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5 Low-Cost, High-Impact DIY Ways To Transform Your Home

With a little DIY know-how from the pros at This Old House you can freshen up the look of your home all by yourself.

1. Paint kitchen cabinets

The finish of your kitchen cabinets can make or break the entire room. A well-done coat of paint can give your cookspace just the boost it needs without looking too DIY. But, there’s more to it than just throwing up a coat of paint. See How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets for step-by-step instructions

2. Install a recessed medicine cabinet

Unclutter your vanity and boost storage in small bathrooms with this DIY upgrade. A cabinet that fits into a nook in the wall looks like art while adding valuable square-footage for stashing things. See How to Install a Medicine Cabinet for step-by-step instructions

3. Put in a low-cost stair runner

Give slick staircases a grip the easy way with a brightly-colored, bold runner. See How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner for step-by-step instructions to getting a pro look

4. Add a solid-surface kitchen backsplash

This project is a great way to sharpen your DIY skills while creating a custom wall treatment for the kitchen. See How to Install a Solid-Surface Backsplash for full step-by-step instructions

5. Spruce up your entry

Pick and choose from small entry upgrades to boost curb appeal and give visitors a first impression they won’t soon forget. You can Upgrade Front Door Hardware, Throw Down a Distinctive Doormat , Rewire an Entry Lantern , and/or Put in a Fancy Doorbell

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