10 Ways To Refresh Your Apartment For Under $50

2017 has now been here for a minute, but our homes are still begging for some positive New Year vibes. However, considering the holidays aren’t too far behind us just yet (at least not far enough!), our bank accounts might not be feeling up for a pricey overhaul. Thankfully, that’s no excuse not to give your place the proper refresh it deserves.

Turns out that with a little creativity — and a whole lot of help from Pinterest — there are tons of ways to upgrade your space, and to do so affordably. We’ve rounded up some of the coolest home decor ideas on the entire internet to jump-start your imaginations. So, read on for 10 super-easy DIY fixes that will take your apartment to the next level for $50 or less!

Glam up your knobs

Switch out all your boring cabinet knobs with colorful ones and score a fresh new look for your kitchen without breaking your bank account. Better yet, grab your stash of art supplies and hand-paint your old handles for free!

Photo: Courtesy of DesignLoveFest.

Give your counters a faux finish

Looking for a chic way to upgrade some of your surfaces for cheap? DIY marble countertops call for nothing more than contact paper, a craft knife, and a credit card (to smooth out bubbles, of course) — and can transform your bathroom into a glam boudoir in a matter of minutes.

Photo: Courtesy of Syla and Sam.

Score some hang time

In a world filled with sofas, futons, and other ho-hum seating, why not offer something unexpected to sit on instead? This stylish, do-it-yourself hammock chair makes a bold statement and will only set you back about $40.

Photo: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess.

Make an entrance

Itching for a fun way to update your entryway (or lack thereof) without spending too much moola? Not only does a DIY dowel coatrack look insanely sleek, but you can personalize it with whatever color combo you choose.

Photo: Courtesy of Emily Henderson.

Magnetize your makeup

Funny how something as simple as a magnet (or many!) can be a game changer for your apartment. For less than 10 bucks, you can make your very own magnetic makeup board to free up tons of bathroom space (and wow everyone who comes over).

Photo: Courtesy of Janicki Photography.

Jazz up an empty wall

Turn any ol’ humdrum wall in your home into a hip reading nook with a roll of removable wallpaper. Bonus: It won’t leave behind any marks and can totally be reused in your next place!

Photo: Via @chasingpapernyc.

Update old seating

Who knew a little gold spray paint and faux fur throws could turn all your unsightly dining chairs into super swanky seating? And for under 30 bucks… Upcycling your crappy old chairs won’t just save you money — it’ll give you a more grown-up look for a more grown-up you.

Photo: Courtesy of 204 Park.

Go green

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Plants are a gorgeous way to usher in loads of good vibes — and a good look — to your home. A couple of these hanging brass planters and you’ve got yourself an adorable indoor garden. Plus, they promise nothing but purer air and positive energy.

Photo: Courtesy of Vintage Revivals.


Put a mirror on it

Do yourself a favor and brighten up a blank wall with an awesome homemade mirror (or two). In addition to being extremely easy to make, these geometric gems add instant cool points to your pad.

Photo: Courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect.

Upgrade your storage situation

No matter where you live, there are surely days when your place feels a bit cramped. Well, you don’t have to just deal. Instead, take matters into your own hands and create some much-needed storage space. All you need to make this hanging garment rack at home is rope and copper pipe, and you’ll have a hip display in no time. Hang hangers, scarves, etc.

Photo: Courtesy of Foxtail and Moss.

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