10 thrifty DIY upgrades to make your home feel expensive

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Upgrading your home yourself shouldn’t cost you a ton of money to do, but is it possible to make a difference on a tight budget? Of course!

It doesn’t take a ton of money or expertise to improve your home. As proof, here are 10 inexpensive DIY upgrades anyone can do.

1. Plant flowers

Colorful flowers and plants can give your home the curb appeal you need without breaking the bank. A little ground covering goes a long way and is also an enticing way of covering up any of your property’s shortcomings.

Adding a nice covering of flowers can spruce up the front of your home and give it the extra pop it needs. Include a little mulch and some simple landscaping, and you can make any home look great.

2. Power-wash the siding

The cleaner your home looks, the better you’ll feel about it. If you’ve never taken a power washer to that grimy siding, now’s the time.

It’s a quick, inexpensive fix that can make a huge difference and take years off of the look of your home. Coming home to a house that’s clean and looks great on the outside will make the rest of your home seem that much nicer.

3. Paint

A fresh coat of paint can completely transform an otherwise drab room. A new paint job could be just what you need to turn that forgotten, under-used or depressingly decorated room into something you’ll love to spend time in.

It’s also a great excuse to throw a painting party if you’re so inclined.

4. Find unique furniture and fixtures

Find a unique piece or two to set the room apart. The good thing is, it doesn’t take an expensive piece to make a difference in your living space.

Flea markets and garage sales are great places to find just what you need to bring the room together. It can take a lot of patience, but the right piece can be both inexpensive and just what you need to finish off your space.

Before and After photo of remodeled wooden kitchen with fitting enthralling cabinets, tiled counter tops, stainless steel appliances and view window. (Mr. Interior /

5. Revamp your kitchen cabinets

Boring kitchen? Spice it up with some DIY upgraded cabinets.

But aren’t cabinets expensive?

There’s no sense in buying new cabinets when you can just DIY upgrade the ones you already have. How? A glass panel can make any cabinet look expensive. It’s an inexpensive way to make one of the most important rooms in your home brand new, guaranteed to transform your kitchen for the better.

6. Install a hot water dispenser

Hot water on demand? Yes, please. Install one, and you’ll never have to boil water again.

But can you afford such a luxury? Of course!

In no time at all you’ll have boiling-hot water anytime you need it. Great for soups, tea or anything else you might serve hot.

7. Replace door handles

One of the best ways to make your home feel like it’s worth more than it does is to replace the door handles with something other than the usual fare.

You can make it as simple, elegant or outrageous as you want. What’s important is that it’s unique. It’s one DIY upgrade everyone notices — for the better.

8. Add more storage

Feeling a little cramped? Consider decluttering with some more storage space. Adding storage to your home creates more space, which feels like more than a DIY upgrade in itself.

It’s true that simple is almost always better, so give yourself and your home some breathing room so you can help simplify your living space. Keeping your home clean keeps it looking good.

9. Create a window seat

A nice window seat is a place to relax, where you can take in the scenery and enjoy the day. Creating one is not too difficult, either. Working a little DIY upgrade magic can turn an under-utilized feature into one of your favorite places.

10. Fix your window treatments

Don’t hide those windows anymore. Dark, heavy curtains might have had their time, but now, it’s time for a simpler alternative. Keep your window treatments to a minimum, and instead, opt to let the light shine brightly.

It’s simple, clean and takes advantage of the natural outdoor scenery.

There is more inexpensive upgrading you can do to your home than you realize. Take on one of these projects, and find out just how easy it is to give your home that extra kick you’ve been looking for — without worrying about going bankrupt.

Kyle Draper is the president and co-founder of Connect with him on LinkedIn or follow him on Instagram.

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