10 low-cost home improvements

Redecorate a bathroom

Paint the walls. Replace the lights. Install new faucets. Hang a new shower curtain. Put down new rugs and get fluffy new matching towels. Amazing things can happen to your dull, dingy bathroom without spending a fortune.

You can also give your bathroom a hotel feel by replacing a straight-across shower bar with one that's curved, which is all the rage in hospitality.

This kind of set up can be a double bonus if you're hiding a tub that might have come with the house in a less than desirable color. It doesn't require a contractor, and it's a much cheaper option than reglazing the tub or replacing it entirely. Just make sure your shower curtain nearly reaches the floor.