20 Ways to Give Your Home an Instant Facelift

home an instant facelift

After a few years of living in your dream house, chances are you’re starting to feel restless. The home you loved is no longer as dreamy or appealing as it once was. Now you have clutter, boring colors, chipped off paint, and a host of other problems that bog down the beautiful home you once had.

But restoring your home to its former glory doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are small steps you can take to make your dream house impressive and adorable once again. Here are twenty easy steps that could help you revive the house you love.


Mow your lawn and do a bit of landscaping.

The word “landscaping” seems like it requires professionals for it to work. In reality, all you need to do is to maintain your yard or your garden by pruning and trimming your plants.

There’s not a lot of work involved; you just have to be diligent in keeping your plants in good shape.

Plus, of course, you need to mow your lawn. It’s the first thing anybody sees when they approach your house, and an unkempt lawn speaks volumes about the house and the owners.

If you tend to have unused items in your garage, shed or just between your home and your neighbor’s house, get rid of it. Throw it in the garbage, or take it to the local dump yard. There is nothing worse than driving up to a house and the first thing you see is junk lying around.

New Paint

Paint your house. Yes, it takes work to repaint the outside of your house, but a fresh coat of paint does wonders in updating a home. Nothing says “clean” like a fresh coat, right? With just a coat of paint your home looks brand new already.

Thorough Cleaning

Clean everything. Seriously. Everything. You don’t need to spend a dime here, but you’ll be expending a lot of hours and effort to clean your whole house.

It’ll pay off, though. Once you are finished, your home will definitely feel a lot more inviting.

Sometimes, it’s all about reclaiming lost space from all the unnecessary things you’ve been keeping in your home too.

Switch It Up

Change up your décor. Is that same painting still hanging up years after you first decorated your house?

There are some things that stand the test of time; others grow old and no longer fit the new aesthetic you have in mind.

Get rid of décor you no longer like. Maybe you kept it around only because you were too lazy to redecorate.

Use new knick-knacks or put up a few updated pictures of you and your family to change up the décor.

Move Your Furniture

Move furniture around. Again, this takes time and effort but won’t cost you anything.

If you’ve had your home a certain way for years, you need to make a few changes to break up the monotony.

Rethink your furniture arrangement and make some simple changes. It is amazing how by just moving a few things around in each room you can suddenly feel like you are living in a new space.

Try a New Color Scheme

Change your color scheme. If you’ve been living with the blue walls you thought were great when you first moved in, maybe it’s time to try something different.

Really, the fastest way to give your home a facelift is to repaint the walls or change the wallpaper. Try some different colors.

Invest in New Flooring

Re-carpet and replace tiles. Nothing shows wear and tear quite like the floor can.

It can be very expensive to re-carpet your home completely, so your next best option is to have your carpet cleaned thoroughly.

Another thing: replace tiles if you can. If the overall look still appeals to you, replace only the tiles that are cracked or damaged, then have the rest cleaned.

Lighten Up

Rethink your lighting. Replace your old school bulbs with more energy efficient bulbs. These are better in the long run.

If you want to replace your light fixtures with something more modern, but not too expensive, check out the lighting department at Home Depot or Lowes for new fixtures. Quite often you will find great deals.

Spruce Up Your Cabinets

Refinish your kitchen cabinets. You don’t have to replace entire cabinets; that would be too expensive. Instead, get someone to refinish your cabinet doors for you and add shiny new knobs on each cabinet door. They’ll be good as new in no time.

Bring Your Garden Indoors

Add fresh flowers. If you don’t want expensive décor, then bring fresh flowers into your home. It’s best if you bring these in from your own garden. That will save you money and they will always be fresh.

Find Cool Doorknobs

Replace your doorknobs. These do get worn down, too, so it’s best to replace them with shiny new ones. It’s the fastest way to get a “new” feel.

Dress Up Your Windows

Replace your curtains. It doesn’t take much, but replacing your curtains immediately gives the space a new look.

Check Out Pinterest

Look up new ideas online. There are a lot of inspirations online these days, especially on Pinterest. See if there are any decoration ideas you’d like to incorporate.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Add mirrors. Mirrors increase space and make a room look bigger than it really is. Hanging up a lovely mirror can change the room significantly.

Shiny New Faucets

Change your faucet and shower fixtures. These tend to look shabby over time, so it pays to replace them with nice clean new ones.

