A home improvement project doesn’t have to include costly construction work and tons of saw dust, there are simple ways to update a home’s look without one board being sawn. These simple DIY home improvement projects will update interior lighting, create a kitchen island with a breakfast bar and re-new that old outdoor deck, all done without the construction mess and at around one-tenth of new construction cost.
DIY Home Improvement Upgrades for Interior Lighting
New light and switch combos that are professionally installed in a home will costs hundreds of dollars. A simple DIY interior lighting upgrade can be done by purchasing floor-standing torchiere lamps and plug into a nearby outlet or go with wireless switches that adhere to the wall for the new interior lighting. New, DIY interior lighting done with floor-standing torchiseres lamps will have costs starting at around $30 each, depending on models chosen.
DIY Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting
Need those dark places under kitchen cabinets illuminated? That would cost about $2,500 for professionally installed LED or xenon disc under cabinet lighting. DIY under cabinet kitchen lighting can be done far cheaper by purchasing rope lighting and tacking into place on the underside of wall mounted kitchen cabinets and plugging the rope lighting into a nearby outlet.
DIY Freestanding Kitchen Island with Breakfast Bar
Non-matching kitchen islands are in style for current kitchen updates and is a simple DIY project. Any freestanding table can be used as-is for a kitchen island and breakfast bar, or think outside the box and employ another piece of furniture (dresser, side board, antique ice chest) and top the furniture piece with an appropriate kitchen work surface like granite squares. Ready-made kitchen islands with breakfast bars are available with work/eat surfaces like granite, wood and stainless steel. Add a few bar stools and to the furniture piece of choice and create a DIY freestanding island with breakfast bar well under the $5,000 of more price tag that new construction would cost.
New DIY Surface for Stained Deck
When the deck is stained and looking old, it can be brought back to life and look new again with a thorough DIY cleaning, providing the wood the deck is constructed from is still in good shape. A rented pressure washer from the local home supply center or a stiff brush and bucket of bleach water will remove years of built-up dirt from a deck. After cleaning, stain or paint the wood deck to preserve the wood and the deck will look brand new. This DIY deck renewal project will cost about $200, new deck construction would cost upwards of $2,500.
Give your home a new look without the cost and mess of new construction by utilizing some of these DIY home improvement ideas.