The following 8 home improvement projects can all be done quickly and for around a $100 or less.
1. Put up a green privacy fence
Neighbors closer than you’d like?
Instead of spending thousands of dollars putting up a privacy fence, create a natural privacy wall using fast-growing bamboo or evergreens, either planted in place or in pots.
2. Install a ceiling fan
Ceiling fans are great at circulating air and they’re not difficult to install…especially if you already have an overhead light fixture.
Not only will your room remain cool, but it will also help save on your cooling bill and keep your air conditioner from having to work so hard at cooling your home.
3. Change out your cabinet hardware
A surprisingly quick and easy way to change the look of your kitchen and/or bathroom is to replace your existing drawer pulls with new ones that suit the look you’re after.
Hate the cheap gold look that so many cabinet manufacturers use?
Look for sleek and modern (or perhaps vintage-inspired) drawer pulls to make a big difference in the look of your cabinets.
4. LED lighting
And speaking of cabinetry, LED under cabinet lights are an affordable and easy way to add task lighting where you need it most and/or to add ambient light, preventing any “dark” spots in your kitchen.
Note that there are battery powered options available if you’re not comfortable wiring the lights yourself or don’t want to hire an electrician to do it for you.
5. Towel warmers
You might be surprised at how quickly you’ll love having this little luxury in your bathroom.
Not only do the towels themselves feel wonderful to use, but it can also save you money by reducing the times you need to wash your towels.
And of course, it also reduces the potential for mildew and mold growth in your bathroom.
6. Add a new mailbox
Instantly improve your home’s curb appeal by installing a beautiful new mailbox or painting your current one if it’s already in good shape.
7. String lights
String lights bring a softness to any space, but when placed in your backyard it creates a more inviting area to spend time in. Add a propane space heater to help extend the time that you spend outside entertaining, eating al fresco, or simply enjoying the day.
8. Create an entryway
Who says an entryway has to be created by your home’s builder?
Create a functional entryway in the space by your front door where the family can hang their coats and bookbags, toss their keys and drop the mail.
Things that work well include hooks and overhead storage using shelves and baskets (or cabinets) and a bench seat that can serve as both seating and storage.
However, don’t fall into the trap of spending thousands of dollars for something pre-made.
First, look around your house for items you can use and/or drop by your local home improvement or even thrift store for items you can use to build a functional space that suits your needs.
All it takes is a little bit of planning and creativity to create a look that will make you smile every time you see it.