DIY Upgrades for Under $100 - Part Seven

Posted by on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 1:00pm.

If you're looking for a big improvement in how your home looks and feels, check out these Do it Yourself projects. Most all can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time, with minimal investment. I'll be posting a series of these, so stay tuned. All can be found at This Old House magazine.

This is a series of DIY projects. Please be sure to see previous Posts.

Would love to hear any ideas you may have for future posts, let me know!


Tear Out Old Carpet on Your Stairs

How to do it: Refinish the treads and paint the risers white—or get creative and paint a runner-like pattern.

Estimated cost: 1 gallon of white paint, sandpaper, wood putty to fill tack holes, 1 quart of stain, and 1 gallon of clear polyurethane, about $95; Lowe's


Add a Stained-glass Window in Your Bath

How to do it: If you can't find an exact fit to replace your existing window, simply hang one from chains in front of it.

Estimated cost: eBay store Bell Antique Mall has Art Deco windows similar to shown, starting at $69; Ebay


Gloss Over a Frame

How to do it: Refinish a dull mirror frame with glossy paint for an upscale look.

Estimated cost: 13-ounce can of Mohawk Colored Lacquer Enamel, about $6; Pond Cove Paint & Supply


Increase Mobility

How to do it: Put casters on a table for a dual-purpose dining and food-prep surface in a small kitchen.

Estimated cost: Four Waxman swivel casters with brakes, about $15; Lowe's


Screen Your Fireplace for Warm Weather

How to do it: Retool your fireplace for spring with a screen made from a salvaged section of iron fence. Get one that's slightly larger than your firebox opening so that you can secure it to the surround. Add hook-on hangers to hold potted blooms.

Estimated cost: One 50-inch-wide-by-36-inch-tall iron section with a fleur-de-lis detail, about $75; Sarasota Architectural Salvage. Ace flowerpot holders, about $9 each; Ace Hardware

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