DIY Decor: Ways To Upgrade Your Home for Cheap

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Are you looking for ways to upgrade your home with some do-it-yourself projects?

The COVID-19 pandemic has given many of us time to take stock of our homes and look for ways to liven up our surroundings. Team Clark wants to help you save money doing it!

9 Cheap DIY Home Improvement Ideas

In this article, I’ll go over some cheap DIY projects you can tackle in your spare time. Before you know it, you’ll transform your living space into a special place!

Many of the items on the list are inspired by what’s typically on sale at, which has a team of deal experts who find the best bargains every week from popular home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and The Home Depot.

The easiest way to never miss those deals is to follow

Let’s take a look at some of the items you can upgrade around your home. You can regularly find these items and supplies for a bargain at ClarkDeals’ Home & Kitchen section!

Room Upgrades

Ceiling Fans and Lighting

Ceiling fan on sale at Home Depot
Photo credit: The Home Depot

Save some money with these ceiling fans from The Home Depot. They’re $30 cheaper than Walmart, according to ClarkDeals.

To save over the long term, consider powering those lights with energy-efficient bulbs.

Kitchen Faucets and Sinks

Faucet on sale at The Home Depot
Photo Credit: The Home Depot

In your home, you may want to upgrade everything but the kitchen sink — but why not start there?

The team at ClarkDeals has recently found deals at The Home Depot on faucets, interior lighting and other accessories that can help update the look of your kitchen.


Want some “fresh” water? This faucet is cheaper at The Home Depot than at Walmart. ClarkDeals also recently spotlighted this laundry sink that’s still on sale as of this writing.

Toilets and Bath Accessories

Kohler toilet on sale at Lowe's
Photo Credit: Lowe’s

Could your bathroom use a little TLC? Replacing the faucet or fixtures could be just the thing to accentuate the wall colors or lighting.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both have some affordable options right now when it comes to toilets. This white Kohler model from Lowe’s is on sale and may match your bathroom’s interior.

ClarkDeals has bathroom accessories like this bath mat still available for less.

Cheap & Easy Upgrade Ideas

Paint a Wall

Benjamin Moore color palette 2021
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Quality paint can be expensive. Make sure you check out colors from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, two of the more popular paint companies.

On the other hand, your average DIYer may choose a cheaper brand such as Glidden. The key is to take your time and prep the surface. Here’s the latest information on customer satisfaction with the major interior and exterior paint brands.

Create a Book Shelf

DIY photo shelf
Photo credit: Dreamstime

Do you have so many photos that you don’t know what to do with them? A picture shelf could be the perfect thing. All it takes is a slab of wood and a few screws to erect it perpendicular to the wall. Of course, you can use the shelf for some books, too.

You may be able to get the wood at no cost. Go to The Home Depot, Lowe’s or another home improvement store and see if they have any spare pieces of wood to give away. I once asked for a few scraps of wood at The Home Depot for a home project, and the worker gave it to me for free. Can’t hurt to ask!

Hang a Poster Frame

Poster frame
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Whether it’s a family photo or just a cool design you found online, turn it into framed art! Once you make a few large prints of your pictures, frame them yourself for way less than it would cost to buy a traditional art piece.

You can find cheap frames at Walmart for less than $10. Here’s where to go to find the cheapest places to print your photos.


If you choose not to go that route, here’s a good resource for cheap(ish) artwork. 

Put Up a Backsplash

Photo credit: Dreamstime

Peel and stick tiles come in an array of designs and colors. Furthermore, they’re easy to do yourself without demoing your kitchen and trying to perfect your grout lines!

Hang Some Wallpaper

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Wallpaper is one of those things that may give you flashbacks to your parents’ or grandparents’ house, but it has come a loooong way since then. Team Clark’s Chelsea Glass recommends for some awesome wallpaper ideas.

Update Your Patio or Outdoor Space

Backyard pavers
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Do you love to sit outside in your backyard? Concrete pavers can literally be stepping stones to big savings compared to pouring cement!

Pavers are a cost-effective way to transform areas around your home into living spaces. Check out the variety of stones and brick designs at The Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Bottom Line

You don’t have to bust your budget to upgrade your home. To make sure you get the lowest prices, remember to follow these three savings strategies:

  • Read the sales flyers: Do a quick read in-store or online to see retailer advertisements of their best bargains
  • Scan the clearance racks: See what’s out of season and on sale!
  • Ask for a discount: Buying in bulk? Ask for a lower rate based on the amount of product you’re buying.

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