On a tight budget or just don’t want to spend money on a full home renovation? Read on for 10 home improvement projects you can do for under $100!
Your home is your own sanctuary away from the chaos of the world and should be a place where you can retreat to at the end of the day for some rest and relaxation. It is a place where memories are made, where delicious meals are cooked, and where you can enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Your home is the single most important investment you will make in your lifetime, and it is important that it is a where place you feel proud to be and it is designed in such a way that showcases your personal style. Whether you are on a tight budget or just do not want to spend money on a full renovation at this time, there are several low-cost home improvement projects you can do to dazzle it up a bit and make it look fantastic. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and do some DIY projects? Read on to learn more about home improvement projects that can be completed during a free weekend and for less than $100.
1. Give the Rooms a Fresh Coat of Paint
Want to change the look and feel of a room quickly? Give it a fresh coat of paint. Fresh paint instantly makes a room come alive and gives it a crisp and clean vibe. Paint can be purchased for less than $35 a gallon at most home improvement stores, making it an inexpensive remodeling supply.
Depending on the size of the room you are painting, a gallon or two is all you need to do the project. While shopping for paint, be sure to also pick up a paint tray, brushes, painter’s tape, and other supplies you do not have at home.
Need some help deciding on a color? Visit interior design websites or Pinterest where you can view room decor photos and get a feel for what you like. Don’t be afraid to experiment and think outside of the box!
2. Change Out the Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are quick and easy to install, and in most cases you do not even need an electrician to do the work. Light fixtures are one of the last items that homeowners usually consider when doing home improvement work, but they have such an importance in your daily life.
Head over to your favorite home improvement or lighting store and pick out fixtures that will modernize your home and better fit the overall aesthetic you are after. If the room you are working on has several light fixtures, or you want to replace all of the fixtures in your home, purchase them over time as you can afford them and tuck them away until you have all the light fixtures you need to do the job. For those who are uncomfortable working around electricity, ask a friend or family member to assist.
3. Replace the Electrical Sockets and Switches
If you are looking for a cheap and easy project to complete, do the simple task of switching out your electrical socket plates and switches. Most home improvement and hardware stores sell an assortment of beige, brushed chrome, and white colored switches and plates, but you can find many more design options if you purchase them online. Get creative and find ones that are unusual and compliment your decor.
4. Reseal and Stain Your Deck
Just like giving a room a fresh coat of paint does wonders to make it come alive, so does resealing and staining your deck. Resealing and staining your deck is much cheaper than replacing it and the end result will make your summer BBQs and gatherings that much more special. While it is painfully obvious to tell when your deck needs to be stained, it can be difficult to tell when it needs to be resealed until your deck gets wet. If water soaks into your deck, then it is time to reseal it! The good news is that you can purchase an all-in-one sealer and stain for as low as $20.00 per can at most home improvement stores.
5. Install New Home Accessories
Home accessories are like the icing on the cake when it comes to changing the personality of a room. Think new towel racks and toilet paper holders, handles and hinges for cupboards, door knobs, vent registers, and so on. Depending on the brand and quality of each item you purchase to spice up the room you are improving, you can expect to spend between $10 to $100 to get the job done.
6. Do Some Basic Landscaping
Simple projects like mulching flowerbeds, planting trees, and adding fresh perennial flowers to your garden adds curb appeal and are inexpensive to complete. Bags of mulch can be purchased for less than $5.00 per bag and potted plants range in price from $1 to $50, depending on the type of plant or tree you purchase. Perennial plants and trees will last for many years to come.
While you are at it, consider adding some nice borders around your gardens and paving stones in high traffic areas. You can add new items to your yard each year and make it an outdoor masterpiece that evolves over time.
7. DIY Bookshelves and Wall Cubbies
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on brand new wooden bookshelves to store your books and knick-knacks, make it a DIY project and purchase wood planks and elbow brackets to install yourself. Wood planks can be found at your local home improvement store or lumber yard and all you need to do is cut them to size and mount them.
