6 Ways to Spruce Up an Older Home


Moving is expensive. Between closing costs and bubble wrap you can put a dent in your wallet fairly quickly. So how do you spruce an older home up without completely breaking the bank? Being first time home owners, we had to be savvy with what we were willing to change upon arrival! Here are 6 quick ways to spruce up your new-to-you home…while having a few extra bucks for that pizza since you can’t find your kitchen boxes!

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{1. Paint}


Nothing is more budget friendly and room-changing than a fresh coat of paint! Also, it gives the whole house a “new” smell…bonus! Want to make this project SUPER budget friendly? Do it yourself! Take the plunge after reading my post Painting 101! 


{2. Change the switch plates}



Seems like not a huge deal…but trust me…new light switch covers can really spruce up the room! Most of ours were dirty and mismatched. Some were loose. Some were broken. We have been replacing them all with matching, slightly fancier ones, like this and our outlet covers with these.

{3. Spray your vents}

Our floor vents were so yucky! First step was to clean them well and vacuum the insides to clean up all the dust and tumbleweeds. Next, I really didn’t want to spend the money to replace all of them…so why not spray paint em? Check them out!


Much better, huh? They have held up really well and get lots of puppy paws all over them. I used Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Multipurpose Spray Paint. This stuff bonds really well and dries with a matte finish which is perfect for the vents! I used black and I have linked it here for you. Easy-peasy and budget friendly!



{4. Replace your lids!}

Take a quick trip to Home Depot and pick up some new potty seats! Ah…isn’t that fresh?


{5. Line your drawers}

While you’re picking up a new toilet seat, grab some contact paper. I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling like I am putting my stuff in yucky drawers! Vacuum the dust, scrub them out and line them with pretty paper! Mine is from Lowes and came in just under $7. Extra bonus: it wipes clean easily with a slightly damp paper towel. Purdy, right?drawer


{6. Light it up!}

This idea is slightly more costly than the rest…but makes a HUGE difference in an older home! If you shop smart, you can find some seriously beautiful lights that won’t break the bank. When we moved in, we had lots of 90’s style lights. Basically, lots of shiny, frosty, globe-y (yes, I made that word up) old school looking lights. Most were super gross with about an inch of dust on them. Changing them out for something more modern is instantly gratifying. I’ll be sharing our lighting choices once we have our collection complete, but for now here is a sneak peak of our kitchen light change-up!

This light is from Home Depot. {Can you tell I have a favorite store?} I have linked it here for your shopping pleasure.


Do y’all have budget friendly ideas to spruce up an older home? I want to hear them!


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