Support your family, and that doesn’t always leave a lot of time for home improvement. Fortunately, a few weekend projects go a long way toward upgrading your living space. Here are four do-it-yourself projects to consider this summer.
Play with Paint or Wallpaper
Want to spruce up your walls or trim? Try a fresh coat of paint in the same color as what you have now, or go with a brand new shade. For a quick and easy weekend project, transform a space by painting the ceiling, or paint an accent wall in an exciting new color. When deciding on an accent wall, designer Linda Holt suggests a solid wall behind a sofa or bed or a symmetrical windowed wall. For an explosion of color and pattern, try using self-adhesive wallpaper for your accent wall.
Make sure to measure your wall and precut your pieces, and tools that help make this process easier include a squeegee and a level.
Color Your Front Entrance
Offer visitors an extra-warm welcome, and give your home more curb appeal with a vibrant front entrance. Start by painting the door in a bold, bright color, and change out the hardware for an updated look. To put even more of your personality on display, add a fun welcome mat, a few potted flowering plants, and a garden flag. Homes with big front porches also benefit from painted rockers or Adirondack chairs and colorful shutters. Solar garden lights make a good option for evening illumination of front sidewalks and pathways.
Revamp Your Kitchen
Transforming the look of your kitchen may seem overwhelming, but you can achieve a whole new vibe in one quick weekend with a few easy projects. Instead of changing out your kitchen sink, just replace your faucet with one in a trendy style. Revamp drawers and cabinets with new handles or pulls, taking care to measure properly. Trade an outdated light fixture for a new one, but don’t forget to turn off the power at the breaker box before you begin. Add a pop of color in the kitchen with new curtains or valances in bold florals, stripes, plaids, or other fun prints.
Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space
Just like the interior of your home, your outdoor space is an extension of your personality. This summer, spruce it up with a little landscaping. Plant a flower garden; install a rock pathway; or create a whole patio from flagstone. Add potted plants and outdoor seating for a cozy backyard retreat. If you’re short on time, simply mow, weed, and trim overgrown bushes for an attractive, well-tended exterior.
There’s no better time than summer to engage in a few weekend home improvement projects. In the process of enhancing your living space, don’t forget about furniture. For a stylish, updated look at bargain prices, try CORT Furniture Clearance Centers for great deals on pieces that last for years.