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Renovating your home can get expensive in a hurry. You want the best quality at the best prices but that’s not always easy to find.

The cost of your renovation goes up depending on the room you’re overhauling. Kitchen and bathroom remodels can skyrocket your cost and break your budget.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are simple, quality, budget-friendly things you can do around your home to up the value and the atmosphere. Take a look at these!

Cost Effective Kitchen Upgrades

Painted Cabinets

Instead of going all out and purchasing new cabinets for your outdated kitchen, bring them up to speed with a couple fresh coats of paint. You’ll start by giving them a good cleaning, a light sanding, and one or two coats of primer to help your chosen color stick better. It’s important to do another very light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper in between color coats to achieve an even, smooth finish.


Hardware Upgrade

Small changes can make a huge impact and a great way to implement this is by simply installing new hardware. Change out the knobs or pulls on your cabinets and drawers. For the best results, be consistent with the finishes. If you decide on oil-rubbed bronze, stick with that for all the new hardware.


Replace Fixtures

Once you’ve changed out all the cabinet hardware, you may notice that it clashes with your current faucet or even the light fixture. Both are fairly simple DIY projects that won’t break the bank. Replacing these items for consistency throughout the room elevates the overall look. 


Revive the Flooring

You may be hesitant to replace your old flooring based on what it typically costs but if your old floors are in bad shape, it’s time. Peel-and-stick tiles are a great way to manage this upgrade without spending too much. Be sure to follow the directions carefully for the best results.


DIY Backsplash

The area between your countertops and the bottom of your cabinets is a perfect place to add a little pizzazz. You can create an amazing backsplash out of many different materials including tin, brick, or even heavy-duty crafting foil. If those are a little out of your league, there are also several gorgeous peel-and-stick backsplash options on the market.

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Face Lifts

Fresh Paint

Redoing the walls in a clean, modern color is the fastest way to make a huge impact at the lowest price. All you need is a gallon of paint, a roller, and a couple of hours to completely change the look of your bathroom while leaving the rest of your budget free to cover other upgrades.

Faux Finishes

Adding faux stone to the outside of your bathtub or a peel-and-stick backsplash above the sink co Fresh paint- A clean, modern color can go a long way in completely changing the look of any room. It costs very little but adds a lot to the look and feel of the room.


Increase Storage

Every bathroom could benefit from a little added storage space. Open shelving, a small cabinet hung on one wall or even a small chest of drawers (if you have space) can do wonders for your bathroom.


Mirror Magic

Mirrors reflect light around a room and make it seem bigger and more open. Your bathroom probably already has at least one but adding a full-length mirror on the back of the door or an empty wall is a great, low-cost idea.

Updating Other Rooms

Accent Walls

Bedrooms and living areas can almost always accommodate an accent wall. You can create this with paint or texture, as long as it is different from the other walls. Shiplap, stone, or faux materials are a great way to go.

Area Rugs

Another budget-friendly way to change up a room is through the use of an area rug. These come in so many different sizes, colors and patterns you’re sure to find something that suits your home and your style.


Textile Upgrades

When renovating your home, it’s a good idea to update things like curtains, towels or throw pillows to keep everything consistent. You don’t need to do this all at once but over time you can easily add in a new item here and there.

Outdoor Upgrades

Stain the Deck

If you have a deck, porch, or other wood structure outdoors, it’s important to maintain it and protect it from the weather. Exterior stains provide water and sun protection. It is inexpensive and also greatly improves the look.


Add Greenery

Landscaping is one of the best ways to increase curb appeal for your home but is often pricey. Adding just a few plants or shrubs in strategic places for the most impact will help keep costs down.

Other Landscaping

The cheapest way to boost the look of your yard is to maintain what’s already there. Trim overgrown trees, keep the grass green and mowed and clean up branches or trash. If you need more of an upgrade, many types of gravel can be used as filler and can usually be delivered at a reasonable price. Be sure to edge any graveled areas.


Paint What Needs It

You may not be able to paint the entire outside of your home (although if you can it’s worth it). What you can paint for very little money is your front door, any trim, and even your fence (except for chain-link fencing).

 

Don’t Break the Bank

Home renovations tend to be stressful and frustrating, often due to the cost and amount of work involved. Don’t let that happen to you! Use these simple, low-cost ideas during your next renovation.

 

Andrew is a DIYer and founder of SimplyHomeTips.com. He likes to share his experience through detailed guidelines with pictures on home improvement, DIY projects, around-the-house fixing, woodworking, etc.

 

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At ManoMano, we admire those who MAKE. And it’s for that very reason that ManoMano supports makers and their projects by telling their stories in the series The Amazing Making Of. Join our celebration of imagination, creativity, hard work and eccentricity!

After the success of MadCow’s giant water slide in episode one, we present to you episode two!

In this episode we meet Gavin who shows us his crazy project on how he uses nature to grow furniture. In his 6 acres of field, Gavin grows chairs, lamps, tables… and maybe even one day, houses!

Find out how he does it:

 

The Amazing Making Of – Giant Water Slide

The Amazing Making Of – THE WINNERS

 

We asked makers from all accross 5 different European countries to show us the wildest projects they’ve ever created in order to give crazy and inventive DIY-ers the recognition they deserve. We recieved over a thousand applications and chose 5 winners… each to have their own episode in our series!

We’re delighted to present to you the 1st Episode of our series where we meet Charles, who has built with huge slide consisting of 67 metres of lino with throws you 7 metres high into the air! Amazing, right?!

