Buying a home with builder grade finishes and making simple home updates on your own is the quickest way to make an instant impact. Take your home from builder grade drab to modern and fabulous with these affordable simple home updates.
Before we even moved into our home I knew that I wanted to make major changes to the aesthetic. When we started our home search we were looking at houses with so many upgrades and finishes that quite frankly, we just couldn’t afford in a finished home. So after doing some research we decided to DIY a lot of what we saw in the homes we loved. We knew that the road to our “perfect home” would be a lot longer that way but it didn’t matter because we were able to spend time doing it together. DIYing things ourselves meant that we were able to make things exactly the way we wanted while saving money in the end.
Simple Home Updates under $50
One of the first things we did once we bought our first home was make a list of all the projects we wanted to tackle. By we, I mean me. To make the list, I went room by room and thought about what we wanted to achieve. Then we went over the list together. We started small and with the most affordable projects first. Over time we tackled the larger projects room by room.
Simple home updates were everywhere in our home. Here’s some simple updates I’d suggest if you’re not sure where to start.
Switching out the door knobs to match the decor in your home makes an instant difference. We switched out our round chrome knobs with round matte black knobs and it made the doors in our home look more modern. They really complimented the rest of the decor.
We added drawer pulls to all of the cabinets. We chose to go with brass pulls to coordinate with the light fixtures.
Custom closet system
The IKEA Pax system was a huge game changer when it came to the closets. We installed a system in Tatianas’ closet and it helps to keep her really organized when she’s looking for something to wear or putting clothes away. I highly suggest it. Labeling the drawers and adding pulls to the drawers makes it fun for the kids too.
Wallpaper is an easy solution for an accent wall. In T’s closet we used wallpaper behind her closet system for an extra pop.
Flush mount lights
You know those boob lights that all builder grade houses come with? Ditch those right away. When we switched our flush mount lights out for these beauties from Amazon, I was amazed at how much of a difference they made.