Oh what to do around the house this weekend…relax? Nah. Score some brownie points by creating the most bang for your buck with these SUPER simple, EASY, and ridiculously CHEAP projects for your home.
1. SPRAY PAINT YOUR HARDWARE:
Do you have gold hardware? Scratched, dented, unappealing hardware? Or is it just plain ugly? Paint it. Sooooo simple. Remove it, put it on a newspaper outside and spay paint it. Almost every home improvement store carries extremely durable spray paints that will hold up to even the highest traffic areas.
2. FRAME MIRRORS:
Mirrors are expensive. If you have a giant mirror in your bathroom, but it’s not aesthetically pleasing, don’t take it down, break it, hang up small mirrors that don’t even show your entire head of hair in the morning…just frame the existing mirror. Best part, you can change the frame when you get tired of it because the mirror is actually mounted to the wall. GENIUS! Get creative and use crown molding, door frames, palette boards, driftwood, twigs, fabric covered plywood pieces; pretty much whatever you want. Easy. Cheap. Done.
3. IMPROVE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM:
The laundry room is easily one of the most overlooked rooms in a home. No one wants to spend time there. Just keep the door closed – that’s my motto. But for the days you actually have to spend a little time with your washer and dryer, make it as pleasant as possible! Paint the walls a funky color, hang up wall art that has no business being in any other part of your house, or get a lost and found sock board so you enjoy trying to match up socks if only for a few minutes.
4. PAINT YOUR FRONT DOOR:
You will be amazed at the updated curb appeal of your home with a freshly painted front door.
5. REPLACE YOUR SHOWER HEAD:
Want a more spa like experience? The market is literally flooded with shower heads that will do everything from making it rain to changing colors and aromas. And changing them out is extremely easy. Just don’t forget that magic white tape.
6. REPLACE SWITCH PLATES:
You will not believe the difference. Layers of paint, random specks of dirt, dog slobber…whatever ‘it’ is that discolors switch plates, it does it at the slowest and sneakiest rate possible so you never even realize how gross they are getting. Take a quick count, go to your local home improvement store, and replace them all. You can find all kinds of articles and how to’s on soaking them and scrubbing them and giving them lots of love…I say toss them and replace them.
7. RECAULK THE BATHROOM:
This is not only an aesthetic update, but a necessary one. Caulk does not last forever. During it’s lifespan it will help you maintain the moisture barrier and keep the peace, but once it’s time is up, it needs to be replaced. Thankfully, the tools that are available to weekend warriors save both time and money when it comes to this devious substance. Make sure you have an extra tube…just in case.
8. DESIGNATE A DROP SPOT:
Most every home in America has a ‘junk drawer’. It’s the drawer that hold the most magical of objects, from bike reflectors and permanent markets, to extra batteries (both good and dead), hair ties, paper clips, pens, a stamp with the old houses address…you literally never know what you are going to find. The idea behind a drop spot instead of a junk drawer is to have an organized pile of junk 🙂 Pick a cabinet, not a drawer, and mount a mail slot to the inside. Get a few easy release wall hooks and also mount those on the inside for extra keys, headphones, hair ties, whatever. A small bin for anything that writes, a larger bin for reflectors and batteries. You get the idea. Organize your junk.
9. HOUSE NUMBERS:
I went on a listing appointment the other day and told the owners that I loved their house numbers. They looked like they were made from a cast iron skillet and had adorable little birds and vines in the design. Neither one of them knew what I was talking about. The house numbers were so old that they both had completely forgotten about them! House numbers today can be digital, concrete, metal, made to look like birdhouses, or can light up at night. Take a look next time you go outside and see if they need a little love.
10. LANDSCAPE LIGHTING:
So easy. Most landscape lighting you can find at a reasonable price and you don’t have to worry about cords because they are solar! Line your driveway or make a walkway. They are great around ponds or marking the edge of a patio or deck and they are so easy to install. An absolutely great way to add a little ambiance.
Enjoy your home, enjoy your weekend and love these easy and budget friendly updates! If you are thinking of selling, feel free to reach out for even more helpful hints on how to make your home ‘buyer friendly’ without dipping into your spending monies.
Danielle MacCarthy, REALTOR