Home improvement projects can run the gamut from major renovations (including demolition and new construction) to minor home improvement tasks (such as painting and furniture re-arranging). If you have been thinking about sprucing up the look of your home without investing a fortune or spending a considerable amount of time or effort, here are several easy and affordable tips and techniques to help you tackle home improvement projects.
Home Improvement Tips & Techniques
A quick and effortless way to update the look of a room (such as a living room or bedroom) is to add some new decorative elements. Fresh pillows, new linens, a clean slipcover (for a sofa or chair), and even a few well placed art pieces (like a small sculpture or wall art) can easily change the look of a room without requiring a lot of money or time.
When your frequently used furniture (like stools, chairs, and drawers) start to look dingy or outdated, a quick fix that immediately makes them look new again is paint. Adding a few coats of fresh paint to your furniture is the fastest (and most inexpensive) way to improve the look of your furniture, without having to resort to re-upholstering or buying new pieces. If you’re a novice painter, opt to use a foam paint brush (it resembles a sponge), as it doesn’t leave streaks and helps coat the surface of your furniture quickly and easily. If you are painting near windows or hardware, first cover these areas with painters tape (to protect the surfaces from inadvertently getting paint on them).
Another fast and inexpensive way to improve the look of your furniture is to change out the drawer pulls and knobs. You can find these pieces at a hardware store (for only a few dollars), and with just a few turns of a screw, you have completely updated the look of your drawers.
Home improvement isn’t just about adding aesthetic embellishments to your home. It’s also about cleaning up, getting tidy, and making your home more functional. That’s where organization comes into play. Using decorative storage boxes is a great way to store your belongings, while adding an attractive visual element to your room or closet. If you are limited on floorspace, by installing floating shelves on the wall, you can easily display your prized possessions (such as picture frames, books, and art) without encroaching upon your space.
Last but not least, no home improvement project is complete without attending to the outside of your home. Whether that be a garden, patio, or front porch, these areas usually get a lot of foot traffic and are one of the first spaces that people see when they visit your home. If you don’t have a green thumb or want to spend all your weekends tending to a garden, there are a few fast and easy ways to spruce up your outside space. Adding potted plants quickly lends color and life to your outdoor space without requiring effort.
As you can see, these easy and affordable home improvement techniques (that don’t require significant labor or investment) can quickly update and refresh the look and feel of your home.
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