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Buying a fixer-upper doesn't mean you have to break the bank to get the home of your dreams. Be inspired by the simple projects these homeowners did on a tight budget.
Older homes have beautiful character but often need a little TLC. After buying this 1908 Craftsman-style bungalow these homeowners got right down to business, fixing up their first home with easy projects that didn't leave their wallets empty.
Get the Look: Add a dynamic look to a wall by painting a section a darker tone. Simply tape it off and paint. Remove tape carefully once it is dry.
To save a few bucks, leftover paint was used to add stripes to plain mats that hang above the fireplace. Since the mats give a unique touch, guests won't notice the cheap black frames used to display the action-packed photography.
How to Make It
-- Tape stripes onto a blue mat.
-- Use excess paint to add stripe.
-- Carefully remove the tape.
Instead of splurging on expensive shelves from a catalog, make your own out of medium-density fiberboard. Choose what you want to display and then cut the boards to fit. This project is sure to save you hundreds of dollars.
After removing layers of wallpaper, the homeowners used paint to continue the chic and budget-friendly makeover. To continue the color scheme into the dining room, a chair rail separates rich chocolate brown and light blue. Silvery rectangles painted on the wall frame the 3-D art.
How to Make the Art: Mount nature shots on fiberboard then attach to wood boxes to give a 3-D effect.
The galvanized plumbing pipes and prefab shelving in this work station are compact and friendly on your checkbook.
Treat your guests to a simple upholstered headboard created from striped sale fabric. The homeowner used a staple gun to attach batting around a 3/4-inch piece of plywood (it was cut to size at the hardwood store). She completed the look by wrapping the fabric around the headboard and adding buttons to create a customized tufted look.