10 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New

Tips to make an old home feel new

In my ideal world, I would have a picture perfect new home with all of the old home charm. Apparently, a knock down is not in our budget, nor are the high quality building materials that I would want to use! The solution? Finding ways to make an old home feel new.

One of the most important elements in our search was neighborhood. I passed up my picture perfect Colonial loaded with details for an enchanting neighborhood. So far, I don’t regret it! Okay, I’m still mourning the loss of 2 levels of hardwoods & the floor plan, but the neighbors welcoming us with friendly smiles, cake bites & fireworks on the green have compensated for it! This home is actually a few years newer, just showed signs of heavy wear. Here are a few of my favorite ways to give new life to an old home:

Clean or Replace Carpets
Make the space feel fresh with like new carpet.

10 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New | make an old home feel new with these easy ideas

Make it Cohesive
A lot can be lost through the years – an update here & an update there can leave the home in a state of mis-matched chaos. Determine whether you want room by room finishes to be the same throughout the house. It will feel polished, thus giving it new life.

Update Outlets, Light Switches & Plates
This is something we have found in all 3 of our older homes to make a significant difference. Some may have yellowed, been painted over, various shapes & styles through the years. Update your house by switching all of the light switches & plates. We completed our entire house for under $100 & 1 minor shock. Note: if you’re not experienced in doing this, hire a licensed electrician or find a great online video source & watch a few tutorials. It’s relatively simple, yet tedious work. We also updated yellowed alarms, thermostats & smoke detectors.

Give an old home new life with these simple tips

10 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New | make an old home feel new with these easy ideas

Repair Walls
When we purchased our home, it was apparent that years of poor quality DIY patching had taken place. We had our painter fix the blemishes & fill all 240 nail holes. Yes, 240. Now when the light shines on them, it looks like new drywall!

Add Light
See my post about 7 ways to add light to your home – there are several tips & tricks to add light to your home beyond new fixtures.

Give an old home new life with these simple tips


If I would have mentioned this first, you would have moved onto another blog, but it’s true. A current & cohesive paint palette brings the home into the present.

Remove Dated Fixtures
Updating lights & hardware are easy ways to make your home feel like new.

New Doors
If you really want to go all out, replace your doors with shaker or 6 panel doors. A front door can add a lot of curb appeal.

Refinish Hardwoods

Choose an appropriate stain & give your hardwoods new life! I remember being astonished at how inexpensive it was to do the living room in our previous home.

Make an old home feel new with these easy ideas

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