If you’re a decorating show junky, you’re probably also daydreaming of ways you can spruce up your own humble abode only to realize you can’t afford it. But home updates don’t have to always be big, costly projects! Here are 4 ways to update your home without breaking the bank.

1. Update exterior light fixtures.
Do your porch lights look warm and inviting, or just “blah?” Since the exterior of your home is the first thing people see, updating your mailbox and front porch light fixtures makes a noticeable difference.

2. Re-caulk bathrooms.
Sure, caulk isn’t as fun a purchase as, say, a soaker tub. But it sure is cheaper. Plus you’ll be preventing nasty mold from forming in your bathroom, which is always a great thing.

3. Paint your front door.
This affordable update can really bring the “wow” factor to your home and is an excellent way to boost curb appeal. Think of what you want your front door to “say” to visitors. You can either make a bold statement with a color like crimson red or you can make it a welcoming oasis with a seafoam blue.

4. Change kitchen cabinet handles.
Dated cabinet handles can make perfectly lovely cabinets look cheap. Give your kitchen a magical little spruce by picking handles that are more modern and stylish.
There are plenty more ways you can update your home, from plants to rugs to landscaping. But don’t feel pressured to impress beyond your means. Look around your home for ways you can update on the cheap, and save up over time for more costly makeovers like paint and new appliances.

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