8 Easy Home Upgrades on a Budget
Add new color
A bold accent wall in your bathroom or a clean, white coat of paint on your kitchen walls will instantly give your home a new look. Don't be afraid to mix in a pop of color or go for a darker shade of blue or purple, especially in the winter season.
Install fresh fixtures
Updating your lighting is a thrifty way to breathe new life into a room. Switch out the ceiling fixture above your dining room table or install new hanging pendant lights in your kitchen. There are many affordable light fixtures you can purchase or you can upcycle an antique for a modern vibe.
Replace old hardware
Updating knobs, pulls, rods and handles is a simple upgrade that will make any room feel less dated. Make sure your home's hardware matches or coordinates throughout each room for a cohesive look. Some hardware you can buy for cheap and easily install on your own, while others may require the help of a professional.
Caulk your bathroom
Discolored caulk can make your bathroom appear dirty. Give your whole bathroom a facelift by applying new caulk to the tub, shower walls or sink. This little project won't break the bank and can have a big impact on the appearance of your bathroom.
Revive your deck
You can refinish your deck in just a few simple steps. Wash off leaves and dirt with a hose or pressure washer, scrub the wood and boards with a cleaning solution, rinse, dry, and stain with a new finish. Depending on the size of your deck, you can complete this project for under $100 or hire a professional to do it for you.
Add a new backsplash
A new kitchen or bathroom backsplash can add style and character to your home. Brighten up a space with a multicolored backsplash or choose a subway tile pattern for a classic charm. You can install the backsplash on your own, switch out your current backsplash with a mirror, purchase peel and stick tile or get it installed by a professional.
Install a bathroom exhaust fan
Is moisture, humidity, and bad odors filling your bathroom? Update your bathroom vent fan to limit mold and noise, while ultimately improving the function and appearance of your space.
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your home is by accessorizing with decorative touches. Candles, vases of fresh flowers, wall mirrors, picture frames, a welcome mat and throw pillows are just a few ideas that will spruce up your space for very little cash.
This article originally appeared on Porch.com.