9 Home Improvement Projects That Are Cheap & Make A Big Difference

Generally, homeowners are always looking for that next big project to improve their homes and, sometimes, up their resale value. It doesn’t matter if you are in your forever home, a fixer-upper you plan to sell, or just buying time until the right place comes along—we all want a home we can be proud of.

But improving our home doesn’t always mean massive renovations. There are tons of little home improvement projects that you can do around the house that won’t break the bank and will improve the look of your home. Here are nine of our favorite cheap home improvements.

Paint the Front Door

If you want to make a change and an impact, start with the very front of your home. Give your door a brand-new look with a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t want to change the color of your door, a fresh new paint job in the same color would be a great improvement too.

white front porch with large planters and open blue periwinkle door
Photo Credit: Brooks and Falotico

Paint Door Knobs

If you have dated and worn door knobs, you can give them a super quick makeover by removing them and spraying them with a trendy color of spray paint. Gold, black, or oil-rubbed bronze are great colors to choose from.

Photo Credit: AGK Design Studio

Update Your Kitchen Hardware

You can totally transform the look of a kitchen just by replacing the kitchen hardware. This is a great idea to get a new look without replacing cupboards or even having to paint them. If you’re looking for more guidance on how to choose the right hardware for your cabinetry, check out this article too.

Photo Credit: Carbon and Bone

Paint a Brick Fireplace

If you have an old brick fireplace in your home but you’re not ready to fully demolish it, an easy way to give it a quick upgrade is to grab some paint and go to town. Try painting your fireplace a trendy color like black to make it a focal point of the room, or white to give it a modern facelift.

white brick fireplace with live wood mantel and decorative accents
Photo Credit: Kate Marker Interiors

Give Peel and Stick Tile a Try

Peel and stick tile is a great option if you’re not ready to rip up the flooring and take on a full-blown tile project. You can get tons of nice, trendy patterns on the internet and this can substantially change your space. Peel and stick tile is also an option for renters who are looking to change up their space but don’t have the ability to make permanent changes.

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Add Some Window Boxes

To upgrade the exterior of your home, add in some window boxes. This will beautify the outdoor space as well as add some character. You can DIY your own or buy some if you’re not up for a woodworking project.

Photo Credit: Joyful Derivatives

Switch Out Your Light Fixtures

An easy and quick upgrade is to switch out your lighting. That’s right — say goodbye to those “boob” lights and replace them with something more modern and trendy. You’d be surprised how much an updated light fixture can change a space.

Photo Credit: Shauna Walton

Add Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is easy to install and comes in so many different patterns and colors. This is an easy weekend project and can be done relatively cheaply. Peel and stick wallpaper is the perfect option if you’re changing up a child’s room when you know they’re going to have a new favorite color or interest a year from now.

multicolored polkadot wallpaper with white bookshelf and posters on wall

Change Your Shower Curtain

This one might be the easiest of all, and while it may seem like something that’s not a big deal, swapping out your shower curtain every so often can make a huge impact in your home. Design trends are constantly changing and swapping out your shower curtain can change the whole look of your bathroom without spending a ton of money.