How to Give Your Home the Fixer Upper Look

Fixer upper homes are extremely popular in 2016. The concept of transforming a house that’s outdated and a bit past its prime into a beautiful home fit for a photoshoot has led to countless blogs, magazines, books, and even television shows documenting the process. With the rise of DIY projects and information available on the internet, getting the fixer upper look is now well within the reach of virtually all homeowners.

While a major renovation project is often highlighted in fixer upper stories, getting a fresh new look in your home doesn’t require extensive technical knowledge, a huge budget, or even drastic changes. Knocking down walls and redoing cabinets, flooring, and countertops is guaranteed to transform the look of your home, but it’s also possible to get the same benefits of a fixer upper project with a significantly smaller investment of time, money, and energy.

Check out Blindster’s tips below for quick and easy tips for creating the fixer-upper look on a minimal budget and without sacrificing your free time:

  • Fill your home with natural light.

Fill you Home with Natural Light

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Fixer upper homes are commonly bathed in natural sunlight, as there’s often a big emphasis on open floor plans and large windows. You don’t have to make any drastic changes to your walls or your windows to take advantage of natural light. In many cases, simply cleaning the inside and outside of your window glass and removing thick, heavy, and light-blocking curtains and window treatments and replacing them with more easily adjusted blinds and shades, such as top down/bottom up sheer shades, will go a long way towards filling any room in your home with beautiful sunlight and transforming its appearance.

  • Focus on light and neutral colors throughout your home.

Focus on Light and Neutral Colors Throughout Your Home

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One thing many fixer upper homes have in common is their color scheme. Light, neutral colors are popular in modern homes for good reason—they open up spaces and complement almost any type or style of furniture and décor. In addition, neutral color schemes allow you to decorate with a few key pieces that feature bold colors, patterns, and designs. The contrast between your primary color scheme and the bright colors in the room (think chairs, pillows, and blankets) will create a truly eye-catching display.


  • Update your small decorative pieces for a modern look.

Update Your Small Decorative Pieces For A Modern Look

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Dated furniture has become a trendy option, especially if it’s paired with a few high-quality and modern centerpieces like couches or dining tables. But if you’re looking to save money, or if you’re operating on a tight budget, you can get away with replacing small, inexpensive decorative items with modern pieces. The cost of replacing your décor won’t break the bank, and you’ll be surprised at how effective it is at changing the look and feel of any room in your home.


  • Upcycle furniture when possible.

Upcycle Furniture When Possible

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Two of the most common textures seen in fixer upper homes are natural wood grain and metal. Both of these textures are also common in vintage furniture and items that can be upcycled into furniture. There’s no shortage of ideas for upcycling old furniture, whether it’s your own or secondhand furniture you’ve picked up from a thrift store, garage sale, or online marketplace. Many fixer upper homes now seamlessly blend vintage styles with modern décor, and upcycling furniture is a great way to achieve that look without breaking the bank.


  • Boost your home’s curb appeal with greenery and flowers.

Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal with Greenery and Flowers

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Even if your home isn’t an architectural masterpiece, you can significantly increase its curb appeal with some simple landscaping that’s well-maintained and thoughtfully designed. Flower boxes under your windows, a lush and green lawn, and a few eye-catching plants centered around your front door or porch can go a long way towards improving the appearance of the outside of your home. For an added punch, you can also bring plants indoors to add a splash of color.


  • Hang vintage clocks, mirrors, and maps.

Hang Vintage Clocks, Mirrors, and Maps

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A common trait shared by fixer upper homes is décor that’s tasteful and yet mostly neutral. That’s where items like clocks, mirrors, globes, and maps come into play. These items can vary in their size, shape, color, and overall appearance, but they fit almost all décor styles and rooms. They also serve a practical purpose. Mirrors help make rooms look larger, while clocks make it easier to keep track of time. Finally, if you’re prone to wanderlust, having maps within plain sight makes it easy to stay motivated to plan vacations and keep crossing off bucket list travel destinations.


  • Open up your cabinets and shelves.

Open Up Your Cabinets and Shelves

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Fixer upper homes often utilize open-air storage spaces. That means cabinets with no doors and prominently displayed shelves. These concepts are particularly common in kitchens and bathrooms. Getting this look is easy and is often as simple as removing the doors from your cabinets and getting creative with paint or wood stains. However, to truly pull off this look, it’s vital that you keep your dishes, drinkware, cutlery, and other items that are normally hidden from view perfectly organized and arranged at all times. Otherwise, the decorative appeal quickly devolves into disorganized chaos and clutter.


  • Use old hardcover books and glass jars as accent pieces.

Use Old Hardcover Books and Glass Jars as Accent Pieces

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If you’re struggling to find items to use as accent pieces and décor throughout your home, you can’t go wrong with a handful of old hardcover books and some glass jars. These items are staples of fixer-upper homes due to their versatility and universal appeal, and they look great on shelves, mantles, and tables.

