Budget DIY - 15 Home Improvements Under $20

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/10/16 1:54 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Home improvements can sometimes turn into daunting and expensive tasks. This is why we’ve compiled a handful of projects you can complete in a weekend’s time and will improve the functionality or look of your home without breaking the bank!


1. Double Your Closet Space

Style Selections Extendable Metal Close Rod with Hardware - $13.49


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Regardless of how big your home is, storage space always seems limited. Add another rod in your closet to double your hanging space.

2. Trimwork Touch-Up

While you won’t be able to replace worn or outdated trim for $20, you can freshen up trim that has seen better days. Grab a quart of your trim paint and do some touch-ups.

3. Patch Your Walkways

SAKRETE Fast Set Patcher - $6.97

Rapidly repair the divots, cracks and holes in your driveway or walkways with quick-set concrete patch. Cracks in your walkways aren’t only an eyesore but a potential safety hazard.

4. Replace Switchplates

Anywhere from $1-$10 per cover

Instantly upgrade your home by replacing worn switch plates and outlet covers.

5. Update Your House Numbers

Approximately $5 per number


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Any dollar amount spent on curb appeal is likely a good investment.

6. Preserve Your Carpet & Flooring

Boot Tray - $7.99


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In honor of spring and muddy shoes, make a functional and aesthetically pleasing boot tray. Add some river rock to disguise the mess beneath and up the “glam” of your entryway.

7. Paint Your Front Door


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8. Add Vertical Storage

IKEA Lack wall shelf - $14.99


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9. Frame Your Builder-Grade Mirror


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Customize your builder-grade mirror with a few pieces of molding, wood glue, paint and elbow grease. The Turquoise Home has a great step-by-step tutorial.

10. Vent Cover Clean-Up

Krylon Brushed Metallic Aerosol Interior Spray Paint - $12.10

Cover wear and tear of your vent covers for less than the cost of replacing one. The Frugal Homemaker shows you how to make yours look brand new.

11. Disguise an Eyesore

Everbilt 1.5 inch utility hinges (2-pack) - $2.27


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The technical necessities of your home always seem to end up in the worst places, aesthetically-speaking. Cover any eyesore, like security alarms, fuse boxes and thermostats, with a piece of canvas artwork on hinges. The Bliss Bloom blog gives an extremely easy tutorial.

12. Mock a Carriage-Style Garage Door

Crown MetalWorks Traditional Decorative Black Garage Hardware Kit - $18.98


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Garage doors are expensive to replace, but you can mock a completely new carriagle-style door with this easy-to-install hardware kit.

13. Custom Paint Your Door Knobs

Rust-Oleum Spray Paint - $5.76/can


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Hardware can instantly date your home and clash with your own personal design style. See My Frugal Adventures for the easy (and budget-friendly!) step-by-step how-to.

14. Keep Computer Cords Out of View


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Home offices are becoming a home feature staple but keeping desks clutter-free can be a hassle. Hide hanging cords with some PVC pipe. See the Life Hacker how-to.

15. Compost It


We didn’t forget about the garden. Whether you’re an avid green thumb or a novice gardener, our 1-step compost bin tutorial can be made with household items and will give your garden soil endless benefits this spring and summer.

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