We moved into our early 1960’s fixer-upper 8 years ago and when we did every room was painted some bright shade of blue or purple. The worst part is that not only were the walls painted those colors. There were also bits of color splashed and brushed here and there on outlet covers, switch-plates, light fixtures, trim, even some on the carpet.
We’ve painted and decorated just about every room in our house, but our master bedroom kept getting put on the back burner. I guess we figured we should do what people can see first and not worry about our bedroom until the rest of the house got “fixed-up”. Not all of the rest of the house is updated or decorated yet, but we still decided it was time to give our master bedroom a major facelift, including paint, new window treatments, a new bed spread, and several other smaller details.
The master bedroom isn’t quite finished, but when it is I will share the big reveal with you. Until then, I wanted to share with you some ways to update rooms that don’t involve paint. Sometimes a room just needs a little pick-me-up and painting really is a lot of work. Between priming, taping, painting (trim and walls), our room took us three days. And only when we were done with that part could we begin on the other details. But once a room is painted a nice color, you can easily update the look and feel with a few simple changes. Here are some ideas to get you going.
5 Easy and Budget-Friendly Ways to Give a Room a Facelift
Change the outlet covers and switch plates.
If you are using the standard plastic ones, upgrading to nicer looking covers can make a big difference. It gives the whole room an upgraded feel – especially if the room has several light switches and outlets. And nicer covers can even be changed out to change the vibe of the room.
Change the window treatments.
In our master bedroom, we had cheap mini-blinds on the three windows. I know. It was awful. I broke three sets by pulling the string too hard. That is how cheaply they were made (either that or I am a hulk of a woman and didn’t realize it). Even if you have a strong preference for blinds (like me), you can give your room an upgrade by choosing nicer blinds.
I love these faux wood plantation blinds from Lowe’s. We now have them in three of our bedrooms. Because they are 2” wide, they look a lot nicer than mini-blinds, and they are sturdier so they are so much easier to clean. Also, these particular ones are room darkening blinds with a slight s-shape which is great for privacy.
But blinds are far from the only option. Just spend 10 minutes on Pinterest and you’re bound to come across a link to a DIY curtain of some sort. There are so many alternatives and styles that you might just get overwhelmed trying to decide which direction to go.
Change the lighting.
Rearranging your lamps or updating them can also make a big difference. Even changing overhead fixtures can give a room a whole new look. You don’t necessarily have to buy new lamps either. You can make some changes to multiple rooms by switching lamps out between them without spending a dime. Or just get a can of spray paint and completely change the look of your existing lamps.
Rearrange the furniture.
Sometimes this feels downright impossible (and sometimes it really IS downright impossible – you’ll see what I mean when I share the master bedroom reveal!). But often, furniture can be rearranged to give a room a new feel. Think outside the box and pull the furniture away from the walls. Don’t be afraid to face an accent chair away from the TV or place a chaise lounge in front of a bookcase. And again, this doesn’t cost you anything!
Switch out photos and artwork.
You might remember that I love printable artwork for inexpensive decorating. I get simple frames and mat boards on sale and fill them with photos of my family or inexpensive (or FREE) printable artwork. I have, on occasion, purchased artwork; but I never buy anything expensive. I know there are folks who love high quality original art – and that is awesome. I think it is a nice hobby to collect art. It seems like not as many people truly appreciate art in our modern day culture. But I don’t have the budget or the eye for expensive fine art, so I go cheap with printable or inexpensive original art.
Sprucing up a room in your home can be so uplifting. It can bring you out of a funk and motivate you to take your efforts a bit further, maybe organizing your space more effectively or freshening up other rooms in your home. If you feel bored or discontent with a room or two in your home, but don’t have the budget (or time or desire) to paint or buy new furniture, try some of these tips and see how you like it. Even if a major room makeover is on your wishlist, these are some simple and quick ways to tide you over until your budget and schedule allows for the full Monty.
Ok, here is a sneak peek at the master bedroom. This is the before photo. Stay tuned to see our master bedroom makeover!
Update: Check out our Master Bedroom Makeover here!