10 Home updates under $20

No room in your wallet for a big update to your home? No problem! Try these simple updates that can make a big impact, all for under $20 each!

woman hanging painting

paint canPaint

You can do a lot with a little bit of paint. Paint an entire small room or do just one accent wall for a pop of color in a larger room.

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Light fixture

Change out a light fixture to brighten a room in style. Some light fixtures can be expensive, but you’ll be surprised how many you can find for a low price. Update the ones you already have by giving them a new finishing or changing the glass.


The art you hang in a room makes a big impact, so switch it up for an updated look. Art’s not cheap, but you can find low-cost pieces if you hunt through garage sales and flea markets. For another low-budget art option, find some fabric you love and frame it or stretch it over a canvas.

orange pillowSmall accents

A little bit can go a long way, especially when you’re dealing with fabulous accent pieces. Snag a brightly colored pillow, vase or candle to breathe new life into your room.

Coordinate pieces

There’s a lot to be said for consistency. Toss out those mismatched bathroom accessories and get a set that matches. That small change will make your entire look a lot more together.


Switch out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets to give that room a whole new look. Remove old, outdated hardware and replace sleek, modern pieces for a low-cost way to rehab your old cabinetry.

chrome Delta five-spray massage shower headNew bathroom hardware

Those crusty knobs on your shower are really aging your bathroom, and so is that clogged up shower head. Start replacing those pieces for a bathroom that’s a lot nicer to look at – and to use. Start with a shower shiny new shower head like this chrome Delta five-spray massage shower head ($19, Home Depot).

Window treatments

New treatments on your windows will transform your entire room. You can easily spend a fortune on new window treatments, but you can also cut costs and go the budget friendly route. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, pick out a fabulous fabric and make them yourself.

If you’re not much of a seamstress, buy a few flat sheets or tablecloths and attach them to curtain rods with clip curtain rings. Not only are these options much cheaper than most curtains, but they’re also meant to handle more handling and washes, so they’ll last a lot longer.

Throw rug

Bring their attention downward with a gorgeous new throw rug. An eye-catching throw rug will welcome guests to your room the right way. They’re also handy for covering stains on carpets and imperfections on flooring.


There’s one fool-proof way to update your home without spending a dime — pick it up! Go through your room inch by inch and get rid of anything you don’t want or need. You’ll be surprised at how much better your room looks when your surfaces are clear of clutter!

Quick tip

Shop garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores for cheap items to update your home.

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