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DIY Projects to Tackle in 2018

DIY Projects to Tackle in 2018

The new year jumpstarts a forward momentum in many homeowners, which makes it the perfect time to plan new home projects. With the right materials in hand and the desire to improve the interior or exterior of a home, there is no stopping what you can accomplish in the upcoming year!

Not all home improvement projects need to be extensive. Simple DIY projects can bring instant gratification without the help of a handyman or specialized contractor. Check out our list below for some quick DIY projects to tackle in 2018!

Simple Cosmetic Enhancements

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, that’s not the case with homes. Your home’s exterior is the first thing a passersby will notice, so consider painting or replacing your front door and trim as one way to boost curb appeal with little effort. You can even change out the front door hardware and mailbox numbers for a fresh, sleek accent.

Additionally, adding decorative planters and window boxes with greenery can offset a plain entrance. Want to further your foliage even more? Try landscaping a small area leading up to an entrance!

Kitchen Cleanup

Small kitchen updates can make cooking much more pleasant, while increasing the value of your home. Kitchen and bathroom updates continue to bring in the highest returns on the investment, so it’s best to make sure these areas are as up-to-date as possible.

You can install a new apron sink with a single pull-down faucet to help transform your kitchen space, and consider adding an updated backsplash made of:

  • Subway tile

  • Glass

  • Shiplap

  • Mosaic pieces

  • Tin tile

Incorporating open shelving and refacing cabinets are both simple, budget-friendly ways to add increased storage space without the expense of brand new cabinets. Install new drawer pulls and cabinet knobs to revamp your kitchen with little investment, especially if the hardware is interchangeable and compatible with previously drilled holes and openings on cabinets and drawers.

Brighten Your Home

Brighten your house (literally) by updating sources of lighting. Lighting is often viewed as one overhead fixture or lamp in a room, but light layering is an effective technique for fully illuminating your home’s beautiful interior. This can be done with task lighting, decorative, ambient or accent lighting.

Placing pendant lighting over your eating space, strategically placing canned or recessed lights in your living area and installing track lighting in your entertainment area are all excellent ideas to use updated lighting that’s stylish and functional in your home.

You should even consider installing a smart light customization system to help control how your home’s lighting enhances your space while saving energy!

Flooring Ease

Installing flooring was once an extensive undertaking, but today’s innovations make it a much easier task for the DIY homeowner. There are a variety of easy-to-install options that can revamp your home’s interior, including:

  • Interlocking laminates

  • Interlocking tiles in various colors, styles and sizes

  • Carpet squares

  • Bound room-sized carpet pieces ready for placement

Color Accents

Paint colors, geometric and textural patterns, along with metallic pieces, are trends that look to continue in 2018 and are simple ways to liven an accent wall.

Lighter paint colors can enlarge a room, while darker colors add depth and warmth. Wall coverings in varying patterns and textures make a statement to anyone entering an area of a home. Metallic pieces in brass, bronze, chrome and gold can add texture and boldness to an area whether in light fixtures, mirrors, tables or other accessories.

DIY home improvements don’t have to be difficult or extensive undertakings. Knowing which projects to tackle and having the right guidance can help quickly revamp your home inside and out. If you have any questions about tools or materials or you need tips for your upcoming home improvements, contact us or stop by any of our locations to have our experts guide you to the ideal solution!

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