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 20 easy and inexpensive ways to give your home an instant facelift to freshen up the house you love.
The word “landscaping” seems like it requires expensive 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 regularly mow your lawn, and water and fertilize it.
It’s the first thing anyone sees when they approach your house, and a lawn that is overgrown, and full of weeds, speaks volumes about the house and the owners.
A thick, lush, green lawn, is welcoming, and shows you care about your home.
Also, yard work includes cleaning up outside. If you tend to have unused items lying around outside, front, back, 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 everywhere.
New Paint Will Give Your Home an Instant Facelift
Yes, it takes time 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.
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 just didn’t know what else to do with it.
Use new items, like vases and candles, or hang 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 brand 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, as mentioned earlier, is to give your home a facelift by repainting.
If you adore wallpaper, find a new pattern, and give it a try. Even if you just add wallpaper to an accent wall, your room will instantly look and feel better.
Add new throw pillows for even more color.
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 give the rest a good cleaning.
Rethink your lighting.
Replace your old school light bulbs with more energy efficient light bulbs. These are better in the long run anyways.
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 kitchen 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 look brand new and only you will know that they aren’t.
Bring Your Garden Indoors
Add fresh flowers to your living room and kitchen.
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 old drapes or blinds.
It doesn’t take much, but replacing your window coverings immediately gives the space a new look.
Check Out Pinterest
Look up new decorating ideas online.
There are a lot of inspirations online these days, especially on Pinterest. See if there are any decorating ideas you’d like to incorporate, and have fun with it.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Add mirrors to your rooms.
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
Depending on the type of water you have in your home, sometimes faucets and shower fixtures are difficult to keep shiny and clean looking.
If yours look old and shabby, change them out for new fixtures.
Again, you can easily do this on a budget by finding nice fixtures on sale, either online, or at a local home improvement store.
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.
Light up your outdoor patio and garden.
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 outdoor living space.
Get it Fixed
Do a thorough maintenance check of your home, and make a list of issues.
Hire 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 or donate your unwanted knick-knacks and old furniture.
You don’t want clutter, and you don’t know where to put all your stuff anyways, so just find a way to get rid of things.
Garage sales are a great idea too, and who couldn’t use a little extra cash.
Invest in Your Doors, By Painting or Replacing
Paint the garage door or replace it.
Nothing says shabby like a garage door that looks like it’s been battered for years.
The same goes for the front door of your home. If washing it, cleans it up, go for it. But if it is scratched and dented, buy a new one.
Next time you think it is time to sell your home and move, consider working on giving your home an instant facelift first, to see if you can save money by simply freshening up the house you are in.