Home improvement is not expensive! That should be your motivation once you realize your home is already in dire need of a makeover. Yes, building contractors tell you that in order to improve something or anything in your home, you will need a lot of money to do so. But that’s not really entirely accurate. There are hundreds of ways out there to carry out a home upgrade without spending too much. This article will show you just that.
Let’s start with ThisOldHouse.com, in the article called “21 Quick and Easy Budget Upgrades.”
Refresh Your Rooms With Paint
You can give your drab, washed-out walls a burst of brilliant depth (or wash away your decorating sins with virgin white) just by picking up a paint can and having at them. That’s the power of a coat of paint: It rearranges your reality. Which is why painting is the most oft-tackled DIY home-improvement upgrade.
While you don’t have to be a pro to learn how to paint like one, there is more to a good paint job than just slathering some color on the wall. See our how to instructions to coat your walls expertly in one weekend, from the first scratch of the pole sander to the final feather of the brush.
Cost: About $150
Add Crown Molding the Easy Way
Crown molding makes it to the top of most remodeling lists because it adds charm and value to a home, not because people enjoy spending a Saturday trying to get the corners just right. Luckily, there’s a simple way to beat miter-saw frustration.
Trimroc molding from Canamould Extrusions is a lightweight polystyrene foam coated in hard plaster. It cuts smoothly with a handsaw and it goes up in a flash with joint compound. No coping, no tricky angles, and ragged joints disappear with a dab of mud. So in just a weekend, you can upgrade a plain room to an elegant space—and still leave plenty of time for the rest of your list.
Cost: About $120.
Install a Dishwasher to Conserve Water
That old dishwasher could be wreaking havoc on your electric and water bills. Time to switch it out for a new Energy Star-qualified dishwasher, which can save you more than $30 a year on power and almost 500 gallons of water. If you don’t have a dishwasher at all, you’re using 40 percent more water washing by hand!
The biggest cost saver of all? You can install a dishwasher yourself in an afternoon. No plumber, no electrician—and no worries that you’re squandering your retirement money on a load of clean dishes.
Cost: About $500
Rewire a Vintage Entry Lantern
Many hanging lanterns from the first half of the 20th century were humble by design, looking as if they’d been crafted by blacksmiths rather than machines.
Popularized by tastemakers of the time, such as Gustav Stickley and the Roycroft crafters, these rustic lanterns exemplified a back-to-basics design sensibility. If you’ve scored one such find at a yard sale or have one stashed in the attic, you can invite guests to “come on in” by putting back into service a vintage lantern. It’s an easy, affordable job once you get the parts.
Cost: About $140.
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You see, there really is no need to spend thousands of dollars to make a major upgrade. A very good example is is repainting the rooms. Aside from the fact you can do it on your own without any prior experience, you can also buy odorless and quick dry paint varieties that won’t disrupt your comfort at home.
Next are some more tips from Buzzfeed.com, but this time, your efforts to upgrade are focused on the improvement of your home’s value. See the tips from the article “23 Cheap Upgrades That Will Actually Increase The Value of Your Home.”
1. Paint kitchen cabinets.
Adding new cabinetry can be super expensive, but a couple coats of new paint can make an outdated kitchen look much more modern and clean. See how to do it here.
2. Update cabinet handles.
Swapping out generic or older cabinet handles can make a kitchen look completely different. This company makes new handles that even fit IKEA cabinets.
3. Add extra seating areas outside.
Adding an outdoor dining table to a porch or yard makes it seem like there’s even more space, even if it’s a little crowded.
4. Get new outlet and lightswitch plates.
These get super dirty with use, but are really cheap to replace (<$1 each). If you want to go really ~fancy~, paint your plates the same color as the wall so they disappear more.
5. Add molding.
Once you get the hang of a miter saw, DIY moulding is pretty easy. See how here.
6. Bump up the curb appeal.
The front of your house is the first thing potential buyers see, so make sure it’s stately and welcoming. Add some extra plants to the porch or the entryway, paint the door.
7. Make upgrades to your landscaping.
According to Century 21 realtors, landscaping and a good first impression can increase a home’s value up to 27%.
8. Turn any room into a bedroom with a closet or wardrobe.
Turn your office or den into a useable bedroom by either adding a closet, or a freestanding wardrobe. Or, use this Ikea wardrobe hack to create this DIY closet.
9. Get rid of the popcorn ceiling.
Just make sure to get it tested for asbestos before you try this one yourself—some homes built before the 1970’s have it in the ceiling. See how to do it here.
10. Add visible storage.
Hidden storage might be good for living in a home, but buyers want to SEE a lot of storage space without having to open everything. A few extra shelves in a blank space can make a big difference. See how to easily add some floating shelves to a tiny bathroom here.
11. Stow your personal tchotchkes.
Buyers want to picture themselves in your home, not your whole extended family. While you’re selling, stash the majority of your specifically personal heirlooms to make the space feel a little more like a blank slate.
12. Paint unsightly tile.
If you don’t want to fully replace any tiled floors, you can actually paint them to look fresh and clean. See how here.
13. Upgrade your fixtures.
Door knobs, faucets and locks are all fairly cheap to paint to make them look brand new. Check out this great tutorial here.
14. Swap out your lighting.
Upgrading lighting in the main rooms can make the whole space feel more expensive.
15. Go for neutral paint colors.
A brightly colored living room might be your cup of tea, but a neutral clean palette is much more palatable for most buyers. Designer Emily Henderson recommends these timeless shades for almost any space.
16. Update your window frames.
Make windows look larger by adding molding and a new apron. See how here.
17. Paint the inside of your window frames.
Most builder-grade windows are dark inside, sometimes even black. Painting the interior frames and transoms will make the window look bigger and more modern. See how to do it here.
18. Add mirrors.
Mirrors are the simplest way to make any space feel bigger and lighter. Learn how to make this giant sunburst version here.
Sometimes, we all are very concerned about the cost of making improvements that we end up not doing anything at all. It’s obviously a mistake you shouldn’t make. The more you stall or postpone, the bigger the need for improvements and upgrade becomes. Therefore, it really makes perfect sense to do it one project at a time. That way, you’re not required to spend a lot of money on multiple projects.