14 Jaw-Dropping Remodeling Ideas You Can Copy for Less Than $1,000

You don’t have to break the bank to break up with outdated home design. These 14 pretty, practical, and penny-wise renovations of rooms all over the house prove that you can steal the look of luxury for far less than you imagined.

  1. View from the Top

    Diy barn wood ceiling


    To create a memorable focal point in an otherwise forgettable bedroom, the DIY duo behind The Heathered Nest chose to put up a reclaimed wood ceiling. The salvaged wood of choice for this down-home yet sophisticated retreat: barn wood boards, installed against a freshly painted black ceiling, that instantly infused the room with rustic charm. Estimated cost: $150, plus the price of the reclaimed wood.

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  2. On-the-Ply Storage

    Diy living room built in storage


    These bargain built-ins devised by Conan and Katherine at Keep Smiling Home give shelter to a growing collection of books and introduce a note of culture in an otherwise bland dining room. The couple started by fastening a pair of ordinary particleboard bookshelves to the wall about six inches above the floor on either side of the window. To achieve the look of a custom build, the savvy homeowners screwed together simple bases using scraps of wood, and embellished the tops of the bookcases with trim and molding. Estimated cost: $390.

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  3. Hang Out a Shingle

    Diy painted wood shingled wall


    When you're weighing your options for an accent wall, you need not confine your imagination to paint. In fact, you can concoct a feast for the eyes with... shingles! This whimsical wall from Monica at East Coast Creative relies on cedar shingles and a crisp white shelf above for its organic appeal. Estimated cost: $20.

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  4. Enhance the Closet

    Diy pantry closet


    If you’re still relying on flimsy wire racks in your pantry, take a cue from The Handmade Home and make the switch to a sturdier solution. First, get rid of the unsatisfactory storage system in a old, do-nothing closet, then patch and paint the walls, and put up braces and shelves using a combination of pine and melamine boards. The result of these efforts? A well-organized pantry that can stand up to bulky dry goods, heavy canisters, and more. Estimated cost: $375.

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  5. Two-Way Street to Style

    Bathroom remodel


    How do you prevent a Jack-and-Jill bathroom from turning into a haphazard heap of clutter? For Ursula, the DIYer behind Homemade By Carmona, the answer lay in a variety of small-scale but space-smart upgrades. The addition of storage baskets, a gallery wall, and a splash of fresh paint make this shared space a success any way you look at it—and no matter which of its two doors you enter. Estimated cost: $83.

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  6. Off the Grid

    Diy board and batten accent wall


    Sarah at Life On Virginia Street gave her guest bedroom the royal treatment by mounting a board-and-batten grid on the wall behind the queen bed. The irresistible interlocking pattern came together with little more than eggshell baseboards and MDF planks, turning a blank wall into a grand statement. Estimated cost: $300.

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  7. All in a Day’s Work

    Diy home office nook


    Peeling wallpaper, large cracks, and water damage didn’t intimidate Daniel, the owner of this sharp-looking, space-smart office. Repairing the plaster and painting the baseboards, walls, and floors produced the clean canvas he needed to transform a ramshackle spare room into this organizational oasis. Estimated cost: $600.

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  8. Into the Woods

    Diy shiplap wall


    Courtney at Golden Boys & Me gave her '50s-era dining room a rustic upgrade, mimicking the wildly popular effect of shiplap. In lieu of pricier shiplap, however, the couple used hardwood tempered paneling that they then cut into six-foot planks, painted, and nailed to the wall to lend it an upmarket look with a cozy, cottage-like feel. Estimated cost: $75.

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  9. A Sink with Depth

    Apron front double sink farmhouse kitchen


    For farmhouse style on the double, trade in a conventional double-bowl sink for this timeless classic. A fireclay farmhouse sink provides a deep basin to wash dishes and more—and is a cinch to clean! Estimated cost: $600.

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  10. Open-Door Policy

    Pocket door installation small kitchen


    After converting an old dining room into a bedroom for her daughter, Kristin at Hunted Interior needed a space-efficient way to insert a door where none had been. While a traditional swinging door would have been awkward in the kitchen, a scene-stealing pocket door turned out to be just the ticket. Flush brass push plates make it easier to glide the door open and shut. Estimated cost: $175.

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  11. Over-the-Counter Cure

    Diy laundry room countertop  storage


    Are you in desperate need of some counter space in a cramped laundry room? Follow the lead of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and construct this easy—and easy on the eyes—countertop over your front-load washer-dryer duo. Two plywood sheets are all it takes to copy the seamless look of this waterfall design. Estimated cost: $90.

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  12. Small Steps to Success

    Bright white painted staircase


    When Elsie at A Beautiful Mess tore away a shabby carpet, she was pleasantly surprised to find quality hardwood floors underneath—albeit in an unlovable shade of green. Repainted a perfect ivory, they make for a bright and cheerful jaunt up and down the steps. Estimated cost: less than $200.

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  13. Well-Read Closet

    Reading nook


    Nestled in an empty closet, a pair of sconces, plush seating that doubles as storage, and wall-mounted bookshelves are all that's needed for a reading nook for the smaller set. The walls in this comfy corner, created by Jen at Fresh Crush, are painted to match the rest of the room for a seamless appearance whether the closet door is open or shut. Estimated cost: $350.

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  14. Hearth and Home

    Diy fireplace makeover


    This fabulous fireplace facelift from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body proves that a former homeowner’s design decisions don't have to rule your life. The talented DIYer removed the hearth’s old-world stone cladding and replaced it with modern concrete, a rustic walnut mantel, and a barnyard-industrial fireplace screen that was upcycled from humble chicken wire. Though it came in at just over a grand, this DIY could be accomplished for less by opting for a simpler screen. Estimated cost: $1,100.

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  15. See the Kitchen of the Week


    These innovative and beautiful kitchens may inspire your next renovation or redecorating project. Take a look to see the latest images and inspiration.