• Danielle Lee Tschirhart

$60 Home Transformation

IT HAPPENED: I finally landed on a paint color/color scheme!!!

If you've been following along for a while now, you know we've moved around a lot in the 4.5 years we've been married and I have learned a lot about the dos and don'ts of making a space feel like home.

Sometimes it feels like you want to do so much to a space and you don't know where to start. You'll be happy to know that you can completely transform your space with just a little money and elbow grease. Now, this project only cost us a little because we didn't paint everything.

When we moved in, our house was already pretty much perfect. There were just a few things I really wanted to do to make it ours. I ended up accepting that I didn't need to repaint the whole house because it's literally a shade or two from what I would have painted it and it still looks so nice. The only part I really didn't love was the color of the accent walls.

I'm the worst at taking "before" pictures and even worse at taking photos as I work, but I got it all done in several hours. I started around 4pm on a Friday night and was completely finished around 1am. This includes the time I waited to do the second coat and the time it took to wrangle my cats and dog.

Whenever we move into a new place or I'm looking to change something in our home, I always follow the three steps from my Creating an Artfully Cohesive Home worksheet you can get for free when you subscribe to my website. You can find it here.

So here ya go-- 2 simple steps to completely transform the feel of your space with less than $60.

//1// Paint Accent Walls

I chose a color that would coordinate well with the color of the majority of the house and the accents we already have. We have a lot of natural tones with lots of plants and gold accents. Below is the color palette I'm using for our current home.

I used a Benjamin Moore paint called Galapagos Turquoise in eggshell. This paint was pretty pricey, but it looks amazing and I even got the lower-end paint. I usually use Valspar Reserve paint, but I just couldn't find the right shade for our space and I ended up with this one. I literally could not be happier with it.

//2// Spray Paint Outdated Fixtures

GUYSS, spray paint changes everything. Literally, everything. I bought a $3.50 can of flat black spray paint and did all of our hooks, towel racks, toilet paper holders and more. Anything that was a dingy white or chrome got spray-painted to help transform the look to our color palette. I'm always preferring gold over silver. My grandma always said I had expensive taste...

ANYWAY, taking all these fixtures off the walls was super easy. I just used my handy dandy screw driver and I was set all by my little self.

I still need to take off all the pulls on the closet doors and spray paint them with the same flat black. I thought about buying new ones, but that'd just be silly and cost way more than $3.50.


Next on the home improvement agenda is tearing out the carpet and putting down a durable hard floor, but I don't know when that's going to happen.. so stay tuned (:

What are your best home improvement tips? I'd love love LOVE to know!