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12 Things You Can Buy Under P1,000 For A Quick Home Makeover

Try these budget renovating materials and hacks that will make a big impact on your space

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If you think that a room renovation will cost you an arm and a leg, be assured that this is not always the case. Sometimes, all your house needs is a little maintenance or a tiny tweak, and it will make all the difference. Here are some easy renovation jobs you can do over the weekend, all for under P1k!

1. Paint an accent wall


Sometimes, you don’t need to repaint an entire room. Just a single wall (choose the wall you see first upon entering) in a bold hue is enough to update a room. Color-shy? Try a deep neutral like dark gray or khaki, instead.

The cost: Colored Permacoat from Boysen Paint is P794 for 4 liters

2. Paint your front door


A vibrant hue (try red, peacock green, or yellow) will make your front door stand out on the street. And since you’re working on your front door, why not…

3. Buy new house numbers


Are you stuck with run-of-the-mill, classic house numbers? Simple and bold stainless steel house numbers can pop out, modernize your gate, and your guests will never get lost again.

The cost: P140 and up per number (depends on material and size)

4. Switch your light bulbs to warm white


Do your interiors (and your skin) look dull 24/7? It could be the white light that you use. This weekend, change all your light bulbs to warm white, and make it LED too to save on energy.

The cost: A 9-watt Warm White Bulb from Firefly costs P140

5. Update your shower


There’s nothing like ho-hum showerhead that screams: “Rental!” Get a new telephone showerhead with water massage features, or a copper-finish one for a vintage vibe.

The cost: P999 for a Cremona Telephone Shower Set

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6. While you’re at it, change your faucet, too


Give your bathroom’s vanity countertop a quick update by replacing your old faucet with a modern one.

The cost: As low as P250 for a single-hole faucet

7. Add a shelf above your laundry area


Installing a shelf above your washing machine will save you a lot of time in the long run—no more running back-and-forth to the utility closet just to get detergent!

The cost: A basic 56x36cm Besta Shelf costs P690 at Furniture Source

READ: 7 Tiny Laundry Areas That We Love

8. Change your drawer handles


If your turned-over kitchen comes with run-of-the-mill drawer and cabinet pulls, then the quickest trick in the book is to change them. Try country-style pulls in a brushed-steel or antique-style finish.

The cost: As low as P86 for country-style pulls

READ: The P500 Update – Change Your Drawer Pulls

9. Turf up your space


If you have a black thumb and don’t have the money to grow a vertical garden, or you don’t have the outdoor space for a lawn, green up your home using artificial grass, plants, or turf. A big plus: some turf products can be hosed clean.

The cost: P90 per square foot patch (plastic)

READ: Yes, You Can Use Fake Grass At Home

10. Replace your switch plates


Another clever renov move: replace your dated (and usually yellowed) light switch plates to more modern ones. Want to try a quirky look? Detach your switch plates and spray-paint them in funky colors, instead.

The cost: As low as P79 per switch plate

11. Make all your frames uniform


If you want your gallery wall to have a neater, more professionally done look, then use identical picture frames for all your photos and prints (all-black, all-white, wood, etc.). The whole vignette will look more polished and cohesive.

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The cost: Varies per store and frame type, but small frames are below P100

12. Regrout the bathroom


If you’ve tried to get the gunk and mold out of your bathroom grout and failed, it’s high time to regrout it. The new grout will make a world of difference!

The cost: Below P500, depending on the size of your bathroom

READ: The P120 Hack That Will Transform Your Bathroom

*NOTE: Prices quoted are based on the pricings at popular hardware stores in Metro Manila.

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