This is a guest post by Mike Collins. Check out his blog at SavingMoneyToday.net and discover many more tips for saving money and dealing with debt.
Do you ever get sick of coming home and seeing the same old rooms day after day? Wish you could redecorate your home but think you can’t afford it?
Well think again. There are many easy ways to redecorate your home even if you’re on a tight budget. Let’s brainstorm a few ideas…
It costs nothing to rearrange the furniture you already have. Simply moving things around a little can create a whole new look and it won’t even cost you a dime. And before you decide to ditch your old furniture altogether, try adding some slipcovers and throw pillows to make it look like something new.
Painting is another inexpensive way to update your home. Most do it yourselfers can handle painting by themselves as long as the walls and ceilings are in good shape, and spackling and sanding can be mastered with a little practice. Trust me, I’ve done a ton of painting over the last few years and it has saved me thousands of dollars that would have gone to a professional.
Try replacing your boring old lighting fixtures with something new. Installing a new ceiling fan or chandelier will cost you several hundred dollars if you have an electrician do it. Or if you’re handy and feel comfortable doing it yourself you’ll only have to pay the price of the new fixture.
If you’re feeling brave, a new floor will really give your place a new look. It may take some elbow grease, but most do it yourselfers can install hard wood floors or vinyl tiles themselves. When we bought our house the kitchen floor was an ugly white tile that was all scuffed and looked just rotten. Every day my wife told me how much she hated it because no matter how much she scrubbed it always looked dirty. So with my buddy’s help we put down new vinyl kitchen tile ourselves. It took the better part of a day but it looks fantastic and we only had to pay for the materials.
Of course if that sounds like too much work for you, you can always start out with smaller projects. Try installing new switch plates or changing the handles on your kitchen cabinets. Hang new curtains in the window. Pick up some new candles or a painting at a yard sale. Even small changes such as these can have a huge impact.