Most people put off home improvement including landscaping like new garden rebuilds or internal renovations as long as possible because they are afraid of it being a long and drawn out process that never seems to end. Homeowners looking to make a dramatic impact on their home without investing a great deal of time or money should consider doing a small weekend project themselves. It is amazing how big of an impact even a small renovation project can have on your home. You will enjoy the updated look, the added function, and the satisfaction of knowing you did the work yourself. Here are just a few projects that you can tackle on a weekend off.
Spice Up Your Kitchen
If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking or spending time with the family, then why not take a weekend to give it a face-lift. Replacing a kitchen from top to bottom will cost $10,000 and up, but you don’t have to spend that kind of money to get a fresh new look. You can easily make a dramatic impact by choosing a new paint colour, installing a new back-splash, or even just replacing the cabinet and drawer handles.
If you are willing to spend a little more money, you can consider replacing your counter tops or giving outdated cabinets a fresh new look. New cabinetry will cost thousands of dollars at a minimum, but you can achieve similar results by refinishing the existing cabinets, either by painting them or by replacing the doors and drawers with new fronts for a totally new design.
Upgrade Your Appliances
It is easy to appreciate a home renovation project that improves the function of your home and makes your life easier. When your appliances become outdated it not only makes it harder to perform all kinds of daily tasks, but it can actually bring down the look of the entire room as well. Upgrades like a new refrigerator, shower, or bathtub will improve the look of your space, and make the room more usable as well. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on new appliances, you can always fix the smaller details and accessories, like replacing the faucets, any broken knobs or pulls. You can also add simple new fixtures and accessories, like new towel bars, shelving units, or other types of storage.
Try A New Paint Colour
Though painting isn’t a task that many homeowners enjoy, it is one of the best ways to totally change the look of a room without spending much money at all. In a single weekend you can easily give your rooms an entirely new appearance with a fresh colour of paint. If you are feeling adventurous you can even try applying a textured paint design, stripes, or something else to spice up the design of the room.
Get To Work Outside
It is amazing how much of a difference improving your curb appeal can have on the overall perception of your home. First impressions are everything, and the outside of your home is always the first thing people will see when they come to visit. Take care of any peeling or faded paint on the exterior of your home, spruce up the landscaping, or try adding new features to your yard. Even small touches like a new mailbox, street numbers, or a fresh door colour can give the home a fresh look. Sometimes the biggest difference can be made just by cleaning up, like cleaning the gutters, getting rid of worn out patio furniture, or trimming overgrown trees and shrubs.
Refresh The Look Of Your Flooring
After years of use your carpets may wind up looking very dirty, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be replaced. You should consider having your carpets steam cleaned regularly to keep stains and dirt at bay and maximise the life of your carpets. Tired wood floors can be given new lease of life with a a new stain or clear vanish. If you are willing to spend the money on new flooring, vinyl and laminate flooring planks can be easily installed as a do it yourself project.
Spend some time looking around your own home to see what kind of projects you might be able to dream up. Devote a weekend to tackling one of these projects and you might just be surprised at how much you can accomplish in a single weekend.