DIY has gained in popularity by leaps and bounds in recent years. When it comes to owning a home, many have found that they not only can save money by doing it themselves, they actually enjoy it and, at least in some cases, find that they are pretty good at it.
However, as many have also found, there are a lot of home DIY and fixer-upper projects with hidden costs that can get quite time-consuming and expensive. If you’re ready to get your hands dirty and test out your DIY skills without breaking the bank, we’ve got 8 of the best projects that are perfect for you.
1. Adding Custom Cornices
Got more knick knacks or collectibles than you do shelf space? Want to give any room in your home an easy facelift that doesn’t cost a lot and gives you more display “real estate?” While there are plenty of mistakes you can make with bedroom design, adding door and/or window cornices can bring a sense of style to any room and not only do they look great, they’ll hide those unsightly curtain rods. Furthermore, the top can be used as a display shelf.
Cornices are affordable and surprisingly easy to build
2. A New CoffeeTable
With something as simple as a tree stump and some anchor epoxy resin or maybe a few boards and some elbow grease, you can add a fashionable new coffee table to your living room for under $100.
3. Pan Pullout
Another affordable and easy DIY project is a pot and pan pullout. Those utensils are important to any kitchen but they also either take up a lot of cabinet space or when stacked together, make it difficult to get the one you want, which, of course, always seems to be at the bottom. With a couple of boards and drawer slides, you can have a kitchen upgrade that makes your pots and pans easy to organize.
4. More Kitchen Organization
Along with pots and pans taking up valuable cabinet real estate, you may be suffering the same fate with cutting boards, cookie sheets, cooling racks, serving trays, and other kitchen supplies.
Consider making some cabinet dividers with plywood and some basic hand tools and you can watch a quick how-to video to learn how to get it done under budget and without a lot of headache.
5. Add Weather Stripping
Not only is this a cheap and easy DIY project, taking the time to add weather stripping to your home’s doors and windows can help save on energy costs as you close off energy-wasting leaks.
6. A Quick & Easy Accent Table
Take a decent serving tray and a planter and glue them together for a unique and affordable table fit for almost any room.
7. Decorate Your Backsplash
While decluttering and organizing your home and kitchen will help in a behind-the-scenes kind of way, there’s something quick and cheap you can do if you have basic one-tone tiles for your kitchen’s backsplash. try painting stripes, swirls, spots, and other designs to give your kitchen a new look without busting the bank.
8. Chalkboard Paint
A gallon will cost you less than $20 and a coat can transform any wall or door. Use chalkboard paint in the kid’s room to give them a cool place to draw, or put it inside the pantry door for a convenient spot for grocery lists and other reminders.
DIY projects don’t have to be expensive nor do they have to be huge undertakings. With the 8 items above you can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home without busting the bank or needing construction experience.