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simple updates, wallet friendly

A few weeks ago I did a post on consignment shopping after seeing some great looking items at a local consignment store. If your home requires a few updates or you are putting it on the market there are ways to do it on a budget.  It requires a little DIY and homework but think of all of the satisfaction you will have. Take this old dresser for example I found on Sunset. It seriously needs an update…

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After removing the back trim and drawer pulls the dresser was sanded. This is the result two coats of paint later and a faux pattern for the accent. Pretty good looking for $124 start to finish. 

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Does your kitchen need an update? Kitchen cabinets often account for a good chunk of a kitchen budget. I would guess your cabinet frames and shelves are okay but take off the doors and strip them down yourself. New paint and handles can do wonders.

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This knob is from Restoration Hardware is just $7.

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 Ceramic tiles look just like stone for significantly less.

Updating a backsplash doesn’t have to break the bank.

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Do you want a lighter looking kitchen but have a black dishwasher? Put a panel on the front of it.

picture-14 Do you need more shelving space in your pantry but don’t want to build in new shelving. You can get some good ones from Ikea (now open in Charlotte).

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Does this one look a little bare to you? Paint it and mount a fiber board back to it with  faux grasscloth on it. It takes some work but can be done for under $200. 

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Paint chairs or recover them in an unexpected color.

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If you are not up for a re-upholstery job yourself, these chairs are at Target.

WOW- Fun and $299 for a cute chair. I’ll take it. Maybe I’d darken the feet on the first one myself. 

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What do you think?  Let me know how you get crafty on a budget.

* Kitchen Photos from Southern Living

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