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.