Weekend DIY projects

OK, so we know that this specific home improvement project does not add anything visually into your home design, but let’s be fair- trimming around 5-10 percent a year off your heating/cooling invoice, plus allowing you more control over the interior temperature, all while getting a new high-tech gadget is a win-win-win-win circumstance. A programmable thermostat allows you to avoid ever having to come home to a sweltering heat after a long day of work. It enables one piece of mind when leaving pets at home, no matter how hot it is outside. Coming in at around $75-$120 to have one installed for you- it is truly a remarkably cost-effective way to be sure you get the most comfort possible out of your home. HouseLogic.Com has some pretty good info on choosing what type of thermostat will fit your requirements. And no need to fear! Programmable thermostats (like most other digital devices in our day-and-age) have become more and more user-friendly and easy to operate.

2.) Add a Splash of Color with an Accent Wall:

Painting an entire wall can be a nightmare (believe me, we understand), and after a long week of work, the possibility of taking on such an overwhelming and exhausting task inevitably leads to a room that remains that same old neutral beige. Well- here’s a compromise. The difference a single wall of bold color can make in an area cannot be ignored. An accent wall is a superb place to start remodeling or refurnishing your dwelling. It provides you with a base color palate with which to work, and will aid in the later selection of cushions, rugs, chairs etc.. With an overall project time hovering around 6-8 hours (depending on how big the wall you’re painting) from start to finish; painting an accent wall is a sure-fire way to add a touch of pizzazz to your room.

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The sky is really the limit with this one. And the best part is that your ventures through a local thrift shop or Goodwill can yield incredible results at unbelievably low prices (if any). Being in touch with, and actively tracking Craigslist is a secret weapon when it comes to designing a realistic budget. You can go with vibrant, muted, pastels, or even fabrics and various textures!

Recently a trend has been becoming increasingly more popular in US homes: a faux headboard. What does this mean? It means that you use the wall and space currently available to make a creative and very innovative design instead of a bulky headboard in your own room. Pinterest has some gorgeous galleries in case you’re looking for some inspiration. The complexity and project time it will take to finish a headboard creation of your own is entirely up to you. Some companies even offer templates and stickers that may be stuck directly to a wall. The benefit to some faux headboard is outside aesthetic. Aside from the distance you can save, and the flexibility in layout you may have, a faux headboard is easy to change, easy to upgrade, and can be altered to reflect changing trends or a changing room.

DIY Message Center:

If you are anything like me, your life is a constant cacophony of mental “to-do” lists, family engagements to maintain, errands that will need to be conducted, bills that need to be paid, and a way of communicating that often gets lost in the mix. Creating a DIY message centre is the ideal way to make sure everybody is on the same page. What is wonderful about these types of message centers is that most, if not all, of the materials you may need can be found at a local thrift store or on the free section of CL. Don’t marry yourself to chalkboard either. Although chalkboard is a simple solution (especially now that it comes in enormous sheets using an adhesive back ( like contact paper), you should also think about using a pane of glass (painted on one side) and framed! It is the perfect mimic of a dry-erase board, but with markedly more design. You may even use a very thin piece of aluminum if you would like to exclusively use magnets, and for those talented seamstresses out there- cloth and ribbon will also create a beautiful, versatile, and most well- functional piece to your home… and on a budget. Many of these message centers come with a section for email, a section to write notes, and a board to post important bulletins to yourself or your loved ones. I’ve seen every design style from rustic to modern, so whatever the style of your home, you can construct a message center to enhance your design scheme while adding functionality.

5.) Change Your Faucets:

An often over-looked item on the “home improvement” list- altering your taps is a simple way to really alter the look and feel of a room. Outside of accent pillows, it’s the easiest way to breathe life back to a kitchen or bathroom. Your neighborhood hardware store has some amazing selections – don’t be afraid to be a bit daring! Just be certain that all the hardware suits, and decide whether or not it’s important to you to have the same hardware throughout the home. This is also a perfect opportunity to re- pet-proof and child-proof your low lying cabinets.

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If you want to actually add some wow to your living space, consider over/under cabinet lighting. I cannot stress enough: invest the extra cash and get lids. At $20 a roll, you can get LED rope light in almost any color you can imagine. Dramatic lighting in this way can add incredible depth and dimension to your design space when creating a great atmosphere and extra lighting without the hassle or bulk of adding a new lighting fixture. Some companies do offer these kinds of lights in a top- requiring electrical work and a builder, but the same effect can be achieved with a simple visit to a local shop and a little bit of clever fastening. Secure the rope lights out of sight in the junction where your counter meets the body of the cupboard, or hidden on the very top. The lights will reflect light off the wall or cabinet (depending on placement) and will create a dramatic, and beautiful effect that really gives a cutting edge style to any room.

7.) Add a Back-Splash:

Free stock photo of architecture, kitchen, chairs, marbleNow, depending on how you go about this- it can be both costly and time consuming to put in a back splash on your wall. If you don’t have some experience with DIY home improvement, I’d suggest leaving grout and tile projects to a professional, however, there are ways to install a back splash which can be done by anyone, regardless of experience level. Many home improvement stores sell sheets of counter tops, self-adhesive back splashes that mimic the appearance of ceramic tile that is real. Of course- consult a professional (even if just your native home improvement partner) about which type and material of tile or tile replica you should receive. A backsplash is another element like the highlighted wall; it’s a dash of color and a split up homogeny that adds texture and life to a darkened space.

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This is more a decorating tip than a home improvement tip- but its details like these that can really tie a room together and help a design space make that jump from concept to polished idea. Think bold and bright. Throw pillows can be just enough color to make a room interesting without being overwhelming or overbearing. Experiment with different texture and fabric combinations, find a mix that is appropriate for you. Inexpensive, with large impact; throw pillows will be the un-sung heroes of home interior design.

Paint Your Front Door:

Look at any “tips, tricks, and ideas” for home improvement, and somewhere on this list will be replacing/repainting front door. I couldn’t agree more. Beyond the obvious curb appeal, painting your front door can really refresh your home and add some vibrancy and style to your home-front. First impressions are the most important, right? Make the first impression of your house to be one of warmth and happiness. For less than $30, you won’t believe the difference it will make!

10.) Select a Room: Replace All the Cloth You View:

Updating window treatments, runners, rugs, pillows, and can transform any room in a matter of an instant. That’s the wonderful thing about color; it can change not only the look, but the feel of any space. Even something as simple as replacing curtains can shed years off the look of your home- and let’s face it- replacing window treatments is another task on that perpetual, and unending collection of “I will get to that one day” projects we all keep tucked away. Changing accents like these is flexible, non-committal, and allows space for experimentation and expansion over time. Not many home improvement projects can provide that type of fluidity.

In closing as far as we would love to believe that the only way to make a real impact on the aesthetics of a house is through big design jobs, there are clearly tiny ways in which anyone can transform their home on a realistic budget, in a short amount of time. The above listed improvements can be a family project, involve family, friends, Broward Bat RemovalĀ  and enjoy creating a beautiful house space and spending some quality time with those close to you. You do not have to break the bank to change your home’s style. It’s a journey that can be accomplished one step at a time.

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