If you’re thinking about renovating your home but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place.
This list is full of ideas and inspiration from professional designers and savvy homemakers alike.
The thing that you have to keep in mind is that most projects (that you see online) that look incredible, likely took three months and a $50,000 dollar budget to complete. Also, if you are intimidated by the projects that so often populate Pinterest (and who isn’t?) there’s good news for you because these small little house projects can be done with little money.
There are tons of super-easy renovation projects that can add major appeal and value to your home without requiring an engineering degree or a massive budget to complete.
Read on for 12 simple and easy DIY home renovation projects (for total beginners) that are easy to manage!
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Painting your house is one of the most potent upgrades that you can make in terms of the look and feel of your home. The wall color of your house will affect how absolutely everything inside of it looks. It will also affect your mood, albeit in a subtle way. Changing the color of your walls is one of the more complicated options on this list, but it’s totally feasible for a beginner.
Just make sure that you invest in quality brushes and rollers, and don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes. The great thing about paint is that it comes off fairly easily while it’s still wet and just about anything can be painted over a second time.
2. Install a Stair Runner.
A stair runner is a piece of fabric that runs all the way up the length of your staircase. It adds a pop of color and a touch of fun flair to your staircase and turns it into a focal point rather than something to be ignored. A stair runner can be installed quickly and easily using little more than a staple gun and some patience.
3. Change wall art.
Wall art is an extremely effective way to change how your home feels. If you don’t feel like you’re the artistic type, you can always cheat and copy some simple wall art from Pinterest. There are also a ton of free online prints that can be printed and framed for cheap as well. Frames of all sizes can be found from Goodwill for drastically reduced prices.
4. Upgrade the Cabinets and knobs.
Before you roll your eyes, I’m not talking about replacing the cabinets themselves. Often, you don’t need to replace your cabinets and buy new ones — you just need to give them a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. You might also consider taking the doors off of the top cabinets altogether; this is a great way to show off dishware that you love or grow some long hanging plants.
5. Paint the door.
One of the easiest projects that will have the most effect, painting your door can add a much-needed pop of color to your home’s exterior. For those of us who are figuring out how to renovate your home on a budget, this is one of the easiest projects available.
6. Refinish Wood Surfaces.
Wood tables, floors, and coffee tables can take a beating over time and start to look dusty. For those of us who are trying to figure out how to renovate a home with little money, this is one of the best projects to start with. You can breathe new life into your wood surfaces by quickly and easily refinishing them. You’ll just need to sand the surface of the wood down, remove any residual dust or dirt.
7. Power Wash outdoors and the Deck.
Power-washing your deck can make it feel completely new and ready for grilling and entertaining. Over time, dust and dirt can build up and take over your deck. To make it feel new, just quickly sweep and power wash the exterior of the deck until all the debris is removed. You can also apply a new coat of wood finish for bonus points.
8. Install a simple backsplash.
While installing a backsplash can seem like an intimidating task, it’s actually one of the many easy DIY home renovation projects that can be done by just about anyone. If tile seems a little bit tedious, there are single-sheet materials available that just require you to measure and cut the piece of backsplash and glue it to the back of the wall.
9. Showcase a new faucet.
The faucet is a major focal point of the kitchen. Installing a new one can make your old kitchen look completely new. If you are looking for how to renovate your home on a budget, this is a great place to start. Make sure that you turn off the water supply under the sink first (usually a small lever). All that’s left to be done after that is to unscrew the old faucet and attach a new one.
10. Shampoo those carpets.
A freshly cleaned carpet is warm, inviting, and very comfortable. Dirty carpets make your home feel uninhabitable. You can fix the look and feel of your living space by taking care of the quality of your floors. Rent a carpet steamer on the cheap from a local hardware store and get to work. Most spaces only take about 20 minutes to clean after you’ve gotten all of the furniture out of the way.
11. Install new Light Fixtures.
The exterior light fixtures on homes often go too many years without being replaced. You can replace them fairly easily. A new light fixture can transform how your home feels from the outside. It’s a big part of the first impression of your home. You can also swap out fluorescent lights on the interior and exterior for warm, incandescent bulbs. This will give your home a much more welcoming feel.
12. If all else fails, Buy Houseplants.
When all else fails buy some plants! Buying and placing houseplants is super-simple and adds a ton of visual interest and appeal to your living space, especially if you are overwhelmed with making permanent reno changes. Some plants are more finicky than others; plants like succulents or rubber trees are extremely easy to care for and look beautiful in any space.
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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