Let’s start with the outside of your home and make sure that every visitor you receive gets a great first impression. Replacing a shabby looking front door won’t cost you a fortune but can lift the appearance of your house in an instant. Can’t stretch to the expense of a brand new door? Buy some sandpaper, use some elbow grease, and slap on a fresh coat of paint - the result should be a door that looks as good as new. You can also try replacing your house number with a shiny new alternative, repaint your exterior trim, or even invest a little in some simple outdoor lighting.
Kitchen looking a little worse for wear, but can’t afford to spend thousands on an upgrade? Worry not - a little hard work and a lot of creativity can go a long way. Freshen up your backsplash tiles with some grout cleaner to give them an instant lift. Look at replacing your cupboard door and drawer handles with attractive alternatives, too - you will be surprised at how much this can lift the appearance of your kitchen.
Don't forget about your windows - improving your blinds or curtains can make a dramatic impact on the overall look of your rooms. Whether you are looking for some deluxe Son Ray Blinds or just want to install some simple-but-stunning patterned rollers, both can help - and could even become a main feature or talking point. As far as home improvements go, focusing your window space can have an instant impact, and it's one of the most cost-effective upgrades, too.
Head down to your local salvage yard, and you will find a whole bunch of materials that are perfect for creating a unique and personalized headboard to sit behind your bed. Old skis, railings, plank boards - even old window shutters - are available for next to nothing and can be reused to create a stunning backdrop for your bed. You can also try wallpapering your dressers and cupboards, which is such a simple - and cheap - way of adding colour and patterns to a plain decor bedroom.
If your carpet is looking a little worse for wear, it may not be necessary to replace it. If you have boards underneath, why not take up the carpet completely and go for a wooden floor? You’ll need to rent an industrial sander to make sure that the surface of the floorboards is free of splinters and rough edges, but then it’s a simple case of adding some wood oil or a wax finish. It could cost you less than $100, and the result will be more stunning than you can achieve with any carpet.
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