You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy the comforts and securities of a nice home. You can easily and affordably install your own home improvement upgrades in one weekend or less with the following five DIY home improvement projects. Have fun and enjoy your DIY weekend!
Add Cornice to your Entry Door
While a little paint can spruce up any old door, a little bit of trim can go a long way too. Cornice molding is a great look for any elegant entryway and can easily be done for around $50 or less. Remove the old door trim carefully by first scoring the old caulking holding to the door frame and wall, and then punching the nails through the trim with a nail punch. Cut the two side pieces of trim off of the short point of the 45 degree angles, so the ends are both square. Now you can add the ready-to-go cornice trim to the top of the door. Nail, caulk and paint into place!
Upgrade your Switches
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to install a new dimmer switch-or an electrician! These cheap and easy to install switches not only allow any light to be dimmable, but they also give your old and dirty light switches a clean and updated look. Turn off the power to the entire structure, remove the old switch and install the new one according to the manufacturer’s specifications for a quick and painless home upgrade.
Replace the Caulk in your Bathroom
With a simple dollar store caulk gun and 5-1 scraper, you can safely remove mildew stained bathroom silicone caulk. Clean the entire surface with warm water and soap. It’s also a good idea to use a degreaser to clean after the caulk has been removed to break apart any grime that could inhibit the new caulk from adhering uniformly to the surface. Replace with new silicone and wipe away the excess with a clean sponge. Use a water-based silicone for a smooth finish and easy clean up.
There are numerous choices for fixed and movable exterior window shutters. They can add character to an otherwise cookie-cutter housing design as well as be useful when you install the working variety. Interior shutters can also add charm to any interior design theme but they can also add to the R-value of your windows, lowering your heating and cooling costs in the process. You only need a level and a drill/driver for this inexpensive and stress-free DIY weekend project.
Lockset and Door Handle
Curb appeal is a great way to add value to not only your home, but to the entire neighborhood as well. A simple lockset and door handle can transform a dated front door into the crown jewel of your home’s exterior. Lock sets can easily range from affordable to outright expensive, but they all have one thing in common-they are easy to install and you only need a few basic hand tools to get the job done.