When it comes to creating customized bookshelves and wall cubbies, the design ideas are limitless. Wooden shelves can be painted, stained, carved, and embellished any way you see fit. For an even more interesting layout, look for natural wood pieces with rugged edges or knotty pieces that many people do not want for most construction projects. Purchase scraps from your local lumber yard and save even more money.
8. Update Your Art
Art does not need to be expensive to be eye-catching and thought-provoking. If your art is outdated or you are just tired of looking at it, change it up and freshen the look of your room on a dime. Look for new pieces at discount stores, thrift shops, garage sales, or make your own with the help of your friends and family.
Instead of purchasing a finished piece of art, look for interesting frames that can be painted or stained and then create your own art using an assortment of supplies you may already have laying around your home. Tap into your inner Picasso and draw, paint, or collage art that showcases your unique style and display your personal masterpieces for visitors to your home to enjoy.
9. Add a Wallpaper Accent Wall
Wallpaper has made a comeback in a huge way, and it is no longer just for your grandma’s house. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to add some serious personality to a room, consider putting up some wallpaper. Major strides have been made in the design of wallpaper, so you no longer have to spend hours fighting with messy adhesives and trying to get the paper to stick to the wall before the glue dries; wallpaper now comes with its own sticky surface!
Think of new-age wallpaper as like one giant sticker you just peel and stick. Wallpaper works best on smooth walls, so you may have some prep work to do if the wall you are looking to install the paper on is a textured surface. Whether you are into stripes, paisley patterns, or floral prints, you are sure to find a wallpaper design that will go with the look you are after.
10. Revamp Your Fireplace
Does your fireplace look like it came out of an episode of The Brady Bunch? Rebuilding your fireplace can entail many hours worth of labor and a lot of money to do, but thankfully there are some simple ways you can change the way it looks without demolishing it and starting from scratch. For less than $100, you can paint the brick or stone around the fireplace, strip and stain the mantel above it, and update the tile of the outer hearth. Make the fireplace the focal point that it was meant to be.
Adding some personality to your home does not need to cost a fortune and can be a fun activity that your whole family can get involved in. By completing simple home improvement projects that cost less than $100 per project, you can transform your space into the home of your dreams over time!
these are some really cheap home improvements we can make. A little goes a long way
I guess that would be if you DIY the home improvements? They are always quite expensive in my part of New York.
This is very timely for me. I am planning to improve our living room for better. I am planning to repaint our walls into color light blue.
All these ideas are great. We are doing certain diys for the house now but I can try them!
I painted one wall in my bedroom a few weeks ago (less than £10) and can’t believe how different the room looks now! 🙂
I have always thought of making my house look a little nicer by fixing some stuff and polishing this and that, and I saw this article which was really helpful! These suggestions seem easy enough and affordable too! Thanks for sharing your tips with us.
We have been loving home projects the last few months!
Is it bad that I’m just TOO lazy to paint!?
Yeah I cannot believe the difference paint can make to a room!
I just finished redoing my place and Now I am in love with it. I love having little projects.
I love diy and home improvement projects. These are all great ideas.
These tips and ideas are great. I always do some home improvements in summer. Love refreshing things up. This year I plan on decorating our hallway.
These are all great ideas. When I get bored, I usually do this. The last time, I bought new paints and premium wallpapers and did the walls of our house. I love the outcome. 🙂
Love these tips! They are inspiring yet very tempting hahha, will check if I can spare a budget for some minor renovation soon
I believe that paint changes everything ! and can elevate any space – so many great ideas as you do not have to spend a great deal to have a beautiful interiors
Loved it! I am redoing my little patio and it’s indeed under $100!
Awesome HOME DYI ideas. I love home decorating and Add a Wallpaper design in my wall.
These are all great ideas. After all, home improvement doesn’t mean you have to shell out thousands of dollars.
