4121413003 6912624249 m Low Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your HomeEvery year my wife and I pick a project that we can undertake to improve our home. But somehow this project always becomes an expensive ordeal. One year what started as a need to replace a window in our sun room turned into tearing down the walls and gutting the entire room.

Now that’s not to say I’m not satisfied with the end result (because I am), but I enjoyed seeing an article from the Associate Press this morning that highlights 10 low cost ways to spruce up your home.

Ah, those coveted words that every home owner loves to hear when having to update their home: “low cost.”

Sometimes you get what you pay for but the ideas laid out in this article make good sense. A few of the simple things that you can do include adding an accent paint color to an existing room, using pillows to update old furniture or instead of gutting your kitchen adding a simple element to give it the feel of an upgrade.

Click here to take a look at all 10 ideas. I know I’m forwarding it to my wife in the hopes that this may save me a couple hundred dollars this spring and a dozen fewer trips to the hardware store.

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