5 Easy (and Inexpensive) Home Improvement Projects You Can Work on Right Now

These projects won’t require a trip to Home Depot.

Even DIY projects can be expensive these days. But don't worry, there are still plenty of tasks you can check off the to-do list right now, and you won't have to spend a fortune on supplies to do them. If you have extra paint, some basic gardening gear, and a tool kit at home, you have everything you'll need to work on these easy projects.

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Use up spare paint.

Many of us probably have an extra can or two of paint lying around, so why not put it to use? For a big impact, consider repainting your front door or an interior door in a contrasting color. You'll be surprised to see what a dramatic difference a freshly painted door makes, especially on a front door. You can also use a spare gallon of paint to give an old piece of furniture a modern makeover or finally paint that accent wall you've been thinking about for a while.

With small containers of leftover paint, you can touch up scuffed paint and trim around your home. It's amazing how a fresh coat of paint can make your entire home look instantly cleaner.

RELATED: 5 Paint Colors That Can Actually Help Your Home Look Cleaner

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Start the weeding early.

Begin by clearing off the lawn and removing any branches or debris that have collected over the winter. Then, check for weeds in the lawn and garden beds.

To deal with those pesky weeds that grow in between patio pavers or bricks, grab a specially designed metal weed scraper or a sturdy brush with metal bristles. Sometimes the tedious task of weeding can actually feel cathartic.

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Begin a homegrown garden.

Whether you have a large backyard or just a sunny windowsill, you can start your own home garden. If you have a tight budget, go for perennial plants instead of annuals. And growing your own vegetables can be a potential money saver, too.

Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry, just start with the easiest herbs to grow indoors, like rosemary and mint. Starting a backyard garden for the first time? Begin with our start-a-garden checklist, which will help you consider all of the essentials, from sunlight to the type of soil you have. Then, consult our month-by-month gardening guide for the vegetables to plant all year round. In April, you can start transplanting early-season crops like radishes and spinach.

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Finally hang up that artwork or shelves.

Have you been meaning to install a shelf or a piece of art? Us, too. If you have a basic tool kit and the necessary mounting materials, there's no time like the present. And this DIY project is basically free.

To hang up your art the right way, start by learning how to choose the right type of frame.

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Condition your wood furniture, leather sofa, and cast iron skillet.

These are some home maintenance tasks we know we should be completing regularly, yet often put off. We're looking at you, dry wood furniture in need of conditioning and cast iron skillet that should be re-seasoned. You too, leather sofa!

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