From the Floor Up

13 Home Remodel Upgrades for Under $100

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 23, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Little do-it-yourself jobs around the house can be like a breath of fresh air to your home. While you consider how best to invest in your remodel, here are a few updates that will bump up remodel value without bumping up the budget.

Paint the front door. Give the front door a facelift with some paint. Even a custom color won’t break the bank and will add some flair that refreshes the exterior design.

Change up the lighting. A new pendant light or lantern-style chandelier over the dining table might be enough to change the whole feeling of the room. Set your budget and see how creative you can get. You might even shop for reclaimed items to create distinctive lighting.

Update the ceiling. You wouldn’t think that the ceiling is worth much attention, but it is another one of those projects that can quickly change the feeling of a room. Paint in a complimentary color, wallpaper it, or place textured materials like cork on the ceiling for a change that will wow.

Get new house numbers. Bump up the style on the porch by replacing the house numbers. Try vinyl numbers across the door or order some unique numbers to attach to the house. Everyone who comes to your house looks for the house numbers so it’s easy to notice the change.

Display plants. You might not consider plants a part of your décor, but they do say a lot about your style and add a touch that finishes the space. Select pottery that works with the rest of your design and you’re all set.

Add details. Details set your home apart. Luxe doorknobs, specialized curtain tie backs, and unique cabinet pulls may seem like little things, but they can work wonders at a low cost. They are permanent fixtures so they add value to your home while also making it stand out from the crowd.

Redo grout. It might be time consuming to scrape out old grout, but the options in grout today are exciting and can give your remodel a little oomph. Consider a colored grout or something with a little sparkle to transform your floor.

Decorate the walls. Adding something to the walls seems a simple thing, but has a big impact. Art can be very expensive so if you’re going for a more affordable option get ready for some work. Craft something yourself or hit the local thrift and antique shops. It doesn’t have to be in a frame nor does it have to be two-dimensional. Even pretty fabric panels or maps can become art. Get creative!

Add trim. Adding a molding or trim to your home also makes a big difference for little cost. Wood trims or ceramic trims are a great way to add some texture and detail to your space.
Install dimmer switches. Lighting is a huge mood setter and changes your home instantaneously. Change your lighting by simply replacing light switches with dimmers. You can adjust your lighting for any mood.

Swap cabinet fronts for glass. Switch out a few of your kitchen cabinet fronts for glass. It gives it a craftsman feel that takes the kitchen up a notch.

Put in under-cabinet stemware holders. Create an impromptu bar appeal by displaying your stemware under the cabinets. This permanent fixture doesn’t require much but brings a festive feel to the space.

Stencil the wall. Wall paper is back. But it can be pricey. Try a wall stencil and some paint instead. You’ll get the designer pattern you want at a fraction of the cost.

Topics: Remodel, Redesign

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