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When it comes to DIY, there are an endless number of projects you can do in your home. From larger upgrades to smaller details, a little bit of time and DIY expertise can go a long way.
If you have a free weekend, why not spend it on a few home improvements? There are many ways you can use your free time this weekend to spruce up your home. The hardest part is choosing what fun project to work on next! See a few DIY ideas to inspire your next home project.
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1. Paint Your Flooring
Paint is an instant transformation for any room. But would you ever consider painting your flooring to change your look? Vinyl flooring can be painted and is cheaper than a complete flooring replacement. You can even paint in different patterns to give it a unique look. See this tutorial from Designer Trapped for more instructions on how you can complete this project.
2. Change A Window Treatment
If you’re looking to change the look of your room without making a permanent change, swapping your window treatments is a smart choice. For a custom look, a sewing machine may come in handy to hem the fabric into your own window covering yourself. The average cost to install window treatments is $161, but this largely depends on how many new treatments you’ll be adding in a room.
3. Paint Your Trim
If you change the look of the trim, it can change the entire look of the room. It’s a small detail in your room that you may not think about often. This is a great project for DIY beginners to tackle, as it can easily be done in a weekend and has simple instructions. See our tutorial for How To Paint Trim.
4. Recaulk The Bathtub
Not only does freshening up the caulk give your bathtub a clean look, but it also helps prevent mold and mildew buildup. Recaulking a bathtub is an easy project that those beginning with DIY can take on. Even better, this project can be done on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!
5. Hang A Gallery Wall
Do you have a stack of photos or prints you just don’t know what to do with? Hanging a gallery wall is a great way to dress up a bare wall with what you already have. This project won’t require as many materials as it will time to measure and space out your photos just right. Gallery walls up staircases are very trendy right now, however, it might require a bit more expertise and measurement to look its best.
6. Add Shelf Storage
If you’ve been seeking out more opportunities to get organized, adding new storage shelves will be helpful. Local hardware stores may sell kits with all the items you need to build your own shelf. But, more intricate shelving units might require custom parts that you’ll have to cut and measure yourself, requiring more DIY experience.
7. Improve Your Lighting
Statement light fixtures are hot right now. They provide a talking point for all in the room. Take a free weekend and replace an old light figure with a new, stylish one. Additionally, you may want to consider upgrading your current light switch to a dimmer switch, allowing you to control the amount of light in the room. It’s also an eco-friendly update for your home energy. Most homeowners spend between $13.50 and $40.50 per dimmer switch unit.
8. Replace Your Toilet
One of the biggest reasons homeowners decide to upgrade their toilet is for energy efficiency. Newer models often use less water than older models. If your bathroom needs an update, this is one DIY project that can make a difference. To see how you can do this yourself, read How To Replace A Toilet.
9. Enhance Your Curb Appeal
If you have a green thumb and are looking to spruce up your entryway, planting some flowers can be just what your home needs. A few colorful flowers either in the ground or in planters can make a huge difference when it comes to curb appeal. Depending on how much planting you plan on doing, this can take as little as a Saturday afternoon or the whole weekend. Don’t forget sunscreen!
10. Mount A Flat Screen TV
Get your TV off the ground and a part of your living room décor. Mounting a flat screen TV may need more than one person to accomplish, but can be easily DIYed in a few hours with the appropriate hardware. Don’t forget to hide unsightly cords. If you want your TV to make a statement, consider building a decorative frame around it.
Doing home improvement projects yourself not only results in a wonderful update to your house, but it’s also a great way to learn new skills and try new things. Get creative witth your next DIY project and truly make your house unique.
When you’re tackling a new DIY project, it’s a good idea to know when to contact a pro. Read 7 Times DIY Became D.I. OMG Why for a few examples of when people should have contacted an expert!