I fell in love with our suburban cottage the first time I saw the MLS listing online. Seriously, I would have bought it before ever setting foot inside of it; I just knew it was the place for us. I was going through a horrible divorce and I desperately wanted a house where I could create a home for my son and I.
Sure, the house had outdated wallpaper, brass fixtures galore and ugggly laminate countertops, but I was able to see past all of that. I knew I could make it our own, even on a super tight, single mom budget. I don't believe that beauty has to cost a lot of money - beauty just requires a good eye, lots of creativity, and a whole lot of elbow grease.
I knew this first hand from my experience updating our old house, where I spent about $400 to transform this hideous, I-didn't-even-want-to-walk-in-to-it bathroom:
And those ugly laminate bathroom countertops? I couldn't afford new ones (not even cheap laminate), but being greeted each morning by burgundy laminate just was NOT an option. So...I painted them. Yes, I painted my countertops. Don't worry, the process I used is plenty durable and I'm loving the results.
The point of this little story? I believe everyone deserves a beautiful home regardless of their financial situation. With a little creativity and elbow grease anyone can create beautiful surroundings that make them happy and feel like they're HOME.