As an avid DIYer, you may very well take up the challenge of giving your house a complete makeover. 

Calling a professional to help you with the designs and adding expensive fixtures may surpass your budget. Besides, there is magic in renovating your house all by yourself. After all, what could be better than adding your personal touch to every corner of the house?

And this is when DIY home improvement comes to your rescue. When done in the right way, it can save you both time and money. So, we have listed a few things we can do to achieve that dream transformation without burning a hole in your pocket.

Without further delay, let’s get down to business!

8 DIY Budget-Friendly Home Improvement Ideas 

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1. Jazz Up Your Walls With Wallpapers 

Wallpapers are no longer a thing of the past, as they have gained quite some popularity in the last few years. And because of that, when you visit a store now, you can find a range of suitable options. 

Honestly, wallpapers are a pretty costly affair. But don’t lose heart- you do not need to cover all the walls with them. You can choose an elegant piece to highlight your favourite wall. Putting it on one wall will keep the costs down and prevent unwanted mess to help you save time. 

In case you have a plain room without many built-in features, wallpaper would be a great addition, as it will immediately add some character. But before you decide which option would be best suited for your room, it is important to know a little about them first. 

Some wallpapers are made from lightweight materials, and then there are some that are of thick fabric and more difficult to hang. If you have any difficulty understanding whether you will be able to handle it, read the hanging instructions carefully. Apart from that, you can ask the seller for help. 

We would recommend that you take a picture of your room to the store. After that, you can ask their in-house designers to help you select one. They are trained and will be able to help you sort out what would go best with your existing set of furniture. 

2. Adding Interesting Wall Panels

In order to give your room an instant makeover, one thing you can do is add wall panels. You can experiment as much as you desire to choose a design that goes well with the existing theme and tone. Plus, they can be cost-effective to install and longer-lasting than tiles.

We would advise that you consider putting panels in your kitchen and bathroom, as those are the areas where they look the best. You can even go for a monochrome or wooden look, depending on the existing decoration. 

3. Installing Halogen Track Lighting 

Track lighting fixtures are best suited to highlight a particular area, like the ceiling. These light sources are quite directed and reflect light exactly where it is needed. 

However, installing them might seem a little difficult in case you have not worked with electrical fittings before. All you need to do is make sure that the rail system that holds the pendant and the spotlight is installed correctly. 

Again, you can get creative with the rails and direct the lights wherever they are needed. Both in online and offline stores, you will find some rails that come with a fixed number of lights and some with provisions for new installations. 

And the best part about adding track lighting to your home decor is that they have become quite affordable in the last few years. So, you don’t have to break the bank to get your hands on one. 

Even the electric consumption of these lights is significantly less. In fact, you might not even require installing a transformer in the house to make room for the extra load. 

4. Simple DIY Window Trim

Not every new installation requires high-end tools and technology, and DIY window trim is one of the best examples of that. You can do it during the weekend without requiring any fancy hardware. 

Honestly, you only require basic woodworking skills to get this thing in place. All you have to do is remove the old window sill and chop around the edges with a utility knife and a hammer. It is quite easy, and in case you find it difficult, online tutorials will definitely come to your rescue. 

5. Installing An Entry Light 

Lighting is one of the most crucial elements of your home decoration. And the right one can accentuate the decor like nothing else. As people enter your home, the first lighting that they see sets the mood and their understanding of your home. 

For the best effect, you can consider putting a statement light right at the entrance of your house. Some houses even have rustic, 20th-century lamps that effectively add a vintage touch to the decor. 

However, some people may also like a more minimalist and modern look. With enough research, you will be able to get an entry light of your choice. Some of the best finds are often available at the yard sale or the flea market, meaning you can find them at discount rates. So, always be on the lookout for them. 

6. Renewing The Floors

It is of no surprise to homeowners that renewing flooring is a very costly affair. But what if we told you that there is a way around it? Instead of completely uprooting the existing tiles or marbles, you can simply colour the floors to transform them without spending hundreds of dollars.

You can choose the new colours according to the wall colours, or may opt for something contrasting. You can keep doing this every few years to add newness to your rooms but without any hefty expenses. 

Consider adding a deck or revamping your outdoor flooring by building one or extending the one you already have. Having a wider layout means you can host a kids party or a casual afternoon BBQ.

7. Add Shades And Shutters

While bright sunlight may sound good during a weekend, if you are working from the comfort of your home, it might be distracting. In such cases, installing a shade can be a great solution. If you are feeling fancy and want to add extra character to the room, you can even consider wooden swinging shutters. 

Interior shutters are not very expensive and help add architectural detail to your house. Not only do they make the space look more beautiful but they also help in preventing chilly wind from entering your room during winter. 

There is nothing complicated about their installation, and all you need to do is attach them to the thin frame on the inside or outside of the window casing. 

8. Makeover For Your Bathroom

While decorating homes, people often overlook the bathrooms. However, that’s not something you should do.

A simple change like replacing the vanity top can significantly change the monotonous feel of your bathroom. Furthermore, you can even consider granite tops to bring some elegance into the space. And don’t worry; you can find them for different budget requirements.

Once you are done deciding what to get and buying the necessary accessories and fixtures, you can start replacing the old ones. When you take the old fixtures out of the walls, there may be some damage caused to the wall colour or tiles. So, you might need to cover it with a fresh layer of paint before installing the new fixtures. 

After you are done with painting the walls, move on to adding the mirror. If there was a medicine cabinet behind your previous mirror, make sure that you try fitting the new one in the existing opening. Trying to broaden up the opening is quite a hard task, and you might need professional help for that. 

Lastly, you would need to install the faucet and the granite top for the final touch. However, you may require more time to complete these tasks. So, it is best that you dedicate at least a day or two and don’t rush through them. Otherwise, you may have to eventually call professionals, which will only add to your expenditure.

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That brings us to the end of this comprehensive guide. 

We hope that you had a great time learning about how to make creative home improvements. When your creativity is coupled with effort, giving your house a DIY makeover would not be difficult. 

However, you should keep your ideas realistic to keep the budget in check. We’d suggest that you start by creating a layout (virtual or on paper) before beginning with the work. This will help you proceed in a more systematic manner and will prevent unwanted wastage. 

If you still have some doubts or want to share other interesting ideas that we might have missed out on, please share them with us in the comments section below. And remember always call a professional if you get stuck.

 Until next time, adios!

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