Got the home improvement bug? When company is on the way, and you want to put your best foot forward, it’s fun to dream about feathering your nest! That is, until it’s time to talk budget. Nothing takes the wind out of our home improvement sails like projects with a huge price tag. Thankfully, there are loads of ways to create impact and make a lasting impression with home improvements that don’t cost much at all. And with the help of social media, ideas for these affordable improvements with impact abound. So, change into your grubbies, grab your tool box and roll up those sleeves. It’s time to get started.
Here are home projects under $300 that your guests are bound to notice!
Home Projects with Impact on the Cheap
Affordable home projects can be both fun and wow-worthy. According to “Home Projects Under $300 Guests Will Notice,” on www.coldwellbanker.com, there are many ways to give your home design a boost, even within a small budget. Check out these ideas.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Nothing freshens up a space like a coat of paint. Gain inspiration from current paint color trends to create a look with punch and contemporary style. And don’t be afraid to paint room décor and furniture! Even cheap, quirky finds at a second-hand shop, when painted to coordinate, can create impact for just a few bucks and a few minutes of your time. What color-scape will you create?
Consider swapping out your old doors for an entirely new look. Barn doors are all the rage, and they can make your space look expensive. According to the Coldwell Banker article, you can replace any of your doors with a barn door style for under $300. More than that, Pinterest is full of ideas for upcycling or DIYing your doors on the cheap. And don’t forget, you can easily paint your main door to welcome guests with a pop of color. So whether you want to add zing to your entry, create a shaker door, makeover a closet, create sliding French doors or fashion an eye-catching pantry, you’re sure to find some great projects that are both chic and cost-effective.
Upsize your Windows
To add drama to your windows and make them really pop, turn to a trusted, and thrifty designer trick, as detailed on www.thisoldhouse.com, “100 DIY Upgrades for Under $100.” Simply hang your curtain rods at ceiling height. You may need to purchase new drapes to pull off this visual trick…ideally, you’ll want them to be floor-length. Otherwise, this project will cost you almost nothing.
Get Fired Up with a Fire Pit
When the sun sets but socializing is just getting started, there’s nothing like a fire pit to create atmosphere. According to the Coldwell Banker article, you can purchase a pre-made fire pit for less than $100. To really make it stand out, consider building your own fire pit. It will be a beautiful feature around which to make memories for years to come.
Top it off with a Crown (Crown Molding, That Is!)
To capture the spirit of elegance without spending a lot of dough, nothing compares to crown molding. Installing crown molding is relatively simple and definitely can be cost effective. You can even try to DIY faux crown molding if your budget is really tight, as detailed in, “Weekend Project: How to Create Faux Crown Molding,” on www.hgtv.com.
Great Home Upgrades, Low Cost
Everyone wants their home to looks its best when they are hosting company. Use these tips to spiff up your pad, and your company is sure to appreciate the beautiful space you’ve created.