The best way to change the look of a room is to paint it. You may think that you hate the flooring, the fixtures, the window treatments, and many other aspects, but you will find that what you really hate is that base color. Often, painting the room can revitalize it, making everything else look great. The best part is that you can paint the whole room for less than 50 dollars.
You should start by purchasing painter's tape and a new paintbrush. You can get a roll of painters' tape for around six dollars and a paintbrush for around eight. There are more expensive options, but items in a low price range are going to give you pretty much the same results that you would get with anything else. People often just overpay because they think a higher price equals a better product.
You may already own some things that you can use in a new way. For example, rather than spending twenty dollars on a drop cloth, just use an old bed sheet. The sheet will do the same job, and you will not spend a cent. If you move the sheet as you paint, you do not need more than one.
The best tactic for saving money on paint is buying a type of paint that is combined with primer. You will not need to buy separate cans for both parts of the job. You can get this paint for around 30 dollars at your local hardware store. Remember to read the side of the can to make sure that it is the 2-in-1 variety that combines paint and primer, or it may not cover well enough to allow you to just use one coat.
People often pay for expensive tripod lights, but you only need to do this if you will be painting in the evening. To reduce the cost, paint at ten in the morning on a Saturday. Even if you are not very fast, it will not take you more than a few hours to prep and paint the room. Even if it takes you eight hours, you will have the best natural lighting of the day at your disposal, and you will entirely remove the need for lights.
When you add up all of the different costs, you can see that you still will only spend 44 dollars. If you shoot for this total amount of spending, it gives you some room so that you can buy a better paintbrush or a more expensive can of paint. You can also just save the money for jobs that need to be done in the future. For less than 50 dollars, you can overhaul an entire room.