Top Ways to Improve Your Home for $100 or Less!

by Courtney Soinski

You may think that improving your home will deflate your wallet, but this is not always the case. To help you out, we have created a list of our top favorite home improvement projects that can be done for under $100. After all, who DOESN’T want to save money?

The Office Stylist

The Office Stylist

1. Turn a Closet into a Home Office.

This project will help you save money and will even add an extra room to your home. Just unhinge the door then remove the closet’s hanging rods and replace them with shelves. A deep shelf should be used for the desktop and place 2 shallow shelves above for storage

What you need: One 20-by-24-by-¾-inch and two 12-by-24-by-¾-inch white melamine shelves, metal standards, and shelf brackets, all by Elfa, about $95;The Container Store

This Old House

This Old House

2. Upgrade your Lighting

In your living room, make room on your end tables with matching pendant lamps on either side of the sofa.

What you need: Two Eden pendant lamps with drum-style fabric shades, about $99; CB2

This Old House

This Old House

3. Doorway Display

Create a unique look by installing a shelf above the doorway and paint it to match the trim. Add a touch of flair by displaying pottery or other types of décor.

What you need: 40-inch-long 1×6 red oak shelf and two 7-inch Classic Oak Brackets, about $32; Rockler

Progression by Design

Progression by Design

 

4. Boost your Windows

Did you know you can make your windows look even bigger than they actually are? Use hanging drapes at ceiling height to upsize small windows.

What you need: Pair of 108-inch Brimfield 4-in-1 Panel Drapes in Carafe, about $70; JCPenny

 

Mountainize

Mountainize

5. Add Stained Glass Window to your Bath

It’s no surprise that stained glass makes any bathroom look elegant. If you can’t find a window to fit perfectly, you can easily hang one from chains in front of the existing window.

What you need: eBay store Bell Antique Mall has Art Deco windows similar to shown, starting at $69; Ebay

This Old House

This Old House

6. Wall-Mount Bedside Table

You can easily install a wall-mount end table in your bedroom by using wood corbels with a slate roof shingle on top.

What you need: Two 6-inch oak Legacy hand-carved corbels, about $80; Van Dykes Restorers. 7-by-13-inch salvaged shingle, about $5; Recycling The Past – Architectural Salvage

InvitingHome.com

InvitingHome.com

7. Add Detail to your Bedroom

Pump up the color and detail in your bedroom (or any other room) by installing a chair rail. Then, paint the wall below a soothing color. This project is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your home.

What you need: Enough red oak Colonial-style moldings to wrap the walls of an 8-by-10-foot room, about $75; Baird Brothers

 

Reprinted from the Real Estate Book Blog Spot, author: Courtney Soinski

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