While large home upgrades such as renovating your kitchen or adding an extra room may be out of the budget, these simple and unique DIY upgrades just may fit the bill. Projects like these not only to give your home a bit more personality, but may also add a bit of resale value to boot.
Like we’ve said in previous posts, choosing upgrades that are functional and traditional are best for adding value to your home. But, there are some options that blur the lines and can add a touch of personalization as well as functionality. Below we’ve listed 5 of our top picks for adding the best of both worlds to your home.
1. Indoor Shutters
Every home needs needs some type of window covering, so why not make them original? Adding indoor shutters to your home can not only provide the shade and privacy of traditional blinds, but they also add a touch of sophistication and beauty to any room.
Since most Interior shutters are made of sturdy wood frames, they help to trap heat from escaping through windows in the winter and prevent heat from penetrating in the summer. They also install easily on any window with a variety of different mounting techniques and come in a large variety of styles to suit any home.
2. Water Filtration System
It’s rare to have great tasting and good for you water come straight from the tap in most parts of the country, so investing in a built-in water filtration system will always be money well spent. Instead of lugging heavy jugs in and out of your home or investing in an expensive refrigerator, it can be a quick and easy fix to add a filtered side tap to your kitchen sink.
Most filtration systems are readily available at many hardware stores and cost about $120. Installation can be relatively easy but if you aren’t handy with a drill or soldering iron, you may want to get it professionally installed. All of this is well worth it as it will save you both time and money in the long run as well as provide you with delicious filtered water on demand.
3. Framed Switch Plates
This upgrade is probably both the simplest and cheapest to accomplish, but it can make a big difference in almost any room. To create these framed light switch plates, all you need is some inexpensive frames or trim, spray paint and some super glue. According to Me, Myself & DIY simply finding the right sized frame at a thrift or dollar store is the toughest part of this job! She also states that you could use trimming to create a custom from or fill any extra space with caulk. You can go as decorated or simple as you like with the frames to match your decor. After you’ve super glued the plate to the frame, spray paint the entire thing your preferred colour and seal with a clear top coat. Screw the plate back onto the wall and you’re finished!
4. Window Seat
If you’re an avid DIYer, you’ll probably be able to tackle this project yourself, but be warned, it is the most complex upgrade on the list!
Window seating is both beautiful and functional and a great way to use any extra space in front of a window. While there are many ways you can go about building window seating, Craftivity Designs has a simple and easy to follow tutorial for anyone handy with a saw and some 2×4’s.
Another great part about adding a window seat is you can make it double as additional storage space. Simply adding a handle and hinged top will give you a great hiding spot for just about anything. You can also change the look of the seating by inexpensively changing the cushions and decorative throw pillows. If you have the space, this is a great addition to any bedroom or living room.
Looking for an alternative to regular old paint when it comes to sprucing up your walls? Try moulding! Adding this simple touch will instantly make your rooms look and feel more elegant and expensive.
The great part about crown moulding is you can go as simple or as intricate as you want. Simply framing the ceiling can add the finishing touch you’re looking for, or you can add a historical touch by creating full-wall moulding like pictured above.
You can also use moulding to update cabinets, trim doorways and create contrasting baseboards. Moulding is relatively inexpensive and can be used for a variety of different looks and projects so it’s a great way to get into DIY’s and updating your home.