The smart cheapsters guide to remodeling … stuff you can do with pride under $100

February 4, 2008 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

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.

© Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Reatly, 2008-2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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