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How to totally revamp a room for under $100 (INFOGRAPHIC)

Real estates dynamic duo, twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott have a knack for finding down-and-out fixer-uppers and turning them into perfect properties for their clients.

We're Jonathan and Drew Scott—best known as The Property Brothers. Each week on HGTV we help people improve, buy and sell homes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to change the look of a room for under $100.

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The arrival of spring calls for sprucing up your home. You may not be ready for (or need) a big makeover. Happily, smaller efforts can have large impact. Here are smart ways to upgrade your home for less than $100.


Low-cost paint can make a big splash. It may take more than $100 worth of paint to cover a whole room, especially if it requires a second coat. But think of paint like makeup for your home­­­, a way of accenting and enhancing it. If one of your rooms feels a bit blah, maybe the paint colors are too bland or you’re just tired of them. Choose a complementary shade that makes you feel good and use it on one wall; you’ll be surprised how it will make the room pop. In most paint stores you can purchase a variety of returned colors for a fraction of the price. This may not be enough to paint a whole room but is usually perfect for a feature wall.

Or, leave the walls alone and paint what some designers call the fifth wall: the ceiling. Consider making it the same hue as the trim or (with neutral walls) one that echoes your furnishings or window treatments. Just don’t paint it dark; in our experience, lighter ceilings work best, whether you’re living in the home or trying to sell it. One tried-and-true technique: Choose the color on your walls or wallpaper and make it a few shades lighter for your ceiling.

We sometimes use paint in an accent color to highlight the back or the entire inside of bookcases or glass-front cabinets. It adds character to simple storage.


Accessorizing isn’t just for fashion. Buy a couple of pretty, go-to vases to hold flowers. Swap tired lampshades for ones with more pizzazz. Edit your knick-knacks, toss or put away the weaker ones and show what’s left; choose your favorite, buy a couple of similar ones and you’ll have a grouping. Replacing knobs and pulls can update drawers and cabinets (if doing a whole kitchen is too pricey, just splurge on special ones for the island). Focus on things that are functional as well as attractive; for example, a lacquered tray and a matching box where you can stash remote controls or other clutter.

Photo credits: Daniel Sambraus/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images, stuartbur/iStock/360/Getty Images

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