5 Budget-Friendly DIY Home Upgrades Everyone Needs


Article by: Stephanie Adongo

Date: Monday, 1st July 2024

Improving your home can feel overwhelming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Take a deep breath and check out these top 5 easy and affordable DIY projects to help you rejuvenate your home, whether you want to boost its value or simply freshen up your living space.

  1. Painting

A fresh coat of paint can dramatically transform the look and feel of your home. Experiment with colour to make spaces feel larger, brighter, or to create distinct moods for each room. Don’t forget the exterior—weather-resistant paint can protect and revamp your home’s curb appeal.

Cost Estimate:  KES 1,000 – KES 3,000 per litre of quality paint.

Tip: Buy from local manufacturers to reduce costs and support the local economy.

  1. Updating Fixtures and Hardware

Remember that squeaky door handle that seems like it hasn’t been replaced since the ’60s? Or that odd-looking tap that makes you unsure if the water will gush out at any moment? And what about that light bulb covered by a questionable chandelier? It’s time for an upgrade. Replacing these outdated fixtures and hardware is a simple yet effective way to modernize your kitchen, bathroom, and other living spaces.

Cost Estimate: KES 500 – KES 2,000 per fixture.

Tip: Look for deals in local markets like Gikomba or online platforms such as Jumia Kenya.

Cascadia Show house at Two Rivers in Nairobi, Kenya
Cascadia Show house at Two Rivers in Nairobi, Kenya
  1. Landscaping and Gardening

You might not realize it, but your “shamba boy” could significantly boost your home’s value with a few simple gardening projects. For those beautiful flowers you pass by on your way home, imagine them in your garden. Planting indigenous trees, shrubs, and flowers can make your garden look lush and inviting. Plus, starting a small vegetable garden not only enhances the beauty of your space but also provides fresh produce for your family.

Cost Estimate: KES 1,000 – KES 5,000 for plants and tools.

Tip: Visit local plant nurseries for affordable options and seek advice on low-maintenance plants suitable for your local climate.


  1. Tiling a Backsplash

This DIY project might require you to watch a few YouTube tutorials before getting started. If you’re unsure, consider hiring a professional to help. But don’t lose confidence—it’s actually quite manageable and can be done with affordable tiles from your local hardware stores. Just pick tiles that match your existing decor for a cohesive look.

Cost Estimate: KES 500 – KES 1,500 per square meter of tile.

Tip: Shop at local markets like Eastleigh for a variety of affordable tile options. And don’t be afraid to try more colourful options.

Awali Estate bungalow at Vipingo Development in Kilifi, Kenya
Awali Estate bungalow at Vipingo Development in Kilifi, Kenya
  1. Creating Built-in Shelves

Space, space, and more space! We can never have enough, right? Why not make it functional and stylish? Modern options like floating shelves are a game-changer (one of my favourites). Have some fun with it—use locally sourced wood or recycled materials for an eco-friendly twist. With basic carpentry skills, you can customize shelves to fit your space perfectly. But if you’re not sure of your own strength and worry about knocking down a wall, it might be best to call in a professional. No one wants an unplanned skylight!

Cost Estimate: KES 2,000 – KES 6,000 depending on the size and materials used.

Tip: Use reclaimed wood or pallets to keep costs low and add a rustic charm to your home.


DIY home improvement projects can be both affordable and impactful. By focusing on simple yet effective upgrades like painting, updating fixtures, landscaping, tiling, and creating built-in shelves, you can enhance your living space without a significant financial investment. These projects not only improve your home’s aesthetics and functionality but also increase its overall value.

For details about Centum Real Estate’s residential projects for sale available for rent, please contact our team via email at centum.re@centum.co.ke for more information or call +254 747 019 977 or fill in the form here to schedule a site visit.


Edited by: Frida Nthoki- Marketing Department