Home Improvement Ideas – Easy and Cheap

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by Denise on December 15, 2010 · 4 comments

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When money is tight, home improvement is probably the last thing on the agenda. But making improvements to your home can work wonders on your attitude, and that confidence can spill over to other areas of your life. Your home is not just a roof over your head – it’s the place where you and your children will change and grow. Doesn’t it deserve your time and attention?

There are easy and cheap ways to make home improvements without breaking the piggy bank. Home improvement might seem impossible for a single mom, but think again! Try a few of these for instant gratification:

A new coat of paint. If you have a recycling center in your area, they might have old cans of paint that are still half-full, but were thrown out by the previous owners. You can also find paint at Goodwill and some hardware supply stores. Many stores will sometimes “goof” and mix paint that doesn’t match perfectly – in that case, they have custom paint that no one seems to want. You can often get this paint at a fraction of the cost.

A fresh coat of a different color will make your kitchen cabinets look brand new. Your front door will be more inviting if you use a color you love instead of that old, drab color you’re used to seeing every day. Consider painting your walls with contrasting colors, or each one a different shade of blue. You can get the paint cheaply, and do the work yourself – and it’s one of the best ways to make a home look like new!

Rearrange that furniture. You probably have more space in your home than you think you do – you will find out for sure by rearranging your furniture. Move things around in one room, or go all-out and move one room to another part of the house. Maybe you can switch your child’s room with yours? Perhaps you can put your bedroom downstairs instead of using the area you have been occupying? Look at your home and decide what you can move, and how it might improve the space you have available.

Choose new accents. You don’t have to buy that expensive painting to make your house look like a million bucks. Go for cheap accents! Find a crystal vase at Goodwill, pick up those handsome prints on clearance at Wal-mart, and hit the One Dollar Store for candles, picture frames, and other items to make your home more inviting.

Make a fantastic “art wall” by purchasing cheap black frames and putting your child’s finger painting masterpieces in them. Hang them all side-by-side, the frames touching, until you have filled an entire wall with them. It makes for a gorgeous conversation piece that draws every visitor to it, and gives you a chance to brag on your little one.

Creating a new atmosphere is good for you and your kids. Even the simplest changes can mean a lot if you’re stuck in a rut and tired of your old view. As a single mom you are often seen as the father as well. With these home improvement tips you can show your kids you really can do it all!

About Denise

As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family.

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Angie December 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

These are all great tips. It really does help when you are feeling down to redo a room. It can get pricey but if you go to garage sales or good will and look for items it is not that bad. One does not have to pay a fortune for the house to look nice.


Savannah February 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

Absolutely not! Just a fresh coat of paint and a good cleaning out can work wonders.


Vicky March 3, 2011 at 2:56 am

I just got my new house. Would you give me some pieces of advice or tips in making my new house decorated and arranged in which I will just need a small amount of my budget? I have a lot of more things to prioritize, and my budget won’t fit it all if I hired a house decorator for it.


Savannah March 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

Sure thing! We have a whole bunch of articles you can look at, like this one that tells decorating tips on a budget. Just browse the hearth and home section on Single Mom Parenting Help and I’m sure you can find plenty more ideas where that article came from. Good luck with your redecorating!


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