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After nine hours at the office, a chaotic rush at the supermarket and cleaning up the remnants of dinner, the only thing you want to think about is your couch and binge-watching Netflix for the rest of the night. Hanging new curtains is the last thing you want to do.

You’ve meant to look for a new couch too ­– something to update your living room –but with holiday expenses, a new couch is out of the budget.

Also, family is coming to stay with you for the holidays and you just want to get your home in top shape when they arrive. But with little time and a tight budget, how can you attain that goal?

Here are 10 helpful home décor hacks that will take your place from drab to fab in no time.

1. Hang Curtain Rods with Adhesive Hooks

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Curtains can make your house feel homier. If you want to make your ceilings seem higher, accentuate their height by hanging long curtains.

While curtains can be attractive and stylish, hanging them can be a pain.

Luckily, you don’t have to deal with drills and wall anchors. You can use adhesive hooks to hang your curtain rods! Just stick the hooks where you’d like to hang your curtains and place the rod on them.

2. Use Candles to Reinvent an Unused Fireplace

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Do you have a fireplace you never actually use?

Just because you don’t want to deal with chopping wood and cleaning the flue doesn’t mean your fireplace can’t be a focal point.

In the fireplace, try displaying candles of various heights. You still get rich ambiance and a warm glow but none of the headaches of dealing with fireplace maintenance.

3. Paint Your Old Vinyl Flooring

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An outdated vinyl tile floor can be unsightly. This might sound like a stretch, but if you have an old vinyl floor that you’ve been eager to refresh, painting is an inexpensive update.

They tried it over at View Along the Way and it transformed their laundry room economically. There’s elbow grease involved (mainly scrubbing the floor, sanding and repairing broken or chipped spots), but if you have the time, this can improve the look and feel of a room.

4. Refill Sagging Cushions with Synthetic Stuffing

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Remember when you went to the furniture store and first sat in the couch you ended up purchasing? It was perfect, right? Full and plush, it was a perfect fit.

It’s been a few years and that once comfy couch is losing some of that plushness that made it so perfect.

Before you spend $1,000 on a new one, repair your old couch with synthetic refill! That’s what Tonya of Love of Family and Home did, bringing her couch back to a firm and comfortable state.

5. Update Your Coffee Table by Changing the Legs

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Coffee tables are surprisingly pricey. If you don’t have a few hundred dollars to spend on a new one, try updating it by switching out the legs.

That’s what Triple Max Tons did with her coffee table, transforming a basic-looking coffee table into a mid-century eye-popper!

Switching out the legs isn’t limited to coffee tables. Changing legs on sofas and chairs can also give the rest of your furniture a new look.

6. Decorate Your Entryway

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A festive front porch is welcoming to holiday guests. But outdoor holiday décor can get expensive.

These ice lanterns cost less than $5 and are easy to make. You’ll need two tin cans (one smaller than the other), tape and festive greenery or produce. Use faux evergreen branches and cranberries, or even orange slices or cinnamon sticks.

7. Use Tin Tiles to Create a New Backsplash

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If you want a new backsplash – and quickly – there’s a great solution with faux tin tiles. You can find them at many hardware stores and in a variety of colors.

They’re plastic that resembles tin, are easy to cut (you can use scissors) and can be painted any color you’d like.

8. Paint Your Appliances to Look Like Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel appliances have been trending in recent years. People are shying away from traditional black or white appliances and are opting for stainless steel models instead. They’re clean, modern and well, expensive.

If you want the look of stainless steel but are turned off by cost, try painting your refrigerator and other appliances with liquid stainless steel. When dry, it resembles brushed stainless steel, is easy to clean and doesn’t show fingerprints.

9. Turn Your Garage Into a Carriage Garage with Faux Windows and Hardware


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The garage is often an afterthought in home décor. We focus on the house, while the garage is overlooked. But your garage deserves some TLC, too!

This can be a quick update. With painters tape, black paint and a few pieces of hardware, you can turn your boring structure into a beautiful carriage garage!

10. Create a Spa-Like Atmosphere with a Stone Tile Tub

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Spa bathrooms continue to be very popular. Who doesn’t want to soak in a good bath after a long day? Natural elements, like stone and wood, can make your space feel more tranquil, but adding a stone bathtub can be time consuming and expensive.

At Lovely Crafty Home, they figured out how to get the look of a stone tub without the time and high cost. A manufactured stone veneer does the job. It’s lightweight, made of 80% recycled material and is relatively affordable.

Cut it with a standard hacksaw and adhere it to the tub! It’s that simple. When finished, you have a beautiful stone tub to enjoy.

Sprucing up your home doesn’t always have to be expensive or time consuming. Do you have other tips and tricks to make your home feel like new? Share them with us in the comment section.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. i need some ideas for the basement floor and replace carpet for wooden floors on the first floor not to go broke.
    Need Ideas

    1. For your basement, my aunt has rug runners in her hallways. You should be able to find a variety of patterns. In terms of doing wood flooring, the important thing to do is take accurate measurements of your room. Then the major hardware stores have flooring at different price points and you can go through an online tool to get an estimate of costs and possibly even get a visualization of how it looks depending on the tools the site offers. Hopefully those tips help!

    1. Hi Irene:

      Based on a quick Google search, there are many options on Amazon and at several hardware stores. Hopefully, you can find the look you like best!

      Kevin Graham

  2. These are some pretty good ideas! I think I may try a couple of them…thanks! Thanks for the reminder that I have options!

  3. Neat idea painting the refrigerator. This is a very inexpensive way to update an appliance because refrigerators are very expensive! I will have to try this.

  4. Love the stone on the bathtub look, and the painting of vinyl floors! Ideas brought to me at my old house that I “never had time for”. Owner has done the floors, replaced the kitchen countertops and repainted the cabinets. Looks TOTALLY different!!! Renew your home on a budget with some new paint, if you can!

    1. Hi, And thank you too. I could use more realistic things to do. I wouldn’t do more than half of these ideas. But, I appreciate the ideas and maybe someone thinks these are all good.

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