Budget Home Makeover Tips

Do you want to freshen up your home’s look, but you don’t want to…


Install a chair rail.
Add interest to bare walls quickly and easily by putting up a chair rail—a molding that runs around the perimeter of a room about three feet off the ground. You can use inexpensive, self-adhesive molding available at any home improvement store, or choose more decorative traditional molding. Hang wallpaper or paint the wall below the molding with a complementary color to enhance the look.

Paint the unexpected.
You don’t have to repaint your entire home or even an entire room to make a big difference. A little paint in unexpected places can go a long way. Liven up any room by painting interior trim, doorways and windows in fresh colors. You can even paint the doors themselves. The same goes for old tables or chairs. Be creative!

Accentuate the positive.
You can completely change the look of a room simply by updating accent pieces and rearranging the furniture, so switch things up! Swap lamps from one room to another or pick up some new lampshades. New upholstery can work wonders for couches, but if you want a similar effect at a lower price, add some distinctive throw pillows. New rugs can add the perfect finishing touch without breaking the bank.

Frame your own prints.
You don’t need to spend money on expensive framed art prints. Save money and add a personal touch with this easy tip. Go to a thrift store and buy used photography and art books. Cut out several images you like and mount them in inexpensive frames, then hang them in any room you like. If you want to change things up in the future, you can always swap out the images using the same frames.