Energize Your Portland Space on a Budget
We’ve all been there—when you walk into a room in your home and immediately feel bored or uninspired. While room renovations and home makeovers may feel like a fantasy reserved for HGTV, there are plenty of ways to energize your space on a budget. Whether you’re staging your home to sell or just looking to fall in love with your house again, these tips will help you invigorate your home without breaking the bank.
With just a little bit of cash and a few hours spent here and there, you can make big improvements to your space. And you don’t have to win the lottery or get chosen for a home makeover show to get the home remodel that you want—you can do it right now for cheap.
Create Shelving Out of Outdated Cabinetry
When it comes to renovation and remodeling, the kitchen can seem like one of the most overwhelming rooms to deal with. Given old appliances, dated countertops, or shabby cabinetry, you may feel like the kitchen is actually too big of a job to tackle for under $100.
Break out of that mindset by starting with a project that’s cheap and easy. You can transform your outdated cabinetry by taking the doors off of their hinges and painting the interior of the cabinets. You’ll be left with open shelving that feels light, airy, modern, and on trend.
Entryway or Mudroom Hangers
If you don’t have a mudroom in your home, you can create the feeling of one by hanging cute hooks in your entryway to provide a space for people to store their winter layers. Choose your device—whether you want to use old dresser knobs for a vintage feel, or simple polished utility hooks.
Then arrange the hooks or knobs at heights that are convenient for both kids and adults. Depending on whether you use old knobs from around the house or invest in new hooks, this project could cost you as little as $35.
Go the extra mile by installing some shelves or shoe racks just below ground level to inspire people to neatly store their shoes when they come in the door. These easy fixes can quickly turn a cluttered entryway into a fresh mudroom for little to no cash.
Update the Stairs
A carpeted staircase may seem like a bit of a relic from decades past. Switch it out for something updated and fresh by taking out the old carpet, painting the stairs, and installing a chic carpet runner with a staple gun. Be sure to give your stairs a good cleaning and sanding before you begin painting and installing your runner of choice. You can check out a full tutorial on how to do this project at Sand and Sisal.
After the carpet is removed, you can also opt to simply sand and strip the steps before priming and painting. Remodelaholic has a great tutorial for painting and staining a once-carpeted staircase for exactly $100.
Shed New Light on Your Space
Updating the light fixtures around your home can have a huge impact on the way that a room feels. Ditch the overhead light by installing track lighting under cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom. Track lighting can run the length of a hallway to create mellow light in a space that doesn’t get much natural light.
If track lighting isn’t quite right for your home, you can also just invest in some new light bulbs to brighten up dark corners. Choose light bulbs with warm light that don’t require too much energy. Energy-efficient light bulbs can end up saving you hundreds of dollars through the years. Halogen incandescent, fluorescent, and LED are all good options.
Do you have any ideas for updating your home on a budget? Tell us about it in the comments below.
[image via: Remodelaholic]