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Affordable Home Improvement Projects to Try Now

by Linda Almonte 06/22/2022

Updating the look of your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With some effort and the right tools, you can change your home while staying on budget. If you’re interested in some easy home improvement projects that won’t break the bank, here are some suggestions to inspire you:

Limewash Your Walls

Limewash is an ancient technique for wall covering that both protects and enhances the look of porous surfaces. Made of crushed limestone and other minerals, limewash goes on just like paint to give your walls a unique look. While the color is very subtle, limewash adds a specific texture to your walls to make them appear soft and chalky. The mottled, matte look is a popular trend right now both for home exteriors and interiors and doesn’t cost a fortune to buy.

If you’re going to apply limewash to drywall, just purchase the proper type of primer to go with it. Limewash naturally sinks into porous surfaces like plaster but will need help to stick to other, nonporous surfaces.

Spice Up Your Stairs

In home decorating and design, it’s common to forget the staircase. While it serves an important logistical function, the staircase can also be a great place to show some style and revamp the entire look of a space. One inexpensive and simple way to give your stairs a makeover is by adding a stair runner made of fabric or other no-slip material. Stair runners come in countless colors and designs to fit your needs and preference and can also add the bonus of comfort and sound dampening to an old wooden staircase.

Light Up Your Porch

Try replacing the light fixtures in your home’s entry to make a great first impression. Hanging lanterns are a huge trend right now in outdoor lighting and add instant character to the entrance of your home. You can find a fun vintage lantern made of iron, bronze or copper at second-hand or antique shops. Instead, opt for a more contemporary style by browsing your local lighting retailers. Once you have your lantern, you only need some basic tools to install.

While installing or rewiring a porch light does not require the help of a professional electrician, consider hiring one to help if you are unsure of your abilities. While it might cost more, it will keep you safe—and get everything installed correctly the first time.

These are just a few home improvement projects you can accomplish on a budget. They’re also completely doable on your own without professional help. Always follow instructions carefully and adhere to applicable safety requirements to make your project safe and a success.

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Linda Almonte

Linda Almonte is an experienced, licensed real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty. She services Fairfield and New Haven Counties in the state of Connecticut. Linda is highly regarded by her clients and colleagues has received awards for top sales and service over the past five years. She is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and is the President of the Governors Ridge Association. A longtime resident of Trumbull, Connecticut, Linda knows the local market and utilizes her strong analytical and marketing skills to guide her clients when making home buying and selling decisions. Linda is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, where she earned both her MBA and Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Prior to working in real estate, Linda held management positions in major corporations within the Metro-New York area. She enjoys working with people, problem solving, and helping her clients find that perfect home. She resides in Trumbull with her husband and son.