One of my favorite things on this planet? Decorating a house on a budget and making it look like you spent a fortune. Here are 14 ideas to make your house look more expensive.
Hello rock star.
How is your spring going? I hope it’s just like mine.
Full to the brim of projects.
I was looking back over the last couple of years and I couldn’t believe all the projects that we’ve finished. And the best part? In typical Thistlewood fashion, we finish everything on a budget with creative solutions to challenging projects. We have children in college and not a lot of money left over for “new” anything.
And just between us? Improvising is my favorite. It’s how to get creative with the dollars that you have to create the look of expensive projects without breaking the bank.
So just in case you needed a few project ideas for your spring and summer?
Here are 12 ideas to make your house look more expensive.
12 Ideas To Make Your House Look More Expensive
1. paint a concrete porch
This is one of my favorite DIY’s we did at the house.
It’s so cute that it makes me smile every day and you can recreate the look of expensive tile for under $100.
This is what the porch looked like before.and what it looks like now and how we painted it.
2. disguise those metal columns
These were what the columns on our back carport have looked like for their entire lives.
If you’ve ever priced columns, you know it’s SO EXPENSIVE to remove them and add new ones.
3. make a transom out of windows
This is a DIY from the farmhouse. I wanted a custom transom for this space. And then? I priced them. YIKES. We make this one out of a window we found in the trash. You can see the DIY transom how-to here.
4. paint a faux copper roof
See that little roof on the side?
It’s just ordinary metal.
But now we’ve transformed it and made it look SO MUCH cuter with a little copper.
5. write out your house numbers
Why just add your address when it can be even cuter?
You can spell out your number with letters instead of digits.
6. make a built-in out of a standard bookcase
Built-ins can be so expensive. We have a space upstairs that I wanted to turn into a reading nook. We had these standard bookcases and I had a vision to turn them into built-in. See how we transformed the space here.
7. Painting brick
We transformed the front of our house by painting the brick.
This was one of the most popular posts of the year and one of the most cost-affordable ways to update your home that looks like you spent so much money to transform it.
8. Paint a garden shed
This was another one of my most popular projects for 2019.
We updated the garden shed in the back of the yard with paint.
9. update your baseboards
I just shared this project with the office update. It’s an easy way to turn standard baseboards into ones that look like they belong in a mansion in Newport (can you tell I’ve been listening to historical fiction?) In case you missed it, you can see the entire project here.
10. Build a plate rack
I’ve had these in my last two houses and it LOVE them so much. All they take to build are some 1″ x 2″ and some picture frame molding. See how to build a plate rack here.
11. how to create built-ins from kitchen cabinets
There’s a landing at the top of the stairs that didn’t really have any storage or really even a purpose. So these built-ins were added from kitchen cabinets. You can see the entire project here.
12. add molding over your windows
One of the easiest ways to make your house look more expensive? Add molding. Over the doors, around ceilings, windows, and kitchen cabinets. Here’s how our kitchen cabinets were extended all the way to the ceiling and disguised the extension with a little molding.
In amazing news?
Your house is already amazing.
It’s yours after all.
These are just some simple and creative ideas to stretch the budget to make your projects even more affordable.
Happy spring(and may it be full of projects). 🙂 PS You can see tons more ideas on my Pinterest projects page here.