January is the best time of year for planning home renovations, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune. HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier of Home Town fame have a few suggestions for transforming the look of your living space using tips they learned on the job.
Money is tight this year for so many people, but staying home more (binge-watching HGTV, of course) has plenty of folks wishing they could freshen up their interiors. The Laurel, Mississippi-based renovators have the right advice to make a big impact with a small amount of cash.
‘Home Town’ picks up where ‘Fixer Upper’ left off
Filling the shoes Chip and Joanna Gaines left when Fixer Upper ended may seem like an impossible task. However, Home Town’s Napier family exudes all the same qualities as the Gaineses. Both hail from small Southern towns and have sweet relationships. Plus, they’ve both got enough talent to attract huge fan bases.
The Napiers are known for revitalizing old homes in Laurel while documenting the whole process on camera. They stay true to the home’s history but also infuse their signature style, creating one-of-a-kind projects that Home Town viewers can’t stop raving about.
Ben and Erin Napier have a few tips for DIY home renovators
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Not everyone can be so lucky as to have professionals descend upon their homes to complete massive renovations. But the two Home Town hosts have a few suggestions for anyone who wants to try a little freshening up to kick off 2021.
Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on massive home overhauls, the couple recommends some small adjustments that make a big impact. The first idea is one of the easiest — it’s all about color.
The ‘Home Town’ hosts recommend buying a few cans of paint
One of the most popular suggestions for sprucing up outdated home décor is also one of the easiest. The Napiers recommend painting lackluster spaces to make an impact without spending a fortune.
“It’s amazing what you can pull off with paint,” Ben told Insider.
This applies to walls, obviously, but also in more unexpected areas. For example, the Mississippi renovator encourages fans to try painting before committing to expensive new cabinetry.
“A lot of times the cabinets are fine, and they just need to be painted,” Ben explained. Countertops and floors can be painted in the kitchen, too.
Expensive upgrades aren’t always better, the Napiers say
Speaking of kitchens, the Home Town hosts also have a few recommendations for saving money during a remodel. Specifically, they recommend not splurging on the best of everything every single time.
“People shouldn’t feel like they have to blow a fortune on countertops,” Erin told Insider. Instead of granite, the Napiers suggest sourcing something more affordable.
“There are a lot of affordable options out there that give the house a fresh look while also not breaking the budget,” Ben explained. “There’s good laminate, there are good butcher blocks, there are more affordable stone options.”
He continued, “The most expensive option isn’t necessarily the best choice. You don’t have to have marble.”
These wise words are just what HGTV fans want to hear. Just like on Home Town, a house that looks like a million bucks doesn’t have to cost that much.
New episodes of Home Town are currently airing on HGTV. Ben’s new show Home Town: Ben’s Workshop premieres on Discovery+ beginning Jan. 4.