Almost everyone has a list of renovation projects, updates, and decor pieces they want to either incorporate into a specific room or flow throughout their home. If you have a budget, like most of us do, taking on a DIY project can not only meet the specific need you are looking for, but will also tailor your project to your preferred colors, shape, and size. You also have the extra added coolness factor because you did it yourself. Here are a few examples of DIY projects that can seriously enhance your homes appearance and functionality for under $100.
1. HOOK YOURSELF UP – Wall mounted hooks are a great addition to any room. Especially your kitchen. Stop relying on your oven handle for your towels, and instead, add some 3d decor by placing wall hooks near areas of high use. Display coffee mugs, frequently worn jewelry for an extra pop, wooden spoons, anything you can balance or hang.
2. MAKE YOUR SINK DO DOUBLE DUTY – Fit an undercounted sink with a cutting board top for more prep space. Measure the length and width of the basin, adding ½ inch to each side. Trim a piece of butcher block to size with a jigsaw and create a lip around its underside so that it will rest on the edge of the counter. When in use, the cutting board will rest on top of the sink extending you counter space.
3. BORED DOORS – Get creative and wallpaper a door. No one said they have to stay white. Match interior closet doors to window treatments, color palettes, or add a funky new hue to liven up the space and bring some vertical decor.
4. CLOSET TURNED HOME OFFICE – Do you have a closet that’s only half full? Hardly loved? Not really sure what to do with? Unhinge the door and fill the voids in the frame with putty or spackle. Replace the wire racks with solid wooden shelves (either stained or wallpapered). Use a deep shelf for your computer / file area and smaller shelves above for additional storage. Add a small table lamp, and some personal items like pictures or knick knacks to complete the space. Go the extra mile and hide all of your wiring behind a bead-board addition for clean lines and extra dimension.
5. RAISE THE LIGHTING – Free up some space on your end tables, coffee table, hall table, floor space…whatever…by moving the lighting to the ceiling. Hanging pendants over flat surface areas will not only create additional space for the surface, but will add vertical lines, color, and downward directed light for a different effect.
6. WATERPROOF THE GUEST BATHROOM – For most families, the guest bathroom is the kids designated area. Waterproof the floor and / or backsplash areas by adhering rubber floor tiles for a lively pattern that is attractive and preventative.
7. ADD VINTAGE SPARKLE!!! – My favorite by far! Replace your boring cabinet knobs with colorful glass knobs! Create a fun space by mixing and matching shapes, sizes, colors, metal embellishments, vintage, new, anything you want! They are easily interchangeable, and you can swap placements for an update multiple times per year.
8. BE BRAVE AND PAINT – Just because you have a dated backsplash does not mean that you have to rip it out for a new look. Paint it! Scuff the tiles with sandpaper and apply two coats of adhesion primer. Let dry and apply two coats of oil-based semigloss paint over tiles and grout!
9. BRIGHTEN THE INSIDE OF CABINETS – Do you have glass front cabinets? Brighten them up by painting the inside of the cabinets (including shelves) a lighter color. The most popular choice right now is to paint the inside of dark wood cabinets with a very light blue. Not only does the blue reflect the light and make the interior of the cabinets seem more roomy, but it also matches with most patterns. Use a latex paint for best results.
10. BULK UP DOOR TRIM – Build up wimpy door casings with applied moldings to create a more substantial impression of your home. Moldings are readily available at local hardware stores and extremely easy to install.
11. STRIP PAINT CAKED DOOR AND CABINET HARDWARE – Buy a thrift-store Crock-Pot and fill it with water and 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent. Drop in hinges, knobs, and escutcheons. Heat on medium overnight. By morning, the paint will be falling off the metal.
12. FILL THE PAVER CRACKS – Plant low-growing English thyme to prevent weeds from sprouting between pavers. Just sow seeds in early spring so that they’ll sprout as the temperature rises. You’ll have some delicious greenery with a savory scent, but non of the hassle of grass or weeds that constantly need to be either pulled or sprayed.
13. DOOR MAT? – Can’t find a perfectly sized door mat, or is it always moving and never doing what it’s supposed to? Paint that sucker on. Map the design with painter’s tape and use a roller to create a solid shape or design pattern. Use latex porch and floor paint.
I could go on and on and on and on. DIY projects are by far the most satisfying updates you can do to your home. Tailor them to your needs, and create a new space with these money saving ideas. For more helpful tips and tricks under $100, feel free to email me. And as always, if you have any real estate questions, I’m only a call or email away.
Danielle MacCarthy, REALTOR