7 Home-Improvements You Can Do on a Budget

When you’ve lived in the same place for a while, you can start to get restless with your surroundings, especially if you’ve been stuck at home working remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You’re not alone. However, wanting to make changes and actually taking the leap is a whole different story.

It might feel like you have to choose between making your home beautiful and sticking to your budget. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! With a little creativity and a few handy tips, there are plenty of home improvement projects you can tackle without breaking the bank.


Read on for seven home improvements you can do on any (or no) budget.

#1 Spruce Up Your Walls with Fresh Paint

Painting gives you a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to home improvements. Whether you want a clean, neutral palette, or a pop of color with an accent wall, a fresh coat of paint can completely transform the space you’re in.

House painting

A full paint job doesn’t require much, other than a free day to spend getting messy and a few essential tools:

  • Paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller
  • Stir sticks
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint can opener

#2 Embrace a Minimalist Aesthetic  

Do you want a project you don’t have to spend a penny on? Consider embracing a minimalist’s mindset.

Decluttering your home can make a huge difference when it comes to your interior’s look and feel. Donate those old winter coats your kids have outgrown, toss out old games and toys no one ever uses, and tuck away distracting knick-knacks to make your home feel cleaner, bigger, and brighter.

Pro tip: Selling unused items means this project actually makes you money. Score!

#3 DIY Decorations

Small, personalized touches can really pull a design scheme together. But here’s the problem: finding decorations that fit your tastes and budget can be a challenge.

When you need to add a delicate centerpiece to your mantle or a charming finishing touch on a bookshelf, consider making the decorations yourself. Pick up a silicone mold kit and let your creativity run wild—the possibilities are endless!

#4 See Your Home in a New Light

Lighting is more than just a practical necessity. Lamps, ceiling-mounted fixtures, and recessed lighting are all important decorative elements. The kind of lighting you choose can play a huge role in a room’s overall vibe.

Updating your lights doesn’t mean completely rewiring your home. Try swapping out lamp shades or switching to soft, warm-toned bulbs—even the little things can make a big impact.

Backsplash

#5 Add Some Character with a Backsplash

Tackling an entire bathroom or kitchen remodel might be out of your price range, but you can still add a fresh, modern update to these rooms. A backsplash can make a dated room feel new and improved, and there are a variety of materials (at a variety of price points) that you can use for this much-needed pizazz.

#6 Turn Your Shower into a Spa

Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re indulging in some much-needed self-care every time they take a shower? We know how nice it can be to pamper yourself, so why not transform your shower into a sanctuary?

These budget-friendly tips will turn your mundane hygiene routine into the highlight of your day:


#7 Give Your Cabinets a Makeover

Your cabinets can do more than just hold your essential items. Consider making a statement with your cabinets by painting them a bold color or adding unique handles. Adding shelf paper to the cabinet’s interior will make them feel new inside and out.

You (and Your Wallet) Will Love Your Upgraded Home

Once you’ve completed a project or two, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ll love your projects even more knowing you didn’t have to make a big dent in your bank account—and that you built something beautiful with your own two hands! All it takes is a little DIY motivation to transform your house or apartment into a customized, updated, and beautiful space.