Good old hard-wearing granite became the hot countertop material in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Fast-forward to present day? The granite bubble has burst (in favor of low-upkeep materials like quartz) and it’s telltale shininess might no longer be your thing.

11. Open Your Mind — and Your Floorplan

Creating openness is one of the most crucial things you can do to elevate your home — especially if you have a small space that you want to feel bigger. Consult a structural engineer first, then get rid of those pass-through walls, and think about creating new nooks and flex rooms. This can boost your home’s value by up to 6%, according to Consumer Reports. Average Cost: Surprisingly, labor costs for removing an interior wall — typically about a five-hour process — only clock in at about $92 to $197 on average, according to Homewyse. Account for up to $300 worth of debris disposal fees, though.


5. Update Old Hardware-

One interesting problem we came across in our journey to restyle our kitchen and bathroom was that our cabinets were made in the 80’s and new hardware doesn’t actually fit our old cabinets. Therefore, when we tried to replace drawer and cabinet handles with new hardware, the new hardware didn’t line up with the old holes.

So we decided to simply prep and spray paint the hardware around our home which was way cheaper and actually came out looking nice.  

We are fans of the brushed bronze look and it’s now on all our fans and lighting fixtures so we are updating hardware around our house to match with paints like this Krylon K09191000 COVERMAXX Spray Paint, Brushed Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze.

23. How to make a quote wall

This project is one of the easiest ways to update your home.

I’ve even seen these ledges in Target.

You can update a wall and include your word of the year, too.

You can see the entire project here.


The typical lifespan of carpet is 10-15 years old, so if your carpet is older than that, it needs to be replaced…period. Before you replace it, take a peek to see if you might be lucky enough to have hardwood floors underneath. Hardwood flooring is not only in style, but it’s easier to clean, lasts longer, and doesn’t harbor allergens, like dust and mites.

Discovering hardwood floors under old carpet is like a gift from the home improvement Gods! How can you check to see if you’ve been blessed? Easy…just lift up your floor vent and pull up the carpet a little to see if there is hardwood flooring underneath. If so, you can do a little happy dance, and then rip up that nasty old carpet.

Source: Julie Blanner

Source: Julie Blanner

Just be aware that you won’t know the condition of the floors underneath until you remove the carpet, so it’s a bit of a gamble. Most floors can be refinished and will look like new, but in some cases the hardwood might be water-damaged and require replacing. If that’s the case, you can go with new hardwoods, luxury vinyl, or even new carpet (though I recommend going with hardwood or luxury vinyl if you want a more updated look).


Old faucets instantly date a bathroom. Not to mention, they can get grimy and gross if they are too old. Faucets are an easy DIY update (no plumbers needed), and they really make a big difference in the overall look of the bathroom. If you have a single-hole faucet, you’ll just need to look for a new single-hole replacement. In other words, you need to replace it with the a faucet that has the same hole configuration of your existing faucet. If changing your faucet sounds too difficult, check out this simple DIY video from Lowes on how to Replace a Bathroom Faucet.

Source: Rather Square

Source: Rather Square

12. Refinish Your Home’s Handsome Wood Door

Photo by Kit Latham

The years and the elements hadn’t been kind to the exterior of this 94-year-old, thick, cypress door. Flakes of varnish still clung to the wood in spots, while the rest of the surface was rough and dried out from the effects of water and sun. Wood entry doors everywhere suffer from the same assaults, and many end up in the trash, replaced by low-maintenance, mass-produced metal and fiberglass surrogates. But you can breathe new life into your old door with a few affordable supplies.

Cost: About $50.

See How to Refinish a Door for full step-by-step instructions.

19. Build a Custom Tool Bench

Photo by Allison Dinner

Amy Paladino is a pro at juggling the demands of her job and family. But as with many of us, when it came to organizing tools for DIY projects, she needed a little assistance.

