25 Home Improvement Ideas Under $150

Tackle common home improvement projects and transform often-overlooked spaces with simple and budget-friendly solutions. Try one — or more — of these quick, affordable mini makeovers to help your home look better, live larger, and work harder.

Boost Kitchen Storage

Whether your kitchen is large or small, ample storage is always a selling point. Take advantage of unclaimed wall or corner space with open shelves to keep dishes, spices, and cookware within easy reach. Embellish plain shelves with decorative brackets to add personality. If you frequently entertain, consider mounting a wine rack next to cabinetry.

Try a New Hue

With the simple addition of color, you can give your cabinets a brand new look. Here’s how to paint cabinets like a professional.

Embellish the Entrance

Millwork adds rich character to rooms throughout your home, so why not use it to dress up your entryway, too? Pull elements of indoor style outdoors to give your exterior a sophisticated look. Frame your front door surround with millwork, and paint it to coordinate it with your home exterior.

Restore Your Floor’s Shine

The versatility and warmth of wood is incomparable to other flooring materials, but regular exposure to dirt, dust, and high foot traffic will leave it looking dull and distressed. Restore your floor’s shine factor by polishing with a product that is specifically designed for hardwood floors. A wooden floor should be polished once a year, and every four to six months in high-traffic areas of the home.

Give the Fireplace a Facelift

Give a dated brick fireplace a modern makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Before starting, thoroughly clean the fireplace to loosen grime. Apply a stain-blocking primer to the clean fireplace before you paint to help cover soot stains. Choose a high-gloss paint to give your fireplace a beautiful look that lasts.

Stop Clutter at the Door

As one of the first rooms guests see, the entryway has a big job to do: make a good first impression and keep drop zone items tidy. Outfit your entryway with function and flair using a do-it-all storage system. Enlist the help of furniture to perform double duty as a bench and shoe caddy. A combination of storage solutions — such as wall hooks, lockers, cubbies, or a bench — will help your entryway stay organized and accessible.

DIY Bookcase Organizer

Transform an unused bookcase into a versatile entryway organizer with these creative, eye-catching ideas.

Shed a Little Light

Beautiful light fixtures can go a long way in energizing or soothing a space, and savvy designs can ease eye-intensive tasks. Successfully light a room by creating layers of light with task, accent, and ambient lighting. An interesting pendant, sconce, or chandelier instantly boosts a room’s sophistication. Here, a whimsical chandelier makes a statement above the kitchen sink and provides a practical light source for prep and cleanup.

Banish Closet Clutter

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to closet storage and organization systems. Maximize your closet capacity and cut the clutter with easy, affordable ideas that work for your routine and your stuff. Before rushing off to the store for a new closet organizer, measure your closet space, take an inventory of what’s being stored, and consider your current and future lifestyle.

Add a Sink Filter

An undersink filter gives you clean, great-tasting water without cluttering your sink or countertop space. Even better, you can easily install a water filter without hiring a professional. Before starting your project, make sure your undersink space is large enough to accommodate a water filter system.

 

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