Looking for how to modernize your home in 2023? Here are 25 simple updates that won’t break the bank. Most of these projects you can finish in a weekend.

See 25 cheap and ingenious do-it-yourself home decorating ideas for 2023. These quick, easy and simple ideas will modernize any room and cost very little.

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You were so sweet.

You were the year of the football playoffs and Baylor freshman drop off and one of the best hair days I’ve ever had and taking 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 2023 and he’s an even number 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.

We have so many plans and things we are working on and exciting projects and room makeovers and new rugs.

So in case you were excited about this new year, too, here are a few project ideas and inspiration.

Here are 25 ways to update your home in 2023.

How to modernize your home in 2023

how to modernize your home in the living room

1. Paint

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.

how to modernize your home in the laundry room

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.

Here’s how to add architectural details to your home on a budget.

how to modernize your home on the outside

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.

See how we painted it and a little before and after here.

how to modernize your home with home decor hacks

4. Home decor hacks

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be all about the big projects.


Here are seven simple home decor hacks to help you with some creative shortcuts.

how to modernize your home mini barn door 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.

how to modernize your home with a painted porch

6. painting concrete

This is one of my favorite DIY’s we did at the house.

It makes me smile every day.

See what this porch looks like now and how we did it.

how to modernize your home painted furniture

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.

See the before and after here.

how to modernize your home bookcase

9. Turn bookcases into built-ins

These are simple wood bookcases that we built into the media room upstairs.

And now?

They look like they came with the house.

See the project here.

ways to update your home with a plate rack

10. build a plate rack

This won’t even take you a weekend.

Just a couple of hours.

See the project here.

simple planter projects you can finish in a weekend

11. make a wood planter box

Why pay for expensive wood planter boxes when you can make your own.

And add a monogram, too.

See the project here.

decorated living room

12. Make lined curtains

Add curtains to your windows before the holidays.

It’s easy to make them with this simple tip.

Here’s the easiest, simplest tip to line curtains.

shed decorated

13. Paint a garden shed

This was another one of my most popular projects for 2019.

How to modernize your home? Update a garden shed.

We updated the garden shed in the back of the yard with paint.

See the before and after and how we did it here.

plates on shelf

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. How to modernize your home? Declutter it—and it doesn’t cost you anything.

You can update your home without spending a dime by decluttering it.

See how I declutter my home in 10 mintues a day here.

play house

15. Transform a playhouse

This was just a plastic playhouse.

We transformed it into a grocery store in an afternoon.

See how we created it here.

barn doors

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.

See how to create an instant guest bedroom here.

apples on table

17. How to create a pallet board cornice

This is such a creative way to reuse pallet wood.

Here’s how to make your own cornice here.

fireplace decor

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.


Here are nine things that you can transform with spray paint.

wooden dresser

20. Dropcloth curtains

I have no sew drop cloth curtains and sew drop cloth curtain tutorials for you.

You can see them both here.


plates on shelf

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.

See all the how to’s here.

tree in green grass

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.

decorative lettering on wall

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.

You can see the entire project here.


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?

Here’s how I styled it four different ways.

couch pillows

25. Unslump your couch cushions

I had to include this project because this is the most popular post on my blog of all time.

Who knew?

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.

decorated licing room

And now?

2023 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 carport into a porch

It’s going to be an AMAZING YEAR.

So many projects ahead.

And I can’t WAIT.

PS Looking for even more ideas? Here’s my DIY Pinterest board.

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    "So many great ideas" I say, as my husband is shaking his head. I told him he is gonna hurt his neck doing that. I hope you are having a great week. Thank you for the fun information. Jodena

  2. Image for Jennifer Morris Jennifer Morris

    Great ideas! But my hubby sounds like Jodena’s! Whenever I have an upgrade idea, his question is, “Why?” LOL He HATES house projects! Can you give those of us in this situation some tips? I tell him I could hire a handyman but then he doesn’t want to spend the money! 😅 Maybe I should take a woodworking class!! Love your blog and can’t wait to see all your 2022 projects come to life!! 🤗 Blessings, Jen

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Let's start a My Husband Hates House Projects club. We already are up to 3 members! I've tackled some things on my own (painting furniture, spray painting a metal headboard, making cornices for window treatments) but some things require 2 people. If we lived close to each other, we could trade off helping each other. Sigh. Anyway, KariAnne, you do have many great ideas.

  3. Image for Tammy Tammy

    Love all of these great ideas! Your home is so beautiful. I am still trying to make our two year old home cozy. Pinned this to read again!

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