If your home needs a redo, you don't have to run out to the store, find a long list of professionals, and raid your bank account. Today you can do almost anything you want on your own, even with limited experience, and cash.

Cut a rug

A good rug can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, especially if you have a large space to cover. This ingenious DIY shows you how to easily and inexpensively make your own rug by purchasing a carpet remnant—this bloggerbought an 11' x 6' remnant at a local carpet store for $100! - and binding the edges.

Create some art

Ever looked at a piece of modern or abstract art and thought, "I can do that!" Well, yes you can! If you want to bring a gallery look into your home but can't afford "fine art" prices, DIY it.

Check out­this tutorial­to get started.

Fancy it up

There's your average everyday IKEA hack, and then there's your glam squad IKEA hack that turns a basic piece into something super cool. Well, many IKEA hacks do that, but this one is particularly neat.

"Create a glamorous TV console by­adding gold leaf­to an IKEA desk," said­POPSUGAR. The result is a piece with panache for little extra expense.

Create a home theater

"Home theaters are no longer only an extravagance for the rich and famous,"­said HGTV. "Thanks to more affordable technology, many families are enjoying a true movie theater experience without leaving home."

HGTV breaks down the details, and you can also get info on the logistics, from setting up the audio to soundproofing the walls,­here.

Make laundry a luxury

Having a plush space to do the laundry might seem unimportant, but with so much time spent there—and this­great this great example­of how to deck out a space in form and function for around $400—maybe it'll just catapult its way to the top of your to-do list.

The hand-painted­faux marble countertop­is a luxe touch, and the full-size hanging rod and individual folding baskets are genius.

Design an easy home office

A couple of long boards and a few bookcases, and you've created an eye-catching, space-saving­double desk­for under $250. This just happens to be another the IKEA hack, using BESTA bookcases as supports, but it could be accomplished with inexpensive in-stock cabinets from Home Depot or a secondhand store as well. And, this would also work as a children's craft or homework area.

Build your own headboard

When you're on a budget, a headboard can fall to the bottom of your décor list. After all, it's not a necessity. But a good headboard will provide an important focal point in a room, give the bed more stature, and even improve your Feng Shui," said­Open Spaces Feng Shui.

"Want to instantly improve the Feng Shui of your bedroom­ Add a headboard to your bed," they said. "A good headboard provides you with a sense of security and support….empowers you, strengthening you in the­Command position. You'll reap greater Chi energy benefits with a good headboard, too."

Whether you want to create a rustic wood headboard like this­DIY project­that you can make "in just a few hours and for less than $100," said DIY Network,

or a glamorous tufted upholstered headboard like this one from­Thrifty Decor Chick­that you can make for under $100—hundreds less than you'd typically find pre-made—you can achieve a professional look with little effort and money. Get some more ideas­here.


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