14 Cheap & Stylish Ways to Makeover Your Home
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Renovation Revelation1 of 15
By Rebecca Thienes
Ready to renovate but don't think you have the budget? From basic white subway tile and a sleek kitchen faucet to jazzy plaid carpet and graphic linoleum floor tiles (who knew?), here are 14 renovating and decorating ideas that will give your home a brand-new look without breaking the bank.
Shiny & New2 of 15
Swapping out an old kitchen faucet is an easy and affordable way to modernize a tired kitchen. Lowes' single-lever version by Delta is svelte and sophisticated in chrome, but also functional; its pull-out nozzle makes cleaning up the sink a cinch. If your existing faucet is of the three-hole variety, an optional escutcheon plate (sold separately) will cover the extra holes for a seamless look.
SHOP NOW: Delta kitchen faucet, $199 to $230, lowes.com
It's a Snap3 of 15
Hate the look of your floor? Marmoleum's click linoleum floor tiles make it easy to add a new look to any room in the house. Using minimal tools, you can install it over existing wood, tile, or concrete floors as long as the floor is level.
SHOP NOW: Marmoleum click tile, $7 to $9 per square foot, forbo.com
Light Bright4 of 15
A wall sconce adds class to the bedroom. Flank the bed by installing one over each of your nightstands, freeing up tabletop space for books, glasses and magazines. Because it has an exposed cord with switch, it doesn't require an electrician to install.
SHOP NOW: Eyeball sconce in bronze (shown), silver, or gold, $29, urbanoutfitters.com
Counter Intelligence5 of 15
Butcher-block countertops are an inexpensive way to update chipped laminate or old crusty tile countertops. Ikea offers great options in a slab-format; plus they're easy for a DIY-enthusiast or handyperson to install.
SHOP NOW: Åkerby oak countertop, $99 for 73-by-25-inch slab, ikea.com
Off the Wall6 of 15
A surface-mount medicine cabinet in a cool industrial design goes a long way toward making a ho-hum bathroom look high-end. This model simply fixes to the wall—no consulting a contractor necessary.
SHOP NOW: Kent painted medicine cabinet, $395, restorationhardware.com
Twist & Shout7 of 15
Switch out boring old knobs on dressers and kitchen cabinets with new, colorful ones—a great way to customize big-box-store purchases. Friends and family will assume you spent a lot more on your decor.
SHOP NOW: Knobs in red with white dot, black-and-white stripe, and plaid, $8 each; landofnod.com
Cut a Rug8 of 15
Wall-to-wall carpet makes any bedroom cozy. Rather than choosing a quiet neutral tone, try a bold plaid like Karastan's Woolston pattern. With eight different colorways, there's bound to be a perfect shade for your space—from a bold black-and-white graphic to a calming gray-and-white combo. With pricing comparable to an area rug, it's worth it for the tailored look.
SHOP NOW: Woolston Plaid, around $135 per square yard, karastan.com
Bar None9 of 15
Forget matchy-matchy bath hardware. For a high-end designer look, try these sleek colored acrylic towel bars.
SHOP NOW: Kartell + Laufen towel bar, $99, stardust.com
Top Knob10 of 15
Interior door knobs are often neglected, but they're a simple and affordable change-out that truly transforms. A polished, mirror-like finish brings some glamour while brass will add a warm touch to your decor. For a go-with-anything high-end look, try a blackened matte finish, like aged bronze.
SHOP NOW: Kwikset door knob, $11, homedepot.com
You're So Vain11 of 15
Swap out your old bathroom vanity for this black-and-white number and voila—instant sophistication.
SHOP NOW: Artisan bath vanity, $395, homedecorators.com
Pulled Together12 of 15
Up the ante on closet doors, drawers, and buffets by swapping out existing hardware for high-style adjustable Lucite pulls from The Paris Apartment. Shown with polished brass, the pulls come in different sizes and can be paired with a variety of metal finishes.
SHOP NOW: Lucite pull, $40 for 4-inch, theparisapartment.com
Cheap & Chic13 of 15
Re-tiling a kitchen backsplash or bathroom makes a huge visual impact. A clean subway tile in bright white is a classic and affordable choice. Instead of white grout, try black grout for an extra graphic pop. Changing the pattern also amps up the look—a running bond design (a brick pattern) looks ultra-modern while a herringbone design is unexpected and fresh.
SHOP NOW: Daltile Rittenhouse square 3-by-6-inch subway tile in white, $1 each, homedepot.com
Knock, Knock14 of 15
You may have gone all-out renovating the interior of your home, but don't forget to add curb appeal by switching out house numbers and adding cool touches like this brass knocker. This deluxe monogram version makes it distinctly yours.
SHOP NOW: Monogram door knocker, $30, anthropologie.com
French Lesson15 of 15
Decorate as the French do and try curtain rods with a built-in return (i.e. no wall brackets needed). The wrap-around style allows curtains to go right to the wall, for an ultra-tailored look like a decorator just finished the job.
SHOP NOW: French rods, $59 to $79, westelm.com
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