Texas Living

5 Easy Home Updates Under $100

By Laura Byrom 9.29.14

Fixing up your home doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are plenty of small things you can do that will make a big impact. Give your home a mini-makeover by trying one of these five cheap and easy updates.

  • Freshen up your kitchen by installing a new backsplash made of inexpensive materials. From chalkboard paint to wallpaper and magnetic paint to tin ceiling tiles, the possibilities are endless. Just be sure to lay down a protective cloth and turn off the power before you get started.
  • Turn a of the few kitchen cabinets into open shelving by simply removing the cabinet doors, filling in any holes and applying a fresh coat of paint. This will open up your kitchen and give it more depth. Keep in mind that the shelving contents will be on permanent display so you’ll want to keep them neat and organized.
  • Spice up an accent wall with repositionable wallpaper. It’s like the real thing but without all the hassle and mess. The peel and stick pieces can be repositioned multiple times until you get them lined up correctly. Several online retailers offer repositionable wallpaper or you can check your local Target store.
  • Add a pop of color in an unexpected place by painting the alcove of a window or a window frame. According to Kelli Ryder, Associate Editor of Rue magazine, “Since windows aren’t very ornate, a few coats of paint [take] an otherwise boring element of the room and [make] it totally fabulous.”
  • One of the easiest ways to update your home is to install a new lighting fixtures. Whether you choose something more modern or stick with a classic, a new fixture is sure to brighten things up.