10 One-Day DIY Home Projects
02/15/2012 10:09 AM
Home remodeling can be an overwhelming task, but when you can enjoy the results of your efforts in one day with minimal effort and money, motivation can be a bit easier to find. If your home needs some sprucing up, there are definitely small ways that you can get started. Take a weekend day (or just a couple of hours in many cases) and try out some of these easy projects that will improve the appearance of your home:
- Make No-Sew Curtains: curtains can easily add some style to a room that needs a little flair. You can make no-sew curtains in less than a day. Just snatch up some fabric from a discount fabric store (or make them out of fabric you already have, like old sheets), iron on some hem tape and clip on curtain rings.
- Paint Trim: if you don't have time to paint the walls, painting the trim around your home is a great way to make you home seem cleaner, fresher and more up-to-date. Wise Bread recommends using a bright white semi-gloss paint to brighten up yellowing paint on your trim.
- Spray Paint a Light Fixture:
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is brimming with old light fixtures just begging for a new finish. Buy an old chandelier or other light fixture for a few bucks, as well as a few cans of spray paint (try a dark brown oil-rubbed bronze finish for a transitional look, or a bright color for a punch of cheer). Wear a mask and apply the spray paint evenly in a well-ventilated area. Voila! You've got a brand-new light fixture that no one else will have.
Need some spray painting tips? Head over to CentsationalGirl's FAQ for spray painting section.
- Paint Your Front Door: this is the first thing that greets your guests when they enter your home. A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference when it comes to their first impression. Take a day to fill in cracks or dents. Then if the door is in serious need of a paint job, prime the door and then paint with an exterior paint. Use a high-impact color, like red, yellow or turquoise, for the "wow" effect. You can also switch out the door handle if you want to take the project a step further.
- Back Bookshelves With Wallpaper: spruce up a boring old bookcase by adding some pretty patterned wallpaper to the back. A bright color will make your books pop and look like new.
For 5 more ideas, head over to Wise Bread's 10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day.