5 Creative (and Cheap!) Home Remodeling Projects

5 Creative (and Cheap!) Home Remodeling Projects

When you hear “home remodeling,” there’s a good chance you instantly associate those words with a hefty price tag. And while it’s true that many home remodeling projects can cost big bucks, there are plenty of creative and cost-effective projects that any homeowner can tackle.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite home remodeling projects that are easy on the bank, and will be sure to add wonderful character and functionality to your home.

5 Creative and Cheap Home Remodeling Projects

  1. Boost Storage: When you first move into a house, it often seems like there’s PLENTY of storage—especially if this is your first home. But as we’re sure you’re quick to realize, storage spaces always seems to become occupied way too fast.
    If you can relate, one of our favorite ways to increase your storage is by adding shelves throughout your home. Incorporating shelves, from your kitchen to bedroom, can not only help add a little personality and depth to your living space, but can provide areas for valuable storage, especially if you save space for boxes and other storage friendly items on your shelves. And if you’re feeling even more inspired, try to “embellish plain shelves with decorative brackets” (Better Homes & Garden).
  2. Upgrade Your Curb Appeal: From a new door to updated lighting, it’s amazing what a few small upgrades to the outside of your home can do to enhance your curb appeal, and become the envy of all your neighbors. Here are a few other creative ways to step up your curb appeal game:
    • Install new house numbers
    • Add basic landscaping—even a few hanging plants can go a long way!
    • Update your mailbox
  3. Add a Backsplash: Subway tile, anyone? While the trendy subway tile may or may not be for you, updating your backsplash is a cheap home remodeling project that can breathe new life into any kitchen. The cool thing about backsplashes is that they come in a wide range of options, so you have many choices to find one that best fits your home’s style. For more inspiration and tips on how to choose the best backsplash for you, check out this articlefrom HGTV.
  4. Incorporate Crown Molding: Ah, crown molding—a typical decorative finishing that delivers an old-home charm, as it helps with the transition from wall to ceiling and makes any room feel less boxy. Depending on the year your home was built, crown molding may have been left off the home builder’s list of to dos. Don’t fret, you can still add this desirable feature, at a relatively low cost and in a short time frame. If you’re feeling inspired and have no plans for your weekend, consider following this tutorial on “How to Create Faux Crown Molding.”
  5. Update Your Walls: When it comes to the walls in your home, the options for upgrading are endless. Two of our favorites? Fresh paint and wallpaper. See below for benefits of each option:
    • Fresh Paint:Probably the most DIY-friendly project on our list, adding a new paint color to any room is a great, and cheap, way to enhance a room. No matter your home-improvement skills, any homeowner “can give your drab, washed-out walls a burst of brilliant depth just by picking up a paint can and having at them” (This Old House).
    • Wallpaper: While wallpaper may seem like something you’d spot in your grandma’s house, don’t let any preconceived ideas keep you from taking advantage of this creative remodeling project—which is making a big comeback in homes across the country. The cool thing about wallpaper today? There are TONS of options when it comes to the selection—from temporary wallpaper to dimensional fabrics, adding wallpaper to any wall can really make a room pop.

For other home remodeling ideas, check out our article, “Tips on How to Decorate Your House on a Budget” and don’t forget to join the conversation online by following us on our social channels.