Perhaps you’re updating your old home in preparation for resale. Or maybe you’re updating your newly purchased abode and, considering the myriad fees associated with buying your new digs, you’re a little strapped for cash. Whatever the case, cheap home improvement projects are always a godsend.
Enter This Old House’s Cheapskate Hall of Fame, a list of TOH reader-recommended ways to save on home improvements, from sourcing your own materials for kitchen and bath renovations — paying a contractor to install, as opposed to paying her to find, buy, and plug in your new appliances and fixtures saves you a bundle — to making your own floor tiles (for the DIY-savvy, of course).
Of course, if you’re not ready to take on a large-scale remodel, consider these small, yet aesthetically pleasing fixes from Apartment Therapy: install a shiny, new mailbox (for under $100!) or some slick, new house numbers. AT has pulled together its favorites in each category, so shopping for a fresh look for your home’s exterior is a snap — and coming home to a sexy new entry, even if the inside is stressing you out, is never unwelcome.
If it’s inexpensive interior updates you crave, try the easies: A fresh coat of paint. Some crisp window treatments. New cabinet knobs (or doors, if you’re handy). A set of off-the-rack bedding. Or even fresh flowers. Posies work wonders on drab rooms, if only temporarily.
Any quick decor fixes you’ve tried and loved? Penny-pinching shortcuts you’ve taken with major redos?
Photo courtesy Carlos Porto.