There are a lot of different home improvement services in every possible scale. This is why a single home improvement project can go anywhere from the cost of an entire new house or just 50 dollars, it all depends on how much you want to change – and the size of your budget, obviously.

Today, we’re here to talk about the latter. As it turns out, there are many incredible home improvement projects you can do for just under 50 bucks, and these will still make a notable difference in your home, both in looks and quality of life.

Keep reading to find out some awesome DIY projects under $50 that you can start working on right now!

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

1. Replace outlets and switches

Outlets can easily scratch, break, or turn yellow after some time, so it’s worth replacing them every now and then. Besides, getting new plastic covers to replace is easy and cheap, but if you want something more elaborate there are also options that look like frames, with a wide variety of colors and finishes. 

Same goes for light switches – since they’re something we press dozens of times every day, they tend to get a little fidgety. They’re just as cheap and easy to replace!

Remember: Only do this project yourself if you’re careful enough and if you already know how to. Avoid any headaches by contacting a local handyman or electrician to help you out. 

2. Add houseplants

Houseplants bring a lot of life into a room, which is very welcome nowadays. Almost everything we have in our homes are crafted pieces of wood and metal, and since now everyone is more or less stuck inside their houses, it’s important to see more of nature. And what better way there is to do that than to actually bring nature inside your home?

Houseplants are chosen because they are low-maintenance, mostly pet-safe, and greatly improve your indoor air quality. What’s not to love?

3. Wallpaper

Wallpapers – especially the pick and peel ones – are excellent ways to dramatically change the look of a room without major commitments. 

That’s the beauty and practicality of wallpapers: they’re great non-permanent additions. So don’t be afraid to experiment, try a new and exciting design that you really love. If you change your mind later, you can simply remove it!

4. Window boxes

A lovely addition to your curb appeal, but also a great way to get you closer to nature the second you open the windows in the morning. 

There are many great plants to pick for your small “window garden, just be aware that they will need regular maintenance – but since you’ll always be looking at them when you open the window, caring for them will become a natural part of your day.

5. Wood open shelves

Wooden open shelves are beautiful and practical additions to your kitchen. They take up less space on the wall, leaving a lot of breathing room and making what would otherwise be a clump of cabinets into an almost minimal-looking setup.

And because of their simplicity, you can even DIY them. All you need are planks of wood and the necessary hinges to support them on the wall – it’s not exactly a beginner project, but it’s not that difficult either if you’re looking to save some money and get into DIY.

6. String lights

There’s a reason string lights quickly became a Pinterest cliché – they’re an easy way to add some texture and life into any space. But they’re also practical in their uses, being fairly cheap to acquire and set up, whether it’s to add a bit of charm to your home office or to decorate a deck at night.

7. Label the pantry

An easy way to make sure nothing in the pantry goes to waste is to add some labels. This means you can quickly glance and know exactly what you need to buy and what you need to use before it goes bad.

But also, labeling creates a nice visual. You can use mason jars, custom recipients, and even baskets and pots to keep everything neat and tidy.

8. Paint the front door

There’s no better way to instantly boost your curb appeal than to paint the front door. It’s not a complicated project, only requires a small amount of paint, and it’s perfectly doable as a DIY project for the weekend. Paint your front door and change your home!

9. Remove cabinet doors

A lesser known way to get open shelves without having to change too much in the kitchen is to convert your existing cabinets by simply removing the doors and hinges. Combine that with a new paint job and you’ll have brand new shelves in whatever color you want without having to go through a new kitchen remodeling project!

10. Pegboard organizer for the garage

Keeping all the tools in a drawer or box is fine, but we all know how that turns out in the long run –  a messy clump of pointy objects inside a dusty drawer that no one wants to go near. 

A way better solution is to install a pegboard on the wall and hang all your tools there, keeping them visible at all times for easy access and avoid accidentally hurting your fingers or breaking nails.

Need help with a DIY project for your home? Get free quotes from a local handyman and start your project today!


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