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50 DIY Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Take your home from builder-grade to custom-made with low-cost home upgrades you can tackle in a weekend or less.

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Photo: Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Paint the Front Door

The front door is usually the first thing people see when entering your home. Make a great impression with a bright, welcoming front door color. Not sure what hue to choose? Take our quiz, then follow the step-by-step instructions below for a total entry overhaul.

Learn How to Paint a Front Door

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Photo: Sarah Dorio/Flynnside Out Productions ©. From: Tiffany Brooks.

Classic Carriage Doors (on the Cheap)

Carriage house garage doors are highly sought after in home design and renovation, but these charming additions quickly add up in cost. One carriage-style garage door can run upward of $1,400. Luckily there’s a budget-friendly alternative: these magnetic hinges and handles will take your door from drab to fab instantly for just $20 — no hardware required.

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Photo: Rachel Whyte. From: Fixer Upper.

Install a Shiplap Accent Wall

Do you love the look of old shiplap walls and ceilings, but live in a new(ish) home? Add a gorgeous shiplap accent wall in any space for $50 or less by trimming down plywood into planks, then attaching the boards to your wall using construction adhesive and nails. Finish it off by painting the panels, and admire your DIY shiplap on a dime.

Learn How to Install Shiplap

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Set the Mood With String Lights

Hung over a patio, porch or backyard, globe cafe lights instantly turn any outdoor space into a gathering spot, increasing your usable square footage. This extra "room" comes in handy when entertaining or in the summer months when warm evenings are best spent outdoors, drink in hand. No fence or pergola to hang your lights from? Try this low-cost DIY.

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