The New Year provides us the opportunity to make positive changes, a blank slate so to speak. While many are busy making personal improvements, January can actually be an ideal time to tackle minor updates to your house.
With a little creativity and patience, these easy and affordable projects will give your living space a much-needed facelift this year.
Replace outdated hardware.
Although they’re highly desirable, kitchen renovations are expensive—thousands of dollars expensive. Instead of spending money on a new backsplash and cabinets, consider the more cost effective alternative of replacing weathered hardware. Simply remove the cabinet doors and existing hardware, and replace with brand-new hardware of your liking. This simple change can transform your kitchen, while still keeping your budget intact.
Estimated cost (per hardware): $2–$5
Give your mail a new home.
Oftentimes, mailboxes don’t get so much as a second glance. However, replacing your mailbox is a simple update that can add a pop of sophistication to your outdoor decor and increase your curb appeal. The best part? You can choose how much of your mailbox that you want to replace. Whether it’s just the door, or the whole thing itself, your local hardware store is bound to carry something that will fit your fancy.
Estimated cost (door replacement): $30–$50
Estimated cost: (full mailbox): $30–$100
Revive your deck.
Although spending time outside right now may seem like the least appealing thing to you, warmer weather will be here before we know it! If you have a deck that is in need of a makeover, consider refinishing while there’s less foot traffic. Giving it a quick power wash and applying a protective coat of semitransparent stain can bring your deck back to life. Don’t own a power washer? You can rent one from a local hardware store for a minimal fee.
Estimated cost: $50
Swap out light switch faceplates.
Whether you live in an older home or a brand-new build, light switch faceplates are often overlooked. While functional, swapping them out for decorative faceplates can add a stylish finishing touch to your home. With only needle-nose pliers and a screwdriver, you’re able to upgrade your light switches in a few simple steps. Before you get started, it’s important to ensure that the power to the circuit is turned off.
Estimated cost (per plate): $12–$35
Make these simple changes to ensure that your house looks its best for the New Year!
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