Every once in awhile, you might take a look around your home and wonder what you can do to spruce things up without having to hire a general contractor or handyman. You can do a few simple DIY projects to achieve the look and upgraded feel you want without spending a fortune. Here are seven simple ideas that you can do yourself to freshen up your home.
Clean Your Cabinets and Woodwork
Cabinets, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, tend to get dirty. Cleaning them with a vinegar and water solution will remove fingerprints and grime that has built up. They will look brighter. Use a solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. Add a few drops of a disinfecting essential oil, such as lemon or thyme.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Change out incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs in your light fixtures. These are energy-efficient, and they put out a much more natural colour spectrum of light. Your home will immediately look more colourful, and the electric bill will be reduced.
Replace An Old Floor with New Vinyl
Vinyl flooring can become dull and worn over time, especially in high traffic areas. Repeatedly cleaning it may not be enough to make it look better. There are some great new products available today that you can install yourself or have a professional do it for you. Companies like JDC Flooring Pty Ltd. have a terrific selection of the best vinyl flooring options to choose.
Paint Your Outdoor Furniture
While painting may sound like a noticeable DIY upgrade, it is one of the best improvements you can make. Outdoor furniture takes a beating all year long. Scraping down peeling paint and giving metal and wood furniture a fresh coat can make your terrace or porch much more inviting.
Weed And Deadhead Your Gardens
First impressions are everything when it comes to your home. The exterior is what everyone sees immediately. It will only take you a few minutes a couple of mornings a week to remove dead flower heads, encouraging new blossoms to pull up unsightly weeds.
Sometimes we can’t see what is right in front of us because we are so used to it being there. It’s always a great idea to go through everything in a room and decide whether it is useful or not. This is especially true of bedrooms where there is likely clothing that hasn’t been worn in over a year. As tidying up guru, Marie Kondo says, “If it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it”. Donating items, you don’t use can be rewarding.
Mirrors are a great way to make a room look larger and to reflect light to create a space brighter. You can find some attractive mirrors at yard sales or home goods stores. Mix and match them with different sizes and beautiful frames.
These are just seven ideas for DIY projects that can refresh your home. You don’t need to tackle all of these in one weekend. Space them out and try to have fun with each project. You will be happy with the results.