appeal

Take advantage of the good weather to update your plants. Flower beds and planters are a good start. Add some color with perennials such as tulips, hydrangeas, marigolds, Shasta daisies, and other bold blooms. You can also paint the door a new color and add a new door knocker. If the porch light looks out of date, replace it with a newer one that works with that new door color.

Whether you are changing one room or multiple rooms, it doesn't take a lot to transform a new home to fit your style. These DYI projects save you money, allow you to do them on your own schedule, and be rewarding. Who knows, you may find yourself planning future projects that you can don't know can be done on a small budget.

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