8 Little Known Ways to Save on Home Improvement

Posted on Aug 30 2013 - 10:42pm by Jessica Johnson


In a perfect world we’d all have millions to use in renovating our homes. Shabby bathrooms would magically become luxurious spas. Grungy kitchens would transform into bright, state-of-the-art cuisines.

But in the world we live in, most of us have to make do with much lower-budget fixes. Thank goodness you can still do a lot to improve your abode with a limited budget. Here are eight great ideas for sprucing things up without going broke or exhausting yourself.

1. Fix up your front door. Either get a new door or invest in a couple cans of paint for the door and the trim. A neat, new knocker also wouldn’t go amiss.

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2. Tidy up your kitchen with a new mosaic tile backsplash. You can pick any look you’d like, from shiny nickel tiles to turquoise ceramic tiles.

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3. Make your own budget headboard. This can be made of anything from an old signboard to a chalkboard to some old shutters.

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4. Add crown molding, a project that This Old House calls only moderately difficult. You can choose the shape of the curve from selections like “scotia,” “cyma,” and “ovolo.”

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5.Revamp your lighting scheme. This can be done on the cheap using techniques like placing under-cabinet Christmas lights and buying fixtures from reclamation stores.

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6. Add fancy knobs to doors and cabinets. What about a zebra print drawer pull, a baseball-shaped dresser knob, or an antique wooden doorknob?

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7. Brighten up your cabinets by refinishing or adding a new coat of paint and some fun new knobs. Line them with colorful contact paper for that little something extra.

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8. Freshen up your bathroom with a bold paint color, a new faucet, some colorful wall art, and some pretty hand towels.


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What low-cost renovations have you undertaken lately? What is the single easiest and most helpful budget home improvement you’ve seen?