3 “Phase One” Projects

It’s no question that home renovations can make a big dent in your budget. Whatever you hope to update in your home, whether it’s new kitchen cabinets or fresh shower tile, it can take years to save up.

But, don’t despair! While you put away your pennies for those big projects, there are lots of things you can do in the meantime to make your living space more livable that won’t break the bank. We call these “phase one” projects!

Below are some of our favorite examples that invoke big changes without big bucks!

1. Outdated floor tile? Or maybe just not your taste? This tutorial from Lolly Jane uses durable chalk paint to transform plain brown bathroom floor tile into a dramatic design element without the investment. Here’s another one, from Bright Green Door, that uses a similar process but delivers an entirely different look that mimics popular cement tile!

https://lollyjane.com/chalk-paint-tile-floors/ 

https://www.brightgreendoor.com/faux-cement-tile-painted-floors/ 

Photo from lollyjane.com

2. Brass is making a comeback, but the trend these days is a mellow, brushed metal look–a far cry from the shiny, yellow brass we saw in the late eighties and early nineties. If your home contains outdated brass door handles and cabinet hardware, take a can of spray paint to them for a quick and inexpensive update! If you do it right, it will last you years. Check out this tutorial from Remodelaholic using a proven method!

Photo from remodelaholic.com

https://www.remodelaholic.com/upgrade-door-knobs-spray-paint-tried-tested-method/

3. Don’t underestimate the power of a can of paint! Paint is especially effective at changing the look of a space with outdated wood finishes. If the wood is beat up, or maybe in a tone you don’t enjoy, paint it! This comprehensive tutorial from Polka Dot Chair is a good one to follow to make sure your paint job lasts on any cabinetry project! Choose any color you like, from neutral to bold, to make the space fit your personality. Click here to get tips, tricks, and advice on painting your cabinets!

Photo from polkadotchair.com

These “phase one” projects will sustain you while you save for a more complete renovation. Or better yet, you just might find that these fixes are satisfying enough to keep for the long term. Either way, they’ll allow you to enjoy your home more fully!

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