Little-No-Cost Spring Refresh



When I was growing up I spent a lot of time with my very sweet grandmother. She loved nothing more than keeping house and taking care of the family. I learned a thing or two from her about refreshing a space, on a budget long before I even knew what interior design was.

One no-cost trick she would use was to simply rearrange the furniture. Do a thorough cleaning, and switch things up. Easy transformation with a big impact.

Refresh Curtains Without Buying New

My grandmother was also a master seamstress. A talent I will forever regret not learning from her. She could make anything from clothes to curtains.

For those of us who don’t sew, thankfully someone invented Heat and Bond fabric fusion. If you don’t feel like making an entire set of curtains, you can dress them up with some trim, stencils, or stripes. Or just add a unique tieback.

Using the example below, you could easily add strips of fabric to your curtains to dress them up.

how to add detail to your curtains without sewing - spring refresh

Southern Living

I custom-made these cafe curtains for my breakfast nook – with pinch pleats – without sewing at all!


no-sew cafe curtains

Or keep it simple with a new tie-back.

curtain tieback ideas

brass leaf curtain tieback

Flowers, plants and pots

Spring is finally here, it feels great to get outside and start gardening. For your indoor plants try repotting them or dressing up their existing pots.

Little to No Cost Spring Refresh

We made custom herb pots for our windowsill herb garden. All you need is paint and a stencil for this one!

how to make these adorable DIY herb garden pots! indoor herb garden, herb garden ideas

DIY herb pots

Or make a simple cone out of heavy paper and add dried flowers to it.

DIY Floral cone door hanger

DIY floral cone

spring wreath ideas

A new wreath for the front door is a welcoming addition. Or add a whole bouquet.


Sweet Home Design Ideas

You can also keep your Spring refresh super simple with an easy eucalyptus wreath. Sometimes less is more!

DIY Simple Spring Wreath, This wreath is so simple and it only cost a few dollars to make!

DIY spring wreath

home decor – update old frames

If you’re like me you probably have accumulated many picture frames over the years. Try repainting those, or covering them with fabric for a quick update.

stenciled picture frames

House DIY Crafts

painted picture frames

You can also update older artwork by simply painting the mats. I often find great art at flea markets but usually the frames or the mats aren’t so great.


updating old art

Then hang them in that gallery wall you’ve been meaning to get around to!

gallery wall art ideas


You can find very affordable vintage-inspired art right here! It was created specifically to help you beat the high cost of decorating. We also deserve a home that makes us feel good!

Bedroom decor

You can add new accent pillows with a new lighter-weight throw. Or pack up the heavy comforter for a spring quilt.

bedroom decorating with double beds

 Tamara Mack Design

Or create a trio of mix-and-match pillows.


the secret to perfect throw pillows

When was the last time you changed your bed skirt? With so many available options this can have a huge impact.

bedroom decorating

Centsational Girl

lightened up bedroom decor for spring refresh

Better Homes & Gardens

bathroom Spring refresh

This next one I have to give to my mother, she loves changing up the shower curtain in her bathroom. It’s a quick and easy change that reenergizes the whole room.

floral shower curtain

floral shower curtain

Add some new curtain rings and hand towels to take it a step further. Or roll up your existing towels to make them look spa-like.

bathroom upgrades that are easy and affordable

simple bathroom ideas

coffee table decor

Style your coffee table. Use things from around the house such as books, trays, candles, plants, and anything interesting you can find.

pretty living room ideas for spring

Threshold Interiors NYC

Or create a budget-friendly coffee table centerpiece for Spring.

Spring flower centerpiece DIY

diy spring centerpiece

refresh your space with paint

My favorite way to refresh a space on a budget is with paint.

When I see a room painted in a fresh new color I immediately start thinking about which room in my house that color would look good in.

This first picture of a bathroom would not have the same impact if the walls were any other color. The color shown is Smokestack Gray by Benjamin Moore.

blue painted bathroom

Fabulous Home Blog

Or just repaint the ceiling. Not a fun job, but inexpensive and worth it.


Hadley Court

Walls aren’t the only place paint can make a huge impact, try painting a piece of furniture, or a lamp base for a smaller commitment.

painting furniture - green dresser spring refresh ideas

diy green dresser

Even just painting one side chair can really make an impact in a room!

light and bright bedroom, spring refresh ideas

Tom Stringer

organize something

Lastly, one easy and affordable way to make your space feel great is to reorganize something in a new, more functional way.

Get creative using containers or items you already have.

organized linen closet

organized linen closet

This idea works for open shelving, under cabinets, or any space you use daily. You’ll thank yourself after this one!

organized bathroom shelves spring refresh

Style Motivation

 How do you freshen up your house with little or no cash? We’d love to hear your Spring refresh ideas in the comments!


One Comment

  1. Linda Pauley says:

    Wonderful ideas and so appropriate for all homemakers regardless of age!

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