10 ideas for a cheap home makeover

Bring on the 'wow'!

Give your home a fresh new look with these cheap home makeover ideas. No building, no remodeling…. Just simple ideas that will make a dramatic change in the way you, and everyone else, will see your home. From the entryway to the living room, and all the rooms in between, use these tips to bring on the 'wow'.

Paint the front door

All you'll need to buy is a quart of paint and a few paint supplies to give the outside of your home a facelift. Paint the front door a vibrant red, which has always been a symbol of a welcome home. Or, if red is not your cup of tea, paint it a neutral color that will match your shingles and shutters.

Rearrange the furniture

This idea won't cost a dime, but it will take a bit of time. Rearrange the furniture in each room of the house, and swap out or relocate a few too! Move the wingchair out of the office and into the living room. Pull the heavy sofa away from the wall, and accent the foyer with an unused mirror sitting in the garage. Once you start, you'll be surprised at how many ways you can change the look of your home by moving things around.

Add new cabinet hardware

Add a fresh new look to the cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom with new hardware. This is a very cheap home makeover idea that will make a very big difference in the overall appearance of these two rooms. Plus, it's easy to swap out the old hardware for new, and can open up a whole new realm of home decorating ideas.

Use a folding screen or room divider

Hide clutter behind a folding screen or room divider, while adding visual interest to the room. These handy objects are also a great way to break up the space of an extra large room, or give the illusion of a divided living area.

Add uplights and downlights

Accent a sculpture, highlight a piece of artwork, or change the way you see a corner of the room, with the use of uplights or downlights. No wiring required! These lights are small, battery operated, and inexpensive. They can attach underneath objects with self-sticking strips, or sit inconspicuously on the ground. They fill any room with a layer of light that is flattering and energy efficient.

Pretty-up with paint

Nothing will change the look of a room faster than a fresh coat of paint. It's also one of the least expensive home makeover ideas you'll find. For around $ 25.00, you can have enough paint to completely revamp a room. Start with one room of the house, for example the living room, and work on painting one new room each month. Or, invite a few friends over to help out and get the job done even faster!

Freshen-up with fabric

Dig into the bargain bin at your local fabric store to find cheap fabrics for your home. One yard of fabric is all you need to cover a few small throw pillows, whip up a quick window valance, or fashion a seasonal table runner. Mix and match coordinating patterns to give your home a professionally decorated look.

Add a unique focal point

Use precious collectibles, vacation photos, heirloom China, or other objects you have stored away, to add a unique focal point to an entryway, foyer, or family room. These items can be used to create a one-of-a-kind wall display that will be a great addition to your cheap home makeover. Get the tips you need to put this look together.

Bring in the green

Add at least one potted plant to every room that receives natural sunlight. Climbing hanging plants, lush ferns, sturdy potted plants, and flowering greenery will all add color and texture for an instant home makeover. They will also help improve the air quality in your home!

Clear away clutter

Get a home makeover by simply decluttering and organizing every room in the house. This is a terrific way to make any room look larger and cleaner. In the kitchen, clear away countertop clutter and store the excess away with these unique ways to organize your kitchen. In the bathroom, find storage room you didn't know you had, by using these unique ways to organize the bathroom. In living and sleep spaces, take advantage of double-duty furniture, wicker baskets, and other containers to keep clutter stored out of sight.


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