Are you considering giving your home a makeover? Maybe you’d like to add value to a property before you’re ready to list it for sale, or you have thought about including something in your home that will give your living space a breath of fresh air. We’ve listed 14 affordable home improvements you can take on without a carpenter and without breaking the bank. With a few dollars and a little elbow grease, you can easily add new touches throughout your home. So take a look, gather your tools, and get ready to Do-It-Yourself.
- Floating Shelving Units
With a simple piece of wood and floating shelf brackets, you can add extra storage to your home and give the room a new look. You can use these shelves to store everyday items or decorations you’d like to display for guests to see and admire.
2. Open Shelves
Transform your cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom to open shelves to really make your space pop. Not only will this change the atmosphere of the room, but it will also make items more accessible to you, and you can easily see what items you have available. Still want to use your cabinets? You don’t have to remove all of them to give the room a new look. Adding one new shelving unit, even a repurposed bookcase, can provide the same effect.
3. Add a Bench
Adding a bench added to the entryway can improve the entire home’s appearance, as the entrance is usually the first room people see when they enter. You can purchase a new bench from the store or make your own by salvaging wood and adding a cushion to the top. Benches can also be great places to add extra storage, as most have drawers underneath the seating.
4. Add an Accent Wall
For this improvement, simply pick any room and add a creative wall to it. With a little bit of paint and painter’s tape, you can make a room pop by adding geometric shapes or even just a differently colored wall. Many home improvement stores also sell peel-and-stick wallpaper to paste onto the wall for a quick, affordable project.
5. Polish & Refresh Flooring
Sometimes the best way to improve your home is to make it shine! Your floors get used every day. A quick polishing is a fast way to refresh them and return some life and light to the room. You can hire a professional for the job or do it yourself with a little bit of research beforehand.
6. Fun New Light Fixtures
Swapping out old light fixtures for new ones can be a simple way to add style, class, or both to any room. Changing out your light fixtures is a super simple DIY you could easily do yourself. But before you get started, you’ll need to search and select a style that speaks to you. There are a wide range of options on websites such as Amazon, some of which cost as little as $20 or even less.
7. Kitchen Rollouts
You can add rollout drawers to your cabinets to simplify cooking and maximize your storage space. There are a few options to consider when finding the correct type of rollout drawer for you. Differences in inbox type, slides, and drawer size are factors to consider when looking for a new drawer. Generally, pullout drawers lower to the ground provide the most noticeable difference for ease of access. You can also build your drawers for maximum customization and a style that is your own.
8. Add Trim and/or Moulding
Adding trim to a window or door frame can give character to a formerly bland room. Many trims come in elaborate designs and in colors that stand out. Already have trim in the room? Paint it a new color! Sometimes a small change makes a huge difference. Repainting the trim can also refresh a color that has been dulled by age.
9. Paint Fireplace
No matter what your fireplace is made of, painting it a new color can refresh the room and give it new life. As fireplaces are usually the centerpiece of the room they’re in, you can change the entire vibe of the room just by painting it. Just be sure to research the best way to paint the material, especially if it’s brick.
10. Add a Canopy to the Backyard
A canopy can be made with some simple rods, curtains, and hooks, and can add character to your backyard. You could buy one, but making your own ensures the canopy fits your tastes and matches your home–not to mention being more affordable. Not only are they a nice touch to any yard, but they also provide a comfortable spot to entertain outside.
11. Repaint Your Bathroom
Giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint is a common home improvement option that many choose to take into their own hands. However, the bathroom is a room that sees a lot of use and water, so it is important to pay special attention to the little details—preparing surfaces, choosing the right paint color, and paying attention while in the process of repainting become all the more important when repainting bathrooms specifically. Make sure to stay attentive while giving your throne room a facelift.
12. New Closet Organization
Simply changing the way you organize your closet can be a refreshing way to change up your home. You can purchase new containers to store various items in your closets, such as shoes or accessories, from dollar stores or by thrifting. Even getting a set of hangers in a matching color scheme can light up the space.
13. Redo Laundry Room
You can easily redo the laundry room by adding new decorations or replacing what storage you have in the room. By adding a new rug, painting, or shelving unit to your laundry room, you can give the room a whole new look. Maybe this room is the perfect place for those floating or open shelves!
14. Switch out Curtains, Bedding
Sometimes the best way to improve your home isn’t a DIY project; sometimes, it’s just a change in the environment. You can easily change the look and feel of a room by getting new curtains or bedding. These items can often be found at wholesale stores or used on online sale sites. For an even simpler change, get new accent pillows for the living room!
You don’t have to go broke when improving the look of your home or property. All of these affordable home improvements can easily be done for much cheaper than even the cheapest of renovators. However, you shouldn’t feel limited to just what you see in this list because ultimately, how you wish to improve your home is up to you and your tastes. We hope that you have been inspired by our pick of the many different options you have when it comes to DIY home improvement, and there are so many more things you could do. So go forth and DIY!