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Easy Weekend Projects to Improve Your Home

March 4, 2024

Easy Weekend Projects to Improve Your Home

I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to update and improve my home without breaking the bank or spending too much time. Here are some of my favorite weekend projects that make a big difference with minimal effort:

Refresh Walls with New Paint

Painting is one of the easiest ways to update the look and feel of a room. For a weekend project, focus on painting a single feature wall or accent wall. This creates visual interest without the time commitment of painting the entire room.

Some quick tips for a successful weekend paint project:

  • Choose a color that complements your existing decor but feels fresh and new. Earth tones like sage green or rust orange are trending right now and pair well with most color schemes.

  • For the accent wall, use a semi-gloss or high-gloss sheen for added dimension. Eggshell or satin paint works well for non-accent walls.

  • Remove wall hangings and outlet covers, prepping the wall to be painted. Use painter’s tape for clean edges.

  • Use a paint sprayer for quick, even coverage. This saves considerable time versus rolling paint by hand.

  • Apply two coats of paint, allowing proper dry time between coats. The second coat provides a rich, finished look.

Upgrade with New Hardware

Something as simple as installing new hardware like knobs, pulls, and hinges can give cabinets and doors a fresh facelift. This is an easy, inexpensive upgrade for a weekend.

When tackling a hardware upgrade:

  • Take inventory of all existing hardware that will need replacement. Matching finishes provides a cohesive, designed look.

  • Remove old hardware ahead of time so you can easily attach new items. This also helps remove debris or grease buildup on the cabinets.

  • Lay out the new hardware, examining the type of attachment mechanism. Ensure you have proper tools nearby for ease of install.

  • Attach new hardware methodically, checking for alignment as you go. Pay attention to spacing and positioning.

  • Step back to admire the visual change. A little hardware swap can completely change the look of your space.

Infuse New Life with Plants

Incorporating green plants is an easy way to inject new life into your home. And caring for houseplants is a relaxing, rewarding hobby. Some ideas for incorporating more plants this weekend:

  • Assess your space to determine where plants can live their best life. Consider factors like sunlight exposure and room temperature regulation.

  • Select low maintenance plants like succulents, snake plants, or pothos that can tolerate occasional neglect. Or opt for self-watering planters.

  • Visit your local nursery and choose plants that fit your space restrictions and design vision. Feel inspired by colors, shapes and textures.

  • Strategically place plants for maximum impact. Elevate them in hanging planters or on tabletops and shelves to bring in height variation.

  • Give your new plants some extra care and attention initially. Water thoroughly and situate in optimal lighting conditions. Enjoy nurturing your new additions!

Add Statement with Wall Decor

Wall decor is one of the easiest ways to inject personality into your home. With so many options available, you can decorate on a budget and switch things up seasonally. Ideas for quick-hit wall decor include:

  • Gallery walls instantly add visual interest by grouping framed photos, prints and artwork salon style. Mix sizes and frame finishes for lots of texture.

  • Large scale art, like an oversized framed print or textile wall hanging, makes a bold statement. This is perfect above a sofa, sideboard or bed.

  • Make it personal with a memory collage using kids’ artwork, ticket stubs, maps of favorite travel spots, and photos.

  • Affordable wall decals come in every shape and style. Try botanical designs, geometric patterns or inspirational quotes. Easily removed and repositioned.

  • Wooden plaque signs with modern font styles add contemporary, minimalist flair above kitchen sinks or buffets. Paint or stain plaques to coordinate.

Refresh Entryway for Curb Appeal

Your entryway sets the stage for the entire home. Refresh it in a weekend for a warm welcome. Ideas like:

  • Swap out dated or worn doormats. Choose one that picks up on home exterior colors and materials.

  • Flank the front door with large planters overflowing with colorful, in-season flowers or greenery. Change plantings each season.

  • Install new house numbers and mailbox for a matching set that coordinates with exterior style. Add a fresh coat of paint while you’re at it.

  • Upgrade exterior lighting with stylish new fixtures. Try black, bronze or brass finishes for on-trend style. Ensure sufficient lighting.

  • Add seating with a weatherproof bench so you have a landing spot for slipping on shoes. Include a tray for organizing items.

With a little creativity, these simple weekend projects let you improve and beautify your home without a huge commitment of time or money. Focus on one or two manageable updates at a time to gradually enhance your space over time. I always feel a sense of renewal and refreshment after even these minor home upgrades. The process itself is extremely rewarding.

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