Spending a lot of time at home can be relaxing, but it also draws your attention to the things you’re not so crazy about. Giving your home a minor makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune; these ideas under $100 provide a noticeable boost without requiring a call to a local contractor. See which of these one day projects suits your needs.
1. Create a ‘Cloffice’
Building a closet office, or cloffice, is one of those easy home renovations that makes a huge impact. Whether you’re working from home or just want a place to pay bills and read emails, removing the door from the hinges and installing a large piece of wood or laminate as your desk is both a functional and stylish beginner home improvement project. You can store hanging clothes in drawers and add a shelf or two for affordable office storage.
2. Switch out Hardware
This inexpensive change makes a huge difference in the look of a room. Whether you want a minor room makeover or need to replace aging accessories, swapping out the handles on dresser drawers and cabinet doors provides a fresh yet inexpensive new look.
3. Cover Kitchen Appliances in Full-Size Magnets
This is one of our favorite ideas under $100. The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to update. Even a “cheap” kitchen renovation can break your budget if something goes wrong and you have to call a local contractor to repair a mistake. Covering the whole surface of your refrigerator, stove or dishwasher gives the look of new appliances, or just adds a fun and funky change up to your space.
4. Display Your Dishes
Show off your favorite dishes or accessories by removing kitchen cabinet doors. Or replace a few opaque doors with translucent glass for a pretty way to showcase stylish plates and cups.
5. Make an Entrance
Impress guests with an entryway makeover while staying on a budget. Hang an eye-catching statement mirror above a wall-mounted coat hook to welcome visitors and prevent coat clutter. Or place an inexpensive console table near the door to ensure easy access to everyday essentials when leaving the house. You can also switch up your space with faux seasonal flowers or pretty frames.
6. Make a (Back)splash
Even if you’re renting, this is one of those one day projects that gives your kitchen a noticeable boost. Peel-and-stick backsplashes offer the look of tile, stone and other materials without the commitment or sticker shock.
7. Replace Light Switch Covers
This is one of the simplest beginner home improvement projects on our list. Decorative light switch plates let you play with color and patterns for very little money and effort.
8. Insulate Windows the Stylish Way
Apply decorative window film to glass for a whole new look and improved functionality. Improve energy efficiency with an insulating film, or reduce damage from UV rays and enhance privacy while welcoming in natural light with privacy window film.
9. Upsize a Window
Add drama by visually lengthening a window with long curtains. Find inexpensive floor-length curtains at thrift stores, on eBay or at big-box discount stores.
10. Improve Curb Appeal
This is one of our favorite easy home renovations because it makes such a difference in the way your home looks. Paint your front door in a bold color, or make a subtle change by going a shade lighter or darker. Add a one-of-a-kind touch by swapping out your doorknob for a vintage style. Add a seasonal wreath for extra points.
If your idea of DIY on a budget doesn’t involve tons of work or knowledge, you’re in luck. Whether you opt for a cheap renovation or a minor, done-in-an-hour project, you’ll love updating your home with our ideas under $100.