Just over a year ago, my now husband and I became home owners. We lucked out on our first home. We got an AMAZING deal on a perfect little duplex to start our family! Luckily for us, there were not many things that needed to be updated or redone in the house.
It was all done for us!
Aside from replacing the carpet and repainting the bedrooms, the entire interior of the house was completely remodeled and updated! The exterior needed major work on the landscaping, but that’s another story that I can get into another time. With some TLC and changing out some hardware, we were able to update our exterior to a more modern look!
I’m telling ya, we lucked out.
If you are a home owner or aspiring to be a home owner one day, you’re going to find yourself always looking for ways to slightly change up your house to make it a home.
And this obsession can be expensive!
But with these 10 Budget Friendly Ideas To Update Your Home, I swear you can easily find ways to customize your home without breaking the bank.
When we first bought our home, Pinterest became my best friend. I constantly was searching for ideas on how to decorate the littlest things.
I mean, I never thought I’d put so much effort into how to decorate a bathroom shelf…
If you read Amazon Must Haves: April 2020, then you would have learned that not even a year after we moved in, we completely changed up our ‘style.’ It started off as ‘industrial farmhouse’ that turned into ‘modern boho.’ During the shut down of COVID 19, we spent so much time inside that we finally came around to thinking of small ways to achieve our new ‘modern boho style.’
Follow along to see the ways we saved money on redecorating our home with these 10 Budget Friendly Ideas To Update Your Home.
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I mean this is too easy.
Painting is the number one easiest way to update your home! Not only is it so much fun to customize the colors of your house, but it really is a fun weekend project and a great way to spend some quality time with your significant other.
I mentioned that our house was totally transformed before we purchased it, which is true. The walls were the perfect shade of grey which made it easy to play around with colors and accent pieces.
The only rooms that were not repainted for us were the bedrooms. In the photo below you can see that we repainted our master bedroom from an awful beige to a boring grey to finally the perfect blend of teal/blue.
Repainting the bedrooms is an easy fast way to add value and modernize your home. You can take it one step further and take off the old oak trim in your house and repaint that white!
Painting the trim white will brighten up your space!
Another stupid easy idea to modernize your home to a fresh new look is by repainting your doors.
Don’t want to spend a lot of money on brand new doors?
I don’t blame you.
Think about all the doors in your house…now think about buying a new door plus a new door handle for each one. Plus, think about reinstalling each door… Have a head ache yet? I do…
Instead of blowing a ton of money on new doors, just paint them!
Your interior doors are super easy and you can follow this tutorial here on how to paint and update doors inside your house. What is nice about this is you can pick and choose the color doors you want to fit your own unique interior style.
Ours were already done…but we wanted to give our front door and garage/laundry room door a face lift.
Below is a before and after of our front door.
From a roughed up, chipped red to a bright, happy blue, we love our new front door! Not only did we repaint the exterior of our front door, but we always repainted the interior of our front door.
This color is Blueprint from Behr and was purchased from Home Depot. This color was named Behr’s Color of the Year 2019!
Not only did we paint the exterior of our front door but we also painted the interior of our front door. See below…
This made our entry way a focal point. We didn’t need more than a quart of paint for each side of the door which is very inexpensive. Plus, we had some extra for more projects you will see later on.
This is in the shade Whale Grey from Nautica and purchased from Menards. To give you a better description of this shade, it’s a beautiful blend of indigo meets charcoal meets grey.
If that makes sense.
I later on used this same exact paint to redo the door leading out from our laundry room/mud room to our garage. We had a lot of extra paint and figured it was a super fun and easy way to update our laundry room door!
Plus, I loved that the two doors matched! It keeps colors and styles uniform throughout the house!
If you have some old extra paint lying around like we did, find use for it! There is always something you can repaint.
I decided to use some old paint left from the previous owners to repaint the cabinets in our laundry room. You’ll see in the photo below a before and after. Not only did I repaint the cabinets but I also repainted the walls.
Psstt…I know half the trim is still oak. Next project.
10 Budget Friendly Ideas To Update Your Home
After I repainted the cabinets, I figured I may as well as some new hardware to them. I found these door knobs from Home Depot and they matched the hardware on our vanity in our half bath in our living area.
Again, trying to keep styles uniform throughout the house.
When your buy a new home, it is very important to change out your door knobs! Who knows how many people might have a key to your house provided by the previous owners.
Seriously, keep yourselves safe and spend the money on a new door knob.
I’ll admit, we didn’t do this right away. We had intentions to but then we bought the wrong type of door knob and well…life happened.
But we finally got ourselves the right kind and replaced our front door handle!
Look how much better it looks!! Seriously the gold had to go. It was so outdated and worn. This little update has added so much value to our home!
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So remember that door knob I mentioned that we intended to use for our front door but it was not the right kind? Yes that one. That one sat for about year. One night when I was looking for a project to do because well, that’s what you do when you’re a home owner, I decided to switch out our garage door knob. It was gold and worn as well and need to be exchanged out. This new knob now matches the rest of the silver door handles throughout the house.
New Light Fixtures
Another easy way to update your home is by changing out old, dated light fixtures for ones that are more modern. This may not be “budget friendly” depending on how many light fixtures need to be replaced, but this is a very easy and quick fix.
We exchanged out the old original mounted light fixtures in our upstairs hall for ones that match our interior style. Check the photo below
These fixtures were purchased from Menards.
But let’s take it one step further shall we.
On the exterior of our home, the light fixtures at our front door, back door and by our garage door were all super old and worn. Our house was built in 2006 and they were clearly never changed out by previous owners.
There was bird poop all over them.
We found these fun light sconces at Menards and it only took my husband about 2 hours to change out all three fixtures outside. Another benefit to these fixtures is that in came in two sizes: two larger ones for the front and a smaller one for the back.
If you’re handy or have a handyman in your life, then this is a simple project you can do in one day! Just be sure to stay safe and take necessary precautions when doing electrical work.
Easy Curb Appeal
One last and final way you can update your home on a budget is by cleaning up your yard. I mentioned in the beginning of this post that our landscaping was awful.
Overgrown with weeds, sopping wet grass that hasn’t been cut in 3 weeks and shrubs and bushes that turned into massive trees meant for one BIG project.
Be sure to check back on exactly how we ripped out the entire yard minus the grass plus how I painted our porch columns for a more ‘rustic’ approach.
To give you a teaser, check the photos below…
In these photos you can see how overgrown bushes and weeds were on our property. After spending several hours and hardwork, we took everything out and started fresh! The most satisfying part: we did it all by our selves but with the help of my parents!
In this photo, you can see how much better our front porch looks with updated porch columns, I was inspired and felt I needed to do something to make our house stand out amongst the other duplexes.
Gel staining the columns was the perfect solution.
Check out here how I achieved this look!
10 Budget Friendly Ideas To Update Your Home
I hope this article has inspired you to be a little creative when wanting to update your home without breaking the bank.
Let me know what ideas you tried and how it turned out! I’d love to see some before and afters!
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