Do you have more free time now that the kids are back in school? With the weather cooling off, it’s the perfect opportunity to stay in and get things done. You can use this extra time for some fun home renovation projects. There are plenty of options to explore to upgrade your home and lifestyle without spending a lot of money.
A fresh coat of paint
Painting can do wonders. A bright and glossy hue can instantly add a pop of color to any room, while a matte, neutral or darker color can evoke sophistication. However, painting is not just for walls. You can also paint doors, trim, old furniture or even your kitchen cabinets for a budget makeover. If you have some paint leftover, think about using it on your front door. A charcoal gray can create an interesting contrast while a bright color will make your home stand out.
New fixtures or hardware
Replacing old lighting fixtures is a simple project that can elevate any room. Vintage lighting fixtures like chandeliers, industrial wall sconces or midcentury modern pendant lights can become a central point of focus. You can also add accent lighting to make an area more functional. For instance, under-cabinet lighting can take your prep space to the next level. Other fixtures you can replace include light switches, kitchen and bathroom faucets, cabinet door handles, and more.
Peel-and-stick products are easy to apply, affordable and come in a huge range of colors, patterns, and textures. Here are some projects you can complete in one afternoon:
- Use peel-and-stick wallpaper to create an accent wall in your living room or home office. A majority (65%) of experts say that texture is the most popular trend for accent walls in 2021.
- Create a kitchen backsplash that wraps around the prep area with some peel-and-stick tiles.
- Cover the lower portion of the walls in your bathroom for a retro effect or add a peel-and-stick listello in the middle of the wall.
Another product that makes use of adhesive to facilitate home renovation projects is ceiling trim or molding. Replacing or updating old molding is a great way to add interesting details to a room.
Take advantage of the last warm days of the season to do some gardening. There are techniques you can use to expand your garden with the plants you already have:
- Dividing and replanting perennials gives them more space to grow. You can cut most perennials into sections with three to five shoots and replant them.
- You can grow a new tree from a branch cutting. Look for new growth on the tree, cut it and dip it into rooting hormones before placing it in a planter.
Affordable home renovation is about focusing on the small things that will have a big impact. At First Centennial Mortgage, we understand that these small things are often what makes a house feel like a home. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home loan options!