28 Simple Weekend Home Improvement Projects

April 01, 2020

28 Simple Weekend Home Improvement Projects

Now maybe the time to make gradual and easy improvements to your home.

Check this list and then pick three items you want to do over the weekend. Then get them done. It will give you a great feeling because you are making things happen.

Weekend Home Improvement Ideas

Then during the following week pick another 3 and complete them. Before you know it you will have added so much to your home.

You may not want to do all 28 but settle on a number that appeals to you and then just work through them. 


1 Add Storage to Your Entry

Try adding a traditional entry closet or a beautiful built-in shelving system.

If these are not an option for your home, then refashioned furniture can achieve a look that's equally stylish and storage-savvy. 

A simple wall-mount shelf on the wall that above the table hangs keys within easy reach is another quick idea.


2 Make Your Entrance Inviting

A cheery front-door colour 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. 

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3 Recharge & Reorder Drawers

Get creative with drawer space. 

Outfitting a drawer with divided storage (typically used in kitchen drawers) and a power strip can make a drawer 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.

Modern Kitchen

4 Light Up the Kitchen

Dress up an eating area with a fresh light fixture. Add a new style of lights to your kitchen. 


5 Install a New Tap 

Inject elegance into your daily life with a new tap that ups the ante in looks and quality. 

Just make sure the configuration matches your existing sink, or you might end up replacing that, too.

See our range of taps here: Tapware


6 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. 

If wallpaper is not for you then consider painting an accent wall.


7 Update Your Cabinetry

Spice up your cabinets and drawers by replacing factory-issue handles and pulls with designs that reflect your personal taste. 

You have a huge selection of handles available to you today.


8 Ceiling

Give your ceiling a little eye candy. 

Beautifully highlight a coffered ceiling with colourful 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.


9 Patch Holes in Walls

Whether an art-arranging project went awry or you're tired of looking at dings around the house, concealing wall blemishes is a weekend-worthy project. 

With a putty knife and surfacing compound, you can easily repair nail holes and other minor wall imperfections. 

For larger holes, place an adhesive patch over the area and spread an all-purpose drywall compound over it with a trowel. Depending on the size of the wall hole, the compound may need to dry overnight. Paint over the patch when it is dry.

New Bathroom

 

10 Hang a Medicine Cabinet

With just a stud finder and a drill, you can install the cabinet in less than an hour. 

For quick installation, choose a cabinet that can mount directly to the wall above your bathroom sink, rather than cutting away drywall and recessing the cabinet between studs.


11 Put Dimmers on the Lights

Dimmer switches quickly give your dining room the atmosphere of a swank restaurant. 

You can use standard incandescent bulbs, but if you prefer fluorescent light, look for special dimmable bulbs.


12 Replace Your Showerhead

Choose a low-flow unit and you'll get virtually the same sensation of water flow while saving money on your water bill. 

If your showerhead flow is already low (and shouldn't be), check to see if hard-water deposits are clogging the holes.


See our range of showerheads here: Bathware


13 Add Grab Bars

Grab bars are one of the simplest ways to make an existing bathroom more accessible, and stylish designs can be found at your local home improvement centre. 

The most important thing to remember when installing grab bars is to find the studs and mount the bars directly to them. 

Miss the studs and you'll be pulling out more than the bars when you put your weight on them.

 

Clothes Wardrobe

 

14 Hang two full-length mirrors on your closet doors

It would make sense to have mirrors near your closet so that you can see what your outfit looks like from head to toe. 

By placing two full-length mirrors, you won’t have to share space with another person. 

You can pick frames and colours that complement your room. Double mirrors will also open up your area to make it look a little bigger.


15 Make windows appear bigger by hanging curtains higher and wider

It’s an easy and wonderful optical illusion that makes your windows look much more extensive than they appear to be. 

This design feature also gives you some leeway in trying to find precisely the right width of bar and length of curtains if your windows are strange sizes. 

You might think this little change is no big deal, but you’ll be surprised by how much bigger this will make your room feel. 

When you hang the curtain rods higher, it will make the ceiling feel like it’s taller too.


16 Turn a closet into a home office

Maybe your kids have moved out, and you’re looking for some space to expand into a personal haven. 

Why not turn one of their closets into a home office? 

It can be a cozy and comforting atmosphere that allows you to hide away from the world and work on your projects in private. 