Cheap Upgrades to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Everyone wants to maximize the value of their investments, and there is typically no greater investment for the average American than their home. But when it comes to appraising a home, whether it’s time to sell or just time to take stock of your assets, the little things often make a big difference in its value.

While changing the core selling points of a home—the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the square footage, the number of floors—can be extremely expensive and often impractical, changing small details to maximize a home’s value is something that’s within reach of all homeowners.

Subtle changes that make your home look and feel more expensive can not only increase its value on the housing or rental market, they can also increase your sense of pride in being a homeowner. In addition, many of the most effective small changes are easy DIY projects that only require a small investment of money and time.

If you’re looking to make your home’s appearance rival the more expensive houses in your neighborhood, but you don’t want to break the bank, check out Blindester’s top tips below:

  • Focus on curb appeal and landscaping.

Focus on curb appeal and land scaping

Even if your home’s size and architecture aren’t its strong points, you can still make a big impression on guests and potential buyers/renters by creating and maintaining impeccable curb appeal. At a bare minimum, keep your front lawn trimmed and raked, and do your best to fill in bare patches where grass has died or turned brown. In addition, it’s also important to keep your driveway, steps, and walkways swept and clear of debris.


For more intensive curb appeal improvements, consider investing in a professional landscaping service to create a beautiful design and arrangement in your lawn. In addition, washing away years of dirt and mildew accumulation from your home’s exterior can enhance its appearance and value, as can a fresh coat of paint.


Lighting is another overlooked aspect of the exterior of many homes. A lighted pathway and tasteful lighting around entryways not only serves as a security feature and crime deterrent, it also makes your home look more elegant while drawing attention to its beauty.

  • For interior upgrades, put your money in the kitchen.

Put Your Money in the Kitchen

The appearance of virtually every room in your home can be dramatically improved with nothing more than a fresh coat of paint, some new window treatments, and a cohesive decorating plan. But it’s difficult to make a home look more expensive when it has an outdated kitchen.


If you’re looking to make upgrades and renovations inside your home, put as much money as you can towards the kitchen. It’s easy to look past outdated features and designs in homes that have modern kitchens complete with up-to-date appliances, flooring, countertops, and cabinets.


However, complete kitchen overhauls aren’t always necessary to improve your home’s perceived value. Depending on your budget, smaller upgrades like painting the walls and cabinets, replacing the handles of your drawers and cabinets, and replacing the lighting can go a long way towards minimizing the drawbacks of an outdated kitchen.

  • Remove dated and worn out furniture and décor.

• Remove dated and worn out furniture and décor

Nothing makes a home look older and more worn out than furniture and décor that’s, well, old and worn out. Décor trends for modern homes are trending towards a “less is more” philosophy, and that’s certainly true for homeowners who want to maximize the value of their properties—especially when it gives them an excuse to donate or sell their frayed couches and chipped coffee tables.


A small, classy arrangement of well-maintained furniture and decorative pieces can give a room the same elegant appearance and ambiance as one outfitted with brand new furniture and décor, but at a fraction of the price.

  • Choose neutral colors throughout your home and accent with bold colors.

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Whether you’re painting, purchasing new furniture, or adding décor, choose neutral colors for your home’s base color scheme. Living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms all look great when dominated by browns, beiges, and whites, and these colors are also predominately found in more expensive homes. If the idea of neutral colors bores you, choose accent pieces and decorative items that are awash in bold colors to create a visually striking contrast to your wall colors and furniture choices.


  • Add crown molding to your walls and ceiling.

Add Crown Molding to Your Walls and Ceiling

Crown molding—or ceiling trim—is a staple in many high-end homes, but installing it in your home can be an inexpensive weekend DIY project. With a few basic tools and a few online guides, you can radically transform the appearance of your home’s walls and ceiling in the span of a single weekend. If your home is on the smaller side, choose low-profile molding that won’t take up too much space on your walls. Large molding may make your home feel smaller and more cramped due to the shortening effect it can have on ceilings—especially low ceilings.


  • Upgrade your home’s window treatments.

Update Your Home's Window Treatments

If your windows are bare or are equipped with broken, outdated, or ineffective window treatments, getting new blinds and shades is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home look more valuable. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of window treatments that will fit any budget while blocking out light, making your windows look bigger, and enhancing the appearance of any room in your home. For inexpensive window treatments that are both elegant and effective at controlling light, check out our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds.

  • Enhance your lighting.

Enhance Your Lighting

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Lighting plays a major role in how people perceive their environments, and the same principle holds true inside homes. When indoor lighting is mostly composed of overhead fixtures and incandescent bulbs, it’s easy for guests, potential buyers/renters, and even the homeowners themselves to feel bored and uninspired. Creating more dramatic lighting displays with different types of bulbs, lamps, and even small chandeliers is a highly effective way of transforming a room or even your entire home into a more elegant space.