On my New Year’s resolution post I announced that 2018 was going to be the year of HEALTH & WEALTH. JR and I talked a lot about our goals for the year the following week and I suggested we have a super gazelle intense month (a Dave Ramsey term) and that we do it in February. JR pretty much laughed in my face. February is by far THE busiest month of my entire year with my full-time job. We also have a ton of travel, and I’m in a wedding this year which adds some expenses. Plus it’s a short month. Stress swung the door upon on February 1, unpacked its bags, and flopped right on our couch.
I posted our budgeting sheets and each corresponding instruction page so if you are just getting started you can check that out here. After my first few budgeting posts, I struggled with the fact that this is primarily a home decor blog. How can I tell you to get crazy about paying off debt and saving up and at the same time tell you to buy a bunch of STUFF to decorate your house?
If you ask me I love decorating my home. It is important to me to take pride in the space I live in and I truly love making a house a home. While I’ve shown a bunch of our room reveals I’ve failed to note that most of our renovations have only cost between $1000-2000. Don’t buy into the fact that you have to hire a big expensive contractor to rip your house to the studs. You can make such an impact on updating your home with little money and a a bit more sweat.
So here are 9 budget-friendly, big impact home updates you can make while still buckling down on the ol’ budget.
ONE: Updating Windowless Rooms with LED Lights
We updated our bathroom lights with these LED recessed lights and it made such a difference. If you have a low light or windowless room think about investing in better light bulbs or affordable lighting. Menards is seriously on top of their lighting game and the gems they have are super-budget friendly.
TWO: An Extra Long Shower Curtain
This is a top secret tip here people…shower curtains are pretty much the same as regular curtains. All the shower curtains in our home are regular extra long regular curtains. All you need is a good liner which you can buy for $7-8 on Amazon. The best buys? Ikea has a killer selection of velvet curtains right now. Switch out your current curtain for an extra long one and I promise your bathroom will feel 10x bigger!
THREE: Buy New Sheets
Even Dave will admit that sheets are non-negotiable. Sometimes updating your house has less to do with updating how it looks and more to do with how it feels. We have these sheets from Target and Dave recommends these from Boll & Branch.
FOUR: Paint, Paint, Paint, Paint
Paint is THE NUMBER ONE easiest and affordable change you can make in your home. My preferred paint is the Emerald option from Sherwin Williams but there are a million options for any budget at your home improvement store. I also used this cabinet paint from Magnolia for our cabinets (reveal coming soon!) and it worked wonders.
My top tip for picking paint colors is if you are not sure what color to get color match something in the room (maybe a color from some artwork or a photo) and pick the lightest corresponding option on the paint swatch. If you feel like you want to go dark I also suggest going one shade lighter than the swatch you pick. It is always going to be darker and more impactful on the walls than on the tiny swatch in the store. And NEVER EVER EVER be afraid to go with straight white.
FIVE: Tile is Your Friend
We spent an arm and a leg on our master bathroom tile. When we went to Lowe’s to do our main bathroom we found this tile and spent a whopping $83. We also spent around $45 on our subway tile backsplash. You can transform your backsplash, laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen floors for $100 or less! I’m really digging this grey option from Lowe’s.
SIX: New Hardware
Seeing IKEA furniture with its original hardware is the equivalent to nails on a chalkboard to me. Switching up hardware on your kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, or bedroom dresser can really freshen up your space while still keeping you on budget. My favorite hardware shopping spots are Anthropologie and World Market.
SEVEN: Make Your Art Work
Art definitely doesn’t need to be expensive. A new favorite of mine is Jenny’s Print Shop which sends you digital downloads of amazing art to have printed in any size. Ikea is my go-to for some solid affordable frames.
EIGHT: Freshen Up Your Faucets
This can be hit or miss depending on if you are crazy about the many different functions available for your faucets. My absolute hidden gem for affordable faucets is Amazon. Upgrading your faucet can be super easy and can be a good first-time plumbing project for new DIY’ers. We have this crazy faucet ($50) in our main bath and just got this one for our new/renovated kitchen ($45). I am recently obsessed with this one – so good.
NINE: Adopt the Vintage and Lightly Used
If you are in need of some new furniture I highly suggest checking out some lightly used items before heading straight to the furniture mart. My top haunts are Craigslist (never craigslist alone!), Facebook Marketplace, thrift stores, and estate sales. I would not suggest buying any upholstered items used since you run the risk of things like bed bugs and other gross stuff. This dresser is from one of my favorite shops back home in Lincoln, Home & Closet. (Their upholstery is good to go! Some is even custom!) A vintage dresser, table, or any non-upholstered items can add tons of personality while still being super affordable – sometimes FREE!
Since posting about our current debt payoff I have received a ton of messages so I am unofficially dubbing February as the Financial month on the blog. I hope you all have your budgets in motion and if you really need to scratch that home decor itch that these tips help you out!
I have a few home decor projects in the works but nothing will quite be ready until March or April. I also have quite a few wedding posts planned for March so if you are newly engaged, be sure to subscribe!