17 Utilize the space above your doorway

By adding a simple shelf above your doorway, you can display many of the pieces you’ve been keeping in storage. 

It’s a beautiful way to brighten up a room without taking up any additional space you just don’t have. 

It’s also a great place to put those valuable pieces that you don’t want your kids getting their hands on.


18 Add extra lighting in the kitchen

If you need some extra illumination while you’re preparing dinner, you could add some strips of LED lighting under your cabinets. 

They’re flexible enough that they can be added to any space, no matter how large or small your cabinets may be. 

Some LED options even come with a colour-changing mode, so you can also spruce up your kitchen with a little mood lighting to enhance the atmosphere.


19 Change your doorknobs

Doorknobs undergo much wear and tear over time as you enter in and out of your home. 

Give your home a lift by changing your doorknobs. 

Treat your kitchen cabinets and the bathroom cupboards to the same treatment as well. You could end up changing the entire look of your interior.

Clothes in bedroom

 

20 Frame your bathroom mirror

Many people prefer to have simple mirrors in their bathrooms, but dressing one up can really make the difference. 

What was once simple can tie in your reflective surface with the other decor you have in the bathroom. 

Going with aged bronze can bring an antique look while a shiny silver frame can outline a modern, well-lit bathroom.


21 Cover half of the wall with a bulletin board

Keeping track of bills and other pieces of mail can be difficult if you don’t have space for it all. 

Instead of stacking them up in a pile, create a large bulletin board that you can track everything in an organized manner. 

It will save you space, and you can easily see when everything is due. No more forgotten bills or lost cards from friends. All you have to do is glue a sheet of cork to some foam board and attach it to your wall.

If you feel really creative why not paint a wall with black chalk paint and use as a notice board.


22 Upgrade the Electric Switch Plates

Just like doorknobs, these are available in different sizes, materials, and colours. 

Alternatively, you can choose to paint over a new metal one so that it matches your walls. 

Make sure that you measure out and get the right size so that you don’t have to drill new holes into your walls. 



23 Update a blank wall with photos and art

Want to showcase your kids’ drawings? 

Taken up photography yourself and want to show off what you can do? 

Instead of hiding them on the fridge or in small frames, consider creating an entire wall of artwork by the family. 

Before you start sticking them up, however, it’s a great idea to plan out the layout of your pieces with paper so that you can create a “shape” that is pleasing to the eye.


24 Improve your lighting

Many kitchens and dining rooms have recessed lighting. 

A lot of people think that recessed lighting is neat, but it actually reduces the amount of light in the place. 

Convert your recessed lighting into hanging pendant lights, and you’ll have a much brighter room. 

Hanging lights come in a variety of styles and colours so you can coordinate your choices to match the room.


25 Fill in the Skirting Boards

Over time, your skirting boards suffer from a lot of wear and tear, and that can make them look shabby. 

Covering up cracks with paint will only do so much. 

To stop your skirting boards from cracking further or separating further from the wall, you can re-caulk them. 

This product seals them up and keeps them in place for much longer. All you need is a caulking gun and some painter’s tape to ensure that you don’t make a mess.

Kitchen Benchtop

 

26 Repaint a staircase

The steps of wooden stairs wear down over time from a use every single day. 

A fresh coat of paint can revive a set of stairs in no time, especially if you have a paint sprayer handy. 

Be sure to cover up the parts you don’t want to change with some tape and newspapers. 

Also, wear a breathing mask since you’ll be painting indoors. You can also choose to upgrade the colour by hand, but you should use a large bristled brush to get the job done.


27 Convert cabinets into shelving

This basic home improvement is one of the easiest jobs you can do: simply remove your cabinet doors. 

No more opening and closing of doors, and you can instantly reach everything that you need. 

If you have more cupboards than you need, you can use these as display shelves for collection pieces to decorate your kitchen even more.


28 Place a curtain rod and hooks over your sink

Dish sponges can be very filthy, and it can be hard to get them dry when they’re sitting next to your sink. 

However, you can solve that problem easily with this simple trick. Install a curtain rod and add some hooks, and you have a great place to hang a bask for your sponge, place your paper towels, and keep your kitchen towels on hand for use. 

You can also hang pots and pans from these hooks if you need to keep them out of the way while they’re drying.


These 28 ideas will allow you to quickly and easily transform your home. 

 

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