Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Home Redecorating Projects

Posted May 24th, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

Times are tough. It’s not likely that you can shell out thousands of dollars to remodel your bathroom. Right now, many folks are struggling to pay their mortgage and their homeowners insurance, and to make basic repairs. They don’t really even see redecorating as an option. On top of that, many people today don’t consider themselves very handy, and are loathe to take on a major project.

Well, there’s good news. There are plenty of things you can do to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank. Here are some redecorating projects you can start today with a relatively small amount of cash:

  • Give it a paint job. Paint is relatively cheap, and it doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment. If you do paint, make sure you clean the walls very well first. Use good paint, which will let you use less paint overall and won’t show your brush strokes. Make sure to do the actual painting from the top down. A new paint job will make your whole house look new.
  • Dress it up. Adding a little bit of fabric to your walls can have the same effect as painting, but add some real style, as well. You can cover your walls in fabric. You’ll use liquid fabric starch to help the fabric adhere to the wall. Any time you want a new look, you peel off the old fabric and put up new.
  • Light it up. The right lighting will really transform your home. You might add some task lighting, such lighting that comes from behind and is useful for reading. You might add accent lighting that highlights a certain area of your home, such as artwork or some foliage. Ambient lighting will illuminate the room you’re in, as well.
  • Give it a new face. You don’t need to replace your kitchen cabinets if they’re structurally sound. Instead, you can just reface them. You can either sand and repaint, strip them and restain them, or even just change your hinges and knobs. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes.

Photo via Rachael E.C. Acklin

Categories: Advice, Home Decorating

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