6 Simple Home Renovations You Can Do for Under $1,000


These simple home renovations may improve your home’s value!

A thousand dollars may not seem to be a large amount of money to spend on home improvement. But the truth is that when it comes to remodeling, you can make some serious progress without breaking the bank if you take on a few simple home renovations.

Most experts agree that regularly setting aside money for home revision projects is the best way to ensure emergency repairs, like a new A/C system, don’t seriously affect your finances.

And keeping on top of monthly maintenance chores is another way to make your dollars go a bit further. Doing this can ensure that issues are addressed before they become something you can’t fix and must replace.

So, on that note, Crafty Captain wants to share with you some simple home renovations that cost $1,000 or less!

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Simple home renovation: Upgrade your kitchen

Generally speaking, remodeling a kitchen can come with a hefty price tag. But if you choose which projects you do wisely, you can make a significant impact for $1000 or less.

Remember that one simple home renovation, like repainting your walls, can go far in updating the space’s feel and overall look. Updating accessories like linens, dishware, or rugs can add a contemporary style and colors to a dull space.

And if you happen to be a bit handy, you can even try retiling your backsplash or updating your cabinet fronts. Also, if the space allows it, you can change the functionality and style of your kitchen by putting in an island.

It can serve as an extra cooking area, breakfast bar, or an all-purpose worktop. If you don’t have enough space but still dream of having an island, installing a portable one would be a fantastic idea, as well. And for the costs of all these little tips and tricks?

Paint and supplies can be anywhere between $50 and $100. New cabinet hardware can go for $5 and $20 a piece, or you can just spray paint the handles you have now. And some new pendant lights can range between $50 and $500 each.

Simple home renovation: Update lighting

You can switch out your old lighting fixtures and update them with energy-efficient versions instead. Visit your local home retailer and take a look at the latest trends in lighting, like bronze and copper. Then, pick out the fixtures that match the decor and style of your space.

Just be sure to consider the size and scale of your lighting pieces. For instance, chandeliers or pendants in attractive metals and designs can significantly impact the look and feel of a room. Remember that lighting can make a room look more comfortable and even larger.

Be sure you’re using the correct type of lighting for each room. As for the expected costs of this simple home renovation? A quick DIY light replacement or lamp addition can range anywhere from $20 to $1,000.

If you need to hire an electrician, you’ll want to choose less expensive lighting to compensate for your costs. According to our research, an average electrician’s hourly rate is about $23. On the other hand, simply spray-painting your current fixtures can cost as little as $20.

Simple home renovation: Redo your entrance

Your entryway is what gives the first impression of your home. So, if you have a dull-looking entrance, now’s the time to change things up a bit to a more attractive one.

Try a new solid door with contemporary locks and fittings, or you can update your existing door with some fresh paint and new handles. Buying a new door from the hardware store is also an excellent way to spend your money.

Just ensure you can do the work or find out how much it would cost to hire a handyperson to help install this simple home renovation.

On the other hand, if your front door looks fine and you wish to spruce up your front entrance, a new exterior light, potted plants, new house numbers, and a new welcome mat can instantly change the exterior.

Now, let’s talk money: the average price of a new front door can cost about $1,000. If you want to just paint it, expect to pay roughly $30 to $100 for supplies.

Quick side note from Crafty Captain: Many of the simple home renovations on our list are perfect DIY tasks for the weekend that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

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Simple home renovation: Spruce up your walls

It’s incredible how much bigger a room will feel when you add a few wall decorations. Using your vertical space and giving the eye a reason to move up and down misleads the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is.

Besides that, adding a few decor items like open shelving gives you a place to add a few more decorative objects or splashes of color, which instantly adds style to a room.

Try including some simple shelves in a symmetrical pattern, or try moving your artwork from one room to another. You can also take a piece of older fabric and stretch it over a frame or canvas. This can add a lot of pizazz all over your home.

And the best part is that the expected costs for this simple home renovation aren’t too bad. You can buy some new shelving and frames from big box stores at a pretty low price, anywhere from $20 – to $100.

Simple home renovation: Re-tile the flooring in your bathroom

If your bathroom has linoleum or tile floors from the 70s installed circa the invention of the microwave, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Obviously, costs depend on the size of your bathroom.

So, revamping a smaller space will likely take less time, material, and money than a primary bedroom bathroom. We recommend investing in the most high-traffic bathroom in your home. It can add to it’s marketability.

In a 2019 survey, 46% of realtors thought it was either important or essential to stage a home’s bathroom, suggesting that bathroom finishes hold significance for homebuyers.

And even though you have many choices at Home Depot’s flooring section, two types stand out for budget-friendliness and durability: luxury vinyl and ceramic.

More expensive than luxury vinyl, ceramic tile still costs relatively less than high-end finishes like marble, which can stretch your budget by roughly $45 per square foot.

And as far as luxury vinyl tile goes, it’s definitely enjoying its moment in the spotlight as an interior design standout. Vinyl options can imitate the look of higher-end materials like marble, exotic hardwood, or sandstone without putting a huge dent in your budget.

The prices for this simple home renovation are as follows: $15 to $20 per square foot of ceramic tile and $7 per square foot for luxury vinyl tile.

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Simple home renovation: Add crown molding to the primary living areas

Having plain rectangular rooms in your home can be boring. Giving them a little extra “something” like crown molding adds architectural dimension to any space. We can compare it to a gallery frame that enhances the artwork it encases.

And while many realtors will say that molding isn’t a must-have for most buyers, they value this detail in main living spaces like the formal dining and living room. White trim accents are also used in most rooms in any color scheme to give them a “finished” look.

But white trim can make the space feel smaller in rooms with low ceilings. For these rooms, we recommend painting the crown molding the same color as the wall rather than white.

So how much does something like this cost? Experts say it should be somewhere between $300 and $800 per room.

What do you think about these simple home renovations? Please feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section. And if you liked this article, we also recommend reading: 10 Natural Cleaning Methods to Avoid Chemicals in Your Home

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