Best of 2017: 24 low-cost home improvement ideas

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​Best of 2017: 24 low-cost home improvement ideas

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Storage Solutions :   by ASPACE
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There always seems to be something that needs doing, fixing or updating around the house, whether it’s that dripping faucet in the bathroom, the crack in the kitchen backsplash, a new table runner for the dining room, or something else entirely (each house is different, you know!).

But don’t stress if your year-end budget is a bit stretched here at Christmas, for there exists quite the number of ways in which to fix up and/or style up your home without selling a child or kidney! 

Let’s take a look at the most popular budget-friendly ways of the past year in which you can DIY some beauty and functionality back into your home…

1. Add extra space and style via floating shelves.

2. Splash a new colour onto those kitchen cabinets.

Small kitchen, big bold colour!:  Kitchen by Hallwood Furniture
Hallwood Furniture

Small kitchen, big bold colour!

Hallwood Furniture

3. Stick some wooden beading into your front door to create a panelled effect, then paint.

4. Re-polish your wooden floors for some extra shine.

Wickham House:  Kitchen by C7 architects
C7 architects

Wickham House

C7 architects

5. With cast iron paint, give the inside of your fireplace a fresh coat – and clean up the tiles and add new grout while you’re down there.

6. Invest in a cute little design with shoe-and-bag storage in your hallway to stop the clutter from spreading.

Oakland Shoe Cupboard and Organiser:  Corridor & hallway by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Oakland Shoe Cupboard and Organiser

The Cotswold Company

7. Upcycle old items into new storage, like this old-steps-turned-into-bookcase project.

8. Got enough money to spend on ONE element? Make it a statement light fixture, as that’ll change the vibe of the entire room.

9. Storage boxes can become your best friends in these cluttered times.

Tessera Step Cube Unit :  Nursery/kid's room by ASPACE
ASPACE

Tessera Step Cube Unit

ASPACE

10. Add an integrated water filter to your tap.

Sink with drain grooves on the worktop:  Kitchen by AD3 Design Limited
AD3 Design Limited

Sink with drain grooves on the worktop

AD3 Design Limited

11. Modular storage fits perfectly into modern designs, plus you can change them up whenever you please.

 Study/office by Redesign Studio
Redesign Studio

Modular Library

Redesign Studio

12. Zhoosh up a front entrance by updating your hardware, buying a fancy chrome number plaque, or adding heritage styling in the form of ironwork.

Large Decorative Front  Door:  Houses by Arttus
Arttus

Large Decorative Front Door

Arttus

13. Have a carpet professionally cleaned – trust us, it changes the entire room.

London Fog:  Walls & flooring by Crown Floors
Crown Floors

London Fog

Crown Floors

14. Use coffee filters as makeshift drawer divides or place them between your plates to avoid damage.

Miele CM7300 Coffee Machine:  Kitchen by Hehku
Hehku

Miele CM7300 Coffee Machine

Hehku

15. Use plastic baskets as drawer organisers for expert organisation.

 Bedroom by e15
e15

Chest of drawers IMARI

e15
e15
e15

16. Use contact paper (or sticky-back plastic) on the ends of your kitchen utensils to jazz them up a bit.

Wild Flower Utensil Set:  Kitchen by bojje ltd
bojje ltd

Wild Flower Utensil Set

bojje ltd

17. Glue Mason jars together to create a desk tidy—perfect for stashing pens and pencils.

18. Bargain spray-paint can add a new look to those pots and potters.

Tunisia Made Vases and jars:  Kitchen by Hend Krichen
Hend Krichen

Tunisia Made Vases and jars

Hend Krichen

19. Stick glass beads to a mirror and treat it to an eye-catching new frame.

20. Give your modern sofa a Chesterfield look by tapping drawing pins into place with a small hammer.

Birley Brown Leather Chesterfield Sofa:  Living room by Modish Living
Modish Living

Birley Brown Leather Chesterfield Sofa

Modish Living

21. Organise toys in cheap plastic tubs and never step on a Lego again!

Activity Table & Toy Organiser CONSTRUCTION CENTRE:  Nursery/kid's room by Finoak LTD
Finoak LTD

Activity Table & Toy Organiser CONSTRUCTION CENTRE

Finoak LTD

22. Use washable placements as fridge shelf-liners – simply throw out the ones with stubborn stains.

 Kitchen by Créations Jean-Vier
Créations Jean-Vier

Placemat Ainhoa Sunset

Créations Jean-Vier

23. Create art with permanent markers and old plates, pop ‘em into the oven for a few hours at a low temperature to ‘bake’ on the image, et voilà!

Tropical flowers:  Kitchen by Katy Leigh
Katy Leigh

Tropical flowers

Katy Leigh

While you’re at it, check out these 6 fun Christmas DIY projects.

Which of these tip and tricks will you be trying out?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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