Written by Jaymi Naciri
A sushi dinner. A Saturday night movie for four (with popcorn). A new pair of Nikes.
They’ll all cost you about $100. But wouldn’t you rather put that money toward something that’ll make you smile whenever you walk in the room? Take that 100 bucks and freshen up something in your home. It’ll be money well spent.
“Updating your home can be a huge undertaking and cost a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to be! For under $100, simple updates like a coat of paint, cabinet hardware, or even a new rug can make a big impact without a big budget,” said POPSUGAR.
Here are a few places to start.
Nothing freshens up a kitchen faster. This case of 25 stainless steel pulls will give your kitchen a modern touch for just $49.
Remove the molding from the top of your kitchen cabinets
Want to take your kitchen from traditional to a more modern look? Remove the ornate crown molding. The cleaner lines will transform the room and give it a sleeker look, and it’ll only cost you a can of paint or stain for touch-ups.
A warm welcome
“Put a smile on guests’ faces while keeping dirt out of the house with this doormat ($29) in front of your door,” said POPSUGAR.
A fresh coat of paint
You can take a space from blah to beautiful for $50. If you’re going to paint and you’re not sure how to get the best results, check out HGTV for some tips on how to “make painting less painful.”
An easy kitchen update
Open shelving is one of today’s hottest trends in the kitchen. You can create your own quickly, easily, and affordably.
“Remove the doors on a bank of upper cabinets, then paint the interiors for instant open shelving,” said This Old House. “Estimated cost: 1 gallon of Elements Zero VOC 100 percent acrylic paint with a washable semigloss sheen, about $35.”
A new rug
If your floors are worn and you don’t have the money to redo them, cover them up with something pretty. Yes, rugs can get pricey, so check your favorite stores for clearance sales. This Morrocan Trellis rug is huge at 7’10” x 9’10” and is only $89.
Clean your windows
Natural light makes people happy, but grime never put a smile on anyone’s face. For the cost of a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels, you can vastly improve your view.
Create a home office
Short on space but need a place to work from home? If you have an underused closet, you could have the perfect space to set up shop.
“Unhinge the door and trade hanging rods for shelves—a deep one for the desktop and two shallow ones above for storage,” said This Old House. “One 20-by-24-by-¾-inch and two 12-by-24-by-¾-inch white melamine shelves, metal standards, and shelf brackets, all by Elfa, about $95.”
Ditch the drab bedding
An injection of color, a new graphic pattern, or something light and dreamy will all make a bedroom feel fresh and new—especially if your current bedding is old, worn, or just plain boring.
Change your lighting
Swapping out your builder bathroom fixtures for something with a little more style is an easy fix that can bring high impact. Changing out blah overhead lights and ceiling fans in bedrooms and living areas can have the same effect. For fans, be sure to pay attention to seasonal sales for the best deals, like this stylish gunmetal ceiling fan that’s just $78 at Home Depot.
Brighten up your kitchen
Pendants are the hottest trend in lighting right now, but they don’t have to be expensive. “Spruce up your breakfast bar and add more lighting by hanging this retro industrial pendant light ($99),” said POPSUGAR.
IKEA’s HEKTAR pendant is one of our favorite affordably chic finds, and it comes in bronze and dark gray for just $69.