Tips to update your home in one weekend

Giving your home a new look doesn’t have to take months, nor does it have to cost a lot of money. There are some simple and relatively inexpensive ways to update the look of your space in as little as one weekend.

Easy and inexpensive weekend updates
Home improvement - Painting the walls

With a bit of planning and the motivation to put in a few hours of hard work, you can transform the look of your home before you have to go back to work on Monday.


Painting is one of the easiest ways to transform a space quickly and inexpensively. For less than $100, you can make a room look fresher, brighter and completely different than it did before. The walls in your home can start to look dingy after a few years. From handprints to nail holes to spills and the various other things that come in contact with your walls, your paint job can start to suffer. New paint — even one in the same shade — will give your room a fresh, clean look. If colour is the issue, you can entirely change the mood of a room with a different colour of paint. Dark rooms can look larger with light-coloured paint, bedrooms can have a cozier feel with a warm shade of paint, and rooms can even feel more relaxing just based on what colour you put on the walls.

New light fixtures

Light fixtures — especially in rooms like the dining room — can really define a space. They are often a focal point of the room, and by updating them, you can dramatically change the look of the room. In addition, if you opt for a fixture that gives more light, your space can feel larger and more airy. If you’re familiar with electricity, you can hang your own fixtures in a matter of minutes; if not, it may be best to hire a qualified electrician to do the job. Most hardware stores have a selection of light fixtures for all budgets. If your fixtures are outdated, they can give your entire home an outdated feel. Opt for more contemporary pieces, and your space will instantly feel refreshed.

Area rugs

Area rugs can be a little pricey, but they’re the quickest way to change the look of a room. In the time it takes to go to the store, pick one out and put it in your space, you’ll have a refreshed room. Area rugs are a great way to bring colour into a space if you have more neutral tones elsewhere. They also help ground furniture and define living spaces. In open floor plans, area rugs can help designate each area of your space. They can also add warmth and character. If you already have area rugs, consider moving them around and switching up their locations to give your home a fresh look.


Bringing in new accessories is a relatively inexpensive way to spruce up any space. Update your bedding in the bedroom, add some new pieces of art or photos to your walls (or move around the ones you currently have), or add a few new pieces of decor to shelves or your mantel. The changes may be subtle, but they can help give your home a fresh look. Getting new throw pillows for the couch can help bring new colour into the space and may even change the look of your couch. Consider rotating the accessories you already have to different places in your house every few months. It will help ensure you don’t get tired of how they look, and you’ll get more use out of them.

Curb appeal

Refresh the look of your home from the street by trimming trees, pulling weeds, cleaning up brush and debris and adding fresh flowers. Colourful pots can add a bit of interest to your patio or front entrance. Add fresh mulch to flower beds, and prune plants and flowers. You could even consider painting your front door, adding a festive wreath and getting a new doormat. Power washing the exterior of your home can help keep it looking clean in between paint jobs. The outside of your house can get dusty and dirty, and just spraying it down can make the paint or siding look new again. Other projects could include staining cement walkways, adding pavers or creating new flower beds.

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