Simple Strategies for the Frugal Home Remodel

Whether you’ve recently purchased a home or you’ve been living in it for years, you want it to be a space that is not only functional for your family, but also reflects your style. But remodeling your home can be a pricey thing to do. Luckily, there are several strategies you can implement to make sure your home remodel fits your budget and delivers the best return on investment.

Here are several strategies you can implement to make sure your home remodel fits your budget and delivers the best return on investment!

Chose wisely.

It’s tempting to redo every room, but you’re better off focusing on the essentials. Kitchens and bathrooms can be expensive, but they’re also the best bet to ensure you see a return at the time of sale. (If you are selling.) However, if you have any glaring problems (like water stains on the ceiling) or out-of-place extras (like disco-era wallpaper or a stainless-steel counter top in a cottage-style home), deal with them first.

Keep what works.

You may hate the look of your cabinets, but if they are soundly constructed and meet your spatial needs, give them a cheap facelift with a coat of paint or some new fronts and handles to save hundreds of dollars on custom cabinets.

Go green.

Recycled and reclaimed products (like flooring, cabinets, sinks, and tile) can be purchased for a fraction of the cost, so keep them in use and out of the landfill.

A little hardware goes a long way.

If your house came equipped with copper fittings and the look you crave for your faucets and drawer pulls is brushed nickel, you don’t necessarily have to toss the old ones and start from scratch.  For some items, you can try spray-paint made specifically for use on metal.  Otherwise, consider a swap.  Take your older items (if the condition is good) to a local second hand store like ReStore and see if you can find something you like better. You could always try selling your old hardware to recoup some of the cost of brand new hardware, if you go that route.

Design on a dime.

Any fashion you see in a magazine has a cheap counterpart somewhere in the world, so before you buy a designer brand, look at discount stores and shop around online. You may even find the exact piece you’re wanting for less by checking sites like Craig’s List, eBay or even Facebook Marketplace.

A little common sense can go a long way towards cutting your home remodeling costs, so shop sales, do comparisons, and take time to find the right materials at a better cost. And don’t be afraid to request price-matching or haggle to get the price you want.  After all, it is a vendor’s job to get the maximum amount of profit while you are solely responsible for sticking to your bottom line. It is possible to create your dream home for a lot less cash, and capitalize on your resourcefulness when it comes time to sell, if you follow these simple steps for frugal home remodeling.

Kids Craft: Duster Monsters

Kids Craft: Duster Monsters

Kids craft: Duster Monsters - Not only is this Duster Monsters craft perfect for kids, it's cheap and really easy!

While summer is winding down, there’s still a bit of time to get a fun easy craft made before back-to-school time!  Not only is this Duster Monsters craft perfect for kids, it’s cheap and really easy! Plus, I’m sure there could be a few hours of fun playing with the “puppets”. I found all the supplies for these Duster Monsters at the dollar store. 🙂 My only word of advice is to monitor young kids closely because this craft does use a hot glue gun. Though I suppose you could use white glue instead.

Kids Craft: Duster Monsters

Supplies:

  • Dollar store dusters
  • Googly eyes
  • Colored pompoms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue/gun

Directions:

  1. Fluff dusters
  2. Glue eyes, pompoms and pipe cleaners to create a face.
  3. Use the handle to operate as puppets.

Since the end of summer typically holds less sunny days, this could be a great rainy day activity!

Kids craft: Duster Monsters - Not only is this Duster Monsters craft perfect for kids, it's cheap and really easy!

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Super Cute DIY Hair Bows

These are the cutest hair bows for any age! They’re so simple to make and whip up in no time flat.

These are the cutest hair bows for any age! They're so simple to make and whip up in no time flat. #hairbows #hairclips #DIY

Eee!  I’m so excited for today’s project!  My daughter is finally letting me put clips in her hair so I thought it would be fun to make some!  Plus, I can borrow them if I’m feeling fancy. 😉  These hair bows are exactly my type of project. They’re simple and whip up in no time flat.

Here’s how to make a cute DIY hair bow:

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Materials

  • 1/8 yard of any type of fabric (I typically like cotton)
  • 1 button
  • Small circle of felt
  • Lined alligator clip
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Threaded needle
  • Plastic cup for tracing

Directions

1. Trace your plastic cup top 6 times on fabric and cut your circles out (the bigger the circles, the bigger your flower)
2. Fold each circle in half twice so that they resemble a triangle (your going to want to do this one at a time)

hair bow step 14. Weave your needle in and out along the rounded part of your triangle

hair bow step 25. Repeat step 4 with all 6 triangles
6. Now that you have all 6 triangle pieces on your thread you can push them all together carefully

hair bow step 37. Tie off tightly 3 times so that your knot stays
8. Place your button of choice on top of the flower and begin sewing it to the inside of the middle of the flower

hair bow step 49. Now turn your flower around and hot glue your circle piece of felt (half dollar size) on the back of your flower
10. You can also glue a few small dots under your button to secure
11. Hot glue your pre lined alligator clip on the back

hair bow step 5
These are the easiest and cutest clips for any age! I think I could add quite a few of these to our collection!  I’m also thinking they’ll make great gifts.

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!

5 Rainy Day Indoor Activities

The temperature is finally getting cooler outside! This does mean, however, that the opportunities to get outside to play can be interrupted by rain or snow. But you’ll be ready for those rainy days with these fun activities that will keep you from hearing “I’m bored”!

Take the Kids to the Kitchen

Pick an easy family favorite recipe and let the kids help you with the preparation. Assign responsibilities based on age and ability of your child – you are there to supervise! The kids will be proud of what they helped to create and more eager to help you in the kitchen at regular meal times as well! There is nothing more fun than eating something that you helped to make!

Dance Party

Put on some music, then sing and dance! This gets all that pent-up energy that would have been spent outside playing. It’s a time to just be silly and get all of you some exercise. Share some of your favorite songs from your childhood and let the kids tell you about some of theirs as well. Make sure to pick music that is upbeat and especially anything with a chorus that is catchy and singable!

Make Playdough

There is nothing more fun than making objects out of dough you helped to make yourself. One basic recipe is 2 cups flour, 2 cups warm water, 1 cup salt, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar. Mix and heat until it starts to hold together. Food coloring and scented oils can be added for color and smell.  Making a really big batch lets you make multiple colors and scents, just let your imaginations go wild!

Sock Ball Fun

Make a ball out of several pairs of socks and take turns shooting into a laundry or trash basket from various distances. Make it a tournament and allow bigger kids to block shots (unless this will lead to arguments, of course!)

Build a Fort

Throw blankets or tablecloths over tables and chairs, take the cushions off the couch and create a cozy hideaway for the day. Take flashlights into the fort, read stories and eat lunch in the fort. Pretend you are camping in the great outdoors even though you are still home! If you still have nap time, it would be fun to have nap time in the fort as well.

Try Water Beads

These are a new to us thing, but my girls love playing with water beads! I put a bunch in a big container and gave them some measuring cups, spoons, small bowls and little animal figurines. They can dump, switch and squish with these for at least an hour! Although we haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve heard they make great stress balls when you stuff them into balloons.

While there can be an endless list of indoor activities, I hope you enjoyed these 5 budget friendly ideas!  How do you keep the kids entertained on rainy days?