Weekend Warrior Home Improvement Projects

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This week we say good-bye to the last few days of summer and hello to the Autumn season.

This can be a very busy time of year as you head into the first few weeks of school, start to plan for fall festivities and for some, enjoy some outdoor activities before Jack Frost arrives. But you don’t have to let your busy schedule prevent you from keeping your home in tip-top shape and making some of those updates you’ve been talking about all summer. We’ve come up with some Weekend Warrior projects that you CAN DO. Some might take a few weekends, and timing will depend on how many helpers you can rally to your cause. Good food and drink goes a long way to convincing friends and family to assist!

Install a Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is an easy and hassle free way to dress up your kitchen. If you don’t want to go through the process of installing tile you can purchase peel and stick tiles, or laminate tiles. Depending on how long you want the backsplash to last will determine how much you invest, and type of product you use.

How to Do It:  See this Article from HGTV for Installation Tips.

Install A New Wood Floor In your Bedroom

This might seem a little ambitious but that is why we recommended you start with a bedroom. Completing a reflooring project is achievable in a weekend. The trick is to use wide plank prefinished flooring. Wide planks cover more square footage with a single board, so you need to install less flooring.

Consider this example of a 200 SF room:

  • White Oak Wood flooring,  8″ wide x 6' long = 4 SF per board (on average)
  • White Oak strip flooring, 2 1/4″ wide x 3' long = .5 SF per board (on average)
  • 8″ wide boards = about 50 boards to install
  • 2 1/4″ wide boards = about 400 boards to install

Naturally, to expedite the installation process, order a prefinshed wood floor so you can move right in after the last board is installed!

If you have several rooms to do just break up the installations over several weekends. Keep in mind that installing hardwood flooring to a plywood subfloor will go much quicker than installing to a concrete slab, so you may need to allow more time if that is the case.

Install a New Lighting Fixture

Lighting fixtures are a fun way to add a little life, and light to your room. There are tons of different styles available today from minimalist to art deco. The lighting piece in this Melbourne kitchen is the highlight of the room.

How to Do it: Check out these Tips from Apartment Therapy 

Paint an Accent Wall

Painting is a long process, but if you just have one accent wall to do, it can easily be done in a weekend project. Pick an accent wall in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom – any room where you want to add a little pop of color. This is a great way to bring out the colors of other décor in your room, or set the mood for a color upgrade, as part of your remodeling plans.

How to Do It: Check out these helpful tips from Valspar

Update your Accent Pieces

When you update your accent pieces you can totally transform a room. Consider this beautiful New York Living Room from the Kips Bay Showhouse.

There are many small changes you could make to the room to maintain the aesthetics and style, but give it a slightly different look.

  • Replace the lime green curtains with white sheers, with or without colorful drapes
  • Replace the modern painting on the wall
  • Remove the accent rug
  • Add cheetah print pillows to the couch
  • Replace the orange pillows with white and orange bold print striped pillows

Dress up your Front Porch

Mums should be, if they aren’t already, the official go-to flower for Fall to decorate your entryway. They are hardy, beautiful and bountiful. They make any front porch look better. You can dress them up or dress them down depending on the style of your front porch or entry.

For a country setting, match them with wicker baskets and burlap sacks or vintage pottery. For modern decors, settle them into dark and metallic finished pottery pieces.

Organize a Playroom

Kids and parents alike love an organized playroom. Storage walls are a great way to move clutter from the floor and give it a home. You can also use shelves and baskets or Tupperware bins.

How to Do it: Check out some great organizational pieces from IKEA.

Do you have a Weekend Warrior home improvement project planned?

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