100 DIY Home Projects for Under $100
By: Date: February 26, 2021 Categories: Projects,Uncategorized,Under

You don’t need a large budget to give your home a noticeable boost. Whether you’re looking for functional fixes, to enhance visual appeal, or just a small refresh—there are a number of ways to update your home cheaply and easily.

100 DIY Home Improvement Projects for Under $100

The editors of This Old House share their favorite home projects you can do yourself on a budget.

Add Carved Corbels Under Your Breakfast Bar

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Check salvage yards for Victorian-era ones with patina for an extra flourish in the eating area.

Estimated cost: Two 30-inch-high-by-19-inch-deep Queen Anne–style corbels, about $95

Plant an Evergreen Screen

Muddy Creek Nursery

How to do it: Plant an evergreen screen on the north side of your house to block winter winds. Arborvitae ‘Green Giant’ can climb 3 feet in one year.

Estimated cost: $92 for two; Jackson & Perkins

Laundry-Room Chandelier

Photo by Keller & Keller

How to do it: Suspend a chandelier in the laundry room for a bit of sophistication in an unexpected place. White Capiz pendant with cord kit.

Estimated cost: similar to shown, $80; World Market

Hook Yourself Up

Photo by courtesy of KnobsandHardware.com

How to do it: Wall-mount a row of hooks above your kitchen counter to keep dish towels and measuring cups at the ready.

Estimated cost: Polished chrome Alno utility hooks, about $8 each

Make Your Sink Do Double Duty

Photo by Nathan Kirkman

How to do it: Fit an undermount sink with a cutting board for more prep space. Measure the length and width of the basin, adding ½ inch to each side. Trim a piece of butcher block to size with a jigsaw. Then create a lip around its underside so that it will rest on the edge of the counter.

Estimated cost: 18-by-12-inch maple block, about 86; Butcher Block Co.

Display Your Display

Photo by Courtesy Madison Art Shop

How to do it: Display your flat-screen TV on a tabletop easel with adjustable clamps.

Estimated cost: Academy Deluxe Table Top Easel, about 80; Madison Art Shop

Wallpaper a Door

Photo by David Prince

How to do it: Use paper and paste left over from a big job to dress up door panels, letting stiles and rails frame the decoration. For slab doors, trace a shape on the back of the paper, cut it out, and center it on the door.

Estimated Cost: Nothing

Hang Natural Fiber Shades

Photo by Beth Singer

How to do it: Use natural fiber shades to highlight the transition between indoors and outdoors and help insulate windows.

Estimated cost: 23-by-72-inch Bamboo Roman Shade, similar one shown, about 26; Target

Turn a Closet Into a Home Office

Photo by Thomas J. Story

How to do it: Unhinge the door and trade hanging rods for shelves—a deep one for the desktop and two shallow ones above for storage.

Estimated cost: One 20-by-24-by-¾-inch and two 12-by-24-by-¾-inch white melamine shelves, metal standards, and shelf brackets, all by Elfa, about $95; The Container Store

Turn Upper Cabinets to Instant Shelving

Photo by Han-Mei Chiang

How to do it: Remove the doors on a bank of upper cabinets, then paint the interiors for instant open shelving.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of Elements Zero VOC 100 percent acrylic paint with a washable semigloss sheen, about $35; California Paints

Create Cubbies in a Bookcase

Photo by Elizabeth Whiting & Assoc.

How to do it: Cut vertical dividers to the depth of the unit minus ¾ inch, and secure them in place with glue and finish nails. Face dividers with 1×1 trim flush with the shelf fronts.

Estimated cost: One sheet of ¾-inch plywood and three 1×1 strips,$26; Home Depot

Install a New Doorbell

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: The Lighted Visitors Button shown here will impress your guests.

Estimated cost: About $70; Rejuvenation Inc.

Add a Doormat

Photo by Courtesy Chilewich

How to do it: Polish up an entry hall with a dirt-grabbing doormat to protect the finish on wood floors.

Estimated cost: Chilewich woven vinyl mats wash out in the sink, about $50; Crate & Barrel

Raise the Lighting

Photo by Wendall T. Webber

How to do it: Flank your sofa with matching pendants to open up space on end tables.

