If you would like to make improvements to your home but don’t have a lot of time or money, here are a few simple projects you can tackle yourself. By choosing projects that are easy to do, you’ll save money on labor costs and you can complete the work on your own time. Let’s look at a few easy ways to update your home.

Paint an Accent Wall to Update Your Home

Paint is easy to apply and inexpensive. If painting an entire room feels intimidating, creating an accent wall is a quick and easy project. Choose one wall in the living room, dining room, or bedroom. Mask the area and fill any holes or cracks with a spackling compound before applying your paint. Choose a bold dark color for drama or you might paint the wall a metallic color to create an eye-catching focal point.

Change the Cabinet Hardware

In the kitchen or bathrooms, new hardware will change the look of the entire space. If it’s been more than 5 years since you’ve updated your hardware, it’s probably time to tackle this easy project. You’ll only need to purchase new cabinet handles and find a screwdriver. Changing out the cabinet hardware will take just a few minutes.

Install New Lighting Fixtures

New lights change the mood of a room. Choose a space that needs an upgrade and install a new lighting fixture. To improve the bathroom, purchase a new fixture for above the vanity. In the kitchen, hang pendant lights over the island to better illuminate your workspace. In the living room, consider wall sconces or purchase new lamps to add lighting and improve the room’s decor.

Refinish a Bathroom Cabinet

Updating your bathroom vanity is quick and easy with a coat of paint or a can of wood stain. Before you get started, use masking tape to protect the countertop, floors, and other areas you will not be painting. Remove the hardware, sand the cabinet, and, if you are painting, apply a quality primer. Finally, you are ready to stain or paint the cabinet.

Purchase New Window Treatments to Update Your Home

Curtains, drapes, and blinds are often hung and then forgotten. If it has been a while since you purchased window treatments, try a bold new color or style. Hang sheers over windows to allow more light into the room. Alternatively, opt for darker, light-blocking drapes to keep the sun out on hot summer days. For functional window treatments, install bamboo or wooden blinds on kitchen windows. You can easily open or close the blinds to control the amount of light in the space.

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