5 Affordable DIY Upgrades for a Recently Purchased Home

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Congrats on buying and moving into your new home! While you're in the process of unpacking all your things, getting new furniture, and settling down, you might be considering some DIY projects to make your house feel more like your own. A few simple changes can turn your new space into something that perfectly fits your personality.

Be Selective with the Paintbrush

You don't have to repaint every room of your house to change the atmosphere of your interior. Paint an accent wall with a bold color that matches your furniture or your accent pieces, and watch the entire room come together. Painting is an easy project if you've got a weekend and a drop cloth. If you're feeling daring and artistic, consider using a stencil on one wall, or using bold, funky wallpaper to give your accent wall some texture.

Change your Lighting

Changing your lighting is an easy update, because it's as simple as adding a stylish floor lamp or installing a funky chandelier. One or two lighting changes is all you need to shift the ambience of a room. Even if you purchase an amenity packed home, such as those offered by Taylor Morrison, and your house doesn't need any actual improvements, light fixtures are a great way to add your personal flair to the interior.

If you don't have much time, pick up a floor lamp or a table lamp basically anywhere, from Target to Pier One to Home Depot. Those savvy with electrical wires can install new light fixtures, although if you haven't done it before, seek help from a professional. Overstock carries chandeliers for less than $100. If you want to invest more money, sites like Bellacor have some gorgeous and unique light fixtures.

Refurbish the Cabinets

Cabinets with outdated knobs or tired paint colors can make your kitchen seem drab, so give your entire kitchen a boost with some easy cabinet projects. If you like the wood of your cabinet doors, or if they're glass, think about switching out the knobs for something a little more stylish. You can go sleek, or you can go funky with a shape or a different color. All you need is a screwdriver and your new hardware.
Adding new finish to your cabinet doors is a little more complicated, since you might have to sand down the surfaces before repainting, but a new wood stain or a pretty paint color will brighten up your entire kitchen.

Install New Tile in a Unique Pattern

Whether you're adding a backsplash in your kitchen or changing the tile of your bathroom floor, new tile is a fantastic and relatively inexpensive way to add color and clean lines to your space. How much money you spend depends on what kind of tile you go for, but you can find affordable options at many different retailers specializing in home improvement. Installing tile or a backsplash (which thankfully tend to come in portions a square foot in size) is something you can do on your own, but the process is intensive and takes several days. If you've got the patience and the tools, however, grab some advice at your local hardware store and get started.

Get Creative with Storage

Instead of using traditional methods of shelving and hanging, like putting your books in a tall enclosed bookshelf and hanging your pictures from a nail on the wall, do something a little different.Put up wall shelves in a slightly off-kilter pattern, and mix and match styles (though stay in the same kind of wood and color family) to break up the monotony of a blank wall. Use wall shelves for your picture frames, and accent them with candles and other knickknacks to personalize the design. DIY projects for your new home don't have to be complicated. Depending on how much time and money you want to spend, you can opt for a few easy changes, or some weekend-long projects with bold results. With a few finishing touches, your recently purchased house will become your space in no time.

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