Home Improvement Projects that you can tackle easily over a weekend
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I see so many wonderful homes online that it can make me feel a bit jealous. And, when I look at all the things I want to do around the house to make it look and function better, it can feel overwhelming…so then I just don’t even get started.
Well today, I wanted to provide some inspiration…some ideas you can get finished in one weekend, especially if you’re a bit handy (or know someone who is).
And, remember that if you tackle one of the projects each weekend, your home will look gorgeous in no time…maybe even with 1 month.
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10 Weekend projects that will make your home look spectacular
1. Paint your bedroom
Or choose another room. Painting is one of those easy Do-it-Yourself projects that most most people can do…even if they aren’t that handy. It is amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make. It can give your room a whole new feel…in fact, it will almost feel like you moved…without the inconvenience.
If you need some advice on paint colors, these articles may come in handy:
- The 5 best paint colors for bedrooms
- Most popular shades of gray paint (and choosing a coordinating accent wall)
- Farmhouse style paint colors
- 15 Stylish Neutral paint colors that work with almost every room
- Best paint colors for selling a house
Do you need any paint shade fan decks?
Amazon can help with that. It’s so much easier when you have the full color wheels and can see all of these in your own home (vs. going back and forth to the store MULTIPLE times).
Helpful tools if you are going to paint yourself
Here are some painting tools that may come in handy if you’re going to do the painting yourself. Also, be sure to check out my article on the Top 10 DIY Painting mistakes and how to avoid them. The products below can be found on Amazon and delivered straight to your door.
- Painting brush – this one costs a bit more, but it’s totally worth it. It will help you paint faster and more accurately. If you’re going to paint yourself, don’t skimp here. Incidentally, this is Amazon’s Choice as well.
- Painter’s tape – a must have. Use for all the trim as well as ceiling area
- Paint roller kit – this includes a tray. Use the brush for the edges and the roller for main areas of the wall (and ceiling).
- Drop cloths – Yes, you’ll need them for sure. Some people have some on hand, but often not enough if you are doing many rooms.
2. Seal your grout
Most people don’t realize that you are supposed to seal the grout around your tile…and you are supposed to reseal it every year!
Grout is mainly made of sand. And, it absorbs everything, including dirty water and bacteria. Have you ever noticed that grout gets darker over time? That’s because it hasn’t been sealed and it then absorbs dirt.
When you seal your grout, you add an antibacterial agent to it which keeps it cleaner. It also prolongs the life of your grout. Check out how to seal tile grout yourself. This can be done in 1 day.
3. Powerwash and seal your deck
The weather and the nature’s elements (including the sun, rain and snow) can wear down the finish of your deck. Most wood decks need to be powerwashed and sealed every 1 to 2 years. Thankfully, most homeowners are able to do this themselves by renting a powerwasher.
Just be sure to check the weather forecast to make sure that the weather will be dry for at least 2 days after you finish (as well as make sure it’s dry before you start).
4. Install a farmhouse style sliding barn door
Adding a barn door to a laundry room, pantry, family room, kitchen or bathroom can give your home a nice rustic flair. You can read more about these farmhouse barn doors here (and even buy them online at Amazon).
5. Organize your closet
Every time I organize and declutter my closet I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder. Sometimes just the act of throwing away and ideally donating items I don’t need is cathartic.
When you have a well organized closet, it actually relieves stress. And, it makes it MUCH faster to find things. Here are 25 brilliant tips to organize your closet.
6. Paint your front door
This makeover is so simple, and you’ll notice it EVERY DAY when you come home. What a difference that door can make in welcoming you home. It can really transform the look.
I love changing the color. You can do a more dramatic color such as red or navy. Or have fun with it and go for a purple or turquoise. Of course it all depends on the base color of your house and what you love. But, have fun with it.
Oh and make sure it’s warm enough. The temperature should be above 50 degrees at night, including during the curing time (which can be 2 to 4 weeks). And, of course make sure there is no rain in the weather forecast for 2 days.
7. Install a new backsplash in your kitchen
If you’re handy, and if you have a dated…or better yet, non-existent backsplash, consider adding one. It’s often easier when you choose mosaics as these are on meshed sheets so it’s easy to align them.
Here are a few ideas to get you started. (Just click on the images if you’d like more into on them.)
Check out more backsplash options in this article – 20 neutral backsplash options for kitchens.
8. Add crown molding to your bedroom or living room
Most people are amazed at the impact that crown molding can have on a room. It makes it look so much more elegant and gives it a finished look. It also makes your walls look taller. And, it makes your paint pop more.
Crown molding can be intricate (as this picture is or simpler as you can see in the blue bedroom in the first section.
9. Install a stylish engineered vinyl plank floor…that looks real
If you’re handy, you may want to check out this fairly new flooring material called Coretec Plus. It looks like hardwood, but it’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for areas that may get a bit of water or moisture.
If’s a floating floor, so you can install it directly on top of concrete, tile or sheet vinyl flooring…without the need to remove the existing floor. And, it has a bit of cushioning on your feet. You can read more about Coretec Plus here and even watch a quick tutorial to see how easy it is to install.
10. Upgrade and replace your door knobs
This is an easy way to upgrade the look of your home. It’s amazing what a difference brushed nickel door handles can make. These levered door handles look so sleek, and if you’re living in the 80’s with gold or brass trim, upgrading and updating will make a big difference.
This is such an easy project for even a novice DIYer, and it can be done in a day. They come in different finishes, but I think brushed nickel is my fave. The oil rubbed bronze ones look nice too (these are black).
You can find a broader selection of styles here – different colors and shapes.