23 Genius Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in an Hour (or Less!)

18. Install floating shelves.

Empty Wall Shelves {No Closet Space}

Floating shelves are a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Not only do these shelves add color and pizzazz to bare walls, but they can also give you more storage space for all your gadgets and gizmos in under 60 minutes. Win-win!

19. Paint your front door.

grand front entry door home improvement projects

Nothing makes a statement quite like a colorful front door. And if you’re looking for home improvement projects that won’t take up too much time, painting your front door is a great one.

“A quick change to your front door can do wonders for your home’s overall appeal. Make your whole outside look vibrant and fresh with a coat of new paint in a beautiful color such a sunny yellow, glossy black, Kelly green, or fire engine red and watch your curb appeal come to life,” says Basher.

20. Or paint your garage.

Garage door home upgrades with highest return

It doesn’t matter what the inside of your garage looks like. The outside, on the other hand? Well, your garage door is part of your home’s exterior, so it plays just as much a part in its curb appeal. That’s why, if you’re looking for ways to add value and appeal to your abode, you should consider repainting your garage door. This project is cheap, simple, and shouldn’t take more than an hour.

21. Plant some flowers in the front yard.

man trimming plants in a garden home improvement projects

You might not pay as much attention to it, but your yard speaks volume of your home’s appearance—and if you neglect it, it will only serve to counteract all of the hard work you do inside. But it’s easy to use your outdoor space to your advantage. Spend an hour or so planting some pretty flowers and bushes, and you’ll find that both the inside and outside of your home feel brand new.

22. Repaint your front porch.

man painting the deck porch paint

Between the snowfall in the winter and the rainfall in the summer, odds are that your porch is in need of some serious TLC. Thankfully, it’s surprisingly not all that time-consuming to give your outdoor area a new coat of paint. The best part? It’s naturally situated outdoors where there is a nice breeze, so it’ll be dry before you know it!

23. Upgrade your mailbox.

letterbox home improvement projects

Everyone needs a mailbox for their letters and bills, sure, but that doesn’t mean that the outdoor accessory has to be plain and simple. From vintage-inspired hanging boxes to handcrafted wood ones, there are plenty of mailboxes out there that are easy to install and can quickly improve your home’s curb appeal.YOU DON’T NEED A HUGE BUDGET OR TONS OF TIME TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE.

Home renovations aren’t just pricey—they’re time-consuming, too! However, even if you don’t have a huge budget for remodeling or a ton of time to spend redecorating your house, you can still give your space a major aesthetic upgrade. If you’re looking for an easy way to transform your home in no time, check out these genius home improvement projects you can complete in an hour or less.

1. Install a chair rail.

wooden chair against chair rail molding, vintage home upgrades
Shutterstock/David P. Lewis

Want to give your home vintage appeal in no time? A chair rail—a piece of molding that runs chest-height on your wall—takes little time to install, but can make a major statement in any room.

“Not only does it add an architectural element, but it delineates the space, has great eye appeal, plus has the functional benefit as it acts as a bumper, so that chairs being pushed back don’t scuff your walls,” explains Glen DellaValle, CEO of property management firm DellaValle Management, Inc.

2. Replace your existing bulbs with LEDs.

Changing light bulb for an LED bulb

It’s easy to make your home greener and brighter with a single action: just upgrade your light bulbs!

“LEDs can make even the dullest room look bright, and even make any paint on your walls look better,” says DellaValle, who also notes that LEDs will also save you big on your electric bill.

3. Change the handles on your cabinets.

white cabinet with gold handles
Shutterstock/Berkay Demirkan

While new cabinetry can be pricey, upgrading the hardware on your existing cabinets is a price- and time-conscious way to upgrade that space.

“All you need is a screwdriver!” says DellaValle. “Knobs are inexpensive and updating them can make kitchen cabinets look brand new.”

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