The smart cheapsters guide to remodeling … stuff you can do with pride under $100
I have a friend who remodeled her bathroom for $200. She bought a used counter at Habitat for Humanity, put in tile flooring (used her friends left over supply), new lights, new sink hardware, fresh paint. I’m sure she could have spent $2,000 if she tried but she’s a pretty capable gal who takes pride in spending less and doing more. Here are a few tips:
- New hardware … we replaced the 9 gold door knobs in our Crestview home for about $9 each. We also replaced a couple sink and bath faucets for around $100.
- New lights … we replaced the 1962 light fixtures in the bedrooms and hallway, 4 of them, for about $10 each thanks to Home Depot; they were basic but slightly contemporary and easy to install
- Paint … duh. Less than $20 a gallon
- Laminate … if it fits the neighborhood, it’s almost half the price as hardwoods and there are awesome choices … consider one that really looks like hardwood.
- Remove dated porch columns … you know, the curly metal ones? We had help determining that ours was not a support column so we took it out; it opened up the front of the house and updated it. Use it for a garden trellis. FREE.
- New door mats … $10, Target.
- New mailbox … nickel or silver is the way to go today.
- New groovy house numbers … again, silver and current.
- Basic landscaping
- Clean the gardens … FREE
- Mulch … TX Hardwood Mulch $2.50 per bag or 3 yards delivered about $140
- Trim back & remove all that outgrown stuff … trees, bushes, volunteer trees … FREE
- Crushed granite … $14 per yard, 3 yards delivered about $80
- Fencing … ok, that wasn’t so cheap but totally created our back yard space into, well, a space vs. experiencing 6 neighbors and their miscellaneous sheds (none of which were attractive … all the sheds and a few of the neighbors)
What’s your favorite under $100 remodel tip? … do share.
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