If you own a home, odds are you would love to make some home improvements but flinch at the cost. After all, a major kitchen renovation or bathroom remodel will set you back around $60,000 on average—and who has that kind of money lying around? But there’s good news: Not all home upgrades are that pricey.
Experts say there are a slew of home improvements that can transform your place for a few hundred bucks, or even less.
Check out some of the ideas below, as well as the before-and-after pictures that prove what a difference they can make without blowing your budget.
Ken O’Brien of The Joy of Moldings calls crown molding the “gateway drug” of home improvements. And we can totally see why.
At $3 per foot, crown molding is as affordable as can be and has a dramatic impact on the space where your walls meet the ceiling. Bonus: This ornate detail also draws the eyes up, making the ceiling appear higher.
Front door face-lift
Painting your front door a bold hue adds plenty of impact for the price of one small can of paint (about $20). Homeowner Kim Rosas, a blogger at Dirty Diaper Laundry, was thrilled with the results after trying out a few different shades for her entryway. The winner? Purple.
Home and lifestyle blogger Amy Goetz of The Blissful Bee says upgrading a light fixture is the perfect solution for renters who can’t make any structural changes. Her DIY drum pendant cover-up looks like a million bucks (OK, maybe a few hundred) but costs just $25. Grab your glue gun, and get ready to brighten up your space with this easy and inexpensive project.
Switch plate switcheroo
Add instant interest to your room by simply swapping out the boring brass (or worse, white) switch plates. If you can’t find an eye-catching option that complements your decor, you can fashion one yourself, according to Cheryl Sousan of Tidy Mom. Using fabric and some basic crafts supplies, the new look came together for easily under 10 bucks total.
A new kitchen faucet
New cabinet hardware
After this swap, Henkler moved on to the hardware on her kitchen cabinetry. Polished brass was all the rage a dozen years ago when she originally decorated her kitchen, but now it’s outdated and the knob tops were barely hanging on. Note: This tip also applies to the drawer pulls in your bathroom, bedroom, and beyond.
So, if you don’t have a fortune socked away for a major renovation, you can still get a look you love by making small and simple changes.