The house we live in was built in 2001. Not exactly ancient, but just old enough to look dated. When we moved in, one of the things that really bugged me was the beige tile in the bathrooms and around the fireplace. You can read my previous post on how we tackled updating the bathroom floors. The fire place is the focal point when you walk in. I knew it needed a little something extra to spruce it up.
Thank goodness for Pinterest! It's the 'been there, done that' of all things DIY related. It is also good for when you get a harebrained idea like, "I wonder if I could paint the fireplace tile"? Sure enough, you can! Thankfully, Heather from Setting for Four wrote a nice detailed blog about it. I followed her instructions to a T and it turned out fabulous! I even had enough white tile paint left to pass along to my neighbor so she could update her fireplace.
Friends, the moral of this short story is you don't always need a huge budget to accomplish updating your home. There are tons of small things you can do over time with a little elbow grease and some creativity.