DIY on a Budget: 10 Home Improvements Under $100

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/6/15 12:00 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Making your home more valuable, efficient, and visually-appealing doesn't require breaking the bank. Small investments here and there can significantly boost the look and feel of your home. Here are several DIY home improvements you can do on a budget.


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Create a Spacious Front Porch

Outdoor living spaces are in high-demand these days for homeowners. Paint your porch's ceiling a light shade, such as Sherwin William's Copen Blue, to create the illusion of a spacious, open-air respite.

Cost: One gallon of Sherwin-Williams Ovation Exterior Latex paint, approximately $34

Upgrade the Knobs


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If your doorknobs are builder-grade and outdated, replacing them can give your interior a serious facelift. Brushed nickel levers complement modern or contemporary home styles and bronze knobs suit traditional.

Cost: Kwikset Vedani Polished Chrome Hall Lever, approximately $30 per fixture

Install Flower Boxes


If your home's outward appearance is lacking from the street, add flower boxes to enhance color and add instant curb appeal. Though cheap and relatively easy to install, this home upgrade will require some maintenance depending on the type of flowers you choose to plant.

Cost: Pennington Wood Window Boxes, approximately $17-$60 per planter box

Replace Your Standard Mailbox


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Upgrading your wall-mount or post-mount standard mailbox is another relatively cheap task that instantly boosts curb appeal. Before you purchase and install your new box, check with your city's regulations on mailbox placement.

Cost: Basic steel mailbox and post combo, approximately $75. Wall-mount steel mailbox, approximately $20

Improve Your Office Space

If your home lacks the space for an entire room dedicated to an office, turn an under-utilized closet into a workstation. Unhinge the door and swap the closet rod for shelving.

Cost: IKEA Ekby Alex wall shelves with drawers, $46.99 per shelf

Maximize Your Entrance



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Your front door says a lot about your home. While a new entry door can cost on the upwards of several hundred dollars, you can instantly improve your home's entryway with these quick, cheap fixes:

  •          Install a new doorbell
  •          Paint your front door
  •          Update the hardware
  •          Replace the doormat

Cost: Doorbell kit, approximately $20-$100. Entry door knob, approximately $15-$100. Doormat, approximately $20.

Illuminate Your Kitchen Prep Area


Under-cabinet puck lighting is a great way to add function and value to your kitchen area. Battery-powered LED options make for easy, wireless installation.

Cost: Set of 6 battery-powered LED puck lights, approximately $45

Organize Your Workspace

Unclutter your garage workbench by installing a simple pegboard rack to store and easily locate tools.

Cost: Wall Control metal pegboard utility tool storage kit with galvanized steel pegboard and accessories, approximately $63

Fit a Window Seat

Add a ton of character, storage and function to an unused alcove by fitting a window seat with cubby holes underneath. This Old House gives a simple tutorial overview on doing it yourself.

Cost: Approximately $60 for materials, window cushion $30-$100

Install a Ceiling Fan


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Probably the most eco-friendly home improvement on the list, installing a ceiling fan is an easy task that will return its investment come warm weather. Look for an Energy Star label for superior energy efficiency and reverse the blades' spin to lower your summer cooling costs.

Cost: NuTone Standard series indoor ceiling fan, $71

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