If you’ve got some time to spare this weekend, why not make the most of it? We’ve always got something in our home that could do with a little sprucing up, and the weekend is the perfect opportunity to pull your toolkit out and get to work.
The best part about these projects is that they won’t take more than a day or two of your time, and they’re also relatively cheap and easy to complete. With just a few hours of your time you could fix that problem that’s been annoying you for months, and avoid leaving it for too long before it gets worse with time. With that in mind, here are 7 DIY projects that you can get done at home this weekend.
1. Deck sanding and cleaning
Cleaning your deck regularly is an important part of its maintenance, helping you to remove dirt and debris while also preventing wood rot and moisture damage. If your deck requires a more involved restoration, you can sand your deck and then restain it. Sanding it will remove previous stains and coatings, preparing it for a new product to be applied and giving it a new life.
While it is possible to successfully clean and sand your deck yourself, you don’t want to do so unless you’re completely confident in what you’re doing. Simple mistakes can damage your wood permanently and leave you with an expensive and time-consuming repair process ahead of you. If you’re not willing to take that risk, reach out to your local deck restoration company and let them do the dirty work for you.
2. Garage makeover
Garages can be easy to ignore, often being left to fill up with unwanted equipment, old boxes and discarded furniture. While this can seem like a mammoth task to take on, you should be able to get it done in a single weekend if you focus and put all of your energy into it.
Start by figuring out what you want to sell, what can be taken to the tip and what you want to hold on to. From there, figure out storage solutions for what you’ve got left and how you can keep everything organised and easily accessible. Investing in some new cabinets or shelves can go a long way, and help you declutter as best possible. Don’t forget to dispose of anything that you don’t want anymore responsibly and safely.
3. Reorganise your entryway
When you walk in your front door, the last thing you want to see is a cluttered and chaotic entryway. If your home doesn’t have a closet or built-in shelves for you to neatly store all your belongings, purchasing or building a table and a wall-mount shelf to place there instead can go a long way in tidying up the space.
4. Repainting doors and window frames
The outside of your home is the first impression that it makes on your guests and passersby, so why not spruce it up? Improving your kerb appeal is one of the best ways to elevate your home and increase its appeal to potential buyers if you’re thinking about selling.
Something as simple as repainting your front door as well as your window frames can have a major impact. Not only can it help your home appear well-maintained, but it also gives you an opportunity to modernise your colour scheme and keep it looking fresh and contemporary.
5. Fix your window and door screens
Over the years, you’ve probably found that your window and door screens have become frayed and torn for one reason or another. Whether it’s from your pets, children or the elements, broken fly screens can let nasty bugs into your home and also make it easier for robbers to break in.
With the help of a roll of new screening, screen sealer and a spline tool, you can replace all your damaged screens yourselves quickly and easily in no time.
6. Minor faucet repairs
A leaky faucet can waste thousands of litres of water over time, draining your bank account and keeping you up at all hours of the night. Deteriorating faucet parts, a loose O ring and a worn-out gasket or washer are the most common causes of faulty faucets.
Luckily, fixing a leaky faucet is quick and inexpensive and can be pulled off by even the most inexperienced DIY handyman.
7. Repair wall damage
It’s only natural that our walls will get dinged up over time, whether it’s from moving furniture around or an attempt at hanging up artwork that went awry. If the hole is small, it can be fixed easily enough with some putty powder.
If you’ve got a larger hole, you may need to use an adhesive patch to cover the area and then use a drywall compound over the top. Once it’s dry, paint over the patch and your wall should be as good as new.