Home Improvement Ideas On The Cheap

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Not quite ready to break down walls and add a new wing to your home?  If you’ve got a small budget and are a bit handy around the house, here are some small home improvement ideas that can be done over a weekend at an affordable price, whether you do it yourself or have someone do it for you.

More Storage In Your Kitchen

All kitchens large and small need a generous amount of storage space.  Storage space is something you can almost never have enough of.  When looking to places to convert into additional storage space, look to the corner spaces or empty space above drawers and counters to add shelving.  Perhaps a wine rack would go well and fit nicely beside the cabinet.  Plan out what you would like to store in that space and adjust the spacing of your shelves accordingly to maximize the functionality of your new shelves.

A New Coat Of Paint

A fresh coat of paint can be relatively inexpensive and easy to do, yet have a drastic effect on the look and feel of your home.  When choosing colors, we recommend going with a palette that will be more timeless and stand up to changing styles.  You don’t want your house to feel outdated in just a couple years.  Visit your local paint shop for ideas and inspiration on color.  Taking into account the color and tones in the furniture that you have can also help narrow down your paint color choices.

Spruce Up Your Front Entrance

Aim to make a better first impression by putting a bit of money on improving your front entrance.  You could consider adding a frame around your front door to add some embellishment and grandeur.  Take some inspiration from what you have going on in the interior of your home and bring some of those elements to the outside to tie the outside and inside together a little.  Some custom millwork around your front entrance can really add some nice character to your home.

Breath Some Life Back Into Your Flooring

If you’ve got some older hard wood or tile flooring in your home, chances are it has seen better days before all the heavy foot traffic, dirt and dust has taken its toll on your flooring.  Some quality cleaning product or polishing of your flooring can restore some of that original shine back into your flooring.  You’ll be surprised what a difference your flooring can make to the ambiance of your home.

Don’t Forget The Lighting

Unfortunately, lighting is one of those things that is often overlooked and is an afterthought that is only addressed after furnishings, layout, paint and finishes.  However, the quality of your lighting and light fixtures can literally feel like the difference between night and day.  Elegant light fixtures go a long way to brightening up the feel of your space.  When choosing lighting, it’s important to consider the look of the fixture as well as the amount and quality of light it’s going to give off.  Remember to take all lighting fixtures and lighting into account and how they interact with each other.  Play around with ambient lights, accent lights and functional lights.  Dimmer switches can also be very handy when it comes to lighting.

Classy Crown Molding

Inexpensive yet very effective, crown molding can be that little something that turns a space from crummy to classy.  Pair crown molding with some nice base boards and you’re well on your way to a beautiful space.

Natural Beauty

After you’ve spruced up your front entrance with some elegant framing, take it a step further and add some simple greenery to your front walk way.  Having some live fresh plants and flowers can bring some life to your walk way and soften up some of those hard edges from stairs or doorways.