Maintaining a house can be costly, but there are many cheap DIY home renovations you can make, that don’t cost the earth. If you’re looking for ways to improve your house on a budget, try these cost-effective ideas for DIY home improvement.
1. Smarten up your entranceway
First impressions can affect the way you and your visitors feel when you enter your home. So by making a few small and inexpensive changes to your front garden, driveway or front door, you can transform the appearance of your house, all on a limited budget. Try giving your gate or fence a coat of paint, replacing your front door (or adding a new, shiny house number) or laying new tiles on your front pathway. These are all simple but effective ways to improve your ‘kerb appeal’, and could even boost the value of your house.
2. Update kitchen cabinets
Have you ever winced at the cost of a new kitchen? Rather than ripping everything out and replacing it, you can achieve a smart and modern new look simply by updating your kitchen cabinets. With basic DIY skills you can paint cabinet doors and replace the handles, to dramatically update the look and feel of your kitchen. (If you’re feeling ambitious, consider replacing your kitchen tiles, too).
3. Switch your soft furnishings
Looking for a dramatic change to your home interiors? If you’re unsure about committing to complicated DIY house improvements but still need to give your house a makeover, you’ll be amazed at what a difference can be made simply by installing new curtains or carpets. Brighten up a dull room with bold colours, or open up a cramped space with pale hues. A feature rug offset with a well-chosen houseplant can transform a nondescript space into something contemporary and stylish.
4. Make the most of alcoves
Is your house looking cluttered? A brilliant, budget DIY solution is to put up shelves in alcoves to make full use of the space available. It’s a skill that’s easy to learn, cheap to carry out, and that will make a big difference to your home. As well as storing books and other essential items, your shelves can be used as a focal point in the room, housing feature items like pot plants and photographs.
5. Restore your floors
Is there a hidden gem lurking under your carpets? Old, tiled floors can be cleaned and restored to their former glory, offering a unique period feature that’s too good to be hidden away. If you have wooden floorboards, clean, sand and varnish them to give them a whole new lease of life.
6. Create a feature wall
A lick of paint is one of the cheapest and easiest DIY upgrades you can make. And if you don’t have time to repaint the whole house, why not create a feature wall? Pick a bold colour and offset it throughout the room with bright accents on rugs, cushions, lamps and vases. If your DIY skills are up to it, wallpaper is also a great choice for a feature wall. Large prints work best.
The cost of home improvements doesn’t need to be through the roof, but if you need a little extra cash to get things done, consider a personal loan from Ealing Trading. A short-term boost to your income, it’ll pay for your DIY project but won’t get you into debt for long.
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