It’s officially the holiday season, which might mean you’re hosting friends and family. In the spirit of the season, you may want to update and refresh your home without the time and financial investment that comes with a full remodel. Luckily, there are some things you can do to breathe new life into your home without taking on a complete renovation.
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Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Old, worn, dirty, or chipped paint can seriously date a room or your entire home. If you want a relatively fast and inexpensive facelift, add a fresh coat of paint. You can choose a trendy color if you want to be adventurous, such as the dusty shades of pink that are popular or choose a timeless neutral. If you want to save money on a painting project, consider going to the paint shelf of the store where the “oops” colors are kept. These are shelves of paint that people have returned or haven’t taken from the store for one reason or another. You can get a big discount, and you might find the perfect color.
Redo Your Countertops
If you have countertops that are laminate or something similar, and you’d like to make them more high-end without spending a lot of money, you have options to believe it or not. One option is to use something like a Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating kit. These are inexpensive, and if you follow the instructions, you can make your old countertops look like fresh, new stone or whatever material you prefer. While you’re at it, there are also kits for painting your cabinets that make it fairly easy. You can give yourself a whole new kitchen for a relatively tiny investment.
Update Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are another way your home might feel dated, but there’s an easy fix you can make by replacing them. You may be able to do simple electrical work on your own, but if not, hire someone to come and change out a few of your fixtures, and you’ll be surprised at how different your home might look.
Change Your Upholstery
If your furniture looks dingy or dirty, you can order slipcovers online. You may even be able to find someone on a site like Etsy, who will create custom slipcovers. You can add new pillows and throw blankets to furniture as well.
Redo Your Exterior Entryway
If you’re going to have guests over this holiday season, the first thing they’ll see is the entry to your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to your door, clean up around the entry, and trim any bushes or shrubbery. You can also think about replacing your exterior light fixtures and adding a new mat or some other welcoming accessories.
Finally, go through and declutter. There is a reason real estate agents often recommend this first to people who want to sell their home—clutter can have a serious negative impact on the look and feel of your home. Do a deep clean, cut the clutter, and you’ll likely feel as if you’ve got an entirely new home in the process.