Inexpensive Ways to Update an Old Room

Posted By on September 18, 2015

If you are looking for ways to renovate your home on a budget, you have many options at your disposal. In some cases, all you need is a can of paint, a sander and a few other basic tools to complete your project. Let’s look at how you can reinvent your living room, basement or spare bedroom without spending a lot of money.

Sand and Stain Cabinets to Make Them Look Like New

To give your kitchen a quick upgrade, you can sand your current cabinets and stain them in a rich and vibrant cherry color. If you don’t like staining wood, you can paint it any color that you like. White, black or red are popular colors that look great regardless of what else you have in the room. All you have to pay for is the paint or stain, which should cost you less than $50.

Refinish Wood Floors to Make Your Bedroom or Living Room Look Like New

If your home has wood floors, you can make them look like new with a sander and some polish. A few hours and a $100 or so should be enough to complete the job. For rooms that have carpet in them, you could pull up the carpet, refinish the floors and put a throw rug on top of the wood surface. As long as there are no nails or rough surfaces that could potentially hurt you or anyone else in the home, you may be able to skip refinishing the wood and simply put down one or two rugs.

Paint the Doors and Trim to Freshen Up a Room

One of the easiest ways to gain curb appeal outside is to paint your door or put on a new handle. The same concept applies to any doors that lead to bedrooms, attics or anywhere else in the house. If you don’t want to repaint an entire door, you can paint the trim surrounding the door. To make the entire room seem new without spending a lot of time or money, you could add or remove molding.

For homeowners who want to keep their homes looking good on a budget, a series of small changes can make a big difference. Adding a fresh coat of paint, refinishing the floors or sanding and painting cabinets can make any room look like new. In some cases, these changes may be enough to add value to the home and make it more attractive when it goes on the market.