Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500


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Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500

By emily.bailey

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Not all home renovations need to cost a fortune. Here are our favorite low-cost, high-impact projects that will add value to your home for under $500.



Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500 | Schlage
Renovating your home is often a financial and emotionally taxing process that can take months of stress to complete. If you dread the thought of taking on another costly project, you are not alone. The good news is - not all remodeling projects need to cost a fortune to add more value to your home. There are several low-cost, high-impact projects that even a beginner could conquer for under $500. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Update the hardware.

Your personal tastes change over the years and are reflected in your home's style. Whether it's to change out tired bright brass fixtures with a more updated finish, complete a room's styled look with a designer knob or lever, or add a new level of convenience and efficiency to your life by replacing mechanical locks with keyless deadbolts, door hardware can easily be replaced and makes an impact on your home's overall style and function.

2. Replace builder-grade lighting with custom lighting.

The style and function of your lighting can make or break a room. Replacing a light fixture might seem intimidating, but it's a job any DIYer can complete. Just be sure you take the proper precautions by following the manufacturer's installation instructions. A simple Google search will bring up many videos and tutorials that walk you through how to change a light fixture as well.

3. Add crown molding and trim.

Crown molding and trim can really add value and architectural detail to your home. Many rooms that lack crown molding tend to feel like something is missing. It's a small detail that makes a big impact on the room's overall style. 


Pangea Interior Design suggests"for ceilings 10 feet tall or higher, consider a rule of thumb allowing 1" of width for each foot of ceiling height. This isn't a hard and fast rule, and it doesn't work for lower ceilings. You wouldn't use an 8" wide molding in a room with 8' tall ceilings, for example."

4. Install a backsplash.

A tile backsplash not only adds a pop of visual interest, but it also protects your walls. Backsplash works perfectly in kitchens and bathrooms, above counters, in between molding, above tubs and in showers.


One of the great things about backsplash tile, is they come in a variety of colors and materials. Take a quick glance at home improvement online outlets and you're bound to find something that fits your space and wallet.

Which inexpensive DIY remodel is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook!