Whether you’re currently social distancing or just looking to improve your home, sometimes all it takes is a few affordable projects to improve your home! All of these 6 home projects under $30 are basically beginner level and incredibly affordable, and they can be tweaked to match your style & decor!
6 Home Projects Under $30
DIY Bird Cage Light
If you’ve priced bird cage lights, they can be pretty expensive- like this one. But with just a few tools, you can easily make one yourself! Using just a regular metal basket and a light kit (& maybe some spray paint), you can create a unique light fixture to update your dining room, office, or reading nook!
- Metal basket. I picked mine up at Target last year. But this one is a great alternative.
- Spray Paint, if desired. I spray painted the light kit to match the black finish on the basket I purchased.
- Pendant Light Kit. I purchased this kit from Home Depot.
- Metal Cutter. If the basket you use doesn’t have an access point already at the bottom for the light kit, you will have to add one with a metal cutter like this one.
To see the full tutorial for this project, check out this post.
Hang Shades On The Windows
I confess, this is typically a project I put off for quite a while. Strangely enough, it’s not a difficult project, so I don’t know why I avoid them. I prefer Roman shades over mini-blinds, but either will work. I tend to pick these up either at thrift stores or on clearance. My most recent Roman shades were purchased at my neighbor’s yard sale for $1!
- Roman shades or mini-blinds. I personally like these.
- Wall mount laser level. I’ve used this one for years!
- Drill. I use Ryobi’s cordless for numerous house projects like these.
- Screws & anchors. I keep a packet of these around the house for hanging things.
To see how I hung these, check out this post.
Update Your Outlets
This might be the easiest of all the updates! It requires absolutely no electrical work or knowledge, and it can be done in just a few seconds! If you have ugly or mismatch outlets, you can give them a crisp, clean look for just a few dollars. I pick up these covers, and they will cover the entire outlet…you don’t even remove your existing ugly outlet!
- Revive Outlet covers. You can purchase them at Walmart or Lowe’s.
- Flat head screwdriver
There’s not much to this one, but to see the tutorial- check out this post.
Swap Out Cabinet Hardware
The great thing about this project is that it’s great for beginner DIYers and a great way for kids to get involved in home projects. Whether you pick up hardware at a big box store or online, the styles are practically endless and can change the look of a home. Order more than you need (I seem to always be off by one if I don’t!). They typically come with the necessary bolts or screws, and you will just need a screwdriver to install!
- Cabinet knobs or pulls. Measure the existing holes so you order the correct size.
And that’s it! Such a simple & fast project. You can see how I did it here.
Update Your Vent Registers
Most existing vent covers are probably pretty builder grade. They lack any design, but there are so many fun & unique designs to add some character to a space. They come in variou sizes, colors, & styles and can be found online or in big box stores. Some of my favorites can be found at Signature Hardware.
- Floor registers sized to your current opening
That’s it! It requires no tools! To see how awful mine looked before, check out this post.
Install A New Massaging Shower Head
Every house I’ve bought came with very builder grade shower heads with no adjustments possible. I love massaging shower heads, & they aren’t expensive. Replacing them is an easy & fast project, and it can improve the appearance of your shower!
- Massaging shower head. I particularly love this one!
- Plumbers putty. I prefer the tape version like this– it’s easier to work with.
- Vice grips. These should be a staple in your tool bag!
To see my full (easy!) tutorial, hop over to this post.
I hope these easy & affordable DIY projects will encourage you to tackle more projects around your home…and help you to survive the social distancing we see ourselves in! Bonus- if you’re looking for another super easy DIY project that’s over the $30 threshold, check out how I just added so much charm to my home in this post!