10 Ways To Update Your Home Without Major Renovations

10 Ways To Update Your Home Without Major Renovations

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24. Refresh the Walls

Painting your interior walls is one of the smallest home improvement investments you can make, but it can still bump your home’s value by up to 2%, according to Consumer Reports. Painting is a perennial DIY project that really fills the space with your unique personality, though if you’re planning on selling, sticking with neutral colors is the safest bet. Average Cost: You can repaint a room DIY-style for about $250, or hire a crew to re-do the whole place for an average of about $1,800.


3. Lighting/Ceiling Fans Home Renovation Before And After

My husband is an electrical engineer so I kind of have a pro around to do these kinds of jobs.  To make our house consistent, we tried to pick the brushed bronze finish fixtures for our whole house as we replaced lighting. Check out his cool video showing how to spruce up your outdoor lights with a little spray paint metal primer and spray color paint:

Ceiling Fans- 

  • We used to have old black fans with gold accents and half the light fixtures were dangling or not even working.
  • Grab a new ceiling fan w/ light and you get an instant update to a room.
  • Tip: We decided to make sure that as we made home renovation updates to each room, that we stuck with a similar color and style of fan. That way the master bedroom didn’t have leaf looking fan blades while our son’s room had a space-themed fan.

7. Make Shade and Add Privacy With Interior Shutters

Sunlight streaming through windows can be an annoying distraction. Not to mention the neighbors who have more evening hours to look into your brightly lit living room. You could install shades to foil prying eyes, but swinging wood shutters would definitely be more beautiful.

Interior shutters were the original “window treatments,” commonly used in Southern and urban houses, and they’re still a great way to add architectural and historical detail. They also help keep out winter’s chilly winds or summer’s oppressive heat. And they’re easy to install on any window because they attach to a thin frame that either sits inside the window opening or around the outside of the casing.

Cost: About $150 to $400.

See How to Hang Interior Shutters for full step-by-step instructions.

6. painting concrete

This is one of my favorite DIY’s we did at the house.

It makes me smile every day.

See what this porch looks like now and how we did it.

3. Add extra seating areas outside

Flickr: dhammza Adding an outdoor dining table to a porch or yard makes it seem like there’s even more space, even if it’s a little crowded.

20. Dropcloth curtains

I have no sew drop cloth curtains and sew drop cloth curtain tutorials for you.

You can see them both here.


6) Landscape Your Yard

Landscaping is too often overlooked.  We plant one or two trees and assume we are done. However, curb appeal is greatly affected by  the design of your landscaping. While not all of us have a green thumb, it can be easy to make a couple raised garden beds, or plant more trees and flowering shrubs.Begin with a visit to your local greenhouse. Staff at these stores are full of advice and knowledge about local plant life. Ask them what plants thrive best in your area and, more importantly, what plants are the easiest to care for. Most of these garden centers have a landscape architect on staff who can design a landscaping plan for you, as well.It is best to start slowly by adding a couple flowering shrubs to your front yard, and then add a small raised bed around a walkway or front door. Remember to layer the heights of plants with the tallest in back, and read the planting directions for spacing and projected heights. With time and patience, you will have a beautifully landscaped yard.

Boris SV/ Getty Images

Boris SV/ Getty Images


If you have great looking cabinets, and don’t want to paint them, you can really upgrade their look by replacing the knobs and pulls. This is a project that is both easy and inexpensive, so there’s no excuse not to do it!

Source: Amerock

Source: Amerock

You’ll see similar results if you swap out the hardware on your interior doors with new knobs or levers.

Source: The Kim Six Fix

Source: The Kim Six Fix

2) Add New Lighting To Your Home

Proper lighting can truly bring a room to life.  A poorly lit room looks small, dark and cramped, while a brightly lit room appears open, airy and welcoming. There are numerous ways to brighten up your home with lights. Some of the easier methods are as simple as buying table lamps and floor lamps for your home.Strategically place a couple tall floor lamps in dark corners and watch your room come alive. Layer this lighting with lamps on side tables, making the room feel welcoming and cozy.  Then, if you want to get adventurous, you can replace all those out-dated ceiling fixtures with the stunning modern masterpieces that are available on the market.Of course, this last part may require you to hire an electrician for installation, but if you’re handy, replacing a ceiling fixture is something that is not too complicated.  Whether you keep it simple with floor lamps, or go all out and replace all your ceiling fixtures —modernize your home with plenty of bright lights.

herkisi/ Getty images

herkisi/ Getty images

17. Paint the inside of your window frames

inmyownstyle.com Most builder-grade windows are dark inside, sometimes even black. Painting the interior frames and transoms will make the window look bigger and more modern. See how to do it here.


The typical lifespan of carpet is 10-15 years old, so if your carpet is older than that, it needs to be replaced…period. Before you replace it, take a peek to see if you might be lucky enough to have hardwood floors underneath. Hardwood flooring is not only in style, but it’s easier to clean, lasts longer, and doesn’t harbor allergens, like dust and mites.

Discovering hardwood floors under old carpet is like a gift from the home improvement Gods! How can you check to see if you’ve been blessed? Easy…just lift up your floor vent and pull up the carpet a little to see if there is hardwood flooring underneath. If so, you can do a little happy dance, and then rip up that nasty old carpet.

Source: Julie Blanner

Source: Julie Blanner

Just be aware that you won’t know the condition of the floors underneath until you remove the carpet, so it’s a bit of a gamble. Most floors can be refinished and will look like new, but in some cases the hardwood might be water-damaged and require replacing. If that’s the case, you can go with new hardwoods, luxury vinyl, or even new carpet (though I recommend going with hardwood or luxury vinyl if you want a more updated look).

Outdoor Light Fixtures:

About 2 years ago we freshened up the paint on the outside of our house.  Once we had refreshed everything, I struggled with the appearance of the brass finish outdoor light fixtures and even the brass door bell button.  

Instead of going out and buying brand new fixtures my husband simply updated them with a little patience and some spray paint and now they look brand new!

My husband has a Youtube channel called Makercise and here’s the video he created to show you how you can fix up all your own outdoor lights for under $15 with some easy to find spray-on self etching metal primer & spray paint!


Now, for a little bit of tough love!

Please understand that updating a room is a p-r-o-c-e-s-s and should not be done overnight! If you have something that is making your whole room look frumpy there may not be a way to cover, paint or upcycle it! It might be time to get rid of it!

You may need time to make this decision. Go ahead and think it through. But don’t get “stuck”. So many home decor enthusiasts don’t update because they get stuck!!

Sometimes you just need to move ahead and move on!

If you are someone that tends to get bogged down in the decorating decision process or (horrors of all horrors) gets stuck, please read WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK WITH YOUR DECOR. And its companion read HOW TO LIVE WITH DECOR YOU DON’T LIKE.


A cousin of too many collectibles is just too much stuff in a room.

We tend to collect furnishings and accent decor and just keep adding it layer upon layer. What would be better in most rooms is beautifully curated furnishing and well-chosen accent pieces.

And this is such an easy fix! Get rid of the things you have accumulated in a room! This will instantly make a room look fresher and more updated.


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