5 home 'refresh' projects for under $30
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Apr 21, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

5 home 'refresh' projects for under $30

Metroland Media

Not all home repair or décor projects require dipping into your savings or line of credit. Sometimes, you can update a few tired or worn items around the house by simply cutting out your morning latte for one week.

1. Window treatments

For smaller windows in your home, a fresh new curtain can give the room a new look. Blinds or curtains, often the ones located in the kitchen, can be the target of oil splatter or just sun damage. Stores like IKEA or Homesense often have great options at a low cost. Don’t forget to scour the discount or “as is” sections.

2. Countertops

Replacing your old bathroom countertop might not seem feasible under $30, but with a bit of concrete, sealer and sandpaper, that watermarked vinyl countertop can be transformed into a sleek, modern surface. For a step by step guide on how to complete this project, check out this blog post from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.

3. Switchplates

Unless you live in a one room bachelor apartment, it isn’t likely that all switchplates can be replaced for less than $30. But it can be done if you focus on one room at a time. Swapping out plastic switchplates with metal covers can really update the look of a room quickly and inexpensively.

4. Caulking

Head to your local hardware store and pick up some caulk. Dingy or mouldy caulking around your tub or shower is unsightly, but there is an easy and cheap fix -- remove the old caulk and fill it in with the new.

5. Add some colour

Adding a punch of colour to the exterior of your home will draw your eye and create a new focal point. Paint your mailbox a vibrant canary yellow, or the numbers of your home in a deep aubergine.

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