14 Simple (and Affordable) Home Upgrades You Can Do Before the Holidays
We all know the feeling of looking around the house and wanting to make a few changes...
Especially as we're all spending more time in our homes! :-) As this year begins to wrap up and with the holidays right around the corner you may be wanting to upgrade a few things around the house. From simple DIY projects like changing the kitchen knobs to painting your tile, We've compiled a list of 14 easy (and affordable) upgrades you can make both inside and outside of your home before the holidays.
Replace Your Cabinet Pulls
Updating the knobs or pulls on your cabinets is a relatively simple but impactful way to add a modern touch to your home, especially if they are outdated.
Estimated Price: $50-$100. There are tons of options on Amazon, or consider browsing your local antique shop.
Adding curtains can make your windows look bigger, your ceilings look taller, and add privacy throughout your home. Try placing the rod a foot above your window for added height!
A fresh coat of paint may be one of the easiest upgrades you can make. Whether it's getting rid of those bright colors for a more calming feel or adding in a fun statement, you can't go wrong.
If your backyard doesn't offer much privacy from the neighbors consider adding in shrubs or hanging plants to block the view in a visually appealing way. Consider native plants where possible.
Replacing outdated sconces, upgrading your bathroom vanity lights, or simply replacing your light bulbs for ones with a different hue can elevate your space. LED fixtures of all sorts are readily available, and offer a new look, and energy benefits too!
Suggestion: Phillips Hue Lightbulbs
Front Door Makeover
The entrance of your home is an important aspect of curb appeal and if you're trying to make a statement, making over your front door might be the best way to do that. There are tons of options so consider the style throughout the rest of your home when choosing a new door. Don't underestimate what a can of paint can do either - black doors are very on-trend right now! Also, glass lights (windows) of your choice can be quite inviting!
For a modern, open look that displays your beautiful dishes consider adding a few floating shelves to an empty kitchen wall.
Hide the Wires
You'd be surprised how big of a difference organizing your wires can impact how put together your home looks. Or, if the wiring is readily available, have your electrician install an outlet in a more hidden location.
Suggestion: $17.99 for a cord cover kit.
Paint Your Tile
Does your bathroom tile lack luster? Spend the day painting on a pattern and elevate your flooring without demolition.
New House Numbers
This seems simple, but adding a modern house number can have a large impact if you're making other curb appeal upgrades at the same time. Modern House Numbers has many attractive options.
The Frame TV
Make your TV look like a piece of art by investing in a Frame TV. Offering frame and art options this is one of the pricier items on the list but it will surely elevate your space. (We've seen similar devices in some homes, and they look great!)
Under Cabinet Lights
Not only will this add a warm element to your kitchen, gone are the days of not being able to see your cookbook. Again, consider LEDs - there are many good options!
Upgraded Gallery Wall
Is your gallery wall full of mismatched frames? Upgrade to one style and size for a cohesive, elevated look. Bay Photo is a custom photo lab in California, and they offer many appealing choices to mount, hang and frame photos and other artwork.
Front Porch Fun
Spruce up your front porch or entryway by adding a seasonal wreath, a fun welcome mat, or new furniture.
Suggestion: Interchangeable Welcome Sign