9 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $500

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $500 you can make some big changes to your home.

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Build a Kitchen Island

You’ll probably spend more than $500 if you buy a kitchen island and have it installed. But you should stay well under budget if you buy affordable cabinets and go with an inexpensive countertop like butcher block.

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Add Beadboard to a Wall or Ceiling

Beadboard is an excellent and inexpensive way to cover up an ugly ceiling or add some pop to an accent wall.

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Replace Shower Curtain with Glass Door

Replacing a shower curtain with a glass door or panel will make any bathroom look bigger and add a much more modern look to your bathtub. Prices can range from a few hundred dollars to nearly a thousand, so make sure you buy something affordable and stylish.

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Upgrade Cabinet Doors

Replacing or building new cabinet doors is a cost-effective way to add big value to your kitchen, especially if you live in an older home that hasn’t been updated in awhile.

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Boost Curb Appeal With Landscaping

Improving curb appeal is always a great option, and new landscaping is cheaper than adding stone veneer or replacing a window.

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Refinish Wood Flooring

You can hire a pro to refinish your wood floors. But for a fraction of the cost, you can rent the needed equipment and tackle the job yourself.

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Install a Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen backsplash varies drastically by price, but a simple subway tile likely won’t run you a fortune if you DIY the project.

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Install Open Shelves

Open shelves are trendy and really open up a kitchen. You can buy shelves online or go the DIY route to save a little money.

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Paint Porch Floor or Ceiling

A fresh coat of paint to the porch floor and/or ceiling will pair nicely with a freshly painted or new front door. Consider going big with an interesting pattern, or something neutral for a timeless look.

Alex Shoemaker
Alex is an avid DIYer but had little experience before purchasing his first home in 2019. A Family Handyman subscription was one of his first purchases after becoming a homeowner, and he's been hooked ever since. When he’s not working, he can be found fixing up his 1940s Florida home or relaxing on the beach with his family.