Looking for some simple ways to update your home in 2020? Here are 25 simple updates that won’t break the bank. Most of these projects you can finish in a weekend.
You were amazing.
You were the year of the football playoffs and the driver’s license challenges and one of the best hair days I’ve ever had and blogging trips from sea to shining sea.
I am going to miss you.
I don’t really want to break up, but you see—I’ve got a new boyfriend now. His name is 2020 and he’s symmetrical and handsome and good-looking and funny and he’s already sent me a bunch of presents and promises of all the incredible that is to come.
So let’s close this chapter with a look back.
At all the amazing things we accomplished in 2019. All the painting, all the remodeling, all the decorating, all the rearranging, all the creative ways to make home a brighter place to be.
Here are my favorite projects and 25 ways to update your home in 2020.
25 ways to update your home in 2020
Paint is your buddy.
It’s one of the easiest ways to update your home without breaking the bank.
Here’s a detailed post on how to choose paint colors for an entire house.
2. Architectural details
This is one of my favorites.
It’s so easy to make a home look custom with a little molding and some caulk.
3. 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.
4. Home decor hacks
Sometimes it doesn’t have to be all about the big projects.
5. Mini barn door
This is one of the easiest projects you can finish in a weekend—the mini barn door that we have in our laundry room.
It slides over to hide the trash and all the nonsense.
You can see how we made it here.
6. painting concrete
This is one of my favorite DIY’s we did at the house.
It makes me smile every day.
7. paint a piece of furniture
Like this table.
Here’s the before and I crackled the top to create a vintage, farmhouse finish.
See the after here.
8. Rescue a piece of furniture
Like this hutch.
We completely transformed it into something that looks like it came out of an old farmhouse.
9. Turn bookcases into built-ins
These are simple wood bookcases that we built into the media room upstairs.
They look like they came with the house.
10. build a plate rack
This won’t even take you a weekend.
Just a couple of hours.
11. make a wood planter box
Why pay for expensive wood planter boxes when you can make your own.
And add a monogram, too.
12. Make lined curtains
Add curtains to your windows before the holidays.
It’s easy to make them with this simple tip.
13. 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.
14. How to declutter your home in 10 minutes a day
I know it’s not a project, but this was too good of an update not to share.
You can update your home without spending a dime by decluttering it.
15. Transform a playhouse
This was just a plastic playhouse.
We transformed it into a grocery store in an afternoon.
16. Create an instant guest bedroom
If you are having guests for the holidays, this project is perfect.
It might take you a little longer than a weekend, but I had to include it for anyone who needs extra space.
17. How to create a pallet board cornice
This is such a creative way to reuse pallet wood.
18. Faux fireplace surround
We had this mantel and wanted to make it look like it was built-in.
Now it looks like it came with the house.
Here’s how we built it here.
19. Spray paint
Spray paint is your friend.
20. Dropcloth curtains
I have no sew drop cloth curtains and sew drop cloth curtain tutorials for you.
You can see them both here.
Along with ALL THE QUESTIONS.
21. Style your kitchen cabinets
If you are looking for simple ways to update your home, this house update will take you about 2 hours.
But the results?
They will last until 2021.
If you don’t have open kitchen cabinets, you could style a bookcase or a hutch.
22. Paint your fence
This project took more than a weekend.
But it was so worth it.
Here’s the before and after and how we painted our wood fence.
23. How to make a quote wall
This project is one of the easiest ways to update your home.
I’ve even seen these ledges in Target.
You can update a wall and include your word of the year, too.
24. Add a window to your wall
This is a vintage window I got it at a yard sale.
Just in case you had one too and didn’t know what to do with it?
25. Unslump your couch cushions
I had to include this project because this is the most popular post on my blog of all time.
And the best part?
It’s such an EASY 20-minute decorating project.
If you have slumpy couch cushions, you can fix them in a hot minute.
See the entire step-by-step solution here.
2020 is so bright I’m going to have to wear shades.
Here are just a few of the projects we have scheduled for the new year:
- paint upstairs windows
- add trim to builder’s grade closet doors
- build closet organizers
- add floor molding to the office
- remodel the back porch
- transform the car port into a porch
It’s going to be an AMAZING YEAR.
I hope you will follow along and I’ll see you next decade.
Looking for a little more inspiration?
Here’s some amazing wrap-ups from some of my favorite friends.