Small bowls of walnuts and blueberries sit next to a jar of overnight oats and a spoon resting on a tea towel.

When thoughts of home improvements come to mind, they usually come along with a few other thoughts: it’s too hard, it’s too much work, or I can’t do that. Another popular one is I don’t have the time or the money, right? Well, your friends here at Ocean State Job Lot are coming to your rescue. Here are a few handy tips on how you can give your home, condo, or apartment a facelift without breaking the bank.

Paint the Cabinets

If your kitchen needs some life and you don’t want to go through all the hassle of tearing down cabinets and installing new ones, try a fresh coat of paint. It sounds simple, but just the appearance of a brighter color to your kitchen could give a refreshed look that will really open your eyes and spirits. It will also bring in light depending on the color. Try a small spot on one cabinet to see if the color you have in mind, whether it be white, yellow, or another color of choice, is what you want. Count your savings as you visit Ocean State Job Lot to shop for your paint brushes, rollers, trays, tarps, and more. Don’t forget to use painter’s masking tape to cover all those areas you don’t want to paint as well. Before you know it, your kitchen will pop!

Repainting the kitchen cabinets.
Child's bedroom with mini blinds in window.

Blinds and Curtains

Window treatments can be a fun way to spruce up a room’s look. Your windows are the gateways to the outside world as well as the portal to letting light in. But sometimes, we forget to change that look around and before you know it, years or decades have gone by before updating them. How about new blinds? Cordless room darkening mini blinds can help you control your room’s brightness with one pull of the blind. If you want a little more control, try our vertical blinds that let you determine the amount of privacy you want as well as the amount of natural light shining in. Both are super simple to install.

New Flooring

Redoing your flooring doesn’t have to be a painstaking, messy affair. Make it easy with our resilient plank flooring. Its antique wood finish gives off that modern look while the 14F interlocking system makes installation easy for the first-time user. Just measure out the square footage you need and pick up your flooring today. If tile is what you’re looking for, we can help there, too. Our Nexus vinyl floor tile is easy to install with self-adhesive strips that peel off the back and let you place on your floor. There’s no messy glues or putty to put down first which will make cleanup a breeze. Transform your room in mere minutes.

Installing new plank flooring in the home.


Finally, here’s something you can do to any room in your home: organize it. No matter if it’s the kitchen, bedroom, basement, or spare room, decluttering could be the key to a whole new room. Start by taking everything up off the floor, on top of tables, or just anything randomly hanging around the room. Next, make sure you need it. Make your piles of need, want, and donate or discard. Needs are essential items that are used most every day. Wants are things you would like to keep but are used less often. The donate or discard pile is exactly that – items you just don’t need any more. 

Next, decide if you have the space for new shelving, storage towers, baskets, or containers and which storage container fits your room. Pick the style, color, and size that makes sense for you. Our storage towers from mDesign include three to eight drawers, perfect for clothes, linens, and more. Need to organize the kids’ toys, or arts and crafts, you can try our assortment of multi-tiered toy boxes. If it’s a bathroom cabinet you seek, we’ve got that, too. You’ll be amazed at what a few short hours of sorting and pairing that will ultimately result in things being put away and your room opening up to more possibilities. One final tip: categorize while you sort and store to make things easier moving forward. Our Sterilite® latch top storage boxes can help you do that. Ranging from 2 to 120 quarts in size, their clear look lets you easily see what’s in them and some even have wheels for easy movement in and out of storage. 

Woman sorting items in three boxes labeled keep, donate, and discard.

As with any DIY project, it’s all about the planning that makes all the difference. Make sure that you have a goal in mind for each project. Things could change along the way, so there will be plenty of decisions to make. Always keep your end goal in mind when you think about those changes. When your project is complete, you will feel empowered and proud of your new look. Who knows, your success may just spur you on to more projects in the future. 

Good luck and happy improving! 

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