Not every home improvement project costs a fortune. You can save a lot of money by tackling home improvements yourself. Not only can DIY home improvement save you money, but it gives you a sense of satisfaction that you put your own work into turning your home into what it is. Here are a few DIY projects that you can do for less than $1,000.
Upgrade the entryway
Your entryway is where visitors to your home get their first impression. You want it to be a good one. If your door is starting to look worn, you can repaint it or replace it altogether. While you’re at it, you can also invest in better locks. In addition to painting or replacing the door itself, you can repaint the door frame. Shiny, large house numbers and a new porch light fixture are other ways to improve the entryway to your home. You can do all of this with a few hundred dollars and an afternoon of free time.
In addition to regular lawn maintenance like cutting and trimming, you can fertilize planter areas or lay down bark. Plant some new trees, plants, or flowers and do some weeding so that your new plant life has room to thrive.
Upgrade your lighting
You can upgrade your lighting in a number of different ways. You can replace a simple dome light with a chandelier to go above your dining table. You can install track lighting to showcase a collection or gallery wall. Task lighting in the kitchen such as underneath the cabinets is great for when you need a little light but don’t want the harsher ambient light from overhead. Lighting can also be used to highlight unique architectural features in your home.
Decorate the walls
If your walls are looking a little bare, you can purchase some inexpensive art or create your own. Antique framed mirrors are a great alternative to artwork and they’re often a lot cheaper. Custom framing for family photographs can be expensive so go with store-bought frames. If you want to add some three-dimensional aspects to your wall, hang some floating shelves and display collectibles, ceramics, or whatever else you would like to show off. Just remember the age-old principle of less is more. Don’t feel like you need to fill every empty space on your walls.
Baseboard heater covers
If you have a baseboard heating system in your home, you can install snap-on covers to give them a more modern look. Since they simply snap over the heaters, anyone can install them. Simply measure how many feet you need and purchase accordingly. It’s an inexpensive way to give your home a new and updated look and it only takes a few minutes.
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The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.