Estimated cost: Two Eden pendant lamps with drum-style fabric shades, about $99; CB2

Tone Down Brassy Hardware

Photo by courtesy of Constantine’s Wood Center

How to do it: Take the gleam off like-new brass hinges and doorknobs with a simple rub of a darkening solution.

Estimated cost: 8-ounce bottle of Brass Antiquing Solution, about $7; Constantine’s Wood Center

Doorway Display

Photo by Beth Singer

How to do it: Add a shelf above a doorway, paint it to match the trim, then use it to display pottery.

Estimated cost: 40-inch-long 1×6 red oak shelf and two 7-inch Classic Oak Brackets, about $32; Rockler

Clear the Counter

Photo by Alexandra Bandon

How to do it: Build in a soap dispenser beside the kitchen faucet to keep that Palmolive bottle out of sight.

Estimated cost: Whitehaus’s Beluga Soap/Lotion Dispenser in polished nickel, about $90; KitchenSource.com

Install a Ceiling Fan

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Install a vintage-look ceiling fan to recirculate warmed air in winter. Reverse the blades’ spin to lower summer cooling costs.

Estimated cost: 52-inch Energy Star Capri with “tarnished” oiled-bronze finish, shown at right, about $90; Lamps Plus

Cover Your Lawn With Flowers

Photo by Karen Bussolini

How to do it: Plant a mass of bulbs with grasslike foliage in your lawn. Early-spring bloomers will be ready to mow when your turf perks up.

Estimated cost: 100 scilla siberica bulbs, similar to shown, under $20; John Scheepers, Inc.

Add Floating Shelves

Photo by Michael Luppino

How to do it: Add floating wall-mount shelves in place of a bookcase to free up valuable floor real estate. The shelves’ hidden hardware gives them a sleek, airy look.

Estimated cost: 3-foot-long wood Chunky Wall Shelf, about $34 each; West Elm

Conceal Your Air Conditioner

Photo by Courtesy of IKEA

How to do it: Hide a through-wall air conditioner inside a stock kitchen cabinet you can close when the unit’s not in use. Paint the cabinet the same color as your walls so it’ll “disappear,” or choose wood-veneer doors to mimic a pricey built-in.

Estimated cost: 36-by-18-inch Akurum fan cabinet with oak-veneer doors, about $88; IKEA

Waterproof a Kid’s Bath

Photo by David Hamsley

How to do it: Adhere rubber floor tiles to the wall for a lively waterproof backsplash in a kid’s bathroom. Coat the tile backs with adhesive and stick them up.

Estimated cost: BR Profile Studded Tiles in 20 colors, about $4.25 per square foot; ACTiVA Rubber Flooring

Upsize Your Windows

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

How to do it: Make small windows look larger by hanging drapes at ceiling height.

Estimated cost: Pair of 108-inch Brimfield 4-in-1 Panel Drapes in Carafe, about $70; JCPenney

Paint Your Front Door

Photo by Mark Lohman

How to do it: Brush on a vibrant color, such as a rich red, for a more welcoming entry.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of RedSeal Exterior Latex Eggshell House & Trim paint, about $25; Pratt & Lambert

Add Vintage Sparkle

Photo by Wyatt McSpadden

How to do it: Swap out a plain powder room doorknob for a vintage glass sparkler. Leave the hallway-facing knob in place for a unified look with the rest of your doors.

Estimated cost: Multifaceted 1900s glass knob with a brass shank that fits most spindles, about $38; Liz’s Antique Hardware

Use a Louvered Shutter to Sort Mail

Photo by Courtesy of Shuttercraft, Inc.

How to do it: Mount it on the wall, stick letters and bills in the slots.

Estimated cost: Unfinished 12-by-41-inch Western red cedar fixed-louver shutter, about $91; Shuttercraft.

Hide Home Office Wiring

Photo by Josh McHugh

How to do it: Run wiring behind a beadboard panel in the knee-hole at the back of your desk. Velcro the panel to blocking mounted on the rear legs or sides of your desk so that you can pop it off to access the outlet.

Estimated cost: 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood beadboard, about $20; Lowe’s

Cover a Scuffed Toekick

Photo by Kenneth Chen

How to do it: Mask a messed up kitchen toekick with stainless-look peel-and-stick laminate strips.

