Simple Projects to Improve Your Home On a Budget

Kevin Gardner

Home improvements don't have to be costly. There are actually a number of things you can do on your own to improve the value and appeal of your home. Here are some simple projects you can do all by yourself that won't drain your bank account.

Front Door

Add some curb appeal to your home by painting your front door. This is a simple project and all it will cost is supplies and paint. Remove the door and replace it with a temporary covering to keep out insects. Remove all the hardware from the door and place the door in a clean dry work space. Don a pair of goggles and a mask. Sand the door until the surface is flat and even. Repair any cracks or holes with caulking and then sand them also. Brush or vacuum away the dust and then prime the front. After giving it time to dry, flip and prime the back of the door. Once dry, repeat with the paint color of your choosing. After drying, reattach all hardware and rehang the door.

Cabinets

Purchasing new cabinets is expensive. Instead give your cabinets a cheap upgrade with some paint and new hardware. Remove all the cabinet doors and then remove all the hardware from the frame of the cabinets and the doors. Use sandpaper to remove any finish. Prime the doors, front and back, and the cabinet frame as well. Be sure to tape off the edges of the frame to avoid primer and paint on your walls. Once the primer is dry, repeat the process with paint or stain color of your choice. After the paint has dried, attach your chosen hardware and rehang the cabinet doors. This is a cheap way to give your bathroom and/or kitchen a facelift.

Wall Paint

Painting your walls is an affordable way to make every room in your house look different. The first step to painting your walls is to move or cover any furniture and cover the floor/carpet with a plastic sheet. Next, prep your wall by filling in any holes with putty, clean off any stains and sand patches until smooth. Use painters tape and tape off your molding, window frames and outlets. Finally, pour primer into a paint tray and apply to the walls with a roller or brush. Allow the primer to dry and then repeat with the paint color you have chosen. Skip the primer step if you are using a paint and primer combination. You could also use objects like sponges to apply a new texture to the walls to further enhance the look.

Tile

Replacing a tile floor or backsplash doesn't have to be expensive. You can give your tile a brand new look with a simple coat or two of paint. First, be sure to tape off floor boards and any other surface you don't want paint on. Having a clean surface is essential when painting your floor tile. Use a heavy duty tile cleaning product that is specifically used to clean before painting. Make sure to get into the grout in addition to cleaning the tile surface. Once clean, sand the floor. Sanding will help paint stick to the surface of your tile. After sanding, use a broom to sweep away any dust and mop the floor clean once more. Using a brush, apply primer to the grout between tiles and use a roller brush to apply to tiles. Allow the primer to dry completely and then follow the same instructions to apply the paint. Make sure the paint you use is heavy duty paint made for floors or outdoor decks. Allow each coat you apply to dry for at least two days before applying another coat. Once the paint has dried entirely, apply multiple layers of urethane using a paint roller allowing for drying time in between coats.

Landscaping

Like painting your front door, landscaping adds some quick, easy and cheap curb appeal to your home. Visit your local gardening center and purchase some flowers, shrubs and maybe even a tree or two to plant in your yard. Additionally you can buy mulch or stones and line your walkway with a well manicured edge of flowers or shrubs. Plan out your walkway using a sketch. After you have planned it all out, dig out a flowerbed according to your measurements using a flat shovel. Add soil, mulch and flowers/shrubs accordingly. This is a simple and easy way to spruce up the outside of your home without breaking the bank.

There are many other ways you can improve your home on a budget. Try these simple DIYs first and then continue on with other improvements. Your house will be looking brand new before you know it using very little of your savings.

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