You can fix up a house inexpensively if you use design and color as your primary tools. Since building materials can be costly, use your imagination to improve the look of a house by cleaning and painting. Cover large floor areas with inexpensive materials and recycle some materials to help stretch your budget. Look for building supplies and materials you already have in your basement or garage. Visit garage sales to obtain additional materials at bargain prices.
Things You'll Need
- Design books
- House magazines
- Lumber boards
- Joint compound
- Interior paint
- Exterior paint
- Kitchen sink cabinetry
- Bath vanity cabinetry
- Recycled light fixtures
- Landscaping plants
Improve the look of exterior and interior walls by painting them for a fresh look. Plan carefully which colors to use. Don’t use leftover paint to avoid spending money. The wrong colors can worsen the look of a house. Use neutral colors such as white, beige or pale green if you are in doubt about colors to use. Assess any areas that are in need of repair before you start to paint.
Replace any flooring or walls that are rotted or stained as you remodel. Install linoleum in bath and kitchen floor areas versus tile or costly wood flooring. Linoleum can be used on bath or kitchen walls as well. Choose a different pattern in linoleum for the walls and floor of the same room. Buy leftover carpet at warehouse sales in remnants to install in bedrooms, hallways and closets.
Buy new kitchen and bath sinks at close-out sales. Install new cabinets beneath the sinks if you can afford it. Look for those cabinets at a close-out sale or in classified ads. Add mirrors and artwork to fresh up kitchen and baths as well.
Install drywall in rooms that have old paneling. Pull off old paneling carefully, since walls may have electric wires running along studs. Place wood trim and crown molding in certain rooms to give an upscale look.
Paint the exterior trim of a house only if you can't afford to paint all exterior walls. Paint all of the exterior if your budget will allow. Remove overgrowth in landscaped areas and replace with mulch to improve the look of the yard. Install a lamp post at curbside or plant a few flowering shrubs to give the house curbside appeal.