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The best value DIY home improvement projects

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Whether you often tackle DIY projects or are just looking to spruce up a few parts of your home in a cost-effective way, we have a few ideas on where to start. DIY projects have become an extremely popular way to do things yourself on a budget when the same things may cost double or triple what you will spend. Here are a few simple ways to give your home a new look without breaking the bank.


Changing your matwell mat  is an easy way to freshen up your doorway. Matwells take just a few hours to change and can be a satisfying work for the avid DIY-er. You can use a different colour mat to tie it with a new colour scheme you may have, or just to give your doorstep a fresh look. Here a few signs that your matwell mat needs changing:

  • It has started to fade
  • The edges have begun to curl
  • Your matwell mat has become harder to clean
  • More dirt gets trapped underneath
  • It has become slippery
  • It moves out of position

When your new mat arrives it will be rolled, so unroll it and leave it for 24-48hrs to let it regain a flat form. Afterward, just take the old mat out and install the new one to brighten your doorstep.


From the walls, the ceiling or those ugly cabinets you found in the kitchen when you moved in, paint can be an easy and quick fix. You can choose to paint one wall a different colour to give your living room or bedroom an accent wall that will catch the eye. The same goes for the ceiling, as it can give your room a modern aesthetic to have it in a different colour from your walls.

When moving into your new home you are often on a tight budget, so renovations are often limited to the most necessary tasks. The bathroom and kitchen may not be to your taste and style but because they are functioning you have left their renovation for a later date. An easy and cost-effective way to freshen them up would be to simply paint them a colour you would like until you have saved enough to do your dream renovation.


If done by a professional stencilling can be an expensive treat for your home. However, there are a lot of DIY tutorials on how to stencil your floors or bathroom walls to give your home a little flair and incorporate your personal style into it. Stencilling can be a fun weekend project that you can do either alone or with help from your family or friends.

Renovating doors and garage doors

Another easy project to give your home a spruce up is a new paint on the doors. Whether it is your front door, the interior doors or the garage door a fresh paint job can make them look like new. You could even get some plywood and create a shaker door.


There are many fast, low-cost DIY projects that will spruce up your home. Whatever you want to tackle, you are always just an internet search away from knowing how to do it yourself and on a budget.

Stanley Gatero is a writer at Disrupt Magazine. He covers topics concerning technology, entrepreneurship, news, and sports. He is an avid traveler.

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