The start of a new year is always a good excuse to take a look around your surroundings and take stock of what needs to be done or improved this year. For 2014, why not tackle a few home improvement projects that you have been putting off? Many of them can be done by yourself or with a friend, and are inexpensive ways to spruce up your home and add to its resale value. We have six suggestions for easy DIY projects you can tackle yourself with the right tools, and a trip to a home improvement store like Home Depot or Sears.
1. Add Curbside Appeal To Your Entryway With An Attractive Door & Plants
You only get to make a first impression once. Whether you want to get your home ready for sale or you just want to show off your decorating prowess, the front entryway is the perfect spot to make your mark. Is your door a blah color or outdated? You don’t have to replace the whole door - paint the front door a bright new color or pick up new hardware from stores like Kmart to modernize the look. Don’t forget to add some greenery and a friendly welcome mat to make your home look inviting and warm.
2. Freshen Up A Room With New Wallpaper Or Paint
One of the easiest ways to make a room look new is to add a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper. If you don’t want to add wallpaper to a whole wall, consider using decorative, easily removable decals to add visual interest to a room. Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is also an option, and you can cut the wallpaper to the look that you want. Test out your look with a cutout from kraft paper first before you start, so that you can be certain you will be happy with the look.
3. Update Your Kitchen And Bathroom Hardware With Pieces That Reflect Your Tastes
Chances are that you feel like you are stuck with the old-fashioned, out-dated handles and pulls that came in your kitchen and bathroom. Luckily, these can be easily replaced with knobs, handles, and pulls that are to your taste. Many different kinds can be found at various home improvement stores and antique stores. They will give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look. While you are replacing the drawer pulls, why not add a few towel bars or hooks in the bathroom so you have a more convenient place to hang your towels or bathrobes?
4. Save Energy By Adding Dimmers To Your Lights
We love DIY improvements that add value and help you save energy. When you add dimmers to your light switches, you will be able to optimize the lighting for your needs, allowing you to save energy, and add a romantic aura to your dinners.
5. Replace Or Update Window Treatments
Chances are, your curtains or blinds could use a new fresh look. Updating your window treatments also comes with a few advantages: these days, new window treatments help to insulate your rooms, adding warmth, and saving you from having to crank up the thermostat in wintertime.
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By Allison Preston. Allison is an avid shopper and an experienced writer with a passion for deals and coupons and for saving her readers money. She currently writes for leading coupon and online promo code site bluepromocode.com based in Santa Monica, California.