Estimated cost: 6-inch-high toekick cover, about $12 per linear foot.

Unclutter Your Workbench

Photo by Peter Margonelli

How to do it: Organize workbench clutter on a simple pegboard rack.

Estimated cost: DPI’s 4-by-8-foot white perforated pegboard wall panel, about $16; Lowe’s. Crawford’s 43-piece pegboard organizer with hooks, baskets, and jars, about $11; Ace Hardware

Paint a Tile Backsplash

Photo by Keate

How to do it: Brighten up a dark, dated tile backsplash with cheery paint. Scuff the surface with sandpaper and apply two coats of adhesion primer. Let dry and roll on two coats of oil-based semigloss paint.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon each of Adhesion Primer and ProClassic Alkyd Interior Enamel, about $96; The Sherwin-Williams Company

Crown Your Roofline with a Weather Vane

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Perch a classic rural wind spinner on top of your peak.

Estimated cost: Verdigris resin rooster, shown below, about $89; The Weathervane Factory

Decorative Stair Brackets

Photo by Paul Wicheloe

How to do it: Trim out your staircase with decorative brackets fastened to the outside of the stringer just below the treads.

Estimated Cost: $100~

Dim the Lights

Photo by Sam Diesel Photo

How to do it: Install a dimmer switch in your dining room to set the mood—and save energy. You can even get them in colors to match your wall or trim paint.

Estimated cost: Lutron’s Diva C.L dimmer, starting around $31, including a tinted switch cover; Pro Lighting

Brighten Cabinet Insides

Photo by Jason Bernhaut

How to do it: Highlight the inside of a glass-front cupboard by brushing on a bold hue.

Estimated cost: Aquarium Blue latex paint, $16 per quart; Benjamin Moore

Give Bookshelves the Once-Over

Photo by Kristine Larsen

How to do it: Group hardcovers and paperbacks separately and sort them by size for a tidier look. Use heavy decorative items, such as a stone bowl or vintage cast-iron tub claw-foot, as bookends.

Estimated cost: Salvaged tub foot; about $20; The Old House Parts Company

Cover with Climbers

Photo by courtesy of Premier Wood Products

How to do it: Put a trellis over an exterior window for clematis to climb on. Coat decorative wood brackets with primer, then paint and secure them to the studs on either side of the window with deck screws. For the top, rip a piece of 5/4×6 red cedar decking into three strips, space them evenly across the brackets, and secure with trim-head screws.

Estimated cost: Two Victorian wood brackets, about $38; Premier Wood Products. Deck board, fasteners, preservative, and paint, about $42; Do it Best

Bring It Down to Eye Level

Photo by Laura Moss

How to do it: Lower your art to eye level, about 64 inches from the floor.

Estimated cost: Reposition 17 pieces with the OOK Valu-Pak Pro Hanging Kit. about $9; OOK

Fix Up Your Fixture

Photo by courtesy schoolhouselights.com

How to do it: Spruce up a home-center ceiling fixture by swapping out the generic white globe for a colorful, vintage-look schoolhouse shade.

Estimated cost: 10-inch opal drum shade with a painted blue stripe, about $62; Schoolhouse Electric Co.

Use a Ladder as a Bath-towel Rack

Photo by David Prince

How to do it: Lean it against a wall and sling bath sheets and washcloths over its rungs. The white metal ladder shown here is new.

Estimated cost:For even more character, try a colorful, vintage five-rung wood ladder, about $43; A Rustic Garden

Bulk Up Door Trim

Photo by Brian Vanden Brink

How to do it: Build up a wimpy entry door casing in your foyer with applied moldings to create a more substantial first impression of your home.

Estimated cost: Four 6-foot-long-by-3¾-inch-wide primed white miterless moldings, about $80; Van Dyke’s Restorers

Faux Your Floor

Photo by Jessica Payne

How to do it: Paint worn vinyl flooring to look like stone tile. Use two similar colors­ for the “stones” and white paint to create faux grout lines. Seal the surface with three coats of polyurethane.

