Embellish the Entrance
The entrance of your house is the first impression any new guest will get of your residence. It isn't hard to spice up the doorway with a fresh coat of vibrant paint and a few potted plants. If you have outdoor lights, consider getting iron fixtures for a more dramatic look. Either coordinate the color of your entrance way with your interior decor or opt for a bold pop of color to contrast with the outdoor paint.
Beautify the Fireplace
Fireplaces provide a wonderful accent to any living room or library, but they can be the source for a lot of dust and dirt. Choosing to paint your fireplace can cut down on cleaning and add a wow-factor to your room. Whether you choose to paint in the same color scheme as the room or in a contrasting bold color, it'll be sure to impress. If you want to keep the exposed brick look, you can always embellish with a large painting or ornate mirror to add style.
Organize Your Entrance Area
Not only will organizing your entrance hallway look nice, it will serve a large function in keeping you on time and getting out the door. If you've ever searched frantically for your keys or coat, you could benefit from an organized entrance way. Simply install some small coat hooks and invest in shelves or a bookcase to keep near the door. Here you can have a place for wallet and keys and a spot to hang your coat and dog leash.
Upgrade Light Fixtures
It's incredible the difference a light fixture can make in a room. Taking each room on one at a time will spread the cost of upgrading light fixtures out over a period of time. Statement fixtures can be a great outlet for an expression of personality too. Don't be afraid to pick an antique for the singular light over your kitchen sink.
Mold Your Cabinets
Improve the look of your cabinets by adding a mold. This process is easy and fairly inexpensive. Choose the perfect mold for you, measure, cut and either glue or nail to the exterior of the cabinet. Clamp the molding in place and when it's dry, paint and varnish. Add as much or as little molding that suits you. Between the different kinds of mold and paint, there's a whole list of possibilities that are all fairly inexpensive.
By doing small projects over time, an improvement can seem less expensive and time consuming. Be sure to incorporate your personality into each project and don't be afraid of used or vintage items found at second hand stores. Home improvement is a process, and it's important to enjoy the journey as well as look forward to the finished project.