New Year, New DIY Projects

The New Year offers us an opportunity to make positive changes. It is a chance to start fresh. Although many people are busy with personal improvement, January is a great time to make minor home improvements.

These simple and inexpensive projects will transform your living space with a little imagination and patience.


Replace outdated hardware
Kitchen renovations can be expensive, even though they are highly desired. You can save money by replacing the weathered hardware instead of spending on new cabinets and backsplash. You can simply remove the existing hardware and cabinet doors, and then replace it with new hardware. You can transform your kitchen with this simple change, and your budget will not be affected.

Estimated cost (per hardware): $2-$5

Metal mailbox

Give your mail a new home
Sometimes mailboxes aren’t even noticed. It’s easy to update your mailbox and add sophistication to your outside decor. What’s the best part? The best part? You have complete control over how much mailbox you wish to replace. You can replace the entire mailbox or just the door. Your local hardware store will have something to suit your needs.

Estimated cost (door replacement): $30-$50

Estimated cost: (full mailbox): $30-$100

Outdoor deck

Revive your deck
While spending time outdoors right now might seem unappetizing, the warmer weather is coming soon! Consider refinishing your deck while it’s still able to receive foot traffic. A quick power wash can give your deck a new lease of life. You can also apply semitransparent stain to protect it. You don’t have a power washer. For a small fee, you can rent one at your local hardware store.

Estimated cost: $50

Finger flipping light switch

Swap out light switch faceplates
Light switch faceplates can be overlooked, no matter if you live in an older house or a newer home. You can make your home more stylish by replacing functional faceplates with decorative ones. You can easily upgrade your light switches using only a pair of needle-nose scissors and a screwdriver. Before you begin, make sure that the circuit’s power is off.

Estimated cost (per plate): $12-$35

Make these easy changes to make your home look its best for the new year!

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