Low-Cost Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements

Home Improvement


Taking on a Do-It-Yourself project can give your house that extra sense of style and save you money too!  There really are many quick and affordable projects to consider.  Here are five relatively easy ones you can use to enhance the beauty of your home.

1. Replace Your Light Fixtures
Change the atmosphere and ambiance of a room by switching out older, worn light fixtures for something light and elegant. This simple, inexpensive change can help you control the intensity of the light and character of your room. You don't need to pay top dollar for expensive new fixtures either.  Consider buying used fixtures at flea markets, yard sales, or online through venues such as E-bay.  Check for Facebook groups in your local area where others are selling.

2. Consider Floating Shelves
Combine the functionality of extra storage space with a bit of style and personal flair by adding some floating shelves. These can be mounted on walls in various patterns, and they come in a variety of materials to give your rooms that unique, personal touch.  For a small room, choose shallow shelves for displaying framed photographs.  Deeper shelves in a larger room can be useful for showcasing some beautiful decorative pieces.  

3. Paint an Accent Wall
Add a pop of color to showcase your personality by adding an accent wall to a room.  Most homeowners of any skill level can tackle and complete this project in a day.  All you will need is some painter's tape, a paintbrush and the color that suits you!  Just make sure to choose a color that is complementary with the other colors already in the room. Stay consistent between warm and cool tones.

4. Install Decorative Molding
An added touch of elegance can be achieved with some decorative molding. Consider installing molding at the ceiling level by capping walls, columns and cabinets., Perhaps add some chair molding to the dining area. Use detailed molding to add character while making rooms feel taller and appear more finished.

5. Build a Stone Fire Pit

Who doesn't love a fire for roasting some marshmallows in the summertime?  Why not consider building a stone fire pit in your backyard?  Use uniquely shaped rocks and/or large stones, putting them together to create a functional and stylish fire pit.

TIP:  Do remember to check your local fire codes or homeowners association before beginning a project like this to ensure this is permitted and to follow any necessary safety guidelines.

Adding a touch of class to your home doesn't have to break the bank! Just be sure to only tackle one project at a time.  You want to be able to complete anything that you start!

So, which one of these simple and inexpensive DIY projects will you try?