5 Budget-friendly DIY Improvements

Home Improvement

It’s easy to update your home to look more chic in a budget-friendly way. Taking on a DIY project can give your house that extra sense of style you want while saving money. Don’t cringe at these three little words: "do it yourself." There are fast, easy, and affordable projects you can do on your own. Here are five relatively easy ways to enhance your home - and add value if you're thinking about moving!

Replace Your Light Fixtures

Switching out an old or basic light fixture for a more elegant one is an easy way to shift the ambiance of a room. By adding a sophisticated light fixture, you can control the intensity of the light and character of your room. And you don't need to pay a pretty penny for expensive new fixtures - you can buy used fixtures online.

Add Floating Shelves

Installing floating shelves in your home combines the functionality of extra storage space with a bit of style and personal flair. Floating shelves can be mounted on walls in many different patterns, and they come in various materials to give your rooms a unique touch. For a small room choose shallow shelves to display framed photos; for a larger room you can afford to use deeper shelves to hold vases, books and unique trinkets.

Paint an Accent Wall

Painting an accent wall can add a pop of color and showcase your personality. Usually a low-risk project, a homeowner of any skill level can tackle this project in a day. You just need some painter's tape, a brush and the color that suits you! Just make sure the color you choose is complementary with the other colors in the room. Stay consistent between warm and cool tones.

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Install Decorative Molding

Adding decorative molding around your home can add an extra touch of elegance. Install molding to the ceiling by capping walls, columns and cabinets, or add chair molding lower to the ground. With detailed molding you can add character to your rooms while also making them feel taller and more finished.

Build a Fire Pit

Take your sophisticated style outside by building a stone or brick fire pit in your backyard. Before starting the project, be sure to check your local fire codes or homeowners association to ensure you are safe and allowed to start building.

Adding a touch of class to your home doesn't have to break the bank! Do one project at a time. Otherwise, you can fall victim to “chronic project incompleteness syndrome.” When you are finished—enjoy the fruit of your labor! Which one of these 5 DIY projects are you going to try first?