Home renovations are typically thought of pricey, time-consuming projects. You don't need a costly contractor or interior designer to update your home — instead, try one of these DIY ways to update your home on a small budget. From freshening up your kitchen to upgrading your light fixtures, you can make your home look like it just came out of a design magazine without clearing out your bank account.
1. Install a Kitchen Tile Backsplash
Adding a tile backsplash to your kitchen is much easier than it looks — and totally affordable, too. Even renters can do this simple DIY upgrade — just be sure your landlord is okay with a few screws in the wall.
2. Swap Out Your Light Fixtures
You don't need to hire an electrician to change your lighting fixtures. You can easily switch one out for an upgrade that can really change the look and feel of an entire room.
3. Make a Lighting Fixture Out of Mason Jars
You don't need expensive lighting fixtures to update your home. Switch out your existing light fixtures for mason jars to make your home feel inviting and rustic.
4. Organize Your Kitchen With a Rustic Wall Rack
One of the easiest ways to free up counter space in your kitchen is with a rustic magnetic wall rack. You can use it to hang anything metal — especially knives — for a functional piece that also doubles as cool decor.
5. Make Your Own Hanging Wood Shelves
Need more shelf space but don't have the room or budget for a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit? A few pieces of plywood, rope and steel pipe will make a hanging shelf rack that only looks expensive.
6. Build a Window Box Planter
Brighten up an otherwise dreary exterior with a colorful window box planter. You can make this one for about $20 and it will only take you an hour. You only have to worry about what you want to plant first!
7. Make Prefab Bookcases Look Like Built-Ins
For many people, built-in bookcases are the things of home decor dreams. It would be costly, timely and difficult to hire a carpenter to alter your home's walls to build bookshelves. Instead, use this DIY to make your already existing bookcases look like they were built into your walls.
8. Create a Wood Pallet Accent Wall
You can't log into Pinterest without seeing wood pallets being used for some sort of home decor. Add texture and a rustic cabin vibe to a room in only an hour with this easy wood pallet accent wall DIY.
9. Give Your Fireplace a Fresh Look Using Board and Batten
Turn your fireplace into the focal point of a room by adding texture and depth with an accent piece. You can create this beautiful custom designed fireplace with one piece of plywood!
10. Create and Install Custom Wainscoting
Wainscoting is a detail that can make a room feel next level. Typically seen in older constructions, you can create your own to give your home more character.
11. Install Crown Molding
Add value and architectural interest to your home by installing crown molding. It's extremely affordable to buy and the hardest part is just measuring correctly — there's no need to hire a contract for this renovation!
12. Wallpaper a Feature Wall
A gorgeous wallpaper accent wall is one of the biggest trends in home decor right now. Whether you own your home or you're renting, you can complete this easy upgrade in less than an hour on a Sunday afternoon.
13. Create a Patterned Accent Wall (Without Wallpaper)
Alternatively, if you don't want to use wallpaper for an accent wall, there are other ways to achieve this look. All you need for this DIY is a sharpie paint pen and a glass bowl.
14. Build Simple Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are a wonderful way to add storage to a room without taking up valuable floor space. Use your new storage space to display books, framed photos or even plants and memorabilia.
15. Convert a Dresser to a Bath Vanity
Counter space is often precious in bathrooms. Turn your pedestal sink into a bath vanity by altering an old dresser in just a few simple steps.
16. Clean Grout the Easy Way
One way to make your bathroom feel brand new is by simply cleaning the grout! Buy a grout paint pen and spend an hour or two making your bathroom sparkle.
17. Build a Radiator Cover
Radiators may add character and warmth (pun intended) to a room, but sometimes they aren't always the prettiest to look at. Build a radiator cover to hide your unsightly radiator and add some extra counter or shelf space in the process.
18. Remove Even the Most Difficult Wallpaper
The wrong wallpaper can make your room and even your entire home feel dated. If you want to ditch the floral pattern your home's previous owner installed, use these tips to easily remove even the most difficult wallpaper.
19. Restore Brass Hardware
Older homes often have beautiful brass hardware that may have been painted over in years of renovation and updating. Restoring this hardware by stripping off the paint can make a room feel completely brand new and modern.
20. Build Your Own Living Room Furniture
Want new living room furniture but don't have the budget to update the entire room? You can make your own living room furniture like a plant stand, coffee table, storage bench coffee table and more by upgrading yard sale finds or pieces you already have.
21. Inexpensive DIY Outdoor Lighting
The outdoor area of a house is an often overlooked spot that can really take a home from ordinary to extraordinary. Make these inexpensive outdoor lights to take your outdoor space to the next level.
22. Rentovate Your Kitchen
Even if you're renting, you can still upgrade your kitchen with some easy style tricks that don't cost a lot of money. Check out this video from our friends at LEAF.tv with six renter-friendly tips for sprucing up a plain kitchen.