Those are some great projects you can do on a budget. I might do my room and painting if I didn’t want to get my daughter’s room settled first as far as organization. But I would love to do some landscaping at the house. I need a chainsaw to help get rid of a tree.
These are some great ideas for home improvement projects. We just put screen doors in our back doors going to our backyard and I love them!
I love all of these ideas to spice up a home – I currently rent but I’m dying to paint the walls here… maybe I’ll look into an accent wall with removable wall paper!
The landscaping is essential to me. It makes such a difference in your home.
These are great inexpensive home improvement tips. I have a space that needs updating so I’ll be trying at least one of these.
I love doing some DIY for my home,and I also like to do landscape even if it’s basi. its landscape and it beautifies the outside of any home
We just finished painting and the apartment looks so much better already. I really like the idea of adding a wallpaper accent wall. There are so many great ways to decorate with art.
Your ideas are prompting me to bring about some changes in my apartment and my terrace garden. But have to wait for things to be bit normal due to the pandemic, cyclone and locus attack etc. India is going through tough times.
There are some really good ideas here for sure. Perfect time to do this in lockdown and I like that it does cost too much also x
Wow..these ideas really sounds amazing…loved your ideas and as these are much helpful and unique..thanks for them…
these are all excellent project ideas. it is amazing what a difference different lighting fixtures can make in your design.
Our light fixtures need an upgrade for sure. I would love, love, love to have new bookshelves and wall cubbies.
most people think you need to spend a lot of money to change the look of your house. But really that isn’t true
These are great ideas. I have done many of them to freshen up my space. I love those blue walls!
We have been updating our bathroom floors with vinyl and our outside gardens with new flowers.
These are budget friendly tips especially during this pandemic. I need my condo unit needs some fresh paint. Maybe a vibrant color to make it fun!
These are really great ideas!! Thanks so much!
Great tips! I will keep this in mind,as I always redecorate my home.
These are great tips! I have found that a coat of paint on walls and painting furniture can completely transform a space for next to nothing! I just redid our bedroom and was thrilled with the way it turned out. And it cost hardly anything!
Love these tips! I like to renew something in my house. It refreshes it a little bit!
I agree, if the art needs updating, by all means indulge. The look of a room can make you very happy!
Yes, I agree painting is on the top of the list for giving any area a refresher. I need to paint my home, I just don’t want to start such a large project! ha ha!
Great tips! This will keep me busy during the quarantine
I love these ideas. I have been meaning to do a little update in my apartment. I especially love your idea of updating art. I’ve been looking online for some bright bold prints and there is so much to choose from. It’s a fun thing to do to. Thanks for the inspiration.
I’m loving all these great ideas. They sure can make things around the home look so much nicer too. We have a lot we are doing with our home already.
I like the coat paint color, looks very cool and neat as well.
These are all such great ideas. I’m always looking for more shelving. Definitely a project to do with hubby.
It is amazing how fresh paint makes the house look so nice. We painted the walls after we replace the floors.
Now you gave me the idea of replacing my lighting fixtures! I never thought of it before but you’re right, it would really revamp our rooms.
Love these tips. It’s amazing even what the most simple thing will do to the space. We’ve been needing to paint forever but just haven’t. Bad us 😉
I need to restain my deck as well. I just need to pay someone like $100 to do it…haha! Great ideas!
These are all really great ideas! Everyone thinks you have to invest a ton of money to change up the look of your home, but you really don’t. Love it.
I love how simple these ideas are, wow!!!! Especially the revisiting the art, that would make a huge difference.
We need to do several of these things. It seems like now is the perfect time to fix up our home!
I have to add some of these to my project list. These are all wonderful ideas.
Great tips to improve a home on a budget! Little things can go a long way.
Oh nice, I might have to try some of these. I have been wanting to update my art. And repaint in some rooms!
These are great ideas! I would love to revamp our fireplaces and build some wall shelving. We aren’t big decorators, but those are the ones I would start with first.