7 Hacks to Renovate for the Holidays on a Budget
When it comes to renovating the look of your home, it’s not uncommon for renters, college students and homeowners to become discouraged. Home décor TV shows make it seem as though you need a sledgehammer and a hefty budget to overhaul the look of your space, but crafty DIY-ers know that isn’t true. With a little bit of hard work and innovation, anyone can make the most out of their space with a few easy design hacks. Read on and we’ll share our easiest and most inexpensive ways that homeowners can update their décor during the Holidays in ways that are sure to make a big visual impact.
Anyone that rents an apartment or home knows the boredom of one-note colored walls. Plus, if you want to get your deposit back, those walls need to stay as neat and clean as can be (re no painting). One easy way to give your walls a visual lift is with peel-and-stick wallpaper. They are available in easy-to-use rolls and they come in a variety of bold prints that won’t leave a mark, so when you’re ready to turn in your keys, you simply peel off the layers and go. But don’t worry, this isn’t like your grandma’s wallpaper! Modern printed wallpaper is trending, and is best when used sparingly. One of the hottest trends in design today is to have the wall behind your sofa papered in a bold, statement-making print. Even if you’re not a renter, this type of wallpaper is an inexpensive and easy way to change up the look of your home without the worry or commitment.
Did you do that tile job yourself? Your guests won’t know the difference with easy to install peel-and-stick tiles. Designed to look like a real tiled backsplash, and available in a variety of styles and colors, peel-and-stick tiles will allow you to upgrade your kitchen for a fraction of the cost and time it would take to tile for real. Renters beware though; this type of peel-and-stick product is intended to stay put, and can damage the wall underneath once removed.
Stainless Look Appliances
Peel-and-stick saves the day again when it comes to upgrading the look of your kitchen appliances. If you’ve been pining for stainless steel appliances, but can’t afford to upgrade, peel-and-stick stainless vinyl can help your fridge or dishwasher look good as new. There’s also stainless-look paint for the DIY expert that, when properly applied, can help to refresh your tired looking appliances and give them a more permanent mock stainless-steel finish.
Faux Marble Countertops
Upgrading your kitchen countertops can be one of the costliest renovations that homeowners can face, so it’s no wonder that it’s one of the last areas that people update in their homes. If you want a quick fix for outdated or ugly countertops and you’re feeling crafty, there are a number of epoxy paint kits available that can help you paint the look of marbled countertops right on to your existing surface. Renters can also achieve that marbled look with, you guessed it, peel-stick-marbled material. If you can’t afford to replace or upgrade, covering up your surfaces and countertop can go a long way!
Roll Out a New Rug
Another costly renovation upgrade that most homeowners eventually face is making updates to their flooring. No matter what type of flooring you wish to install, it’s sure to come at a great expense and will take a substantial amount of time and labor. Area rugs are here to save the day! Rolling out a polypropylene carpet is an instant way to upgrade your space and cover up unsightly or outdated flooring. This is an especially important design hack for renters who can’t change their flooring; plus, you’ll be able to take your rug to-go when it’s time to move.
But what about those flooring spaces that you want both carpet and tile in? Entryways, bathrooms, closets and laundry rooms with icky, outdated flooring can all be instantly upgraded with stickable floor tiles. Easy to install and available in a variety of prints and patterns, they are a great way to cover up old terazzo, linoleum or concrete slabs.
The devil is in the details. Sometimes something as simple as changing out hardware can make all the difference when it comes to interior design. Replace your light switches and outlet covers with high-quality plates, switch out your kitchen cabinet hardware, or change an outdated light fixture to instantly update any space.
If you’re ready to refresh your space, but don’t have a six-figure budget, give a few of these easy home décor hacks a try. You’ll be surprised to see just how big an impact a cheap area rug, a little bit of paint and a whole lot of imagination can make on your décor!