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Keeping Up Appearances – Upmarket Home Improvements on a Budget

If your home needs a makeover but you’re not flushed with cash at the moment, there are still lots of options to upgrade your home without bankrupting yourself. It’s not all diamond chandeliers (though you can get them at a decent price) and hiring a butler: here are some tips for an expensive-looking home without the expenses!

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In the kitchen

Look around you — what’s looking shabby? Instead of ripping out the entire kitchen and starting again, you could replace the cupboard door handles with new ones, or replace the dusty old light fitting with something shiny and new. If your appliances are mismatched or starting to look old, hide them away behind a new set of cabinet doors which fits in with the rest of your kitchen, or contact the appliance company to see if you can buy a replacement door front so you don’t have to update the whole appliance.

In the bathroom

Replacing your bathroom can be very expensive and causes a lot of upheaval. But small updates such as new taps, a new toilet seat, or even a new shower curtain can cause the world of a difference. If your bathroom floor is looking shabby, perhaps you can put down new flooring over the old one for a new look without the mess and cost. Re-grouting is an excellent solution if the shower is on its way out, and don’t underestimate the power of a scrubbing brush and bleach.

Look down

Your bathroom floor isn’t the only thing which might need a quick home improvement. Consider hiring a carpet cleaning machine or hiring a professional cleaner: you’ll be astounded at the difference a bright clean carpet will make to your home! If your carpet is seriously worn out, think about using a strategically placed rug to cover the threadbare parts and then you don’t have to splash out on a new carpet just yet.

Upgrade your entrance

If first impressions are important to you, look carefully at your front door. You don’t necessarily have to buy a new one, but investing in a good quality door handle and matching knocker can upgrade your house within the course of one quick afternoon!

You don’t need to spend thousands for home improvement to feel like you’re living in a palace, you just need to look around and think about what little steps you can take to adjust the quality of your home.

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6 Comments

  1. Renee Smith says:

    These are some great tips for sprucing up your home. I can definitely use these in my kitchen and bath!

  2. Kelly Faber says:

    These are all great tips! We don’t have the funds right now to upgrade, but we put new handles on our kitchen cabinets and doors and it is such a great change without breaking the bank! 🙂

  3. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Great article and it can save you so much money to do these simple things to brighten up your home. Never thought about just getting a new appliance door to make an old fridge look so much better than it does.

  4. Devin M says:

    I agree that small details can make all the difference in a space! Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. Thelse are great suggestions! Thank you!!

  6. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    We have been trying to do some remodeling at home and it can be very expensive. You have some very good suggestions. I appreciate your help

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