Upgrade Your Space with Budget-Friendly DIY Home Improvements


It doesn’t take a major renovation to achieve a home you love. Small, thoughtful changes can create a huge difference in both the look and feel of your space. The best part? You can tackle many fantastic DIY home improvements while sticking to a tight budget.  Even if you’re new to DIY, these projects are beginner-friendly and promise major results.

Project Ideas

Transform Your Cabinets: A Fresh Look for Your Kitchen (or Bathroom) 

A little paint can completely transform tired kitchen or bathroom cabinets.  Prepping is key: thoroughly clean, lightly sand, and prime before applying your chosen colour.  Try out trendy hues, or update old hardware for a two-in-one change.

Refresh Hardware: Boost Style and Function 

Even tiny details make a difference, especially in the kitchen! Replace old knobs and handles on drawers, cabinets, and any storage cupboards. Stick to a single finish to match other fixtures in the room (like your faucet) for a polished look. This simple upgrade instantly makes your kitchen feel fresher and more modern.

Upgrade Lighting: Enhance Ambiance and Functionality

Lighting plays a vital role in the look and feel of your home. The right upgrades can both improve the ambiance and add functionality to spaces like your kitchen or living room. Here’s what to consider:

  • Layer Your Light: Combine different lighting types like ceiling fixtures, lamps, and under-cabinet lights for a well-lit and inviting feel.
  • Choose Warm Tones: Opt for bulbs labelled “warm white” or “soft white” for a cosy glow compared to harsher “cool white” lights.
  • Statement Pieces: Upgrade outdated fixtures with stylish replacements that reflect your taste and complement your decor.
  • Dimmer Power: Install dimmers for flexible control over the mood and brightness of your lighting.

DIY Shelves: Create a Home for Your Plants

Add functional storage and style with DIY shelves, designed specifically to showcase your houseplants! The options are endless! Reclaim wood to build floating shelves, repurpose old crates for a rustic vibe, or find an online tutorial that fits your skill level.

Get Inspired: Check out this blog post for ideas on creating plant-dedicated spaces in your home.

Install a Shower Head Filter: A Simple Upgrade for Healthier Skin and Hair

Upgrade your shower experience and potentially improve the health of your skin and hair by installing a shower head filter. These simple devices reduce chlorine, heavy metals, and other impurities that can be found in your water supply. Explore the benefits of different filter types like charcoal for purification or vitamin C for added nourishment. Installation is a breeze and can make a noticeable difference in your daily routine.

Upcycled Planter: Creative Containers for Your Greenery

Add a touch of environmental stewardship and eco-consciousness to your plant collection with upcycled planters! Transform everyday objects into unique homes for your herbs, flowers, or succulents. Here’s how:

  • Think outside the pot: Old mugs, jars, tins, or even boots can become funky planters.
  • Decorate and personalise: Get creative with paint, stencils, decoupage with colourful paper, or even add mosaic tiles for texture.
  • Drainage is key: Most containers will need a few drainage holes drilled into the bottom.
  • Indoor or outdoor: Upcycled planters bring charm to your windowsill, porch, or balcony.

Additional Tips

  • Save with Secondhand: Check thrift stores and online marketplaces for used fixtures or furniture waiting to be transformed.
  • Focus on Free: Start by thoroughly cleaning! Sometimes that’s the biggest improvement you need.
  • Prep is Key: Before any project, watch some online tutorials or read up on the process for the best results.

These budget-friendly DIY projects prove you don’t need to break the bank to make your home a place you enjoy and are proud of.  Choose one (or several!) that inspire you and get started on your upgrade journey! Want a home where the customization is already done for you? Explore GAP’s current developments and discover beautifully finished spaces ready for your personal touch.