10 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New

LAST UPDATED: May 01, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Feb 23, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

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, without losing character.

easy updates for an old home

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, and butler’s pantry I’ve dreamed of my entire life,  but neighbors welcoming us with friendly smiles, cake bites and fireworks on the driving range have compensated for it!

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This home showed signs of heavy wear and needed a little refresh. Come inside to see easy ways we updated our home.

A few of my favorite ways to give new life to an old home:

Clean or Replace Carpets

Make the space feel fresh with new carpet or by having it thoroughly cleaned.

easy updates for an old home

Make it Cohesive

A lot can be lost through the years – an update here and 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.

tips to update an old home and make it feel new

Update Outlets, Light Switches and Plates
This has made a significant difference in all 4 of our older homes. Sometimes they yellow, have been painted over, or are various shapes and styles from “updates” through the years. You can easily update your home by making all of the light switches and plates cohesive. We completed our entire house for under $100 and 1 minor shock.

Note: if you’re not experienced in doing this, hire a licensed electrician or find a great online video source and watch a few tutorials. It’s relatively simple, yet tedious work. Also consider replacing yellowed alarms, thermostats and most importantly, smoke detectors.

Give an old home new life with these simple tips

Beautiful details that add character to your home


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 and fill all 240 nail holes. Yes, 240. Now when the light shines on them, it looks like new drywall!

how to update an old house

Add Light
See my post about 7 ways to add light to your home – there are several tips and tricks to add light to your home beyond new fixtures that can help breathe new life.

how to update an old house


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

how to update an old house

Remove Dated Fixtures
Replace dated and builder’s grade light fixtures and hardware for a quick fix to make your home feel like new.

easy updates for an old home

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.

use a warm paint color to make your home feel cozy

Refinish Hardwoods

Choose an appropriate stain and 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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