If you’re like most homeowners, there’s a good chance that you have a list five miles long of the home improvement projects you’d like to do around the house. If this seems familiar, and if it seems like your honey-do list may never end, consider some of the following weekend projects that can make a world of difference.
If you’re ready to start making a dent in your laundry list of projects, start with the ones you can finish in a single day. First, you might consider heading out to your local home improvement store to pick up some new fixtures for your kitchen cabinets, your bathroom faucets, or even your overhead lights. In most cases, a fixture overhaul is a fairly simple DIY project, and you can get it done in a matter of hours.
Another awesome one-day project includes building that firepit you’ve always wanted. Read up on safety, then find a design you like or create one yourself. Most home improvement stores (and even department stores with garden areas) sell the blocks you will need to build them. After a few hours of setting things up, you and your family can start telling ghost stories around the fire in your very own backyard.
If you don’t mind spending the majority of a weekend upgrading your home, you might consider a new coat of paint inside your home. On Saturday morning, take some time moving furniture and taping off the space, ensuring that you have everything the way you like it. In the afternoon, go ahead and apply your first coat. This will dry as you sleep, and then on Sunday, you can add your second coat in the morning and finish the details in the afternoon.
You might also choose a floor refinishing project, too – especially if your floors are hardwood. Most DIYers can easily refinish their hardwood floors in a weekend if they’re using a water-based polyurethane sealant. It is important to remember that it is possible to use the wrong project or to apply it incorrectly, so don’t hesitate to call a pro, instead.
Finally, if you don’t mind donating a month’s worth of weekends to home improvement, there’s quite a bit you could do. You might choose to completely refinish your basement (with the help of friends), including framing and installing walls, electrical needs, flooring, and the final touches. Complete one part every weekend to finish in a month, and to generate some interest among your friends, offer to host a barbecue.
You can also get the landscaping (weather permitting) that’s been on your to-do list for the better part of the year finished over the course of three or four weekends. Spend each one weeding, clearing, digging, shopping for and installing your plants, mulching, and decorating, and you might be surprised at how much you can accomplish in so little time.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of projects you can complete within any given time frame, but it does provide some ideas and will hopefully get you off to a good start. Nearly any project imaginable can be broken down into steps and carried out over the course of a day, a weekend, or even a month’s worth of weekends.