My house looks like it’s from the 80s.
This may be due to that fact that it was built in the 1980s, but nevertheless, the walls should not still be singing, “I Love Rock and Roll On Wallpaper!”
I’m only living here temporarily, so I haven’t done much updating.
What’s the point? I am lazy, afterall.
My husband and I are hoping to move within the next year or so, and although I would LOVE to buy a move in ready home, I doubt we’ll be able to right away with our budget. It’s smaller than a flea on a raccoon’s rump.
Sooo, with that info, you better believe I’ve been making a list of cheap and easy ways to update our (eventual) new-to-us home. Want in on these ideas?
Behold, the list below! Fair warning: these tips invlove lots and lots o’ paint. [This post may contain affiliate links]
1. Paint the faucets
Image via Sincerely, Sara D.
Brass is SO 90s. Easily up your faucet game with some paint. Full tutorial here.
2. Add decorative hardware to the garage door
Image via Love of Homes
This is an affordable, simple way to transform a standard garage door into a custom looking one!
3. Paint the walls
Easiest way to transform a room; from drab to fab! Just look at that pic above!
4. Put molding above doors and windows
Image via In My Own Style
Doing this will make your home look more elegant, but it hardly takes any time at all! Tutorial here.
5. Spray paint light fixtures
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Here’s that beloved 90s brass again. Brass be gone with good ol’ paint! Learn how here.
6. Paint the front door
Image via Home Staging in Bloomington Illinois
Painting your front door will instantly give your home a fresh look. Here’s how to paint a door.
7. Add mirrors to your closet doors
Image via Kevin and Amanda
This is such an easy way to make your closet doors look classy. I’ve seen tall mirrors at Walmart for super cheap.
Choose a strong adhesive of choice (permenant or temporary), make sure the mirror is centered, then stick it to that door!
8. Frame your bathroom mirror
Image via My Cottage Charm
Make it feel like you’re looking at a lovely picture of yourself every morning by framing your mirror! Tutorial here.
9. Update your countertops
Image via Make Do and DIY
Believe it or not, this marble countertop isn’t real marble. Coulda fooled me! Tutorial right here.
10. Spray paint doorknobs
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Look what paint can do. Check it out.
11. Spray paint vents
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Again, let me repeat: look what paint can do.
12. Change lamp shades
Update your home’s interior with new lamp shades! These can totally transform a living space. Don’t underestimate the power of light fixtures!
13. Panel your doors
Image via Thrifty Artsy Girl
Does your home have those hollow brown doors? Mine does. These doors are definitely not my fave. They actually look really ugly and cheap to me. Here’s a great tutorial to turn those dreadful doors into elegant entryways.
14. Add shelves
Extra shelves add a nice touch in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroom (especially over the porcelain throne).
15. Apply peel and stick gel tile
In the kitchen as a backsplash, or the bathroom! Classic subway tiles. Buy ’em here.
16. Jazz up outlet covers and light switch plates
Image via The Real Housewives of Riverton
17. Stainless steel your dishwasher
Image from Craving Some Creativity
Don’t have the money for stainless steel appliances? Fake it till you make it! Literally… make your dishawasher stainless steel with contact paper. Click here to learn how.
18. Hang new curtains
Update your living room or bedroom by simply hanging new curtains.
New curtains = modern look
19. Paint the ceiling fan
Image via Just Call Me Homegirl
Why are ceiling fans so hideous? Most of them tend to be some shade of poop brown.
Perhaps fans are this color so when the “sh*t hits the fan“, it won’t show up as well. 🤔
Whatever the reason, I’m here to assure you that paint will come to your rescue yet again. Look here if you’d like a tutorial.
20. Add wood hardware to cabinets
Image via The Idea Room
Fo’ sho’, the easiest way to make cabinets look like they were designed by you. Check out The Idea Room for more info.
With these easy updates, all of the other houses in the neighborhood are gonna be jealous; wondering just how your house got to looking 10 years younger without spending thousands of dollars on a facelift.
What cheap, home improvements have you done to your home? Leave a comment down below letting me know! And don’t forget to share this post on social media so ALL the houses of the world can feel pretty!
Until next time,