Whether it’s adding value to their property or simply improving their living experience, homeowners are increasingly striving to improve the spaces they use every day. Home improvement renovations can be an economical way to transform your space, but they can easily become costly ventures if you’re not careful. However, with a little education and planning, there are countless ways to give your home a makeover without having to borrow money or spend a fortune.
Think of the following 10 ideas as DIY remodeling projects on a budget – DIY jobs you can do without breaking the bank.
Budget makeover #1: Repaint the front door
average cost: $20-$50
Your front entry is like the gift wrap for your home, so if done right, it feels welcoming and draws people in. Instead of buying a new door, buy a fresh coat of paint, new hardware and a spruced-up molding in the spring. Repainting the door and updating the accents around it are easy, inexpensive renovations that can drastically change the look of your home.
Don’t stand by the door. Thoroughly scrub the exterior of your home with soap, a garden hose, and a sturdy brush. For even faster work (but for more money) you can also rent a pressure washer.
Budget modification #2: Install removable wallpaper
average cost: $75-$100
Painting gets expensive when you’re doing the entire interior of your home—not to mention the mess it creates. If you want a simpler refreshment for tired-looking rooms, consider removable wallpaper that you peel and stick onto surfaces — rather than stick them. Also known as reusable or temporary wallpaper, it comes in a variety of colours, patterns and textures, any of which can cover up a boring coat of paint and instantly transform any room in your home.
Budget remodel #3: Add a new kitchen splashback
average cost: $200-$300 (depending on material and scope)
To bring your kitchen up to date without major renovations, consider installing a new kitchen splashback. It’s one of those little things that makes a big difference visually. There are thousands of stone or tile patterns to choose from so you can find options that best suit your space and accent your cabinets and appliances. Bonus: A fresh backsplash will limit the need for a major clean and can add value to your home.
Budget remodel #4: Refresh bathroom floors, but don’t re-tile
average cost: $65
While a small part of a kitchen needs a makeover, retiling a bathroom can be expensive. Instead of laying brand new tiles, you can achieve the same kind of updated look by painting the existing floor. There are tons of unique stencil designs and shades to choose from, making it surprisingly easy to do the job yourself for less.
Budget makeover #5: Repaint cabinets
average cost: $200-$600
In addition to freshening up backsplashes or tile floors, you can completely refresh the look of your kitchen or bathroom by repainting the cabinets, especially if they’re decades old. While it will take time to repaint them, the cost is pretty small compared to replacing cabinets entirely.
If you want to take it a step further, invest in new cabinet hardware as well. Ben Fisher, real estate investor and owner of Fisher Group, a real estate agency in Park City, Utah, says, “Just a simple addition of brushed gold knobs and handles can add glamor to the simplest of kitchens in an instant. However, if you undertake a project like this, be prepared to touch up the tiny dents and scratches that may appear when removing the old hardware.”
Budget modification #6: Add some flowers
average cost: $20 or more
Adding some colorful annuals like pansies, marigolds, or petunias to a garden is a great way to create an attraction. For an alternative, low-maintenance way to freshen up your front yard, try a few flowering potted plants, or “flower boxes with seasonal and overflowing blooms.” They bring color and ensure a great view from the outside and inside.
Budget remodel #7: Replace bathroom hardware
average cost: $10-$200
It’s no secret that a bathroom renovation can be expensive. For cheaper DIY upgrades, consider replacing the faucet, drawer handles, towel rack, or bathroom mirror. These items come in a variety of shapes and colors that can help bring a new look to your bathroom. For example, replacement bathroom mirrors can be wood-framed, steel-framed, or frameless.
Budget makeover #8: Add new curtains
average cost: $20-$300 (depending on material)
Window treatments can transform the look of a room, especially draped fabrics. Curtains, in particular, are easy to find on a budget – if you opt for ready-made models – and they’re quick and easy to install. For example, you can buy a stylish curtain rod for $6 Wayfair and a set of two curtain panels for sale bed bath beyond for $25. That’s about $30 for a new look. If you have windows that are not standard sizes, opt for adjustable seamless curtains with double-sided fabric tape.
Budget Remodel #9: Bring in artwork
average cost: $10-$100
Hanging artworks can add interest to any room. You also don’t have to be an experienced art collector (or spend that much money) to find the perfect piece. Look for murals that catch your eye and fit within your budget. Thrift stores and craft stores are good places to go. Or opt for high-quality prints of famous works or posters from museum exhibitions.
Budget conversion #10: Increase storage space
average cost: $40-$100
If you’re looking for a way to store more things – and who isn’t – there are several options. A closet organizer can help you keep things tidy, free up more room to walk, and give it a neater look. To create more storage space, you could install new shelves in the garage or other living areas to organize or display various items.
More tips for renovating on a budget
Invest in home improvements that have long-term value. Ideally, any home remodel you undertake should increase the value of your property. This includes “invisible” repairs, such as installing energy-efficient insulation or sealing cracks. These will maintain or even add value to your home without being too expensive – and you’ll save money on your energy bills while you’re still indoors.
Integrate existing materials. One of the most effective ways to save money on DIY is to use upcycled or recycled materials like pallets or scrap wood.
Calculate all costs. Proper project planning, saving, and budgeting can help you avoid overexerting yourself and reduce the likelihood of charging your credit cards or draining your checking account.
Final word: DIY renovations on a budget
There are numerous DIY remodeling projects that can help you spice things up. The trick is to think superficially, not structurally. Many of the above ideas are just cosmetic changes. But it doesn’t take much to change the look of a room, a room or even an entire facade; A small but strategic change, like a repainted front door or repainted kitchen cabinets can work wonders. With a little muscle and ingenuity, you can transform your space without expensive upgrades.