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Budget home improvement inspiration

By Katie

Updated: August 1st, 2019

Want to make some quick and affordable home renovations?

Want to improve your home without spending too much? It’s a challenge but very possible.

Here are some home improvement tips that you can do yourself, or with a little help, on a budget.

1. A fresh lick of paint

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Source: Pinterest – Farrow & Ballcabcab

Sometimes, a fresh paint job makes a huge difference. And it doesn’t necessarily even need to be a new colour. If your walls or cabinets are peeling or fading, a fresh lick of paint could be just the refresh they need. If you really want to switch up the decor of a room while you’re at it, why not paint one wall a bold colour to make a statement?

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Source: Pinterest – Elle Decoration UK

For a quick update, painting your kitchen cabinets can help liven up your kitchen without needing to invest in a whole new set.

Can’t paint your walls cause you’re renting? You could apply some temporary wallpaper.

2. Spruce up your stairs with a runner

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Source: Pinterest – House & Garden Magazine UK

A really simple and easy way to liven up your stairs is by getting a runner. They’re affordable, easy to install, and easily replaceable. Opt for a bold colour if you’re ready to make a statement in your hallway.

3. Open up rooms with mirrors

It’s a well-known fact that mirrors can make a room feel bigger as they reflect light. If you want to make your home feel more spacious but can’t afford an extension, adding more mirrors could be the most affordable way to do so.

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Source: Pinterest – One Crazy House

There’s no need to stick to just walls, you can also install mirrors on to closet doors to make your bedroom feel more spacious. And let’s face it, a full-length mirror right outside your closet door is pretty useful.

Putting up a mirror is sometimes no easy feat, so getting a handyman to take care of the mirror hanging can be very helpful.

4. Create a DIY headboard

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Source: Pinterest –

Okay, this one is a lot less intimidating than it looks. If you have an ensemble bed, a DIY headboard can really bring it to life and make some good use of the drab blank wall space right behind your bed. Seek out inspiration on Pinterest and then prepare to get crafty.  You could try some of the ideas below:

  • Hang a textile. You could nail a rug or a wall hanging for an easy DIY headboard
  • Paint one on the wall. Admittedly, this one requires more creativity and some serious precision. But it can be done on a budget and looks great.
  • Paint the lower half of the wall just above your bed. Make sure the line is super straight and presto – you have a makeshift headboard.
  • Get creative with some wood. If your DIY skills are up to scratch, build yourself a headboard with shelving in it for function + design.

5. Get some quirky door handles/knobs

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Source: Pinterest – Etsy

Door knobs are super affordable and extremely easy to install. For added quirk factor, use different door knobs for all your kitchen cabinets. You can find great ceramic ones on Etsy.

6. Build a stylish shelving solution

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Source: Pinterest – Garden Trading

If you’re not yet confident with your DIY skills, hire a handyman to help out with this one. A DIY storage solution serves two purposes: it’s functional, and you can use it to display items. Not only are you building (or assembling) something that can store your things, you can also use it as a design element by showcasing your favourite photos and plants.

If you’re after budget renting home improvements, you can add a shelving unit that doesn’t attach to the wall.



I've loved interior design for as long as I can remember and I'm currently about to renovate my first home. So as well as being the Content Lead at Airtasker, I'm also on the lookout for the latest design trends, backyard ideas and anything to do around the home. I'm also trying to use low-tox cleaning methods and work towards being more plastic-free!

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