by Tim Smith of Modernize
Whether you need to refresh some outdated features so you can sell your house soon or you are just ready to rejuvenate your living space, you can completely transform the look of your home for less than $1,000 per room. All cost estimates are from the 2014 cost vs value survey.
Kitchen: Paint the Cabinets
Between the expense of the materials plus the necessary professional labor to install them, replacing your kitchen cabinetry, adding a decorative tile backsplash or updating your appliances is likely out of your budget. However, you can completely make over your current cabinets for less than $150 with a can of paint and a case of trendy brushed nickel knobs. To install a backsplash for less, pick out a patterned piece of vinyl or a strip of stainless steel. Light fixtures are easy to replace, so look for a modern track light that adds warmth to your homey kitchen. Click here for more kitchen cabinet ideas.
Bathroom: New Sink and Fixtures
An updated bathroom is the second most important room for raising the value of your home. New cabinetry, flooring, toilets and tubs are often budget busters – unless you focus only on one project – but a contemporary medicine cabinet, sconce lighting, paint, a pedestal sink and fixtures can all be purchased and installed by yourself for less than $1,000. With a little know-how, you can slip in a few conveniences fairly cheaply, such as adding an exhaust fan or dimmer light switch.
Bedroom: Updating Furniture
A bedroom remodel is for pure personal pleasure, and it is where your creativity gets to shine. Websites such as Pinterest are a treasure trove of quick, easy DIY projects for the bedroom. A warm, calming color palette and a new coordinating bedspread and curtains instantly give your bedroom a facelift. Since a complete bedroom set gets pricey, consider restoring your current furniture or updating a key piece, such as the bed, night stands or dresser. Before the project is complete, focus your attention on the closets. DIY wire organizer systems are available at home improvement stores starting around $120.
Living Room: Laminate Flooring
Most homeowners want to replace their living room flooring, but installing carpet and hardwood costs thousands of dollars. For a cheaper option, consider laying down laminate flooring. This will likely devour most of your budget unless you can do it yourself. Here is more information on laminate flooring.
To simply improve how the living room looks, a new coat of paint, a modern ceiling fan and warm lighting will do wonders. One of the best ways to instantly transform the living room is to install window trimming, ceiling crown and floor base. You can also add wall texture by putting up board and batten or wainscoting paneling.
Backyard: Build a Deck
Whether you want to create a cozy Southern porch complete with a swing and shutters, desire a backyard retreat with a chaise lounge and fire pit or crave a space off the kitchen for family gatherings, you can tackle most outdoor projects on a $1,000 budget. The most common projects include building a deck, adding a retaining wall and purchasing new patio furniture. Landscaping can improve your quality of living and boost your home’s curb appeal.
For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.