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10 DIY House Projects Under $50

Jay Marks

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 30 years ...

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 30 years ...

Apr 14 5 minutes read

While you're stuck at home is as good a time as any to tackle some of those DIY house projects that have been put on the back burner. Here are 10 home improvement projects that cost less than $50 but will make a big impact.

#1: Paint your front door

Consider adding a fun pop of color to your home by painting your front door!

Pro Tip: Purchase an exterior-grade paint that has a built-in primer to reduce the amount of work you have to do.

Here's a full tutorial courtesy of HGTV's website.

#2: Add some fun to your yard with string lights

We don't know what it is about stringing up some globe lights on your patio or even across the whole backyard, but it instantly turns that space into the perfect gathering space.

Pro Tip: You can find globe lights pretty much anywhere including Target, Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Amazon.

#3: Install some wallpaper (Yes, it's back! But better.)

That's right. Wallpaper is back. But it's so much better than it was before. There are some beautiful wallpapers to choose from, and some really affordable options too. Best of all are the peel-and-stick vinyl wallpapers which are easy to install and easy to remove, so you can even use them if you're renting!

Pro Tip: To keep this a more cost-friendly project, consider wallpapering just a focal wall or a small space like a closet or powder bath.

#4: Update cabinet hardware

Talk about a small project that can have a big impact - updating the hardware on your cabinetry can take your kitchen or bathroom from old-school to new-school. 

Pro Tip: Hardware can get expensive, but we've found some awesome deals on some popular styles at places like Wayfair and Amazon.

#5: Replace bed linens, shower curtains, etc.

Now that you're spending more time at home, you may have noticed that items like your bed linens and shower curtains could use some updating. Those are items that are very easy to order online and have shipped to your home to replace! 

Pro Tip: This is a fun project to involve the kids in! Consider sprucing up their rooms and get them involved in the selection process.

#6: Install new plumbing fixtures

Have you always wished you had a rain shower head in your master shower? Now's the time to make those updates! Just updating your plumbing fixtures can make you feel like you're living inside a spa - you'd be amazed!

Pro Tip: We know you may not believe us that this can be done for under $50, but there are plenty of options out there like this one on Amazon!

#7: Get rid of those standard flush-mount lights

Does anyone actually like those standard flush-mount lights found in most homes? We doubt it. So, swap them out for options that have more personality! 

Pro Tip: Consider swapping out your bulbs for LED versions if you can. They'll last longer and the light is better!

#8: Organize your pantry

We're sure you've seen pictures all over Pinterest of beautiful, well-organized pantries. And we'll admit, we love them! Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also make finding and storing things so easy!

Pro Tip: Before you start organizing and/or purchasing bins, baskets, etc. to store everything, take everything out of your pantry to take inventory. That will make organizing and knowing what to buy so much easier.

#9: Brighten up your kitchen with under-cabinet lighting

If you don't already have under-cabinet lighting, it can be really easy to install yourself! Lighting under your cabinets makes it much easier to serve and prepare food, plus it also makes great mood lighting!

Pro Tip: There are different kinds of under-cabinet lighting including string lights and puck lights. You just need to figure out which kind is best for your cabinet configuration and needs.

#10: Whitewash your brick fireplace

Take your brick fireplace from eyesore to showstopper by whitewashing it. It takes a little bit of patience, but it will make a big difference in the end and will add a perfect touch to your living area.

Pro Tip: Make sure you thoroughly wash the brick and grout before starting. 

Here's a step-by-step guide from Lowe's on whitewashing a brick fireplace.

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