Estimated cost: 2 quarts of Valspar latex Porch and Floor paint and 1 quart of Cabot Water Based Polyurethane, about $54; Lowe’s. One 4-ounce tube of Pearl Acrylic Artist Paint for “grout,” about $3; Pearl Paint

Skirt a Sink

How to do it: Wrap a pedestal sink with a skirt and conceal your waste bin and toiletries below. Stick fabric to the basin edge with adhesive-backed Velcro.

Estimated cost: 60-by-32-inch white ruffled cotton sink skirt, about $60

Cover Door Scuffs

Photo by Nancy Andrews

How to do it: Fasten a kickplate to your front door as a traditional and stylish way to protect the bottom from scuffs.

Estimated cost: 30-inch solid-brass kickplate, about $64; Signature Hardware

Strip Paint-Caked Door Hardware

Photo by Erik Piasecki

How to do it: Buy a thrift-store Crock-Pot and fill it with water and 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent. Drop in hinges, knobs, and escutcheons. Heat on medium overnight. By morning, the paint will be falling off the metal.

Estimated cost: About $5 for the pot

Install New House Numbers

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Add eye-catching house numbers to make sure your address isn’t missed.

Estimated cost: Arts and Crafts 2¾-by-3¾-inch glazed ceramic tiles $14 each; Pewabic Pottery

Ornament Your Newel Post

Photo by Courtesy of Layla Grayce

How to do it: Top your newel with a carved wood finial for a more stately staircase.

Estimated cost: Antique Ivory Knewl Post Finial, about $86; Layla Grayce

Create a Luxe-Look Bathroom Shelf

Photo by House of Antique Hardware

How to do it: Support a 4-inch-wide marble door threshold with decorative metal brackets.

Estimated cost: 36-inch-long threshold, about $28; at most flooring retailers. Two Mini Pennsylvania Dutch Motif 3-by-4-inch cast-iron brackets, about $11; House of Antique Hardware

Tear Out Old Carpet on Your Stairs

Photo by DiLewis

How to do it: Refinish the treads and paint the risers white—or get creative and paint a runner-like pattern.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of white paint, sandpaper, wood putty to fill tack holes, 1 quart of stain, and 1 gallon of clear polyurethane, about $95; Lowe’s

Add a Stained-glass Window in Your Bath

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw-Llewellyn

How to do it: If you can’t find an exact fit to replace your existing window, simply hang one from chains in front of it.

Estimated cost: eBay store Bell Antique Mall has Art Deco windows similar to shown, starting at $69; Ebay

Gloss Over a Frame

Photo by Ryan Kurtz

How to do it: Refinish a dull mirror frame with glossy paint for an upscale look.

Estimated cost: 13-ounce can of Mohawk Colored Lacquer Enamel, about $6; Pond Cove Paint & Supply

Increase Mobility

Photo by Roger Davies

How to do it: Put casters on a table for a dual-purpose dining and food-prep surface in a small kitchen.

Estimated cost: Four Waxman swivel casters with brakes, about $15; Lowe’s

Screen Your Fireplace for Warm Weather

Photo by Erik Johnson

How to do it: Retool your fireplace for spring with a screen made from a salvaged section of iron fence. Get one that’s slightly larger than your firebox opening so that you can secure it to the surround. Add hook-on hangers to hold potted blooms.

Estimated cost: One 50-inch-wide-by-36-inch-tall iron section with a fleur-de-lis detail, about $75; Sarasota Architectural Salvage. Ace flowerpot holders, about $9 each; Ace Hardware

Shine Some Light on Your Work

Photo by Kolin Smith

How to do it: Brighten countertops instantly with battery-powered LED undercabinet puck lighting.

Estimated cost: Four adhesive-backed Bell & Howell Mini Power Pods, about $20

Make Candlesticks from Wood Spindles

Photo by Kristine Larsen

How to do it: Use a spade bit to drill a recess in the tops for the candle. Group sticks of varying heights for a stunning tabletop display.

Estimated cost: Two 12-inch and two 7½-inch turned redwood spindles, about $9; Vintage Woodworks

Create a Sense of Uniformity

Photo by Stephany Kropman

How to do it: Unify unmatched bedroom furniture by painting pieces the same hue.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of eco-friendly Inside Palette acrylic paint, about $45; YOLO Colorhouse

Get a Stencilied Look in Your Kid’s Room

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Decorate the walls with easy stick-on decals in fun animal shapes.

