6 DIY Ideas that You & Your Home will ❤

by Shea Homes on February 12, 2016

Easy DIY Ideas for Your Home

Purchasing a new home allows you to build in all of the custom features you love. From flooring to ceiling fans, you and a design studio consultant collaborate to make decor decisions that will have your jaw dropping the moment you walk inside your completed new home for the first time. But, after a few years, you may start itching for a refresh. Those features you loved 5 years ago, may be starting to date your home – and not in a good way. So, to celebrate this season of love, we wanted to share 6 easy, DIY updates that will have you falling in love with your home all over again, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

1. Add a WOW-factor to your walls

Every year has a color bestowed upon it, and if your walls are 10 years behind, you’re likely ready for an update! But, instead of spending days re-painting all the rooms in your home, focus on creating one really awe-inspiring accent wall. Use pieces of trim or paint to create interesting textures and patterns that are eye-catching and can spur conversations. Or, if you’re one to want to update the look of your home more often, opt for something that’s easier to swap out. A large canvas with bold designs painted on it (a fun DIY project for any age!), or even a vinyl wall decal can be changed out on a whim – or whenever a new design trend strikes your fancy.

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Colliers Hill Peakview Models - Trailside & Morning Star
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2. Dress up your doorway

Your front door can set your mood as soon as you enter your home so if the greeting you’re getting is a bit drab, consider a quick update! A brand-new door is an easy install, but for a more cost-efficient DIY project, a new coat of paint in a bright color can do the trick. May we recommend getting really festive in time for Valentine’s Day and falling head over heels for a bold shade of red?

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3. Adorn your Upholstery

Pillows and curtains can make a bold statement and are an easy way to give a room a quick face-lift. Head to your local fabric store and seek out the patterns that put a smile on your face (always remember to start in the sale section!).

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Not so stellar with a sewing machine? No worries, there are plenty of tutorials for no-sew pillows and curtains out there that will have you DIY-ing in no-time!

4. Fix up your fixtures

From drawer-pulls to faucets to lighting, updating the fixtures in your home is a simple way to overall a space.  While swapping out handles is a simple solution, lighting fixtures and faucets may be slightly more difficult to install. When heading to the store make sure you check how your current set up is installed so you purchase the right products. While it may be noticeable how many pendant lights you need, faucets come in single-hole, three-hole, centerset, minispread, vessel and wall-mounts, knowing what you need ahead of time will save frustration and get you the look you want (the first time).

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5. Carry out an organizational overhaul

While your normal spring cleaning routine will make a home feel refreshed, try investing a bit more time into organization this year. Focus on key-clutter-zones like closets jammed with too many clothes, junk drawers that you can no longer open, kitchen cabinets stuffed with mismatching Tupperware and garages where cars can’t fit.

Hiring a professional organizer can seem over the top, but splurging a little on expert advice can create results that may last years. However, if you’d prefer take on this project 100% DIY, click on the home organization checklist below to print it out and get started.DIY Home Organization Checklist

6. Power-away grime with a pressure washer

After a long winter, your home may be looking particularly dingy, and with spring right around the corner, renting a pressure washer from your local hardware store may be just the fix you need to brighten up your home. After a few hours of work on your home’s exterior, patio and driveway it’ll be like you’re stepping into your home for the first time – again!

Remember, while siding and other sturdy building materials are perfect for pressure washing, if the paint is intact, more delicate materials like stucco, wood shingles and even brick likely won’t stand up well to the intense spray. If you have any questions about using a pressure washer on your home, contact a professional.

What part of your home could use a little love? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll help think of a quick update!


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