18 Affordable DIY Home Improvements

Have some free time up your sleeve? Put it to good use by tackling these affordable DIY projects that will brighten up your home.

Whether it’s outdoor maintenance, spring cleaning or home decorating – there is always something that can be done around the house! Better still, once it’s finished you will feel proud as punch and be able to look over your handiwork with a sense of achievement.

So what are you waiting for? Get cracking on these easy home improvement projects – thanks to Homes To Love!

Paint your Front Door a Statement Colour

Painting your front door is the easiest and most affordable DIY project that can give your home exterior a fresh new look.

You can experiment with bright colours or muted pastels, depending on how bold you want to go!

Photo: Armelle Habib

Paint your door a statement colour

Update your Front Garden

Create a home that turns heads by transforming your front garden to boost the kerb appeal of your home.

This simple garden has been created using sculptural, low-maintenance plants and white pebbles.

Photo: Mark Roper

Update your Front Garden

Give Your Spare Room A Makeover

Has your spare room becoming a dumping ground for junk? Turn it into an inviting guest bedroom that’s always ready for visitors.

Photo: Jody D’Arcy

Give your spare room a makeover

Create a Productive Home Office

If you work from home and currently use the dining table as your desk, create the ultimate home office and watch your productivity skyrocket.

Make a productive home owner

Rid Your Bathroom of Mould, Naturally

Mould making your fairly new bathroom look worse for wear? Mix up an affordable, DIY, all-natural mould busting solution using white vinegar.

If that doesn’t improve things, consider re-grouting your bathroom or replacing the silicon.

Photo: Bo Wong / aremediasyndication.com.au

Rid your bathroom of mould

Make Your Home Sparkle

A deep clean will have your home looking and feeling fresh. Tackle a full house clean with this room-by-room cleaning checklist.

Photo: Craig Wall

Make your home sparkle

Refresh Your Home with a Fresh Coat of Paint

One of the quickest ways to make your home feel brand new is by giving it a fresh coat of paint. Painting is something you can easily tackle yourself, but don’t attempt it before reading these tips on painting like a pro.

For colour inspiration, check out the best white paint shades from Dulux and 10 of the best neutral paint colours that aren’t white.

Want a bit more colour in your life? Check out this handy guide to selecting the right colour scheme for your home.

Design: Jillian Dinkel Designs / Styling: Kerrie-Ann Jones / Photography: Pablo Veiga

Refresh your home with a coat of paint

Make Your Home Smells Amazing

To see your home in a new light, sometimes all you need to do is set the mood. Fragrance is a powerful thing and can make you feel energised, relaxed or inspired. There are so many ways to make your home smell amazing, from DIY room sprays to essential oil diffusers.

Photographer: The Palm Co., Candice Saville | Story: Real Living

Make your home smell amazing

Clean Those Spots You’ve Been Overlooking

Breezed through our home cleaning checklist already? Delve into the dark places you’ve been forgetting to clean, like the oven, the washing machine, the dishwasher and the grout between the bathroom tiles. Once everything inside is spick and span, turn your gaze to the great outdoors. Is it time to clean your wheelie bin? Does the barbecue need a scrub?

Photo: Marnie Hawson / Story: Country Style

Clean those spots you've been overlooking

Organise Your Wardrobe

We’re all reaching for more relaxed clothing these days, but maybe your wardrobe hasn’t quite got the memo. Organise your wardrobe by putting your most-worn clothing within easy reach and neatly store away the rest.

Photographer: Pablo Veiga | Styling: Meredith Clark | Story: Belle

Organise your wardrobe

Get Your Pantry In Order

Cooking can be a relaxing, fulfilling activity, but if you feel more anxious than inspired in the kitchen, the reason could be lurking behind your pantry doors. Reacquaint yourself with the spices and staples you already own by cleaning out your pantry and putting everything in its place. Chef and nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin recommends lazy Susans and turntables for storing ingredients in corner cabinets and storing ingredients in clear containers.

Design: Three Birds Renovations | Styling: Kayla Gex | Photography: Maree Homer | Story: Australian House & Garden

Get your pantry in order

Treat Yourself To New Bedsheets

You don’t need power tools to update the look and feel of your bedroom. Investing in a quality set of bed sheets is one of the easiest ways to create a space that truly feels like a sanctuary. And don’t stop at sheets – do you find yourself waking up in pain most mornings? A new pillow or mattress could make you feel brand new too!

Styling: Alexandra Gordon | Photography: Maree Homer | Story: Inside Out

Design: Three Birds Renovations | Styling: Kayla Gex | Photography: Maree Homer | Story: Australian House & Garden

Treat yourself to new bedsheets

Hang Artwork

Learn how to hang artwork and create an inexpensive gallery wall that has instant wow-factor.

Photo: Maree Homer

Design: Three Birds Renovations | Styling: Kayla Gex | Photography: Maree Homer | Story: Australian House & Garden

Hang your artwork

Organise The Shed

Get your garage organised with simple storage solutions, like shelving and pegboard, that will enable you to use the space to its full potential.

Photo: Lisa Cohen

Organise the shed

Cosmetic Kitchen Reno

Give your dated and daggy kitchen a fresh and contemporary new look with an affordable DIY renovation.

Painting your kitchen cabinets is an easy and affordable way to breathe new life into the heart of your home.

Photo: Chris Warnes

Cosmetic Kitchen Reno

Start A Veggie Patch

More people than ever are wanting to start a vegetable garden at home and grow their own vegies.

If soil conditions at your place are less-than-ideal, opt for raised garden beds which will thrive almost anywhere.

Start a Vegie Patch

Make Your Own (Affordable) Cleaning Products

If you’re tired of spending a small fortune on expensive sprays and cleaning products, try making your own at home instead!

Mixing your own cleaning products using simple ingredients like vinegar, essential oils and cleaning alcohol will help you reduce the amount of pollution inside your home.

Photography: Jason Loucas / bauersyndication.com.au

Make your own cleaning products

Create An Outdoor Entertaining Zone

Transform your neglected balcony into an outdoor entertaining zone.

All you need is an outdoor setting, potted plants and lighting to create a comfortable alfresco space.

Photo: Derek Swalwell

Create an outdoor entertaining space

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