Let’s say you just moved into a home that is new to you but was actually built some time ago. Living in that old home can be intimidating as there is typically a lot of work that needs to go into it in order to make it more modern and function better for your needs. There is a lot of design details that you might want to install like barn door ideas, flooring throughout, paint colors, etc. However, people who take a chance on an older home and put a little bit of love in it can get a big payout in the end. Older homes have really great bones and a lot of history in them. With just a little bit of love, they can be unique, charming homes of your dreams.
Below are a few DIY tips and tricks that you can do to modernize your old home without breaking the bank.
Paint cabinets instead of buying all new ones
This project is a big one and a lot to take on, but the end result can be beautiful. Sanding down your old cabinets and freshening them up with some popular modern colors and handles can really transform your entire kitchen. Doing this simple, but time-consuming step can make your entire kitchen look brighter and more modern which can set the tone for the rest of the house.
Modernize the backsplash
In a lot of older homes, you will find that the backsplash in the kitchen and sometimes even in the bathrooms are typically white. This makes your space look not only outdated but flat and boring as well. However, completely taking out your old backsplash and putting in new ones can be a very expensive project to take on. Instead of putting in the all-new backsplash, consider modernizing it by painting it. Geometric patterns are all the rage right now in home decor, so grab a coat of paint that compliments your cabinet color and get to painting and watch your kitchen completely transform in just a couple of days!
Update your fireplace
Fireplaces are something that people really want when they move into a house. It is a great feature that makes the home seem warm and cozy. They can be very decorative and can actually be very useful during the winter. However, in older homes, fireplaces are often made out of brick or stone that is not in style any longer. The color of natural brick and stone can darken a room. If your brick or stone fireplace is an eyesore to look at, take a day and paint it. It will not only make the fireplace look better, but will give your entire living space a more updated look as well.
Get rid of those popcorn ceilings
Popcorn ceilings are an eyesore, there is no way around it. They give every room a dated look. Obviously, you probably feel like you should scrape the popcorn texture off of the ceilings and get them smooth throughout. Not only could this take weeks on end, but it can easily go wrong, meaning you would need to hire professionals which can cost a lot of money. Another option would be to plan throughout the rooms and cover the popcorn ceiling with wood planks. This is a major project and will take a lot of time and planning, but if you commit to it, the finished product will be absolutely stunning.
Replace doorknobs throughout the house
Doorknobs in older homes are often ugly which can make your home look unattractive and dated. This is an easy fix that can be done in just a few hours one day and it does not cost much money to do it. Get to the store and get new knobs to go throughout your house. If you are going for a new modern look in your home, you can get more modern knobs. If you are hoping to stay with a vintage look, you can find beautiful vintage knobs that keep the integrity of the house with a more attractive look to it.
There are several DIY tips that you can do to update your home. You will make the older home look beautiful while sticking to a great budget.