Most homeowners have an idea or two of what they’d like to change about their houses. Unfortunately, many of these visions are far too grandiose to realise on a tight budget.
But there is some good news for those with big home-update dreams and less-than-sizeable funds: you can try one of the following five projects to refresh and restyle your home without breaking the bank. And, even if you can’t do a full renovation to add value to your home, a smaller DIY project can have positive effects on your bottom line, too.
So, roll up your sleeves and start planning how you’ll make one of the following XX projects a reality in your home.
1. Tile Your Floors — With Carpet
Carpet tiles have become all the rage in flooring, and it’s easy to see why. You can get swatches with just as much of a cushy feel as wall-to-wall carpeting, but you can mix up the colour and pattern to create a more artful floor. On top of that, the carpet tiles are easily removable and replaceable, so, if you — or your spouse, kids or pets — spill something, you can pop out the affected tile, rinse it and be on your merry way.
2. Crown Your Ceilings (and Cabinets)
A bit of crown moulding can make a big impact on a room. The band of white draws the eye up and makes the room appear larger, which is great news for homeowners who don’t have extra-high ceilings. Plus, crown moulding gives a space a more polished appearance, finishing off the plain dry wall with a bit more pizzazz.
Installing your own crown moulding shouldn’t be too difficult, although you’ll need a saw and some patience to measure out pieces of wood. You can make your life even easier by buying corner blocks rather than cutting crown moulding at the perfect angle so that it meets up at the corners of your walls.
You can also use crown moulding to make construction-grade cabinets look built-in. Many homeowners before you have used their molding-installation skills to fill the space from the top of their cabinets to the ceilings with a bit of crown, though you might need larger pieces of wood than you do when putting crown moulding at the top of a sheet of drywall.