Estimated cost: 22-by-30-inch elephant design, about $25; Janey Mac at Etsy

Assemble a Wall Display

How to do it: Group small prints, photos, and vintage plates and hang them together for the look of a large, expensive piece of art. Arrange the display on the floor first to limit nail holes.

Fill the Paver Cracks


How to do it: Plant low-growing English thyme to prevent weeds from sprouting between pavers. Just sow seeds in early spring so that they’ll sprout as the temperature rises.

Estimated cost: 400-seed packet, about $2; Diane’s Flower Seeds

Brush On a Welcome Mat

Photo by Deanna Drafts

How to do it: Make this diamond-patterened rug like mat on your stoop by mapping the design with painter’s tape and using a roller to put colors in their places.

Estimated cost: 2 quarts of Valspar latex Porch and Floor paint, about $24; Valspar

Switch Out Your Island Hardware

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Change the hardware on your kitchen island to give it the look of custom furniture. Leave the existing knobs and handles on the cabinets alone.

Estimated cost: Melon Knob and Melon Handle, about $26 for both; Anthropologie

String Dazzling Lights

Photo by Courtesy “Orange

How to do it: Run rope lighting along the bathroom vanity toekick for a soft ambient night-light.

Estimated cost: SuperBright’s 2-foot strand, about $8; LAMPS PLUS $14 each; Pewabic Pottery

Flank the Bed

Photo by Cressida Payavis

How to do it: Build a wall-mount bedside table with wood corbels topped by a slate roof shingle.

Estimated cost: Two 6-inch oak Legacy hand-carved corbels, about $80; Van Dykes Restorers. 7-by-13-inch salvaged shingle, about $5; Recycling The Past – Architectural Salvage

Install a Cross-Handle Faucet

Photo by courtesy vintagetubs.com

How to do it: Swap in a cross-handle faucet to warm up a bathroom. A compact, centerset design—for basins with holes spaced 4 inches apart—preserves sinktop space.

Estimated cost: Randolph Morris 4-inch centerset bathroom faucet in chrome, about $84; Vintage Tub & Bath

Crown Your Cabinets

Photo by Courtesy Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinets

How to do it: Top stock kitchen cabinets with crown molding for the look of custom casework. 32 feet of crown to trim out the average kitchen.

Estimated cost: About $80; Lowe’s

Mount a New Mailbox by Your Front Door

Photo by Courtesy Chiasso

How to do it: A bold-colored locking model will make your entry more eye-catching—and protect your privacy.

Estimated cost: Priority Mailbox in red, about $58; chiasso

Use Bin Pulls as Sash Lifts

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

How to do it: Screw classic bin pulls onto double-hung windows to keep frames free from fingerprints. Twenty Victorian-style cast-iron decorative bin pulls will outfit 10 windows in first-floor rooms, where guests are more likely to see them.

Estimated cost: About $82; House of Antique Hardware

Give Your Porch Some Space

Photo by Helen Norman

How to do it: Paint your porch ceiling sky blue to create a more spacious feeling.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior paint in Niagara Falls, similar to shown, about $36; behr.com.

Protect Your Corners

Photo by Courtesy vandykes.com

How to do it: Put turned wood corner moldings on the outside corners of foyer walls to protect paint and add architectural detail.

Estimated cost: Traditional 22-inch cherry Corner Guard, about $15 each; Van Dykes Restorers

Give a Wall a Glimmering Two-Tone Effect

Photo by Patrick Rytikangas

How to do it: Roll stripes or stencil a pattern of shiny glaze over a wall painted with a solid matte finish.

Estimated cost: 1 quart of Studio Finishes latex glaze, about $9; Benjamin Moore

Free Up Your Sink

Photo by courtesy of Vintage Tub and Bath

How to do it: Hang a wall-mount cup and toothbrush holder in the bathroom to declutter the sink deck.

