How to Update an Old House on a Budget

How to Update an Old House on a Budget

Why you should care

An old house doesn’t mean an old home. We show you how to update and upgrade on a budget.

Pre-loved homes are becoming increasingly popular, what with soaring real estate prices and not-so-soaring economies.

We show you how to bring your aging home into the next century without extensive renovations.

Crown Moulding

A hallmark in old homes is elaborate wood or plaster crown moulding, often painted in contrasting colours for definition. Unfortunately, it can make your home look dated and cramped.

To update, paint your entire space – ceiling, walls, and furnishings – in similar pastel or neutral colours. The seamless blending of shades create an unbroken line that makes your room appear larger and airier. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can instantly modernise your space.

crown moulding ceiling

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Archways

Archways mean that you can make a dramatic entrance every time you step into a room. Separate your spaces with sheer or modern fringe curtains (not to be mistaken for your grandmother’s beaded tassels) that are hung from loops on curtain knobs to keep the shape of your arch visible.

black and white curtains

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Add pops of colour along the inside of the arch for a modern touch.

Painted arch home

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Partitions and Columns

Boy, did our ancestors have a thing for bordering and defining spaces; it’s a far cry from our contemporary open concept homes. If you’ve got columns, low walls, or strangely placed partitions – make it a focal point! Paint your blockade in a darker accent colour such as black or red, and hang framed paintings and photos for a bold artistic statement.

Accent column house

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You can also cover the wall in a floor to ceiling mirror to create the illusion of an open space.

Parquet Floors

Por que, parquet? Give a new lease of life to orangey parquet flooring by stripping and staining them in a rich, dark colour with a satin finish. A light honey coloured shade also looks great with white walls. Top it off with a fluffy rug or carpet in a complementary colour to pull your entire room’s look together.

Parquet flooring

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Metal Grills, Jalousie Windows, and Wooden Banisters

Forget the stainless steel paint! The same goes for tired, stained wooden banisters. Window frames, gate grills, and staircase banisters in classic black, dark green, or white fade seamlessly into the background. Alternatively, opt for bright pops of colours that are repeated in the rest of your room.

louvre window

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Tiles and Backsplashes

Once upon a tile, someone thought this was a good idea. Our solution: paint those tiles to blend into the background! Talk to your constructor or paint guy about paints and primers that work with your tile material. You can also frame the area with plaster moulding in the same colour as the rest of your wall.

kitchen backsplash

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We also really love vinyl stickers. Look for stickers that mimic Spanish or mosaic tiles, modern lettering, or customisable prints for both your kitchen and bathroom.

Ugly Kitchen Cabinets

Ah, these delightful remnants of the 80s. Here’s a quick DIY job:

  • Replace all your drawer knobs with sleek modern handles
  • Make good paint choices. Light coloured paint will make your kitchen look bigger, while glossy black can slim down bulky cabinets. Wipe your doors clean off dirt and grease before you start.
  • Crown moulding on the tops of your cabinets add an instant touch of class.
  • Attach peel-and-stick LED lights (you can get them for cheap at most hardware stores) to the insides of your cabinets. Tada, contemporary cabinets!
modern kitchen cabinet

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Wooden Furniture

Update old furniture with – yes! – a fresh coat of paint. A refurbished table or set of drawers can be further accentuated with stencil designs, washi tape, or dry erase paint.

painted drawers

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Built-in Closets

Get rid of the panels and doors. Then, transform the space left behind into a cosy study or reading nook. We also love the idea of a mock wardrobe with built-in shelves and a dresser, hidden behind curtains.

open wardrobe

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Why you should care

An old house doesn’t mean an old home. We show you how to update and upgrade on a budget.

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