House Tours: Adding Style on a Budget

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.

  • view all thumbnails
house overall
A Craftsman Bungalow Restored

    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.

Make It a Comfortable Color Scheme

    A blue, brown, and cream color scheme give this room a cozy yet sophisticated feel. To add pattern to the room, an area rug was created using FLOR carpet tiles.

    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.

Fireplace Facelift

    Dress up the fireplace by continuing the two-tone look. With its niches and groves painted a rich brown, the fireplace became a graphic element in the room. The mantel decor is kept simple to carry on the clean and chic look.

Budget Friendly Art Gallery

    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.

Custom Shelves

    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.

Elegance on a Budget

    To get a classy look without spending big bucks, pick and choose pieces you want to splurge on. These homeowners invested in the high-impact oversize light fixture but saved on the dining room chairs they picked up at a flea market.

Sprucing Up the Walls

    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.

Simple Desk Unit

    The galvanized plumbing pipes and prefab shelving in this work station are compact and friendly on your checkbook.

Guest Room Chic

    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.

Popular Slideshows
Dreaming about the soft and appealing looks of cot...

Whether your living room is the setting for party ...

Living in a small space is tough, especially when ...

Top Brands

Related Links
Dreaming about the soft and appealing looks of cot...

Whether your living room is the setting for party ...

Living in a small space is tough, especially when ...

Create a 3-D Christmas tree with this napkin-foldi...

Share Your Thoughts