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Are you looking for home improvement ideas that can improve the value of your home without breaking the bank?

It’s certainly that time of year when we start planning what improvements we’d like to make in our homes.

In fact, we’ve been putting together lists of home improvement ideas for our own homes.

According to Forbes.com the biggest return on your home improvement investment are in the kitchen and bathroom.

Well, look no further!

We’ve got 10 sensational home improvement ideas on a budget to help get you started.

From easy DIY projects like a shiplap wall, to larger home improvement projects like updating flooring.

We’ve rounded up home improvement projects that are as transforming, as they are budget-friendly.

So grab your toolbox and get ready to DIY a home improvement today!

Create an Accent Wall with Shiplap

Home improvement ideas, install a shiplap wall with a bold navy blue color. White hexagon tile floor, oak bathroom vanity and weather wall shelves.

Adding an accent wall is a great way to quickly and cheaply update the look of your home without investing in a full-scale home improvement project.

For example, creating an accent wall with shiplap and a bold color can instantly add texture and depth to any room.

Plus, it’s relatively easy to install yourself and you don’t even have to get your hands dirty!

Well, maybe a little.

Simply pick out the right materials, paint, and accessories for the look you’re going for.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can transform an entire room just with some shiplap and a new coat of paint!

So grab your tools, gather up your supplies, and get ready to make your home look and feel like new.

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Install Board and Batten Wall

Grey board and batten wall with a hidden pocket door. Grey and white damask bedding with blue accents.

Board and batten walls are a stylish home improvement option for those who want something unique and unexpected.

These walls add character to any room, but they can also take your home from ordinary to extraordinary.

And in our case we wanted to disguise the pocket door, and board and batten was the answer.

Installing a board and batten wall with a hidden door is surprisingly easy to do yourself, especially if you choose a pocket door kit.

To save even more money, you can cut your own board and batten strips like we did in our master bedroom.

In just a few short steps, you’ll have an eye-catching home improvement feature that also adds practicality and convenience to your home.

So don’t be afraid to try something a little different, you might just be surprised at the results!

Epoxy Countertops

Home improvement ideas, DIY epoxy countertops in a wet bar area with a brick backsplash and navy blue cabinets with brushed gold hardware.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly home improvement project that will make a big impact, updating an old countertop with epoxy is the perfect option.

There are many stone patterns you can create with epoxy and it’s incredibly durable and so realistic.

While there is a learning curve using epoxy, with practice you can achieve a beautiful epoxy countertop.

With this home improvement project, you can easily transform a bathroom or kitchen without breaking the bank.

Install a Laminate Floor

Laminate floor installed over concrete in a basement family room with bold navy blue built ins.

Installing a laminate floor is an easy home improvement project that you can do yourself in just one weekend.

Plus, with a variety of styles and colors to choose from, you can easily find the perfect look for your home.

Over the past several years, laminate flooring has greatly improved and is so realistic.

In no time at all, your home will look stylish and new again – without breaking your budget!

Mudroom Bench

Simple mudroom bench with storage, shelf and hooks.

Adding a mudroom bench is the perfect home improvement project for creating organization and storage in your home without taking up too much space.

This simple home improvement idea is relatively easy to do yourself and doesn’t require any major construction or renovation.

All you need to do is measure the area where you want to install the bench, purchase the materials, and then construct the bench.

Once it’s built, you can add a coat of paint or stain to match your home’s decor, as well as hooks for hanging coats, bags, and other items.

In just a weekend, you can make a huge difference in the way your home functions and it won’t cost a fortune either!

Create a Cloffice

DIY a cloffice, a mini office in a closet. Grey painted filing cabinets, fabric pin board above butcher block desk top.

If you’re looking for a home improvement project with maximum impact and minimum fuss, then creating a “cloffice” – an office inside of your closet – is the perfect way to go!

All you need to do is measure the closet space, purchase some simple shelves or cubbies, and then add in a desk top to fit your specific needs.

Don’t forget to also add some personal touches such as wall art and home accessories to make the space more comfortable.

So if you need to create a space to work from home, consider creating a cloffice!

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Install Panel Moulding

Home improvement ideas, elegant paneled walls in a deep blue with built in bookshelves, window seat, leather reading chair, cozy cow hide rug.

Adding panel moulding is one of the easiest home improvement projects you can do yourself and it’s a great way to add a luxurious feel to your home.

All you need is some wood trim, paint or stain, and a few simple tools.

Then just measure the area where you want to install the panel moulding, cut the trim to size, and attach it to the wall with nails or adhesive.

Once it’s in place, you’ll caulk and putty, then add a coat of paint.

In just one weekend, you’ll have an elegant home that looks like it was professionally done!

Tile a Shower

Home improvement ideas, install a tile shower surround, navy blue subway tile with a shell mosaic shower niche.

Tiling a shower is another home improvement project that you can do yourself – even if you’re a beginner!

All you need to do is measure the space, purchase the materials, and then watch a few tutorials for tips.

You can also mix and match different tiles for a more intricate look.

My mom and I were first timers when we installed the tile in our shower.

You’ll want to see our tips if you’re a beginner.

Once it’s finished, you’ll have a beautiful and stylish shower that looks amazing – without breaking your budget.

Built-in Reading Nook

Home improvement ideas, install a reading nook with storage in an unused closet.

Building a built-in reading nook is one of our most popular home improvement projects and for good reason.

Not only does it add an architectural element to your home, but it’s also the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a long day.

All you need to do is measure the space, purchase the materials, and then follow our instructions for installation.

Don’t forget to add a few home accessories such as pillows and throws to make the space more inviting.

In just a couple of weekends, you’ll have an amazing addition to your home.

Fireplace Mantle & Surround

White fireplace surround with a faux wood beam mantle, brick fireplace box, two blue and white striped chairs.

If I had my way, I’d put a fireplace in every room, well almost every room.

I love the architectural detail and cozy vibe they add.

Adding a fireplace mantle and surround is a home improvement project that can instantly update the look of your home while adding value.

For our living room fireplace we chose a gas fireplace, but for the basement family room we installed an electric one that puts off a great deal of heat.

You can also choose from a variety of materials for your mantel and surround, such as wood, stone, or brick, depending on your home’s style.

With just a few simple steps, a few weeks of work, you’ll have an inviting home with a cozy fireplace that looks amazing!

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What’s Your Favorite Home Improvement Idea?

When it comes to home improvement projects, there are plenty of great ideas that you can do yourself and on a budget.

From tiling showers to installing fireplace mantles, from adding a board and batten accent wall to adding storage with a mudroom bench, these home improvement ideas will instantly improve the look and value of your home without breaking the bank.

We hope you found a little inspiration here today.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Renae

    So many great ideas. I would love to share this post on my newsletter next week. Hugs to you.

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Thank you Renae, you are so kind. We’d love you to share this post. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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