Are you thinking of selling your home or just want to spruce up your digs? If large expensive projects are beyond your grasp, you’re in luck: improving the value of your home doesn’t have to involve a huge overhaul and large sums of money, especially if you’re willing to combine a little sweat and creativity.
Why spend big money when there are so many simple and quick do-it-yourself (DIY) home projects? There are several low-cost projects that can transform your home and immediately boost its value. Sometimes a little bit can go a long way, and redoing just a few key elements can upgrade your home on the cheap.
Read on for five simple, fun DIY home projects you can tackle over the weekend to add value to your house, no matter your budget. Don’t forget to buy your supplies through Splender to save a little extra money and receive cash back. Happy home improving!
Paint, Paint, Paint
One of the simplest and most cost-effective home improvements of all is applying a new coat of paint! If you’re dealing with scratches, dirty/worn walls, outdated colors, or tacky wallpaper, it’s time for a makeover. Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value. A few cans of paint can make a dramatic difference.
When choosing paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, thereby making your home more desirable. If you’re trying to maximize the value of your home, it’s best to choose a color scheme that unifies the entire house and makes the space look bigger. Try Spitfire Suede by Ralph Lauren, a neutral hue that stands out with a suede-like texture. (Available at Home Depot with 3% cash back.)
On average, paint is fairly inexpensive, leaving you plenty of money to buy rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths and brushes, as well as other home décor. So buy a few gallons and get busy!
Redo The Bathroom Floor
Installing a new bathroom floor isn’t as tough a DIY project as it sounds. Many homeowners can learn how to do this themselves with a simple class (check your local home improvement store’s calendar). Because installation is a major part of the cost of most home improvements, doing it yourself can equal dramatic savings. Reducing labor costs can allow you to select nicer flooring than if you would have had someone install it – so treat yourself to a materials upgrade. Opting for a neutral-colored tile will likely add the most value. This Calacatta White Glazed Porcelain Floor Tile is a classic and elegant choice that will pair nicely with any bathroom décor or fixtures. (Available at Lowe’s with 3% cash back.)
Install Crown Moldings
Upgrading your rooms with crown molding is surprisingly simple DIY project, plus it adds a lot of character. Moldings can provide serious polish—for not so serious cash. You simply purchase the molding, cut it to the size that fits your room (or have the store cut it for you), and attach it to the top of the wall using a nail gun. This involves a bit of woodworking skill, as well as the right tools, but it is very inexpensive when you can do it yourself. Some molding, which is nothing more than decorative strips of wood, even comes pre-painted like these House of Fara MDF crown moldings. (Available at Home Depot with 3% cash back.)
Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
The lowest cost option when updating your kitchen cabinetry is to paint or stain your existing cabinets. White cabinets will brighten your kitchen, usually don’t go out of style, and are easy for future owners to repaint if they want something different. Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Semi-Gloss White delivers a smooth finish that provides just the right balance between shine and matte and is easy to wipe down – a key factor in a kitchen that can get messy. On the other hand, a dark stain like the one in this Rust-Oleum Dark Base Satin Resurfacing Cabinet Kit on your cabinets can provide a warm, luxurious feel for the kitchen. (Available at Sears.com with 4% cash back and at Lowe’s with 3% cash back, respectively.)
The first step in any refinishing project is to remove the doors from the cabinets, and remove all the hardware, too. You’ll also need to thoroughly clean the cabinets before applying paint or stain so that residue like grease won’t ruin your work. This process can be used to spruce up bathroom cabinets as well.
Upgrade Cabinet Knobs and Drawer Handles
While working on your kitchen cabinets, why not freshen them up a little more with some new hardware, too? It’s surprising how a seemingly innocuous element like a cabinet knob can make your kitchen look inexpensive or dated. Replacing your hardware can give your kitchen a facelift, whether you redo your cabinets or not. Consider the Amerock Cabinet Knob in Satin Nickel from Ace Hardware or these bronze Faceted Ory Knobs from Anthropologie if you’re feeling bold. (Available at Ace Hardware and Anthropologie, both with 4% cash back.)
When taking on home improvement projects, it always helps to save a little extra by doing it yourself. And, you can add in more savings by shopping through Splender and earning cash back on all your DIY home project supplies.
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