If you are looking for ways to feel productive during this time of sheltering in place, we have identified some projects that can be accomplished very affordably by a homeowner. Completing a project ourselves can boost our spirits, increase the home value, and make it a more enjoyable place to be.
If you don’t already have home improvement ideas of your own, choose a few from the list we put together. We have selected inexpensive projects.
Pick one to take on. We would love it if you emailed us your before and after photos. Or, you can share them to our Facebook page.
P.S. Be on the lookout for more easy project ideas for the exterior of your home!
1. Repaint Interior Walls
There’s no better, more affordable way to freshen up rooms than with a new coat of paint. Plus, painting isn’t terribly difficult and doesn’t require specialized training.
How to Choose a Paint Color via Lowe’s Home Improvement: https://youtu.be/Z889LSsHyx8
Removing Wallpaper via HGTV:
Painting & Touch Up Tips via Sherwin-Williams: https://youtu.be/hRkT9f7VoIM
2. Caulking Bathtub & Shower
There are many DIY options to tile over your old tile for a quicker remodel, or for an even easier DIY you can simply try re-caulking to give your bathroom a clean new look. This is a great way to make your bathroom look years younger.
3. Switch to LED Lighting
Replacing your light bulbs with LED bulbs boosts home value by 1-3%. They will last 25 times longer and use 75% less energy, which can save you $1,000 over the course of many years.
No matter what any video tells you, don’t do ANYTHING with electrical work without tripping the breaker all the way back to the box. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, stop and call a pro!
If you’d like a recommendation, please reach out to us and we will happily connect you with a professional that does great work in your area.
How to Remove and Replace Recessed Ceiling Light via ETPC Epic Time Pass Channel: https://youtu.be/dMmIT5VjtMk
5 Things to Know about LED Recessed Lighting via The Honest Carpenter: https://youtu.be/t3F0dwsBFjw
Top 5 LED Light Bulbs via CNET:
4. Update Light Fixtures
Updating and replacing old light fixtures with new overheads, sconces, track lighting, or adding new vanity lighting in bathrooms are all simple ways to give your home an updated and modernized feel.
How to Choose Your Light Fixtures via Julie Khuu: https://youtu.be/4bOR7xn1KG4
5. Update Cabinets
Repainting bathroom and kitchen cabinets will give your home a new feel. Replace cabinet and drawer handles/knobs/pulls with more modernized hardware that all matches. These simple features can give your kitchen a fresh new look.
How to Paint Cabinets via Lowe’s Home Improvement: https://youtu.be/HeIT8gTwAP8
Installing Cabinet Pull Handles via Two Nerd-E Families: https://youtu.be/5mDYM1hRqM8
How to Install Pulls via Porch Daydreamer:
6. New Window Treatments
Replacing old shades, curtains, and rods can really change the feel of a room. Opting for lighter colors when it comes to window treatments brightens up the room to let light flow more evenly. The right treatments can also give the windows the illusion that they are bigger.
Tips for Hanging your Curtain Rod Faster via Young House Love: https://youtu.be/ZqiTI7_moF4
Choosing the Right Window Treatment via West Elm: https://youtu.be/JAnf1Sr3A1w
We hope you find some time to take on at least one of these projects!
We would love to see before and after pics. Just visit our Facebook page and post your pics!