9 DIY Home Improvement Projects Under $50
Give your home a spring boost with these customizable, low-cost upgrades you can complete in just a day or two.
1. Shiplap Accent Wall
If you love the look of old shiplap walls and ceilings but don’t love the price, consider trying this gorgeous and budget-friendly accent wall solution. Simply trim down plywood into planks and then attach the boards to your chosen wall using nails and construction adhesive. Finish it off with a coat of paint and no one will be the wiser.
2. String Lights Solution
Transform any outdoor space into the perfect gathering spot by hanging globe cafe lights. Whether hung over a porch, patio or other outdoor area, you’ll instantly increase your usable square footage — which is handy for entertaining during the summer months when warm evenings are best spent outside.
3. Fancy Patio Floor
Give your unsightly concrete patio an instant pick-me-up with a colorful outdoor rug or by trying this stylish, DIY stencil solution. A long-lasting fix, all you need is a can of concrete stain, a plastic stencil of your choice, a high-quality stencil brush and a few hours to work. You’ll be able to completely transform the look of your patio, sidewalk or porch with a custom tile design created just for your space.
4. No-Risk Wallpaper
Go bold without the risk by using peel-and-stick wallpaper. It’s a perfect way to add temporary vibrancy or pattern to a room without tearing up the walls. To keep the project affordable, consider taking on a single accent wall or small space, like a closet or powder room.
5. Shower Curtain Switch
Because your shower curtain takes up a big chunk of real estate in your bathroom, changing it makes a considerable impact for very little money. Go bold with oversized florals, try out a boho look with a fringe-style curtain, or opt for a soft, modern-style ombré. Regardless of what you choose, it’ll be sure to bring a much-needed shakeup to your played-out bath decor.
6. Well-Hung Curtains
By hanging floor-length drapes 6” to 12” above the window frame, and lengthening your curtain rod 3” to 6” on each side, you can make your home look significantly bigger and more luxe. Remember, curtains should barely sweep the floor or puddle slightly for a professional look.
7. Painted Doorknobs
Instead of trying to swap out your dated door hardware for new — which can add up fast — consider painting the knobs in your home as an inexpensive, long-term solution. All it will cost you is a can of spray paint and a weekend of work.
8. Hardware Upgrade
Glam up your kitchen instantly by swapping out the drawer pulls and cabinet handles. For example, adding brushed gold knobs and pulls to a simple white kitchen gives it instant glam. Be sure to measure the width of your existing cabinet hardware before purchasing new and making the switch.
9. Mirrored Closet Doors
Any small bedroom will look larger by adding mirrors to plain closet doors or to the back of the entry door. Basic, framed floor-length mirrors can be found for less than $10 at big-box stores. Simply paint the frames to match your room and attach the mirrors to the doors with construction adhesive for a permanent solution. If you’re renting, removable picture-hanging strips can be used instead. For a more polished, high-end look, try gluing thin trim pieces to the mirrors.