You don't need a fat budget to give your home a noticeable boost. Invest a little and get a big improvement in how your home looks and feels. The editors of This Old House give you their top tips.
Add Carved Corbels Under Your Breakfast Bar
How to do it: Check salvage yards for Victorian-era ones with patina for an extra flourish in the eating area.
Estimated cost: Two 30-inch-high-by-19-inch-deep Queen Anne-style corbels, about $95; Capitol Salvage
Wallpaper a Door
How to do it: Use paper and paste left over from a big job to dress up door panels, letting stiles and rails frame the decoration. For slab doors, trace a shape on the back of the paper, cut it out, and center it on the door.
Estimated cost: Nothing
Create Cubbies in a Bookcase
How to do it: Cut vertical dividers to the depth of the unit minus 3/4 inch, and secure them in place with glue and finish nails. Face dividers with 1x1 trim flush with the shelf fronts.
Estimated cost: One sheet of 3/4-inch plywood and three 1x1 strips,$26; Home Depot
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