How to Get an Extreme Makeover Without Extreme Cost

How to Get an Extreme Makeover Without Extreme Cost
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    It's common for any home, no matter what age, to appear outdated and old-fashioned after several years.

    As a homeowner, it's important to update the setting and transform its appearance.


Although remodeling can be expensive, there are a few ways to make some simple changes while working within your budget.

Add Wallpaper

Although wallpaper is often considered to be outdated, it’s now one of the top trends in home design and can add a pop of detail to the living room or bathroom. As long as you stick with neutral tones, repeating pattern, and uniform design a wallpaper piece won’t stand out in a bad way. A Philadelphia interior decorator, Susan Hopkins used this to great effect in a house in St. Davids by using patterns in décor and letting the rest of the walls open up the space. Apply wallpaper to an accent wall in a small room or all four walls in spacious settings to create a statement and transform the space to make it look professionally designed. Decals can also be used to create patterns if you want a temporary option.

Repaint the Cabinets

Cabinets that are used in the kitchen or bathroom can be updated by sanding them down and re-staining them, or simply applying a fresh coat of paint. You can brighten up the setting with cabinets that are painted light yellow, white, and mint. You can also add brass or silver handles and knobs to update any feature. Those who want a light and airy setting can install open shelves that allow you to display your dishes or towels and create a more modern environment.

Buy Off-the-Shelf

Buy supplies and materials off-the-shelf at home improvement stores to obtain products that are readily available at a fraction of the price of custom items. You may have a limited selection, but you can save money without cutting corners when you’re ready to purchase the necessary materials to update the home.

Shop the Clearance Section at Paint Stores

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Every home improvement or paint store has a clearance section that is full of buckets of paint that were created by mistake. You can spend less to repaint your walls and find a color that works with the style of your home without paying full-price. Don’t forget to use a primer to avoid applying more than one or two coats on the walls, which can add to your cost. If you aren’t sure how to go about this step, have the pros come in and prime for you to make the job a little less overwhelming.

Although an extreme makeover on your home can seem unattainable, you can start the process without exceeding your budget. By shopping around for deals and following a few smart tips, you’ll create a new space that increases the value of your property without much of an investment.



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