One of my over-arching goals has always been to make improve my home for us. One of my greatest fears was living a certain way and then transforming my home into a gorgeous thing to sell it.
In fact, I went so far to make 2017: Year of the House. We hadn’t done a lot of work on it until June and then suddenly everything seemed to come together. Honestly, we needed a kick in the pants which came in the form of two friends coming to stay with us in August.
I decided that their arrival would coincide with our new and improved home. So of course we made a list! We went through each room of our home and noticed things that needed to be fixed or cleaned.
Once we had a list I put dollar signs beside anything that we needed to purchase. The purchase list wasn’t bad:
- Painters tape
- paint brushes
- Everything to re-stain coffee set: varnish remover, tools to remove varnish, wood stain
- Tablecloth for dining room
- Lighting for foyer
- Mirror for bedroom
- Bathroom fan (still to be purchased)
I ended up adding the duvet and curtain later, which meant that we spent a little over $350 giving our home huge face-lift. I also had a gift card to a hardware store that allowed me to spend closer to $300.
I anticipate spending another $100 or so as we need to purchase the fan for the bathroom, pay an electrician to hang the lights, and purchase some cleaning supplies. I’m always a bit terrified when we begin home improvement projects as I feel that they can just keep going as you discover new things you want to do.
I’m thrilled that I’m only taking ~ $400 out of the home improvement budget and that it’s made such a huge difference. With a little luck this means that I won’t wait to do things and instead tackle them head on instead of making it a mad dash of repairs.
Do you have frugal tips to spruce up your home?
* The paint ended up being 7 different colours that we used. I discovered sample sizes which kept the cost down.