Paint (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

Simple Home Improvements Anyone Can Do!

Paint (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

Paint (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

A lot of home renovations take all kinds of time, money, and professional talent. And let’s face it: most of us don’t have those things on hand. But you don’t need to do a complete overhaul on your house to make it look good. Even the smallest improvements can make a huge difference and get your humble abode looking a little less humble and a little more like the home you’ve always wanted. There are lots of do-it-yourself projects that will spruce up your home in no time. We’ll take a look at each part of the house for some ideas to get you started.

 Outside

Let’s start at the front of the house. That’s what everyone sees first anyway. One thing that can refresh that first impression is a new set of house numbers. You can choose whatever kind you want, and that little detail will update the look of your home right away. And so it’s easier for guests to find your place at night, put in some solar lights to illuminate those house numbers without the hassle that comes with electrical setups.

Living Room

If your living room is looking a little dull, try adding an accent wall. One of the easiest ways is to paint the wall of choice a bold color, but you could also create a framed photo gallery, put up an oversized piece of art, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, make one wall a mural. There are lots of options that don’t involve redoing your entire living room or abandoning your classic neutral color scheme completely.

Kitchen

There are a lot of little things you could do in your kitchen, but one of the most effective ways to bring a new life to the room is to paint the cabinets. A little paint can go a long way, and if your cabinets are ho-hum or starting to look a little dingy, painting them can make them look fresh and new.

Dining Room

Wood dining tables have a tendency to get all kinds of scratches in them over time. One easy way to hide these scratches is to rub a shelled walnut on them. This quick trick is one you can do without ever going to a hardware store – just hop on over to your local grocery store and you’ll have all the tools you need. If you want to blend the fix in with a high-gloss finish, just follow up the walnut rubbing with a fine paste wax for wood and buff to a nice sheen.

Hallway

Hallways don’t have to get neglected in your home improvement revolution. One way to make a corridor look better is to get rid of some of those scuffs. If you have a hardwood floor, use some hardwood floor refresher, and your hallway will look as good as new.

Bedroom

Stop the squeaking of that creaky bedframe. This may not be a visible renovation, but when you go to bed at night, you’ll notice the difference. First, take off the mattress and the box spring and tighten any loose screws, nuts, or bolts. Then use some WD-40 to lubricate the metal joints and enjoy a quieter night’s sleep. For wooden frames, sprinkle on some powder – talcum, baby, etc. – between the joints to reduce some of the friction.

Closet

One thing you can do to give your closet a makeover is to make all of your hangers match. The uniformity of the hangers will make your closet look much more organized and visually appealing – no matter how many clothes you have.

Bathroom

Bathrooms aren’t the cleanest of places, and it doesn’t take much for them to get grimy. One thing that does this is the hard water stains that get left on the showerhead, faucet, and other places. A quick fix? A lemon. Problem solved. And like the walnut trick for the table, you can head on over to the grocery store to take care of this one.

Basement

Basements, especially unfinished ones, can get pretty damp, and that can leave your things moist and mildew-y. To avoid this, go out and get yourself a dehumidifier. It’ll help to protect your belongings and keep your basement fresh and clean.

Garage

There are lots of simple things you can do in a garage to reorganize it and get it looking its best. Some tips: Look to the walls and ceilings for storage. Hang bikes from above, put tools, shovels, and rakes along the walls, and get things off of the floor. This will leave you with more room for your car and make things a lot more organized.

So don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of time to spend or a lot of talent on hand. You don’t have to be on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to have a place you can be proud of. There are lots of little fixes to get your house looking good, and anyone can do them!


Image courtesy of Robert S. Donovan
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