When it comes to home improvement – even do-it-yourself home improvements – the first word that comes to mind is “expensive.” However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are home improvement projects that you can do for almost nothing. Here are the top five cheap DIY projects that you can do to make your home look incredible.
5 Cheap DIY Projects to Improve Your Home
The following is a guest post by Vera – a blogger trying to lead a frugal (but not frustrating) lifestyle. She is also an avid food enthusiast who loves everything about cooking and modern appliances that make the job easy. You can find her at Frugal Frogs. Enjoy!
Project One: Painting
The average-sized three bedrooms, two bath home will require a maximum of 20 gallons of paint to cover. It could even be less, which is why you should buy paint one room at a time (unless you are getting some sort of bulk deal that makes buying all of your paint at once financially sound). With an average of $20 per can, you can repaint your entire interior and get a brand new look for about $300-$400.
But you don’t have to paint the walls a single color. You can use multiple colors on a single wall, or you can use stencils to create designs on your walls. Whatever you happen to be into, you can make your walls and ceilings a fabulous design that reflects your own personality.
What I Did: What I ended up doing with this was reflecting my geeky interests in every room. I used Star Trek stencils in the living room, Firefly stencils in the bedroom and several other geeky randoms around the house.
Project Two: Redecorating & Rearranging
Believe it or not, the right decorating can make a huge change in how your house looks, and that goes for rearranging your furniture as well. But hiring an interior designer to place everything where it looks best and to shop for the right decorations can be expensive.
Instead, just spend a couple of weeks studying interior decorating and watching some of those designer TV programs that show actual decorators deciding where things go in a room. This can be quite an education because they come up with designs that you would not expect. Plus, it’s actually pretty fun to watch. I had never really seen any of these shows before, and I found myself looking forward to the next episode to see how they change a room around.
What I Did: What I did for my rearranging and redecorating is check out rooms online that had been decorated, along with watching those interior design shows, and I shopped at some thrift stores to come up with decorations that I could use in my new design.
Project Three: Change Your Lighting
One of the coolest ways that you can completely change the look of your space is to change the lighting. You might think that installing new lighting is complicated and expensive, requiring a contractor and an electrician, but that’s just not true.
You can actually change the lighting simply by replacing the bulbs, going with softer light in some places, and making some rooms brighter. If you do need to install new lighting, you can get some DIY lights that plug into any available electrical outlet.
What I Did: In the bedroom, I swapped out the harsh lamp bulbs for soft ones that gave off a romantic glow and made the overhead brighter for when you need to find something. I installed new kitchen lighting that made it easier to cook, and I put up some white Christmas lights to showcase some of my coolest geeky collections.
Project Four: Build Some Furniture
It’s actually pretty easy and fun to build your own furniture. You can use YouTube videos and follow along with the person doing the building to create so many different things. Then you can go to your local lumber shop and to the hardware store to get the materials and hardware that you need. It’s extremely inexpensive compared to buying furniture.
What I Did: I build a new headboard that looks really cool. It is in the shape of a UFO (did I mention I’m geeky?), and I drilled holes and put LED lights inside, so it looks amazing when you turn off the lights.
Project Five: Bathroom Accessories
When I was younger, I used to wander through department stores and look at all of the cool, matching bathroom accessories they had. By the time I bought my house, I had forgotten all about them. But when I decided to redecorate I rediscovered bathroom accessories and they totally changed my bathroom design.
These accessories cost a few dollars each; you’ll end up paying about $50 to $80 for an entire set, depending on what you get. Which accessories you can get will depend upon the design that you choose.
What I Did: What I got was a matching bathroom rug, toilet lid cover, toilet tank cover, five towels, five hand towels and five washrags. I also got a toothbrush holder, a soap dispenser, a Kleenex box holder, a toilet brush and a trash can; everything matched.
What cheap DIY projects will you decide to tackle to make over your home?
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