Big Impact Doesn’t Have to Equal Big Money

Jan 2, 2024, 16:00 PM


You don’t always need a lot of money to take on a home project. As celebrity guest at the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show presented by Communication Federal Credit Union and HGTV and NBC star, Ashley Basnight has several tips to stretch your home renovation budget.


DIY-er Ashley Basnight wearing brown and white checkered dress and baseball cap in renovated dining room


What inexpensive home gadget or tool should every homeowner own?

Every homeowner should own a drill. It’s the one tool I believe everyone could use at least once in a house.

Yellow power drill in front of old wooden mirror frame


What is the most underrated tool in your toolbox?

Orange 12 inch tape measure extended 6 inches


The most underrated tool would have to be a tape measure. I’m not sure I could effectively complete a job without one.







What is best home purchase for under $100?

Teal blue electronic box cutter

My best home purchase for under $100 would have to be my electric box cutter because I am constantly breaking down packages.


What’s one outdoor tip for big impact in landscaping or curb appeal?

Sometimes less is more. A clean, sleek look can take you a long way. 

Front of clean white house with black door and nicely manicured green lawn


Several projects you should NOT do yourself include major renovations like kitchen and bathroom remodels and outdoor excavations. Ashley calls in experts when projects are beyond her know-how. Specifically, she encourages people to “stay clear of plumbing and electricity and leave that to the professionals.” Guests at the show can visit with hundreds of experts ready to tackle any home project.

Collection of tools over top of floor plan for home renovations

You can learn more from Ashley on her website, Instagram and Facebook. You can also learn from her on the Fresh Ideas Stage at the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show presented by Communication Federal Credit Union. Visit the show January 19-21 at the OKC Fairgrounds in the Bennett Event Center. Purchase tickets at the show or buy them online before the show starts to receive a $2 discount.

See you there!