Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

Bathroom Makeover

You can freshen up your bathroom in as little as a weekend with things you can find at a home improvement or hardware store.

Look at the bathroom to determine what you can keep and what needs to go.  If you need to order new cabinets, then take the measurements and order them well in advance of starting the project.  Don’t start until you have all supplies on hand.

If replacing cabinets or vanity is not necessary, but you want a new look, consider painting.  Spray paint will give you a smooth finish, but make sure you have lots of ventilation.  Then replace the pulls or knobs and you have a whole new look.

Next look at the walls.  If you have wallpaper and need to take that down, plan your time accordingly.  A new coat of paint will do wonders for the whole room.  Add a new mirror or add a frame to the existing mirror to give a whole new look.  If your current mirror has a recessed medicine cabinet, then make sure the current one fits in that spot.  Or cover it up with the new mirror and add a new cabinet somewhere else.

Finally, look at your faucets and showerheads.  Replacing those can give a whole new elegance to the bath without a lot of cost.

With planning and preparation, these things can be accomplished in one hard-working weekend!

Adding Trim and New Paint

Adding chair railing and crown molding to a room adds not only a look of elegance, but offers you the ability to have a beautiful two-color paint combination which increases the elegance of any room.

Find colors that work together and go with your existing furnishings.  Use the professionals at a paint store to help!  Take swatches of the materials used in the room and they can find the perfect combinations for you.  Be sure to get samples of the colors and paint them on the walls.  Then, look at them in all sorts of lighting – day, night, with lamps on, with overhead lighting on..etc. – to determine what you really love.

To simplify installation, cut your trim and paint before installation.  Then, you can use filler and extra paint to fill in those ‘less-than-perfect’ joints.  This also allows you to use less than perfect (aka less expensive) materials, saving you money.

Paint the walls before you put the trim up and touch up after you have finished installation.

You can have a gorgeous new room within one weekend.

Improve Your Laundry Room

Laundry is not everyone’s favorite chore.  But having a great laundry room can be a great start to making it tolerable if not enjoyable!

Take a look at the room now.
Does it need better organization?
Could you use more storage?  More usable space?
Does it need better lighting?

All of these things can be fixed – even if using some creative measures.  And most with available products from your local home improvement stores.

Start by taking everything out of the room except the washer and dryer and assessing the layout.  Ask yourself questions to see how you could use the room better.  Do you need space for sorting, folding, ironing?  What do you need to store in the room and how much space do these things take up?  What have I been storing in here that can/should go elsewhere?

Then, plan your space.  You can order stock countertops to fit even in tiny spaces.  Consider putting the counter on hinges so you can fold it up and out of the way when not in use.  See some Home Improvement laundry room ideas here.

Plan your shelving and organization tools/baskets/cabinets to hold the items you truly need in the space.

Then, add the touches that will make the space inviting.  You want bright lighting so you can sort clothing, and see stains and other problems before they become big problems.  You want a good mat that is tough, but soft when standing on.  Commercial rubber floor tiles are easy to find and easy to install.

With some planning, this project can be done in one or two quick days