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Home Improvement Projects You Can Complete Over the Weekend

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Improving your home is one of the best investments you can make, with CNBC’s article on home remodeling reporting that this simple act can significantly increase its value. And while we’ve already given you tips on doing exterior renovations in our piece on How to Find the Best Home Exterior Contractor, there are also simple improvements that you can do without hiring outside help.

Indeed, spending time on a home improvement passion project would definitely be a weekend well spent. Now, it’s understandable if you don’t know how to go about doing this. Some of you may not even know where to start when it comes to home improvement projects. To help you out, we’ve put together some simple projects that you can do in a single weekend.

Change Up the Wallpaper

A quick way to change up the entire aesthetic of a space is by changing up the wallpaper. When it comes to wallpaper there are many things you have to consider. Color is particularly important, as it can either brighten up a room or do the exact opposite. If you’re looking to give a room a little more texture, you can even opt to make use of patterned wallpaper with intricate designs. These will give your space a really unique look.

But what if you don’t want to spend the entire weekend changing your wallpaper? Is there another way to achieve the same effect without having to do all the work? A HomeServe guide on home improvement ideas details how stencils and stickers can provide your walls with a completely new look. If you’re going down the stencil route, it’s best to practice first to reduce the chances of making a mistake when filling in the lines. Stickers are more ideal for revamping a child’s bedroom as it is much easier to create a theme.

Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

While it may seem like a small thing, repainting your cabinets is a great way to improve the look of your kitchen. You don’t even have to change the color of your cabinets, as giving them a fresh coat of paint will drastically change their appearance to the point that they look like entirely new cabinets.

When it comes to painting your cabinets, the most important step is to properly sand them. Once you’ve stripped the original paint off, be sure to thoroughly sand down all the rough edges of the cabinet. Paint sticks better to smooth surfaces, so this part is crucial to getting an even coat of paint. If you want to go the extra mile and make this step more eco-friendly, Tree Hugger’s guide to green renovation recommends using paint that is low in volatile organic compounds.

Clean Your Tiles

The bathroom is one of the most used spaces in your home, which means it deserves a lot of attention when it comes to home improvement. One thing you can do is to freshen up your bathroom tiles. Now, there are quite a number of ways to go about doing this. And while you could opt to use chemicals to clean the tiles, you may want to consider a natural alternative.

Mixing equal parts water and white vinegar creates an effective cleaning solution. Just spray the solution on the tiles then scrub away. This may take quite a bit of time and effort but the results will be well worth it. You’ll notice a visible difference with your bathroom tiles, as any grease and dirt will have been scrubbed away with your all-natural cleaning solution giving them a natural shine. Just make sure to keep doing this process every month or so.

Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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