Improve Your Home: Weekend Projects

Improve Your Home:  Weekend Projects

Spiff up every space in your home. Here are 30 quick do-it-yourself updates to get you started.

Install Beaded Board

Install Beaded Board

 

Beaded board lends a traditional touch to kitchens and bathrooms. Cut holes in the boards or sheets for outlets, phone jacks, and other wall necessities. For a modern take on beaded board, try wider plank paneling, which dresses up the island in this fresh kitchen.

How to install beaded board.

 

Add Storage to Your Entry

Add Storage to Your Entry

 

If a traditional entry closet or a beautiful built-in shelving system is not an option in your home, refashioned furniture can achieve a look that’s equally stylish and storage-savvy. This small-scale table is a perfect size for beside the front door. Though compact, the table’s drawers and shelf make the piece super functional for busy drop-zone items. A wall-mount shelf above the table hangs keys within easy reach.

 

Make Your Entrance Inviting

Make Your Entrance Inviting

 

A cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal — and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add a welcome mat and potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway.

See how to create a beautiful container garden.

 

Recharge & Reorder

 

Recharge & Reorder

 

Get creative with drawer space. Outfitted with divided storage (typically used in kitchen drawers) and a power strip, this drawer serves as a charging dock and daily organizer for cell phones, music players, and other electronics. Drill a hole through the back of the dresser and drawer to accommodate electrical cords.

 

Light Up the Kitchen

Light Up the Kitchen

 

Dress up an eating area with a fresh light fixture. Replacing an existing fixture is your easiest option: Just turn off the power at the breaker box and connect the wires.

Give Your Yard a Boost

Give Your Yard a Boost

 

With flagstone, you can easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend — no mortar required. Add potted plants and outdoor seating, such as a bistro set or an eclectic mix of colorful chairs, to create a quaint backyard escape.

See our outdoor furniture guide.

 

Add Molding

 

Paint or Paper a Wall

Paint or Paper a Wall

 

Self-adhesive and repositionable wallpaper creates a romantic accent that’s easy to apply, remove, and reuse. It works like a giant sticker. Peel the decorative paper off the backing and adhere it to a primed and painted wall. To create a curvy top edge, use your mirror to inspire the outline of your design. Cut the shape from kraft paper and test the look. Tape the pattern on the decorative paper applied to the wall; use a crafts knife to cut around the template. Peel away the paper above the cut.

See our ultimate painting guide.

 

Update Your Hardware

Update Your Hardware

 

Spice up your cabinets and drawers by replacing factory-issue handles and pulls with designs that reflect your personal taste. For a unique, eclectic look, scour antiques shops for hardware pieces.

See how to choose cabinet hardware.

 

Look Up

Look Up

 

Give your ceiling a little eye candy. Beautifully highlight a coffered ceiling with colorful paint, and keep the trim white for a bold visual effect. Placing a ceiling medallion around a fan or light fixture is another way to add architectural flair overhead. Decorative ceiling medallions are available in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

 

Switch to Energy-Saving Windows

 

  • Switch to Energy-Saving Windows

     

    If you have a window that faces the prevailing winter winds, replace it with a high-efficiency unit. If the window opening is a nonstandard size, you’ll probably have to order the new window.

     

 

Get a Built-In Look

 

 

Spice Up Your Stairway

  • Spice Up Your Stairway

     

    Add drama to a staircase with distinctive railings or embellishments. Architectural-salvage and reuse centers are hot spots for ideas and materials.

 

 

Redo Your Backsplash

  • Redo Your Backsplash

     

    Tired of a dull kitchen? Transform the mood of the kitchen with a bold new backsplash in ceramic or glass tile. Just make sure the wall is sound before you start the installation.

 

 

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