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25 Ways To Improve Your Home If You're On A Serious Budget

Diply 27 Jun 2017

After recently becoming a homeowner, I'm overwhelmed with projects that I'm just chomping at the bit to do!

There's one small problem, though — money, and the fact that it doesn't grow on trees.

Until I win the lottery, I have to do things on a budget, and these are just the ideas that I needed.

Unsplash | Tina Dawson

Take a look and see if any of these home improvement projects work with your budget.

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1. Paint Your Tub And Tile

Variety by Vashti | Variety by Vashti

If you have an old, outdated tub and tile, you can use paint to give it a fresh upgrade.

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After months of showering and bathing, this paint is still holding up!

Unsplash | Curology

This blogger used Rust-Oleum Cover Stain Primer/Sealer to paint over her ugly pink (yes, I said pink!) tub and tile.

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2. Faux Shiplap Backsplash

All Things With Purpose | All Things With Purpose

After owning a home for a few short months, I've come to understand just how expensive wood is. I have wanted to do a shiplap wall for a while now, but can't fork out the money for the wood.

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I'm gonna take a page from this blogger's book and use sticky floor tiles — this looks great!

All Things With Purpose | All Things With Purpose

Total Joanna Gaines style at a fraction of the price!

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3. Dresser To Kitchen Island

Dear Creatives | Dear Creatives

If you don't have a ton of money to fork over for a fancy kitchen island, do what this blogger did!

Find an old dresser, and make it over to a new beautiful kitchen island. This is such a great idea — and since you're repurposing, you'll save money!

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4. Budget-Friendly Entryway

Home RemediesRX | Home RemediesRX

This thrifty blogger has some great tips on how to decorate and design an entryway on a budget.

I think this looks wonderful! A lot of thrift shop finds here, and you'd never know!

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5. Bathroom Vanity Makeover

One Good Thing | One Good Thing

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference.

Rather than replace your old bathroom vanity, try giving it a new paint job.

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It can't hurt — and paint is a lot cheaper than a whole new vanity!

One Good Thing | One Good Thing

You can also replace outdated drawer pulls with something a little more trendy.

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6. DIY Shaker Doors

Jennifer Squires | Jennifer Squires

All the doors upstairs in my home need to be replaced, but I was a little bummed when I saw the price on a shaker door — and they're one of my favorites.

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Isn't that nuts?

Flickr | Foxy Belle

Little did I know that I could overhaul the doors I already have at a fraction of the price of a brand new door.

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7. Ceiling Fan Update

My DIY Projects | My DIY Projects

Ceiling fans are great, and I'm so glad that I have a couple in my home. What I don't like is the outdated look.

Once again, though, a little bit of paint comes to the rescue.

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8. Pallet Wall

How To Build It | How To Build It

Sometimes an eye-catching accent wall can make all the difference, and using recycled pallets to make an accent wall is the cheapest way to go!

This one looks so good!

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9. Concrete Countertop

Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

This isn't the first time I've seen a concrete countertop tutorial, and it's supposed to be super inexpensive to do. I'll admit, I'm not brave enough to try this one yet.

Are you?

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The end result looks really good, though!

Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

It's great for those who love the industrial rustic look.

Love the little owl toothbrush holder, too!

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10. Stair Makeover

Design*Sponge | Design*Sponge

A fresh coat of paint and a stair runner totally makes this old staircase look like new!

Makes me think I need to get a runner for my staircase. I love this look.

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11. Painted Floor

Remington Avenue | Remington Avenue

Tired of your outdated linoleum floor? I hear you. Flooring is expensive!

You can give an old, outdated floor a brand new look with a bit of paint and a trendy stencil. This looks so much better!

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12. Painted Sink

At Charlotte's House | At Charlotte's House

People sure did love colorful sinks and tubs way back when.

If you have an outdated sink, you can use a bit of paint and follow this tutorial to bring it into the current decade.

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13. Fireplace Makeover

At Home In The Northwest | At Home In The Northwest

I'm not a big fan of brass finishes; they're just a little dated.

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Luckily, you can get a special heat-resistant spray paint, and cover this up! 

At Home in the Northwest | At Home in the Northwest

This fireplace looks so sleek and trendy now. This is a great example of a quick and easy home improvement fix.

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14. Light Fixture Upgrade

Grey House Harbor | Grey House Harbor

Go from builder basic to super trendy without having to spend a ton of money.

Repurpose a light shade to overhaul a boring light fixture!

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15. Fixtures Upgrade

Bless'er House | Bless'er House

New pretty or trendy fixtures can cost you a small fortune, but a little bit of spray paint can go a long way in sprucing up your old ones.

This isn't even hard to do!

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16. Chair Makeover

A Pinterest Addict | A Pinterest Addict

If you're a little strapped for cash but want new looking furniture, just upgrade your old pieces.

You can get paint that is specially made just for fabric. Just look at this beauty.

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17. Painted Door Knobs

Thrifty Decor Chick | Thrifty Decor Chick

Just as you can spray paint your fixtures, you can also spray paint your outdated door knobs.

The brass is out, and you don't have to spend a fortune to get rid of it!

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18. Easy Lamp Upgrade

Design Meet Style | Design Meet Style

It's the little touches that truly make a home beautiful. Something as small as painting the inside of your lamp shade with a bit of gold paint can add just a touch of luxury to your home.

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19. Cheap DIY Curtain Rods

7 Layer Studio | 7 Layer Studio

Curtain rods can be really pricey, especially the fancy ones for large bay windows.

You can make your own custom-fitted curtain rod using PVC pipe.

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20. Banister Transformation

Creations by Kara | Creations by Kara

If you have a large staircase in your home, but it's a little dated, don't fret about having to replace the whole thing for something a little more modern.

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You can transform the one you already have by using a trendy shade of stain.

Unsplash | Wes Hicks

Go ahead and try it!

What's the worst that can happen?

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21. Makeover Your Mailbox

Don't Disturb This Groove | Don't Disturb This Groove

If your mailbox is looking a little neglected, there is a quick and easy fix.

All you need to do is give it a fresh coat of paint.

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22. Frame A Mirror

My Cottage Charm | My Cottage Charm

By using molding to frame this mirror, these homeowners have totally made their bathroom look so much better.

Molding doesn't cost a lot, either, so this upgrade won't cost a ton.

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23. Cabinet Upgrade

Pinterest | sublime-decor.com

Add a corbel to the end of your back splash to create a more polished look for the kitchen.

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You can get a wooden corbel from any home improvement store.

Unsplash | Le Creuset

Paint it whatever color matches your kitchen cabinets.

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24. Get Plinth Blocks

The Handyman's Daughter | The Handyman's Daughter

I didn't know about this, but it is definitely something that I will be doing!

This square piece is called a plinth block, and you can add one to your door trim for a more finished look.

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25. Build A Board And Batten Wall

By The Stand | By The Stand

This is my own little inexpensive home improvement DIY.

All it cost me was $17, and it totally transformed my entryway!

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You're definitely gonna want to remember these great projects!

Diply | Diply

Make sure you pin this image to your home improvement board, so you can reference this list later on!

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