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.