Add Some Area Rugs

Hide carpet stains (the ones you can’t remove) with rugs. It’s a cheaper alternative to re-carpeting your whole floor.

Patio Lanterns

Light up your patio. It’s one of the most important areas of the home, but people often ignore the patio. Use patio lanterns to bring a little life to your patio.

Get it Fixed

Do a thorough maintenance check. Get professionals to fix and repair all the problem areas in the house. A dreary home can bring you down, so make sure everything is in good working condition.


Sell your unwanted knick-knacks and furniture. You don’t want clutter, and you don’t know where to put them anyway, so just sell them off. Garage sales are great.

Invest in a New Door

Paint the garage door or replace it. Nothing says shabby like a garage door that looks like it’s been battered for years. Replace it.

Next time you think it is time to move, consider working on the above ideas first to see if you can save money by simply freshening up the house you are in.


    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 07/09/2013 5:19 a.m. #

      These are some great ideas and I definitely saw a few things on this list that I either already have done or plan on doing over the next few years. Landscaping is a big one! If you have a nice outdoor space it's much easier to enjoy your home.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/09/2013 4:24 p.m. #

        Owning a home is fun, isn't it? There is always something that needs work, but it is enjoyable when it is your own space.

    • John S @ Frugal Rules

      John S @ Frugal Rules 07/09/2013 7:06 a.m. #

      Great ideas Sicorra! We have done a few of these things recently and seem like we're always doing some form of it with our little ones running around the house. ;) It may not be much, but a fresh coat of paint can do wonders.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/09/2013 4:25 p.m. #

        Yes, painting is great. In some cases it can even make you feel like you've moved into a new house.

    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 07/09/2013 8:33 a.m. #

      I love these ideas Sicorra!

      I'm going to work on the kitchen this month with little job here and there. I can't afford a total make-over but a fresh new coat of paint and redoing the cabinets will make it look like new :)

      I'm always moving furniture around. The family hates when I get in that mood because I make everyone do it. I become a tyrant when I clean LOL.

      Have a great day my friend! Let's catch up soon :)

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/09/2013 4:28 p.m. #

        I find painting a kitchen or even a bathroom harder because of all the fixtures and tight corners.

        You sound like you are playing musical chairs when you move your furniture around. Your kids probably walk in and wonder if they are in the right house.
        Good luck with working on your kitchen. Talk soon, my friend.

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 07/09/2013 3:24 p.m. #

      I've been bit by the redecorating bug. What started as a small project morphed in to a big project. But it's been a long time since we updated so we were due for a refresh. I love Pinterest. So much inspiration. It can be a bit dangerous!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/09/2013 4:30 p.m. #

        It can expand quickly. The new stuff makes the current stuff look old or it doesn't match, and the next thing you know you are going from one room to another :-) Good luck with your changes!

    • Christy Garrett

      Christy Garrett 07/09/2013 4:03 p.m. #

      It is amazing how a little TLC will go a long way when it comes to giving your home a makeover.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/09/2013 4:31 p.m. #

        Exactly Christy! In some cases you feel like you moved into a new house without all the hassles of moving.

    • Corinne

      Corinne 07/10/2013 12:36 p.m. #

      Great tips Sicorra! We live in an apartment, so of course not all of these tips apply to us personally, but I totally agree that a little redecorating and cleaning (Okay, a lot of cleaning) goes a loooong way!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/10/2013 7:15 p.m. #

        Thanks Corinne! Apartments are nice. There are many days when I would rather be in an apartment again. Quick and easy to clean and you don't need to worry about any landscaping stuff.

    • Suzanne

      Suzanne 07/10/2013 4:20 p.m. #

      I love your tip about giving your house a good cleaning. Before I decided to sell my last house I did a complete and thorough cleaning including fixing the little nagging repair jobs and eyesore issues. Once I was done I really didn't want to sell. I was in love with my house again (until I met my husband and decided to buy a house with him).

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/10/2013 7:18 p.m. #

        Excellent story with a perfect ending :-)
        I remember someone once saying isn't it amazing how we can live with certain things but then when it is time to sell we fix all those things up for someone else (the buyer). It is so true though.

    • Stuart@DailyMoneyBucket

      Stuart@DailyMoneyBucket 09/05/2013 6:20 a.m. #

      Checking Pinterest is a great idea Sicorra.

      An idea closely related to that is to view photos of properties for sale in your area.

      As you mentioned in a previous comment, it's amazing how many people tidy up their home before they sell it. So the property guide is a great source of ideas.

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