Owning your own home can be expensive. Between mortgage payments, homeowner’s insurance premiums, and property taxes, you might not have enough money left in the budget to make home improvements. Fortunately, there are many home improvement hacks that can add character to your home and they don’t cost much.
#1 Hide Your Thermostat
If you don’t like the way that your thermostat stands out and breaks up the décor in the room, you can hang a hinged painting over it. This will allow you to open and close the painting when you need to turn your thermostat up or down.
#2 Paint the Room To Add Character
Adding a fresh coat of paint can brighten up any room. If you want to add some character to the room and put polka dots on your wall, it is easier than you think. All you need to do is cut up an old laundry basket and use it as a stencil. It is an inexpensive way to make the room look unique.
#3 Add More Space In Your Shower
If your shower is cluttered with wash clothes, shower puffs, and loofahs, there is a very cheap and easy way that you can fix this. If you add a second shower rod to the back of the shower, you will have plenty of room to hang just about anything. You can even hang a shower caddy to keep the sides of your shower clear.
#4 Show Off Your Spices In the Kitchen
A great way to add character to your kitchen is to fill glass containers with spices or trail mix. If you use glass containers with metal covers, you can put a magnetic strip under the cabinet to hold the jars up. It is a great way to save room and add a pop of color to your kitchen.
#5 Replace the Hardware On Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you cannot afford to replace your kitchen cabinets, you can still give them a makeover. You can replace the knobs on the cabinets and the drawer handles to give the cabinets a new and more modern look.
#6 Replace Your Light and Outlet Covers
To give each room a fresh look without spending much, you can replace your plain or dated light and electrical covers with covers that are more fancy and detailed. You can find decorative covers to fit in with any décor in your home.
#7 Add a Mirrored Backsplash In the Bathroom
Backsplash is very common in kitchens and bathrooms today. Unfortunately, tile or granite backsplash can be very expensive. The materials can be expensive enough let alone the cost of labor. If you want to add backsplash for under $20, you can purchase self-adhesive mirror tiles. You can buy a 20 pack for $15 dollar and it should be enough to tile the entire area behind the sink.
#8 Open Up a Space Between the Kitchen and the Dining Room
Today, open concepts are very popular in interior design. If you don’t have much money in your budget, you won’t be able to have a wall knocked down to create an open look. If you are on a budget and you are handy, you can create a pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room on your own for about $50. Be sure that it is not a load bearing wall before you begin. You can cut a hole in the wall to create the opening and then use 2×4’s to frame it out. If you aren’t handy, this is a project that you might want to have a handy friend handle.
#9 Turn Cheap Looking Doors Into Expensive Looking Paneled Doors
Very thin, lightweight doors look cheap. The reason that you have these doors in your home could be that they are cheap. If you want to add some elegance to your doors, you will need a few 1′ x 3′ planks. If you place these planks around the edges of your door and one through the middle, your cheap doors will look expensive. When the planks are attached, you can paint the door. Best of all, this project should only cost you about $20 per door.
#10 Make Your Bedroom Look Bigger Without Any Major Construction
If your bedroom feels small, you can open it up without needing to build an addition to your home. If you add one or two thin, long door mirrors to the outside of your closet door, it creates the illusion that your bedroom is larger. To make it all tie together, paint the frames to make them match the color of your bedroom.
#11 Replace Dated Light Fixtures
If you have old, dated light fixtures in your kitchen, replacing it can give the room a whole new look. You can find some really cool hanging light fixture for under $50. If you have a bit more money in your budget, the more money you spend, the nicer the light fixture.
Just because you don’t have a lot of money in your budget, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make some amazing updates to your home. If you incorporate just a few of the ideas listed above into your home, it will be the house that everyone is talking about.
My name is Jordan and I am an editor at DIYerHacks. I love to work on different projects that reuse and recycle materials. I love the feeling of working with my hands and making something from nothing out of them! When I’m not working on a project, I usually spend my down town hanging with friends and attempting to live my best life!