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Affordable Items Needed for Your Next Home Project

Do you love home renovations but are not sure where to start? Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of that perfect second floor addition with a spectacular view, but you just don’t know how or where to begin. In that case, why not take a step back and focus on smaller home projects first? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Taking it one small step at a time will make the process much more manageable and affordable for your wallet. These smaller projects won’t break the bank, yet each is an affordable way to breathe new life into your home. Here are some of our favorite affordable items needed for almost any home project. Use These Items to Revive Your Home for Under $100 When you picture a home remodel, you may envision ripping out walls and spending thousands of dollars on new flooring and custom countertops. But smaller home renovations can be just as effective without the high price tag. These 11 items cost less than $100 each and will help give your home a fresh look without breaking the bank. - Paint. Paint is the most effective and affordable way to update any room in your house. It can also be done quickly and easily, in one long day. - Wallpaper. Wallpaper is an old-fashioned way to add unique design and style to any room with a one-day application. - Curtains or Blinds. New curtains or blinds can revamp a room in one day. Curtains can be as simple as buying a new rod and attaching them to your existing rails. - Rugs. Rugs are affordable ways to update any room. They can be used on floors or furniture with legs to add texture, or they can be hung on the wall to showcase a piece of art. - Window Treatments. New curtains or shades can update windows and rooms, and are one of the best ways to repurpose old wallpaper. - Paint Colors. Home paint colors are often the most overlooked way to refresh a room. Choose a new color for one wall, or repaint an entire room for a quick, but noticeable, update. - Decor. New table lamps, a bouquet of flowers, a new piece of art or other decor items can revamp any room. Repaint Your Walls A fresh coat of paint can transform a room and update the whole feel of your home. It’s quick, easy to do, and relatively inexpensive. Simply pick a paint color that matches your current color scheme and you’re good to go. Your best bet is to purchase paint in gallons rather than 5-gallon buckets, because gallons are easier to use and give you a more accurate color. If you are repainting a large room, be sure to use two gallons of paint to make sure you have enough coverage. When repainting your walls, be sure to take your time and do a thorough job so you don’t miss any spots. Use a paintbrush for detailed areas, such as around light switches. If you make a mistake, don’t panic. You can easily remove paint from walls using one of the following methods: - Sanding the paint off and starting fresh. - Using a commercial paint remover. - Spraying the wall with water and letting it soak in. Add Trim and Tiling If your home has wooden baseboards or wooden trim that’s starting to look a little tired, then adding some new tiles is a quick and easy way to update the look. Wooden Trim - If your existing wooden trim is painted, you can repaint it to update it without having to tear it out and start from scratch. Simply choose a new color for your trim and repaint it with a roller. Wooden Baseboards - If your trim is wood and you want to leave it as is, but it’s a little worn and tired, you can add tiles to the bottom to make them look new again. Simply measure and cut tiles to fit the bottom of your existing trim and you’re done. Bathroom Tile - If you’re planning to install new tiles in your bathroom, you can also install them in your kitchen and any other room in the house. This will save you the cost of hiring a contractor to do it just in the bathroom. Repair, Replace, or Install Tile Floors A tile floor is a wonderful addition to any room in your home. It’s easy to clean, it’s durable, and it requires very little maintenance. Tile floors come in a variety of styles and materials, so you can pick the perfect look for your home. The cost of a tile floor will depend on the type of tile you choose, but it’s generally less expensive than other flooring options. If you’re installing a tile floor for the first time, there are many helpful resources online to walk you through the process step by step. You can also hire a contractor to help with the installation, so you don’t have to do all the work yourself. If you’re planning to replace an old tile floor, you’ll likely want to hire a contractor to do the installation for you. Alternatively, you can buy tile pieces that are designed for do-it-yourself installation. These types of tiles are easy to cut, glue, and install. Add a Cozy Rug or Soft Flooring If you prefer soft flooring, such as lush carpet, over tiles, you can do a quick upgrade by adding rugs to the rooms in your home. Rugs come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, so you can choose the perfect one for any room in your house. If you’re planning to install new carpet, you can save time and money by hiring a contractor to do the installation for you. Alternatively, you can buy carpet pieces designed for do-it-yourself installation. It’s easy to cut and glue these smaller pieces of carpet together. If you have an existing carpet, you can also easily clean it with a steam cleaner. These cleaners are quick and easy to use, and they’re designed to remove dirt, stains, and allergens from your carpet. Lighten Up with Fresh Paint If you paint your walls a lighter color, it’s like opening your home up to more light. This is a quick and easy way to brighten up a room, and it’s also a cheap option for updating your home. If you’re planning to paint an entire room, it’s best to hire a contractor to do the job for you. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time painting the room and then cleaning up the mess. You can also hire a contractor to paint just one wall in order to change up the feel of a room. If you’re planning to paint an entire room, it’s best to start with the ceiling. This way, you can paint the ceiling and the walls at the same time and save time and cleanup. Add Window Treatments and Decor Many people install new curtains or blinds, but this is only one way to update your windows. You can also decorate your windows with other items such as pictures, pictures, or decorations. If you’re planning to install new curtains, you can hire a contractor to do the installation for you. Alternatively, you can buy curtains that are designed for do-it-yourself installation. These curtains are easy to cut and glue onto your existing rails. If you have an existing window treatment, such as curtains or blinds, you can add window decor to spruce up the look of your windows. Simply pick a decorative item, such as a picture or a decoration, and hang it on the windows. Install an Electronic Door Lock An electronic door lock is a quick and easy way to improve the safety of your home. You can choose from a variety of styles to match your home’s décor. Some models are even compatible with Amazon Alexa, meaning you can control the door lock with your voice. If you’re planning to install an electronic door lock, you can hire a handyman to do the installation for you. This option is the easiest and fastest way to get the lock installed. Alternatively, you can buy a do-it-yourself model and install it yourself.

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