Estimated cost: Banner Concave Design Porcelain Toothbrush & Tumbler Holder in chrome, about $23; Vintage Tub & Bath

Frame Your Reflection

Photo by Courtesy Mirror Mate

How to do it: Transform an unadorned mirror by wrapping it in wood molding.

Estimated cost: A simple frame kit containing four mitered Pemaquid Slim molding strips in a distressed silver finish, the clips and glue to secure it together, and hardware to mount it, about $97; MirrorMate

Bring the Outlet Closer

Photo by Gregor Halenda

How to do it: Drop in a floor receptacle so that you don’t have to string long cords between table lamps and wall outlets.

Estimated cost: Carlon Drop-In Floor Box, about $58; tselectronic.com

Help Guests Be Heard

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Dress up your entry door with a handsome knocker.

Estimated cost: Colonial-style bronze door knocker, about $50; Restoration Hardware

Divide and Conquer

Photo by Chip Henderson

How to do it: Install a chair rail in your bedroom and paint the wall below a serene accent color.

Estimated cost: Enough red oak Colonial-style moldings to wrap the walls of an 8-by-10-foot room, about $75; Baird Brothers

Flank Your Front Door with Sconces

Photo by Leah Vinluan

How to do it: Try barn-style caged lights to accent a traditional entry, then screw in outdoor-rated CFLs to save on your energy bills.

Estimated cost: Two cast aluminum vapor-tight lights, about $99.60; Warehouse Lighting


Photo by Nathan Kirkman

How to do it: Connect two rooms with a pass-through carved out in a nonload-bearing wall. Frame the opening with 2x4s, cover with drywall, and finish the edges with corner beading.

Estimated cost: Lumber, sheet of drywall, beading, and 5-gallon bucket of joint compound to coat it all in mud, about $55; Do it Best

Design a Mudroom Area Rug

Photo by Mark Weiss

How to do it: Use stick-down carpet tiles. Use six tiles for a runner or nine for a square. Mix and match colors for a custom pattern.

Estimated cost: Six 20-by-20-inch textured tiles, about $54; FLOR

Fit a Window Seat in an Alcove

Photo by Erik Johnson

How to do it: Support a ¾-inch plywood seat deck on 2×6 hanging strips anchored into the side and back walls. To form the cubbies, glue and nail in place two plywood dividers. Face the unit with 1×4 poplar.

Estimated cost: Materials for a seat similar to this one, about $60; at lumber yards. 16-by-26-inch Gripper Sensations Microsuede Window Seat Cushion, about $30; JCPenney

Shine in the Darkness

Photo by Courtesy Matterinc

How to do it: Make your house easy to find at night with solar-powered LED numbers.

Estimated cost: Matterinc’s aluminum address placards, about $19 each; Target

Add a Ceiling Medallion

Photo by Wendall T. Webber

How to do it: Highlight a hanging light fixture with some decorative interest at the ceiling.

Estimated cost: Paintable 18-inch polyurethane medallion with floral-and-leaf pattern, similar to shown above, about $57; Creative Trim

Switch Out a Switchplate

Photo by Eleek Inc.

How to do it: Change out the plastic switchplate cover in your dining room with an embossed metal one.

Estimated cost: Single-toggle, lead-free, pewter-finished Lattice switchplate, about $65; Eleek

Build a Wood Planter

Photo by Hamilton Hedrick

How to do it: Build an outdoor planter from leftover deck boards and railing balusters. Frame the box with balusters, then clad the sides and bottom with cut boards. Drop in a plastic liner to hold the soil and protect the wood from rot.

Estimated cost: Square liner, about $15; Lowe’s

Create an Instant Collection

Photo by David Prince

How to do it: Mass like objects—vases, candle-sticks, bowls—and displaying them together. Follow the designer’s rule of thumb and group items in odd numbers for a look that’s more pleasing to the eye.

Estimated cost: Nothing

Tone Down the Contrast

Photo by Kolin Smith

How to do it: Paint trim lighter or darker than walls, rather than bright white, for a more subtle contrast.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of Farrow & Ball’s Water Based Eggshell yields a saturated color and a slight sheen. About $99; Farrow & Ball

Blur Room Lines

Photo by Courtesy WorldMart

How to do it: Use a folding screen in the corner of a small room to make the space appear larger by blurring the line where walls come together.

