It’s the time of the year that homeowners start to turn their attention to home improvement projects. The right home improvement project can not only make you happier in your home but it can be a great investment that you will see a return on when you eventually sell your home. But home improvement projects can be difficult and time consuming. If you’re hoping to save some money by doing some projects yourself and you’re pretty much limited to the weekends, here are eight projects that you can tackle.
Small space tiling
If you’ve never done any tiling before, you probably shouldn’t try to tackle the bathroom floor or the shower where you’ve have to cut the tile to fit around fixtures. But tiling a backsplash above the sink or stove is something that’s within the abilities of most homeowners with a little research. Make sure to research drying times for different materials, then select the materials you want and you’re ready to tackle this weekend project.
Ceiling fan refresh
Over time, your ceiling fan can start to look pretty pathetic. If your fan is looking worn and dated, why not make it look like new again? Clean the blades and metal components with denatured alcohol. Rub any metal surfaces with steel wool and then spray paint it to make it look like new. Of course you can always replace your ceiling fans if you’d rather go that route.
Repaint the interior
If you plan to repaint your entire home, this won’t be a single weekend project but you can easily do one or two rooms in a single weekend. If you’ve got old, dated wallpaper that needs to come down first, plan to do all of that one weekend and the painting the next. Painting is something most homeowners feel comfortable doing themselves just make sure you have all the materials you need and take adequate time to prep the space before you start to paint.
New flooring looks great but most homeowners can’t cut and glue down hardwood or tile themselves. Plus, new flooring can be quite expensive. But vinyl plank flooring can be cut with a razor and doesn’t require glue so it’s a project that’s pretty manageable in a single weekend and it will still be a great look but without spending a fortune.
A bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive headache. You can update the look of your bathroom by replacing the accessories like the shower head, shower curtain and shower curtain rod, the waste basket, the soap dispenser, towels, and bath rug. It should take less than a day per bathroom you want to redecorate.
Organizing your closet is one of those projects that you have a lot of energy starting out, and you’re burned out within a few hours. Depending on how the large the closet is, you may want to do half one weekend and half the next to avoid burn out. If there’s space in your closet you might want to consider adding some more shelving so you can make better use of the space.
In a single day, you should be able to mow and edge the lawn and weed the planter areas. A separate day you can trim trees or bushes, plant some flowers, or replace the mulch. Other curb appeal projects to consider is replacing the front door, porch light, and house numbers.
Though you can’t build an entire backyard deck in a single weekend, a small patio or a fire pit is usually manageable. Even just going out to the store and purchasing some sturdy but comfortable outdoor furniture can go a long ways towards improving the look of your backyard.
Selling a home can be a very stressful experience. If you don’t want to hire a professional to do it for you, then consider the following ideas-
The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters, you’re ready to order.