With the holiday cheer in the atmosphere, most of us rattle to make sure our house is holiday ready and spic and span. Specially during this season of frequent visitors and guests, long projects are definitely a no no, if we want instant upgrades to make it in time for the holidays.
Here are a few weekend projects that can be done to quickly give your house a facelift.
Make Your Entrance Inviting
A cheery front-door 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.
Light Up the Kitchen
Dress up an eating area with a fresh light fixture. Use DIY pendant lights that instantly give glamour to any kitchen.Replacing an existing fixture is your easiest option: Just turn off the power at the breaker box and connect the wires.
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.
Update Your Hardware
Spice up your cabinets and drawers by replacing factory-issue cabinet handles and pulls with designs that reflect your personal taste. For a more flexible design, most people go for the sleek minimalist streamlined look that goes with practically anything.
Recharge & Reorder
Get creative with drawer space. Outfitted with divided storage(typically used in 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.
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 shower head flow is already low (and shouldn't be), check to see if hard-water deposits are clogging the holes.
For an instant upgrade try a rain shower head that gives you the chance to feel like bathing under the rain. Make sure you get the WELS certified one's to avoid the high water bills!
Make Your Fireplace More Efficient
To quickly and easily rehabilitate your existing fireplace, a gas or wood-burning insert adds energy efficiency to your home without tearing apart your hearth and mantel.
Get a Built-In Look
Create extra storage in a snap with kits for bookcases or shelving that you assemble yourself. Try a cabinet/open shelving combination for display spaces.
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.
Hang a First Aid 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.
Add a Ceiling Fan
Add a ceiling fan and save money by not running the air-conditioner on those marginal days when all you need is air movement.
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.