3 Small Home Updates With Big Impact

Personalizing a home can be a daunting process; yet, flawless Pinterest boards make it look easy to create a cohesive and stylish space. So, armed with inspo photos and after measuring every square inch of my condo, I dipped my toe into making some small updates. 

I quickly become overwhelmed if I don’t make a list to keep me on track. Therefore, I’ve made two lists for home updates; big-ticket items over $500 or projects that may span a few days or even weeks, and small-ticket items under $500 that can be completed over a weekend or afternoon. While it took me weeks of research to curate my lists, the projects I started with only took a weekend to complete. 

Update Bathroom Mirror

On my first walk through the condo, I decided the mirror was an absolute must go. It looked like it was a prop in Game of Thrones; Daenerys Targaryen would have loved it. Karissa, first of her name, mother to Scout, and protector of this tiny condo, did not. When looking for a replacement, I knew I wanted a modern round mirror, but I couldn’t decide on a frame when scouring the internet. Did I want black, gold, silver? Ultimately, I went with none of the above and chose frameless (Link to Mirror HERE). Without the harsh lines of a border, the mirror seems to melt into the wall. The overhead light bounces off the mirror unobstructed, making the windowless bathroom brighter than before. 

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The installation process was more straightforward than some of the reviews made it out to be. After measuring twice and triple checking the bracket was level, I hung the mirror in under five minutes. I gave myself extra kudos for installing it by myself; the directions said this was a two-person job (pfft, I am women, hear me roar).

Shower Curtain Rod

I purchased the shower rings and curtain months ago, and at the time, I didn’t think about replacing the shower rod. It was one of those “I’ll get to it” kind of things. Of course, when I would specifically look for a matching black shower rod, the store was out of stock. So I stopped looking, and wouldn’t you know it, the same shower rod I was looking for on amazon was randomly at Ross. The best part, it was five dollars! I twirled the rod around like a samurai sword out of excitement. 

Bold Door Color

I wanted to add a pop of color but not overwhelm the space with a loud statement wall. My front door was the perfect canvas for this color experiment. Worst case, if this ended up being a terrible idea, I could always repaint the door white. The overall palette of my condo consists of  warm reds, browns, and oranges. After a little soul searching, I decided on a bright terracotta orange. The painting Gods were looking down on me the day I strolled into the paint sections of Lowes. This paint swatch was the featured color placed dead center among the thousand of other paint swatches. The built-up anxiety from anticipating a fight with fifty shades of orange faded when I saw the color Rare Sienna by Valspar

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I figured I wouldn’t need a full pint, so I opted for a sample size of the paint and crossed my fingers it would be enough. I went a little overboard in the creativity department when I tried to paint an arch shape at the top of the door. I love arched doorways, and I thought it would be a creative way to get the look. In the end, it just didn’t look right. The color alone was a big statement; the design at the top just made the door look like I stole it from a clown house. The sample size jar of paint was just the right amount to apply two coats of paint. I could not be happier with the results; it’s the perfect infusion of color! 

I hope these little updates inspire you to make small changes in your home! Which update did you like the most?

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