One of the reasons that many people shy away from home improvement is that it can be very time-consuming. With very busy schedules, it can be difficult to commit to taking on a project that requires lots of planning, effort, and in some cases even money to complete. However, there are actually plenty of home improvement projects that you can do over the course of a weekend or even a day. If you are looking to spruce up your home, consider taking on these projects.
1. Install new lighting.
Light adds a lot to your home and the way that it feels. When your home is dim or even just has outdated lighting fixtures, it can really make the place feel much more depressing and unfriendly. If you feel like your home is a little dark for your taste, you can brighten it up by changing your overhead lighting fixtures. Consider even installing a chandelier for some major style points. Don’t forget about the outside of your home either – having appealing and bright lighting fixtures on the outside of your house really dresses it up and makes it much more lively.
2. Add a fresh coat of paint.
Peeling or dull paint can really bring down the value and the appeal of your home, so spending a weekend adding some paint to the areas that need it most can really brighten it up and make your home feel more inviting. In particular, consider repainting your doors, which get a lot of wear and tear, as well as the walls in your hallways or rooms that may have see a lot of damage over time. You can even switch things up to a fun new color to make everything more exciting.
3. Add plants to your lawn.
If you feel like your front or back yard could use some TLC, there’s actually plenty of very easy ways to fix that. Head to a nearby garden store to find plants that you like and that work for your climate and your level of gardening knowledge. Then spend a day turning a sad patch of grass or dirt into a flowerbed, and instantly you have a brighter, more appealing lawn.
4. Replace your knobs and fixtures.
Fixtures such as doorknobs, faucets, handles, etc. often get a lot of use and can quickly look worn down or dated. Changing them is very easy to do, and can really add some style and appealing detail to your home. It is also fairly easy to find unique and affordable fixtures at home stores, so you don’t need to spend tons of money on this project. You can even involve your whole family to find out what design fixtures they like best.
5. Touch up a piece of furniture.
When you really love a piece of furniture, it’s likely to experience a good amount of wear and tear over time. However, you don’t have to run out and buy new pieces when your old ones start to wear down – you just need to get creative. Refurbishing a piece of furniture is usually something you can do in just a day or two without spending a ton of money. For example, you could repaint or refinish an old desk or table, or you could even reupholster an old couch or chair if you are looking for a real challenge.
Although home improvement may seem intimidating at first, it really doesn’t have to be. Even changes that seem small actually make a much bigger difference than you might think. Analyze the current state of your home and decide where it really needs the most TLC.