5 DIY Projects that Add Value to Your Home

Home Improvement

Updating your home with a fresh look in order to appeal to today's discerning buyers is completely doable and can even be fun. 

No need to cringe at those three little words: "do it yourself." There really are fast, easy and affordable projects you can do on your own. Here are five relatively easy ways to enhance your home.

1. Replace Your Light Fixtures
Switching out an old or basic light fixture for a more modern one is an easy way to shift the ambiance of a room. By adding a new light fixture, you can control the intensity of the light and character of your room. We love School House Electric! 

2. Do a Gallery Wall
 Done right, a gallery wall is gorgeous, bright and fun.  It also happens to be on trend and will appeal to blog-obsessed buyers.  There are some tricks of the trade that make this a snap.  A few simple steps and you have a professional level wall of photos and art.  Fabulous!  For steps on how to make it happen, click here. http://www.momtastic.com/life/493863-how-to-hang-a-gallery-wall/#/slide/1

3. Paint an Accent Wall
Painting an accent wall can add a pop of color and showcase your personality. Usually a low-risk project, a homeowner of any skill level can tackle this project in a day. You just need some painter's tape, a brush and the color that suits you! Just make sure the color you choose is complementary with the other colors in the room. Stay consistent between warm and cool tones. 

4. Install Decorative Molding
Adding decorative molding around your home can add an extra texture, personality and looks expensive. Install molding to the ceiling by capping walls, columns and cabinets, or add chair molding lower to the ground. With detailed molding you can add character to your rooms while also making them feel taller and more finished.

5. Build a Stone Fire Pit
Take your style outside and you will entertain in style.  Completed in only a few hours, take uniquely shaped rocks or large stones and put them together to create a functional and stylish fire pit. Before starting the project, be sure to check your local fire codes or homeowners association to ensure you are safe and allowed to start building.

Are you inspired yet?  Just be sure to start with one project at a time, allowing yourself to complete one before starting the next. Otherwise, you'll fall victim to chronic project incompleteness syndrome - not a good look!

Now that you know about these five inexpensive DIY projects, which will you try?