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How to Remodel Spaces on a Budget

26 January 2021

2020 was the year we all stayed home. It’s not surprising that home renovations are number 1 on most people’s to-do lists. However, you may not need or even afford a full-blown home remodel. But that doesn’t mean you cannot make smaller changes that have a big impact. Here’s what you can accomplish on a budget – as long as you’re prepared to spend some time and effort on the remodeling.

Living room

The living room is often the first space you see when you enter your home. So why not give it a facelift? One easy way is to simply rearrange all the furniture. Sound too simple? Yet it works. If your living room is built around a fireplace, you may not have much room to change things around. But if all your seating points to a TV screen, consider if you can change its position. 

Another low-cost way is to change the couch covers or reupholster an old loveseat. Paint the coffee table or a side table to a bold color. You can also swap pieces from another room. Add a few throws or pillows and you have an almost new space that costs next to nothing. If your budget has a bit more wiggle room, then consider painting the walls. Whether it’s just a focus wall or a geometric design, it can freshen up any room instantly. 


When it comes to the kitchen, functionality is often more important. So take a look around the room and decide where you want to invest your money. Do you need to update the cabinets or replace a leaking faucet? Prioritize those first. 


But if everything works well and you’re looking to update the decor, you still have a few options. Adding wallpaper or a backsplash can brighten up a dull kitchen. The brand Anatolia offers a wide range of tiles in a variety of colors. If your cabinet hardware is in good condition, you can try painting them a different color as well. White cabinets work well with smaller kitchens. 

If you’re looking for more counter space, consider a moveable island instead of splurging on new countertops. The advantage of using an island or cart on wheels is that you can position it wherever you want! 

Bathroom and bedroom

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A bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be a big project. A coat of paint and fresh hardware – think towel rods, faucets, and showerheads – will update any space. Add soap dishes and small containers in the same matching finish for an Instagram worthy upgrade! The Volkano brand offers a variety of bathroom accessories in different metallic or matte finishes based on your preference.

You have a few options to redecorate your bedrooms as well. For example, you can replace the sheets and get ones in a floral or summery print. You can also add some pillows or a colorful blanket. Whether you have carpets or hardwood floors, a new rug is always welcome. All things considered, you can easily update these two rooms with a few hundred dollars if that.   

Other rooms

There are other inexpensive upgrades that you can do throughout your home as well. 


For instance, consider the lighting in each space. You need a good mix of task lights, ambient lighting, and decorative lamps everywhere. It is especially true in the kitchen and living areas. Evaluate all the rooms and consider where you might want to add some lights, whether it’s under the kitchen cabinets or over the island. Invest in LED lighting that will last longer and be more cost-efficient in the long run. 

Replace the front door

Replacing the front door is an expensive proposition. But what if your door is in good shape and you’re tired of the color or finish? It’s easy to repaint or even refinish if need be. Upgrading the front door is also useful if you plan to sell your home soon. It’s one of the best remodeling projects you can invest in.

Window coverings

When was the last time you changed the curtains? Window coverings can become old and outdated pretty quickly. But swapping the curtains for a new color or even material can freshen up any room, not just the living space. Consider layering the curtains as well – a thin and sheer layer can work well with vibrant and bold ones in heavier materials for the winter.

DIY where you can

The more things you can do on your own, the more you can save. But consider your skill level and expertise before going this route. Generally, plumbing and electrical work is best left to the experts. But painting and replacing cabinet pulls or doorknobs are easy projects for even the novice DIYer. Investing in a few basic but high-quality tools will also make your DIY projects easier to finish. The more you work on DIY projects, the better you get at them. Which means you can tackle bigger projects down the line. Now that’s a win-win for any homeowner!


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