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Elevate CUMay 14, 2023 5:06:00 PM2 min read

Home Improvements On A Small Budget

Home improvements on a small budget

You don’t need to spend a fortune to give your house a new look this spring. Read on for a list of home improvement hacks and learn how to upgrade your home on a budget. With these ideas, you can make home improvements on a small budget.

1. Cabinet Makeover 

Replacing the cabinet fronts can give a tired kitchen a fresh look. You’ll pay a fraction of the price, and no one will know it’s your old, creaky cabinets hiding behind those beautiful new fronts.

2. Cover your countertops with contact paper 

Granite countertops may be gorgeous, but they’re also pricey. Cover them with patterned contact paper instead of taking out a second mortgage for beautiful counters. You’ll find loads of granite lookalikes at home improvement stores, and you can learn how to apply them neatly from DIY tutorials on YouTube. 

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3. Use PVC pipes for curtain rods 

Pretty curtains and drapes add a splash of color to any room. Lower the price tag on your new window treatments with this hack: Use PVC pipes instead of curtain rods. Paint them to match the room's décor and hang them with inexpensive hooks that fit well. Curtains, done! 

4. Create a mirrored backsplash 

All you need for this fantastic hack is a pack of self-adhesive mirror tiles, which retail at about $15 per 20-tile box. Use your snazzy tiles to create a mirrored backsplash in your kitchen. The mirrors will give the illusion of more significant space, and you won’t have to deal with grout and caulking. It’s a super-cheap way to make your kitchen sparkle! 

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5. Slipcover your sofa 

For $100 or less, you can find a leather-look slipcover to match the shape of your sofa. The covers are not just for protection; the right slipcover will give you an (almost) brand-new couch! 

6. Let the light in 

Light fixtures can make or break a room. Walk through your home and note the accessories and relics from a past life, paying close attention to highly visible areas. Then, visit a home improvement store or check out sites like Wayfair and Hayneedle for contemporary, striking light fixtures to replace those in your home. For less than $100, you can give your home an entirely new look! 

7. DIY paint 

If the walls in your home are desperate for a fresh coat of paint, look no further than your local home improvement store. House painting is relatively simple, and you’ll find many tutorials on YouTube. You’ll only have to spring for the paint and a few supplies. Best of all, you can get creative when you’re in charge. Using painter’s tape and your imagination, paint funky designs on your wall, or even go for a full-blown mural! 

You can make these and many other home improvements on a small budget. These hacks are great, but if you need a little extra to help you fix up your home, Elevate Credit Union offers a Home Equity Line of Credit, HELOC, or Home Improvement Loans to help you take care of those projects that might be a little out of your reach.