One thing I want to do next year is work on this house. We moved back home over a year ago and slowly I am adding my personal touches to make the house a home again. Before we moved we made the house very neutral and renter friendly. Now we are back and it is time to make it feel like home. I want to update flooring, add hanging lights, paint, and more! Here are 6 small things that make a big impact that anyone can do. These are all affordable. Some take a few days, while some only take a few minutes. It is possible to update your house on a budget! These ideas are some I have already done as well as a few things I plan to do this year.
If you are like me you have stacks of art work, awards, school work, etc. I decided to show them off. I purchased some red and teal frames, picked out some of my favorite pages from the stacks through the years. Those are now proudly displayed on the wall in our dinning room. It is a wall that makes me smile and makes the kids feel proud.
One of my very favorite ways to decorate the walls is photos of the people I love. I needed to start somewhere so we made this very simple display. One of both of the kids when they were very small and one of their current school photo. We can watch them grow.
I love the look of hanging lights in any room. I would love to have gorgeous new lighting in the kitchen and bathrooms. I imagine beautiful handmade wooden lighting. It would be a small thing but make a HUGE impact. Lighting has a way of making a space more inviting and can really make a place feel more like home.
I laid my own vinyl flooring a few years ago. It was so easy and made a huge impact. It is still standing in our front bathroom. I think it is time for an update. I am thinking tiles that look like wood. That would be beautiful. Here are my photos from the first time I laid the DIY flooring.
A few years ago I also got very brave and I painted my kitchen counter tops. It was very easy and it lasted years. It held up beautifully. I think I will do the same to our bathroom counter tops next. A few steps and a few days are all it takes for a brand new look!