How-To Guide: Renovating Your Home on a Budget

7 Mar

If you’re anything like me, you love the possibilities that come with renovating and redesigning your home. Whether it’s choosing color pallets, shopping for furniture, or getting out my toolbox, transforming your home can bring a sense of renewed energy into any space.

On the other side of the equation is the financial aspect. Even the most basic renovations can cost more than you might be willing to spend — especially if you’re paying someone else to complete the job. We’re going to look at five simple DIY ideas for transforming your home without busting your budget.

  1. Build a Faux Island

Kitchen islands are one of the most expensive parts of any renovated kitchen. If you were to have an island constructed, you would likely need to get an online payday loan in Winnipeg just to afford this big-ticket item. There’s an easy fix to this dilemma — build a faux island. With a handful of two-by-four or several ample box store cabinets, you can give your kitchen extra storage and style on a budget — you have full control over the size, color, and functionality.

  1. Recover Recycled Goods

If you’re thinking of changing the hardware on your cabinetry or looking for a unique furniture piece, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars at name-brand stores — especially where there are one-of-a-kind pieces all over the city. Take a drive on the weekend and see if you can find neighborhood garage sales. Habitat for Humanity offers two ReStore locations in Winnipeg, where you can find anything from light fixtures to window treatments and plumbing tools. Recycled goods have the potential to save you hundreds in renovation costs, so you won’t have to rely on online loans.

  1. Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting is one of the simplest ways to give the spaces in your home new life. If you have the time, completing this task yourself is a surefire way to save yourself from relying on a short-term loan to pay a professional painter. All you need is the paint, a few brushes, painter’s tape and furniture coverings, and the confidence to see it through.

  1. Adding Curb Appeal

The exterior of the home is the first thing friends and family see when they visit, and it’s the first piece of your home you lay your eyes on when you pull in the driveway — so why not make sure it’s as visually stunning as it can be? You don’t need to spend a small fortune to give your home the curb appeal it deserves. Whether it’s adding flower boxes to the windows or adding stepping stones to the entranceway, there are several resources for DIY-friendly landscaping.

  1. Give Your Floors a New Shine

Your hardwood floors accumulate enough wear-and-tear in their lifetime — they could probably use a makeover. Taking a wood-friendly polish to your hardwood will turn their distressed aesthetic into nearly unrecognizable, brand-new flooring. It’s a simple, low-cost solution, so you can avoid replacing them entirely.

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