6 DIY Projects to Complete with Your Tax Refund

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When spring arrives, so, too, does spring fever as it fills the air and the urge to start DIY projects. Tax refunds are a great way to kick start your DIY budget as well. There are quite a few projects to upgrade your home that can be completed from $150 to $500, and beyond.

Interior DIY Projects

1. Wallpaper - Creating an inviting atmosphere is one of the first things you'll want to do, and this can be done with wallpaper. Using wallpaper or fabricboth available in a variety of colors and designsto accent a bare wall adds a theme to the interior. You can wallpaper any wall in any room for around $145 to $175, which includes supplies and a double roll of material. Of course, the price can go up depending on the number of rooms you plan to decorate.

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2. Bathroom Updates - The bathroom works hard around the clock and to make it the best it can be, an upgrade can add to its visual appeal and convenience from $200 to $500 depending on the number of changes you plan to make. Things to consider include a coat of fresh paint, new faucets for the sink, new medicine cabinet, toilet tissue holder, shelves, and new towel bars and towels, new rug, and if you have an open shower, a new shower curtain. If you need to replace the toilet, sink, or vanity, this will take you over the $500 limit but depending on whether one or all need replacing can be accomplished and remain within a reasonable budget.

3. Plantation Shutters - One way to conserve energy is with the installation of interior window plantation shutters. The shutters help regulate the temperature by keeping the heat of the sun and the cold of winter out versus seeping indoors. Prices generally range from around $85 to over $300 depending on the type of material you choose, the size of the window, and the number of windows receiving shutters.

Exterior DIY Projects

A yellow front door

4. Front Door - Sometimes a simple refresh of the front door can make a world of difference. Consider painting it with a complimentary color versus leaving it in a neutral shade. With color, the door becomes a focal point that can also include a new doorknob and an adjacent outdoor fixture. If you have a screened security door, repaint the trim and replace screen and hardware for a fresh look. Also, if you use don't have house number plates, add these to the accessory list along with a new doormat.

5. Mailbox - If your mailbox is looking tired and aged, it's time for a new upgraded model that stands out from the crowd. Include house numbers that complement the mailbox.

6. Walkways - Most every home has a cement walkway leading to the front door area and/or a cement driveway. Bring it to life and add curb appeal by lining each side with bricks to create a creative border.

Upgrading provides a variety of visual enhancements and increases the curb appeal of your home. This is always beneficial as upgrades increase property value.