Home renovation projects can feel never-ending if you have to DIY a lot of the work. When you can only get projects done on the weekends, you want to make the most of your time and feel like you’re making progress. There are lots of simple DIY projects that can add loads of value to your home quickly and easily and they look great. Here are 10 easy DIY weekend projects that will give your house a new look:
Paint the Exterior
It’s a hard job, but you can DIY paint your house. The important thing is to prep and get it ready by power washing it, sanding it, and priming it if needed. Pick a color that you love and are okay with having on your house for the next 10 years or more. Depending on the size of your home, you could easily do all this work over a long weekend.
Paint or Stain Your Deck
Another great weekend DIY project is painting or staining your deck. If you’re looking to give your deck a new look, painting or staining it is one of the easiest ways to do it. The best part about painting or staining a deck is that it’s not as permanent as some other projects and can be redone in a few years. Painting or staining can also increase the life of your deck. Often this is a great time to look for rotted boards and replace them as needed.
Install Outdoor Lighting
If you’re looking to save some money on your electric bill, programmable outdoor lights are a great option. You can also install string lights, solar lights, and more on the exterior of your house. Outdoor lighting can help you create ambiance and also safety when the sun goes down. The great thing about programmable lights is that some of them allow you to change the color scheme using remote controls.
Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts
When dirt and debris build up in your gutters and downspouts it can cause a lot of problems. They will not function as intended and can cause flooding around your home if not cleaned properly. Take a weekend to clean them out. You’ll want to scoop out debris and look for places where the gutters or downspouts may be peeling away from the house or where they are damaged. If it’s dry, you can use a leaf blower to remove things as well.
Replace Old Light Fixtures With New Ones
If you want to give your house a new look and feel, then replace old light fixtures with newer ones. Once you learn how to do it, this is a way to instantly update the look of any room. You’ll need to be sure you have all the right tools available and that you know how to turn off the electricity in that room. It’s best if you turn off the breaker for the room while you work on any electrical projects. It’s the perfect weekend project.
Re-caulk Around Windows and Doors
Caulk is basically a rubber sealant that you can use to fill the gaps between two surfaces. It’s often used around windows and doors, as well as other places in your home where water or air might leak through. Find a clear or same color caulking to put in the gaps. Clean and dry the surface thoroughly so that you can be sure the new caulk will stick properly. You’ll also need a razor or utility knife to remove old caulking before you add the new.
Paint Your Living Room
Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a big impact in a room. Choose something neutral if you’re planning to sell soon, or spice things up with your favorite color or modern wallpaper option. You can use rollers or sprayers to get a nice even coat of paint and the project can usually be completed in just a couple of days.
Add New Baseboards
Want to give a room a more elegant and upscale vibe? Add new baseboards. Taller baseboards help a space to feel more refined and can give it a modern, but luxurious feel. You can paint or stain them, leave them wood-toned, or add a contrasting color. The best thing is that they are easy to remove later on if you need to change them out again.
Install New Faucets
If you know some plumbing basics, then you can install new faucets. Make sure you have all the tools you need, plus caulking or sealant to keep water from leaking out. You’ll need to turn off the water and remove the old faucet from its mounting before you install your new one.