Don’t spend a dime until you consider these cheap-and-easy options.
Today’s medallions are knockoffs of traditional plaster ornamentations found in exquisite turn-of-the-century homes, and are made of lightweight urethane. Installing one is an easy do-it-yourself project. This 24-inch-wide medallion costs $94.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButWainscotting
Wanting to spruce up their plain entry (and needing a bit of organizational space), these homeowners created faux wainscot by nailing up $65 worth of 1-inch-thick boards and painting everything white. Hooks screwed into the boards provide storage for coats and bags, and a flat board at the top creates a small shelf for artwork and knickknacks.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButPaint the Ceiling a Dark Color
Although most folks paint their ceiling white or a bright color — the better to spread light around interiors — a dark color has drama. By quieting down ambient light, a dark-colored ceiling is an inexpensive way to create hushed elegance. Daylight from windows or light from a lighting fixture puts emphasis on single objects, such as this leather-covered chesterfield.
Image: 47 Park Avenue
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButCrown Molding
If you’d like to give your kitchen cabinets a regal touch, add crown molding where the upper cabinets meet the ceiling. If you have a custom paint job on your cabinets, such as this antique glaze, try painting the molding before installing it.
Image: Amber the Queen of Chairs
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButStainless Steel Backsplash
Styles change, but the stainless look still defines a kitchen as tres chic. Cool stainless steel tiles come in a variety of shapes, such as the mini-subway tiles shown here, for about $20 per sq. ft. Smaller tiles are pre-assembled in 1-by-1-ft. squares with mesh backing for easy installation. Tough and easy to clean, they make a great backsplash.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButTrim on Kitchen Cabinets
Flat, boring kitchen cabinet doors be gone! Adding inexpensive ($5 for 8 ft. lengths), pre-primed trim transformed these once-plain-Jane cabinets into stellar attractions. Cut the corners with a miter saw, then glue them in place. Want more? These home owners added faux texture by first covering the doors with beadboard wallpaper — $30 for a 20-inch-by-30-foot roll.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButStencils and Paint
Create a wall of eye-catching colors using inexpensive stencils and paint. Mylar stencils (20 for an 8-by-12-inch stencil) come in hundreds of patterns, and are reusable. Practice with different color combos on paper or a primed piece of scrap drywall before committing the design to your walls. But, hey! It’s paint — you can change it easily and cheaply if you want.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButAdd a Blast of Color
If you’re looking for ways to add a bit of dazzle, do it with paint. An interior door is the perfect subject — it’s a single architectural element that won’t look out-of-place when finished with a bold paint color that contrasts with your walls. Some inexpensive, glued-on moulding gives this hollow-core door some added jazz.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButMetal Ceiling Tiles
Back in the day, folks spruced up ceilings with inexpensive tin tiles that mimicked the decorative plaster ceilings of more expensive estates. Today, you can find new metal ceiling tiles for $15-$25 for a 2-by-2-foot panel. These home owners saved more than half that cost by shopping for old tin ceiling tiles at a warehouse specializing in salvaged building materials.
10 Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Look Anything ButMirrored Tiles
Is that the stairway to heaven? Nope, simply inexpensive mirrored tiles glued to stair risers. A 2-by-2-foot sheet of mirror mosaics is about $65. A quart of mirror tile adhesive is $35. A very bright DIY project!