 

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the next episode of this MAD series!!

 

The Amazing Making Of – I Grow Furniture

The Amazing Making Of – THE WINNERS

 

If you’re planning a Halloween or bonfire night party in your garden or want to entertain in style over Christmas and New Year, this illuminated outdoor bar is the ideal place to serve your guests. The bar is wall-mounted and can be closed away when not in use. To get the party started, open the drop-down bar, flick on the fairy lights and fill the cabinet with bottles, glasses and your favourite cocktail ingredients.

What you’ll need

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

Hand saw

Wrecking bar

Hammer

Palm sander

Drill with drill bits

Holesaw kit

Stapler

In addition, these materials will be needed:

3 x Identical pallets

Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander in course, medium and fine grits

1.5m length of  4mm x 32mm steel chain

Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray paint or brush-on chalkboard paint

1 x Rust-Oleum Metallic copper spray

Solar fairy lights in warm white or amber

2 x Coach bolts

Screws

Eye hooks

Carabiners

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £35. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 5 hours to complete.

 

Step 1

Use a wrecking bar to carefully remove the planks of wood from all 3 pallets.

 

Attach 3 of the side supports together to create an L shape and screw together. Repeat with another 3 side supports. These will form the upright corners at the back of the bar.

Step 2

Assemble the back of the bar with the new L-shape supports on the corners. You only need to cover the bottom half of the bar (which will be visible from the inside) so position 5 planks closer together to remove gaps and screw them into the corner supports. Add one plank across the top for structural integrity and add a central support. Leaving the gap on the back gives you access to add the lights later.

Step 3

Turn the back section of the bar over and attach 5 planks at the top of the bar. Again, position the planks close together.

Using a piece of cardboard or paper stapled to the top of the front, mark out the BAR letters and decide where the lights will be. Using a drill bit slightly larger than fairy light bulbs, drill the holes through the cardboard and through the wood on the front of the bar.

Step 4

Measure the distance from the base of the bar to the plank section at the top and cut down 2 side supports to fit this measurement. These will be the supports for the drop-down bar. Lay out the planks close together and add the side supports, positioning them set in from the ends of the planks. This will ensure that the drop-down panel will fit inside the corner supports of the bar.

Step 5

Cut away an angle from the bottom of the corner supports at the front of the bar.

Place the drop-down section in position on the front of the bar and drill from the side through the corner support and the drop-down support. Add a coach bolt through the hole to act as the hinge. Repeat on the other side.

Step 6

Open the drop-down section and clad the top side with the planks. Use a tank cutter to cut holes along the back of the top layer. The holes need to be the size of your beer glasses, bottles or wine glasses, to allow them to sit inside the holes when the bar is finished. With the drop-down section closed, you’ll see a gap on the underside of the bar. Attach an extra support piece to fill the gap. This will create a ‘shelf’ behind the drop-down section when it is open.

Step 7

Sand down all the rough edges and paint the back planks and the hole section on the drop-down with copper spray paint.

Use chalkboard paint (either brush-on or spray paint) to paint the top, front and sides. This will allow you to use chalk to add the words ‘birthday’, ‘cocktail’ or any phrase you like to the top of the BAR sign.

Step 8

 

When the paint is dry, use an eye hook and carabiner to attach a chain to the inside edge of the corner support. Add another eye hook and carabiner to the front of the drop-down section and clip on the chain. To close the bar, add 2 eye hooks on each side and close with 2 carabiners. Working from the back of the bar, poke the fairy lights through the holes. Turn the bar over and paint a fine line of metallic paint between each fairy light to spell out the word BAR.

As with all our projects, please take care while using tools, materials and equipment.

This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts about her home DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a lovely life on a budget.

 

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Here are some Halloween door decorations which will literally throw you off of your hinges! All you need is a door, and some ideas. Oh wait, we’ve got that one covered for you. 😉

Use these terrifyingly brilliant ideas to decorate the outside of your home in order to prepare for visitors this Halloween – and let them know whether they’re in for a trick or a treat…

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-halloween-door-decoration/

We love the Tim Burton ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ spin on this design, an ultimate spooky classic! Do you recon your neighbours could handle it?

https://www.michaels.com/monster-door-d%C3%A3%C2%A9cor/B_82014.html

This monstrosity is sure to be bagging a few frights and giggles.

http://twindragonflydesigns.com/jack-skellington-door-free-printable/

This design only uses only one sheet of black paper, and is high on the scare scale, easy as pie!

https://alwaystheholidays.com/mummy-door-decorations/

Can you wrap your head around how this one was done? Don’t knock it till you try it.

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/halloween-googly-eye-door

The key is to make sure that people think they are being watched…

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/13/welcome-trick-or-treaters-9-easy-diy-front-door-decorations-for-halloween_n_8285058.html

This creepy number is not exactly what we’d call a-door-able. Also this door is not a door since it’s slightly a-jar?

http://www.homejelly.com/how-to-make-a-halloween-paper-bag-door-monster/

Shut the front door! You mean, that’s not a real monster?

https://davelowe.blogspot.com/2014/10/countdown-to-halloween-day-28-zombie.html?spref=pi

If there’s a zombie apocalypse I wouldn’t trust this boarded up door. They’re practically dying to get to you through those gaps!

We hope that instead of shutting out the idea of decorating your door, your brain is wide open to the potentials of door decorations! If you wood catch my drift…

If you have a go yourself, please use the hashtag #ManoMaker we would love to see some of your ghouly transformations. 🙂

 

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