Here is a plan for a size-it-to-your-space tool-storage bench that doubles as a work surface. Though it may look complicated, the construction couldn’t be simpler. And you’ll be protecting your valuable tools in a custom chest, while saving on the outrageous cost of store-bought storage.

Cost: About $150.

See How to Build a Tool Bench for full step-by-step instructions.


Nothing says “I haven’t touched my home since 1967” quite like wood and faux-wood paneling. This retro treatment graced walls and ceilings in abundance throughout the baby boomer years. And while some maintain that there’s a certain kitschy charm, the look is definitely dark and dated AF.

11. make a wood planter box

Why pay for expensive wood planter boxes when you can make your own.

And add a monogram, too.

See the project here.

17. Paint the inside of your window frames

inmyownstyle.com Most builder-grade windows are dark inside, sometimes even black. Painting the interior frames and transoms will make the window look bigger and more modern. See how to do it here.

5) Create An Outdoor Room

Sometimes we forget to look outside our very own doors for unused space. Even if your home doesn’t have a large front porch or amazing backyard patio—there is still space to be used. You just need to be inventive.You can create an amazing outdoor space by starting with an outdoor rug to define a “room” outdoors. Then add a couple comfortable outdoor chairs and throw cushions, a small fire pit, some dangling string lights — Voila! You have a added a new “room” to your home.If you want to get fancier you could put down some brick pavers or flagstones, then layer it with the outdoor rugs, chairs etc… Or you could go all out and install a large pergola, drape the sides with privacy curtains, add an outdoor heater, some music, some wine….yes, this sounds like a great outdoor escape. The pergola install may take the weekend to accomplish, but it would be worth it come Sunday evening when you unwind outdoors with your glass of wine.

Jon Lovette/ Getty Images

Jon Lovette/ Getty Images

27. Take Back the Backyard

If you’ve already re-greened your front yard, think of what you can do to differentiate the backyard space. While the front yard has to have curb appeal, the backyard is more of a private sanctuary, so consider equipping it with features that are both comforting and distinct. Adding an improvement like a pathway adds functional value to your yard, as does any improvement work on a backyard fence. Average Cost: In terms of projects that add character, a backyard pond usually runs about $3,005 while installing an arbor, pergola or trellis costs an average of around $3,600.

8. Turn any room into a bedroom with a closet or wardrobe

megandmartinmen.blogspot.com Turn your office or den into a useable bedroom by either adding a closet, or a freestanding wardrobe. Or, use this Ikea wardrobe hack to create this DIY closet.

Replacing Old Chandeliers-

There is a time and place for nice chandelier or low hanging light fixtures but honestly, the kitchen isn’t always the greatest spot.  In most of the homes I’ve lived in, low hanging kitchen chandelier lights results in many head bumps.

Our new home had a really weird hanging chandelier style light that was really, really low in our small kitchenette.  We replaced the low hanging chandelier light with a flush dome light and now we don’t hit our heads, we have plenty of light, and it looks like we added a few feet to our kitchen space.  

There are many many cool styles of these lights so be sure you check them out to see which ones would take less space but add the style and look you want to your own home.

  • Price range $20 – $50.

3) Cabinetry: Update Drawer Pulls and Door Handles

Nothing dates your kitchen and bathrooms more than old-fashioned, worn and dirty handle pulls and knobs. There is no excuse not to update all your cabinet and door handles when it is really so simple to do, and there are so many ways to update your cabinetry.There are numerous finishes to choose from such as bronze, brushed nickel, aged copper, and shiny stainless.  With so many modern choices on the market it may be hard to decide what best suits your home. Don’t stress too much about the plethora of options, after all, you could always buy one or two different styles to see what works best in the room.Plus, there are not really any steadfast rules to choosing cabinet pulls and knobs. Essentially, a country kitchen can look chic and updated with very modern stainless knobs, while a modern kitchen can look cool and eclectic with more vintage-style knobs. The design choice is up to you, so get out there and start updating your kitchen and bathroom cupboards today.

John Keeble/ Getty Images

John Keeble/ Getty Images

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