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19 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas for Every Room in Your House

Last updated: 10-13-2020

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19 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas for Every Room in Your House

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19 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas for Every Room in Your House
19 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas for Every Room in Your House
By Kristina McGuirk
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Peter Molick Photography, LLC
Say "home renovation" and many people think "too expensive." But revamping your spaces doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Here are 19 ideas for upgrades perfect for a home renovation on a budget.
In the Kitchen: New Countertops
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John Granen
Cabinets plus countertops plus fixtures can equal a five-digit kitchen renovation. But if your cabinets are in decent shape , you can indulge in new countertops and upgrade one of the hardest working surfaces in your home. The smaller square footage you have to cover, the lower your cost, which means you might be able to afford a more expensive material . An idea to save even more: Ask your local stone and tile company about seconds or remnants.
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In the Kitchen: Change the Backsplash
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Annie Schlecther
Swapping out a tired backsplash for one that adds a punch of pattern or color is a great way to freshen up a kitchen and add visual interest. With options for tile, stone, glass, ceramic, and beaded board, there are so many opportunities to find a material that’s right for your budget. Another frugal option is to only install a backsplash where it provides the most protection, like behind a range or near a sink.
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In the Kitchen: Add a Faux Island
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Laurey Glenn
Stand-alone tables or cabinets can be a cost-friendly feature for an island-less kitchen. Just add rolling casters so you can move the piece at will. The more extras you add (for example, a cabinet with drawers) the more it will cost, so if a super-low budget is your goal, start with a simple table. That is, unless you already have a piece of furniture sitting unused that you’re ready to turn into an island .
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In the Kitchen: Upgrade Cabinets or Cabinet Doors
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Dustin Halleck
Paint, wallpaper, peel-and-stick wood products: All are great options to give a new face to old cabinets . Corbels can be added below cabinets or under floating shelves for a classic, built-in look. Removing doors on some upper cabinets offers you easy-to-access open storage without having to add new shelving. Look for ways to refresh your home that not only fit your budget but also how you use the space on a daily basis.
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In the Living Room: Update Flooring
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Peter Molick Photography, LLC
Many peel-and-stick flooring options are thin enough that you don't have to remove existing flooring to give your room a budget-friendly upgrade underfoot. Even if the floor must come off because you just can’t stand it any longer, a new floor can be a long-lasting project that, on its own, isn't too expensive. Plus, plenty of DIY options exist to help you save on labor, too.
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In the Living Room: Change Window Treatments
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Nicholas Johnson
New fabric, new shades, or a combination of the two can give a pretty facelift to a living room. Plenty of sew-it-yourself options can go a long way to hide older windows (which would be a pricey renovation project). To save a little extra money, aim to reuse the existing curtain rods and rings.
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In the Living Room: Install Dimmers
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David Tsay
If your home has scarce overhead lighting , you might be having a hard time getting the right balance of light . This is even more true in older homes with fewer outlets available for floor and side lamps. In these instances, installing a dimmer switch can be your quick and easy solution: keep it bright when accomplishing tasks, but turn it down for softer ambient lighting that’s comfortable for lounging.
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In the Bathroom: Add a Medicine Cabinet
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Jay Wilde
You can add both style and storage to your bathroom with a simple, budget-smart change : a new medicine cabinet. Replace a plain wall-mount mirror to gain storage and a new look. If you’re feeling crafty, add a cork board or chalkboard on the inside of the door for daily reminders and affirmations.
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In the Bathroom: Wallpaper an Accent Wall
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Paul Costello
Wallpaper has become easier to tackle, even for a beginning DIYer, which makes it a great project for a home renovation on a budget. You can add pattern and color with wallpaper in a snap, and it’s totally fine to limit it to one stand-out wall (and keep the budget low). But if you’re not ready to tackle proper wallpapering quite yet, try the temporary, peel-and-stick kind . You can easily take it off if you change your decor style, so you don't have to worry about giving a current design trend a shot.
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In the Bedroom: Add Interest to Walls or Ceilings
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Brie Williams
Even if you don't have a stash of power tools, you can easily add wainscoting or trim to dull bedroom walls or ceilings. You can even get the illusion of wainscoting by applying trim or lumber to an area of the wall as an outline, then use paint to tie the wall and trim together to imitate the real deal. It looks high-end without all the cost. Choose prefinished millwork to cut down on labor time, or finish it yourself to save even more on your renovation budget.
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