On a tight budget and can’t call in a professional to tweak that sordid ceiling or replace those wall tiles? DIY could be the right option for you, but only if you do it right. You need to know what works and what doesn’t. Fix that leaning fence yourself, and you’ll be thrilled. But replacing that leaking sink conduit on your own may not be such a good idea. Before rolling up your sleeves to fix your fixer-upper, here are five home improvement projects you can easily tackle on your own.

Spruce Up the Entrance

Don’t make visitors think too hard about how to enter your home. Design a simple and direct entryway. Create a clear path leading into the house, and make it wide enough for the comfort of your guests. Choose the color of your entryway wisely. Paint the facade a color that goes well with the rest of the house, and mow the lawn to enhance the overall look of the front porch. Lighten up your home by clearing a path for sunlight. You can install post lamps and sconces to enhance the vista. When you get started, you may find that other areas of your home’s exterior needs a fresh coat of paint. For work on the higher areas of your home that a ladder won’t reach, you may need to rent a lift.

Liven Up the Dull Balcony

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Do you have a balcony that’s too dull to give you charm and tranquility? You can cozy up this retreat for your next yoga session. Go green and decorate it with topiary plants to give it a fresh new look. Replace your old, rusted balcony rails with new ones. Decide on the type of railing you need. Consider something different like glass, wooden, or aluminum rails.

Decorate the Ceiling

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Here’s a quick fix. Instead of turning to complex decor and advanced designs, paint the ceiling with a solid color. This is an easy and time-saving way to dress up your space. Options for ceiling design don’t end with paint either. Ceiling wallpaper and plywood ceilings are just a few of the many options. Some of these projects require specialized equipment, but you can rent most of what you need to revamp your ceiling.

Elevate Your Bedroom Headboard

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Get creative with your sleeping sanctuary. To transform that dull bedroom into a striking work of art, weave a sash cord into the plywood. If you want to make it even more elegant, cross-stitch the cord or dig into other new design ideas. Antique quilts, percale cotton, and sateen sheets can add beauty to the headboard.

Replace the Backsplash and Cabinets

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When it comes to renovation, kitchens often claim the first spot on the wish list. Because of almost non-stop use, hardware wears out. Try tacking up reclaimed wooden pallets as a backsplash, and you’ll marvel at the results. Replacing cabinets can be tricky, but you can do it by preparing in advance and using proper materials.

Jazzing up the exterior and interior of your home requires special equipment and an understanding of the basics. With that in mind, DIY home improvement projects can go a long way in saving you money.