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At Home with Amanda: Budget Friendly Summer Updates For You!


Back to posting what I love the most.  I’m starting this up as a regular addtion to CCK.  And no, that isn’t my house but it is one that I absolutely adore!

It is that time of year!  Time for vacations, pool days, boat drinks, and home improvement.  Did you know most home improvements take place in the spring and fall?  They do and it makes perfect sense!  The spring is generally cooler and after the winter we are ready for changes to our little nests.  In the fall we begin the transition into new schedules and start thinking about improvements for the impending holiday season.

Today I wanted to entertain a few home update ideas for you for my favorite season.  These are little budget friendly ideas that can make your home increase in value and your face wear a pretty little smile as you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

I am denoting cost by a dollar sign key:

$ – inexpensive

$$ – Moderately expensive

$$$- Most Expensive

The number one update:  Your front door $-$$$

Visit this link from Babble to see some easy ways to update that front door!

Most of us walk through that door so many times a day we rarely give it much thought.  Doors are made to be tough but they can also age.  Scatches, dents, and dings come with time and after a certain period of time it is time to do something about that door!

There are a few options when it comes to updated your door.

You can opt to paint it a new color.  I took a beige door and painted it a fun Parakeet Pete (green blue) shade.  This made our backdoor pop against the white siding.  Painting is the cheapest solution to changing your door.

The other option is to purchase a new door.  In case you weren’t aware new front doors can be very pricey.  The perks to this are that you needn’t worry about spending any time painting the door yourself as you can order a variety of colors.  This also allows you to give your entry a totally new look.

There is always the idea of reclaiming an old door.  This can be very tricky.  If you are wanting to bring in an old door you may not have the proper dimensions to appropriately fit the space.  Also, with reclaiming you have to assess whether it will serve your needs.  Make sure it is sturdy, heavy, and can do what it needs to do – keep those that do not belong out!

Add chair rail $$

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No, I don’t need a nursery but I love this feel! You can get the infromation on this chair rail installation by clicking here to visit

An easy way to revamp a bathroom, hallway, dining area, or kitchen is adding in chair railing.  This timeless home accent can make any space look classy and chic.  You can purchase chair railing at any large construction store.  As mentioned before if you like to reclaim old home pieces this is a great way to do it!  Many older homes had chair railing in nearly all the rooms.  Make sure to look at antique and vintage stores for pieces for your smaller square footage areas.

New light fixtures $-$$$

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Enter a captionVisit Better Homes & Gardens for more on these fixtures and lighting options. I’m already making a list for myself!


Like our front door we rarely notice our light fixtures after a certain amount of time.  If you have been utilizing the old globe style ceiling fixtures maybe this is the summer you get recessed or can lights installed in your living room!  Ceiling fans with lights are great but it could be time to update to a fresh look.

If you are not ready to call the electrician consider updating your lamps.  If you are crafty you can do some amazing crafting to update your lamps – from some paint to mod podge to updating lamp shades you can transform the illuminating objects in your home.

Wallpaper $-$$

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You knew I had to put in a pineapple.  This wallpaper from Spoonflower Peel & Stick has me swooning.  Go with a trend you love in a small space and smile every day!

Who would have ever thought I would include wallpaper into a blog post and in a positive light at that?  Wallpaper has returned to the trend list and big, bold prints and geometric designs are all the rage.  I do not advise you to go crazy with wallpaper but I do encourage you to try it out in one of your smaller spaces.

The days of wallpaper glue and putty knives are a thing of the past.  You can now buy small rolls of self adhesive paper (see Waverly) that are perfect for your small spaces.  Why not try a little accent of wallpaper in your study, half bath, or kid’s room?

Invest in good blinds and shades $-$$

My top pick is Levolor Cellular Shades (Cordless)  They are fabulous to have with no cord and easy cleaning.  Find them at Lowes!

If you have mini blinds in your home please remove them.  Blinds and shades serve dual purpose in your home the first is privacy and the second is helping reduce the electric bill.  In the summer the hot sunshine will pour into your home and to block it (to keep costs down) you need good blinds and shades.

Next week I will have some more tips from my arsenal on updating your home on a budget.  I hope you will come back to visit!



24 thoughts on “At Home with Amanda: Budget Friendly Summer Updates For You!”

  1. Self adhesive wall paper eh? I haven’t heard of it, yes I live under a rock sometimes too. This post left my head swooning. I think of the new house and then I just get overwhelmed. One step at a time I suppose.

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  2. We are having to restain our front door, and companies wanted to charge me $900 to do it! My dad and Robert are planning to do it this weekend and will hopefully save me some major cash. One day, I hope to live in a home with a hot pink door! 🙂

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  3. Great ideas. I have been eyeing some new light fixtures and haven’t mentioned this to my husband yet. Hahahaha! My dad has his own construction company and he always stresses the importance of a good door. You want to stress him out, pick out a crappy door.

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    1. Doors are key elements! Not just because they keep people out. If a builder uses cheap doors then you can go ahead and question the quality of the work. The “small” things can tell BIG stories about the construction of a home. People need to pay attention to big things too like flooring, counter space, counter tops, etc. A lot of people drop loads of money on something that was built quickly in the right zipcode. Off soap box LOL! (I get what your dad is saying!)

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  4. A few summers ago we added a chair rail to our hall that the bedrooms are on and striped the top and painted a matching solid color at the bottom! To this day, I still love how it turned out!! And wallpaper is making a comeback!!

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  5. A few years ago, I searched out paint supply and found some darker green paint that wasn’t too dark… it was perfect for the front door and really helped change the look… I think before that we had just a white door. Now, it stands out and looks great. Thank you for the tips.

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  6. I was like wow I love your house! So pretty and I am sure yours is too. I have been eyeing some wallpaper to do the powder room at Gentleman Caller’s house. But I will wait until I (hopefully) move in! I love adding chair rail too, instant character!

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    1. I had a picture of my house up on the blog but it has been months ago. I used to do Around The House on ABW back in the day and featured projects around the exterior of the house. I will do that again soon! Oooohhh y’all getting all sur-rous over there?!?! Yippeeee!


  7. I really want to add wainscotting to my kids bathroom and I’m obsessed with the idea of adding wallpaper in the laundry room. I wish I could settle on some lights!

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  8. We have been looking at getting a new door. Our front door is all glass and I hate it.
    I would love to add some wallpaper to our guest bathroom and I may need to check out the self adhesive paper for that space 🙂


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