Estimated cost: Espresso Shinto Screen, about $99.99; DHDTV Specialty Hardware

Seal for Delivery

Photo by Courtesy dhdtcspecialtyhardwarestore.ca

How to do it: Swap in an insulated mail slot to keep out weather and muffle noise.

Estimated cost: Polished aluminum Draft Dodger insulated mail slot, about $45; DHDTV Specialty Hardware

Mirrored Tiles

Photo by Courtesy of Get Organized

How to do it: Affix mirrored tiles to the soffit above kitchen cabinets. The reflective surface will bounce light around the room, making it appear bigger and brighter.

Estimated cost: Twenty 4-by-4-inch peel-and-stick tiles, about $10; Amazon.com

Hang a Mirror

Photo by courtesy of Bellacor

How to do it: Hang an oval-shaped mirror like a pendant from a decorative chain for an elegant look in a bath, bedroom, or foyer.

Estimated cost: Frameless oval mirror, about $84; Bellacor

Lock Up in Style

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Screw in vintage-look sash locks for a tight seal between double-hungs to prevent drafts.

Estimated cost: Bronze bamboo-pattern sash window lock as below, about $13; House of Antique Hardware

Accent a Wall

Photo by Courtesy Phillip Jeffries

How to do it: Create an accent wall in the living room by papering the fireplace or sofa wall with grasscloth. Choose one with a tone that picks up the surrounding paint color.

Estimated cost: Double roll of Oriental Grasscloth Knot Textiles, about $70; Creative Wallcovering

Cap Lamps with Colored Shades

Photo by Ellen McDermott

How to do it: Change the quality of the light with a hue other than off white.

Estimated cost: The medium-size Mica drum shade shown above creates a warm glow in any room.About $59; Pottery Barn

Go Stainless

Photo by courtesy Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel

How to do it: Update an old fridge with a faux stainless-steel painted finish.

Estimated cost: 1 quart of Thomas Liquid Stainless Steel TM Base Coat, about $56; Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel

Flower Box Boost

Photo by Mary Beth Montgomery

How to do it: Mount flower boxes planted with colorful perennials to front-facing windows to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Estimated cost: 18-inch cedar window box with liner, about $29; Hooks and Lattice. Flat of flowers, about $10; at garden centers

Whitewash Interior Exposed Brick

Photo by Erik Johnson

How to do it: Brush on a tinted latex stain, wipe, and repeat until you achieve the desired look.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of Studio Finishes latex glaze, about $23; Benjamin Moore

Recess Electronics Wires

Photo by Courtesy Vanco

How to do it: Banish flat-screen TV wires using a recessed outlet and an open-back wall plate to route wires behind the wall.

Estimated cost: Vanco Rapid Link Power Dual Recessed Outlet Flat Panel TV Power Kit w/Romex and Signal Cable Wall Plates, about $66; Amazon.com

Seagrass Hallway Runner

Photo by Sylvia Martin

How to do it: Roll out a seagrass hallway runner. It’ll stand up to heavy foot traffic and make your house smell beachy.

Estimated cost: 2¼-by-7½-foot basket-weave seagrass runner, about $60; Overstock.com

Keep Small Appliances Out of Sight

Photo by Courtesy Rockler

How to do it: Clear counter clutter by installing a pop-out appliance lift in a base kitchen cabinet.

Estimated cost: Heavy-duty mixer lift, about $99.99; Rockler

Tile Over Your Hood

Photo by Judith Bromley

How to do it: Trim the wood vent hood cover above your range with a tile border.

Estimated cost: 6-by-6-inch Interceramic Antique Metals Hammered Ceramic Tiles in bronze, about $10 each

Add a Stainless Backsplash Behind Your Stove

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw-Llewellyn

How to do it: Nail an easy-to-clean panel on the wall or right over tired tile.

Estimated cost: 1½-by-4-foot stamped Design 204 panel, about $70; Classic Ceilings

Get Fido’s Bed Off the Floor

Photo by Dominique Vorillon

How to do it: Create a crawl space in an existing built-in. Remove lower cabinet doors or place his cushion below a window seat or on the bottom shelf of a bookcase, as shown below.

Estimated cost: Nothing

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