Lets have a chat about small investments with big pay offs.
We will start with 2 wall lights that look like this. Old, brass, outdated, and don't give off a lot of light.
Small investment ($28 for 2). Big pay off because now my house is a little more updated and I have more light in the halls.
And old brass door handle with lots of sun damage and didn't match the black dead bolt. (hubby threw it away before I got a picture). But I did find this picture. It's note good and I had to play with the lighting and exposure for the handle to show up, but you can get the idea. Click on the photo and you will see it a little better.
$100 for matching handle that looks a lot nicer for first impressions;) Next to do, paint door and frame.
A new welcome mat $12.
2 Old brass motion detectors. The sun had totally fried them. The motion detectors no longer worked and they just looked offal. Go on, click for a close up.
$50 for 2 and my house looks light a whole different building:)
That is what I have been doing, rewiring, using power tools, and using band-aids.