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Reader Tips: Budget Home Updates

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We enjoy seeing DIY projects come alive in readers’ homes and yards. Here are some of our favorite inexpensive updates.

Budget Home Ideas

We love when readers share their DIY projects, room makeovers, and exterior upgrades on our Community Stories page. Visit the page to view more projects or submit your own.

Budget Home Ideas

Quick Door Update

User Suzie67’s new house had beautiful doors, but ugly brass hardware: “knowing I don't have a fortune to update the hardware to the oil-rubbed bronze finish I desired, I found a most economical way.” She used two coats of a Rust-oleum spray paint on door handles and a light socket cover plate for her desired finish.

Budget Home Ideas

Bedroom Wall Treatment

In Utah, user Lindsay02 wanted to add some visual interest to her master bedroom. She installed her own board and batten cut from 4 x 8 foot sheets of ½-inch MDF.

“Lowe’s made this project easy and inexpensive. I’m so happy with how it turned out,” she says.

Budget Home Ideas

Mosaic Tiled Terracotta Pots

User Jaylisa0628 had terracotta pots that needed a makeover. The gardener bought ceramic tile, grout adhesive, grout and sealer from Lowe’s to make these mini masterpieces. “I look forward to shopping Lowe’s again in search of more inspiration,” the user says.

Budget Home Ideas

Chalkboard Wall

This Los Angeles homeowner was looking for a new note station and decided on a non-traditional notepad. User DIYdiva added a chalkboard wall to the end of the kitchen: “It keeps visiting kids occupied, and gives people a creative outlet to draw or write notes.”

Budget Home Ideas

DIY Cake Stands

A couple wanted something unique for their wedding cake table. They decided to DIY their cake stands using three terra-cotta pots, one terra cotta-saucer, three 12-inch x 12-ing floor tiles, and spray paint. Users mgn4ever say the $30 project took only an hour.