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9 DIY renovation projects any homeowner can do

DIY renovation projects

You don’t need a big budget, or Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, to give your place a required interior design boost. All you need is a little cash, a few hours and some patience for DIY home renovation projects. Small budget and sweat equity are the cornerstones of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and the most cost-effective way for homeowners to add some curb appeal and potential equity to their home.

If you’re ready for a challenge and eager to get going, check out these nine DIY home renovation projects that are perfect for any homeowner looking to make a change to their home.

1. Enhance your entryway

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First impressions matter and one of the easiest ways to make a great first impression and boost curb appeal is to paint the front door. All you need is a screwdriver, palm sander, sandpaper and about one quart of exterior paint that looks good against your siding, trim and roof. Once you have all of the materials you need, this step-by-step tutorial will make the entire process seamless. Other fast and cheap ways to add curb appeal include upgrading your house numbers, replacing your mailbox and installing landscape lighting.

2. Install a new backsplash

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The kitchen is a great place to experiment, not only on the stove but also on your backsplash. If you need more easily accessible storage in the kitchen, try this low-cost pegboard backsplash. With just a half-inch pegboard panel, some felt pads and a jigsaw, you can install a pegboard over a plain backsplash and then add hooks to hang utensils and dishware. If you want a fun design instead, opt for a peel-and-stick wallpaper, which serves as an inexpensive backsplash.

3. Replace cabinet hardware

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Angie’s List

For homeowners who are looking to add character to their outdated kitchens and bathrooms, we have the perfect inexpensive and easy upgrade. Accessorizing the cabinets with new knobs and pulls can be a quick DIY home renovation project. Just make sure you find ones that are the same size as the existing ones so you don’t have to redrill the cabinets. Whether you want simple and timeless or elegant and contemporary, there are tons of options available for purchase online or at local craft markets.

4. Add “wow” to your windows

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Bless’er House

If you have a window that’s lacklustre or damaged, add some window trim to take it up a notch and make the room seem bigger at the same time. You’ll need metal nails, wood nails, a hammer, trim caulk, paint and a saw. These construction tools and accessories are necessary to complete the perfect window DIY renovation projects that will take any room in the house from looking outdated to brand new.

5. Transform your tub

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The Spruce

Whether you have a pink from the 1950s or you’re just tired of looking at white tiles while you shower, you can easily transform your tub tile with a little paint. There are tub and tile refinishing kits that you can purchase online, or you can cover the tile with primer, high-gloss outdoor paint and a few coats of clear epoxy to prevent peeling or scratching. Although this is primarily a cosmetic job, there are still a variety of ways to complete this DIY home renovation project and spruce up your tub whether you choose to save money or opt for a professional to take on the task.

6. Swap your switch plate covers

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You don’t need to be an electrician to replace those boring beige switch covers with something more decorative. You can purchase new covers online, or you can save a little money and get creative at home. Use spray paint or add decorative tape or fabric to add a bold colour or a vibrant graphic.

7. Turn a closet into a home office

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Short on space? Turn a closet into a home office — a “cloffice,” if you will — by unhinging the door and trading the rods for shelves. For this DIY home renovation project, you’ll need two to three shelves: one deep on for your desktop or laptop and one or two shallow ones above it for storage. Hang pretty curtains to cover up your new office space and now you’re ready to relax.

8. Set the mood lights

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Bob Vila

If you are always fighting the battle of whether the overhead lights should be on or off, install a dimmer switch so you can set the mood and save energy at the same time. Using a screwdriver and needle-nose pliers, you can easily replace a standard light switch with a dimmer switch. Don’t forget to turn off the power to the circuit at the circuit breaker or fuse box first.

9. Build a custom headboard

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You don’t have to redecorate your entire bedroom to give it a new look. If you have old bookcases or come across a few at a flea market or garage sale, consider using them to create an upcycled storage headboard. If you have a rug or tapestry that you’d rather look at than walk on, hang it as a headboard instead.

DIY home renovation projects are a fun challenge for any owners looking to spice up their favourite rooms and add updates that will potentially provide some increase in value for a future sale. Give these nine tutorials a shot and stay on budget by turning what would be professionally completed projects by yourself.

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