Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Guest Post: 5 Easy Weekend Home Projects

Heather from Shutterfly contacted me recently about doing a guest post here. Of course I took her up on it because don't we all love Shutterfly?? I love her ideas for simple home projects. I was just thinking earlier today of a home decor sign I want to try making to add to my Christmas decorations!

The weekend is a sacred time – time to take a break from the demands of the workweek, hopefully relax, spend time with family, and get chores done around the house. Weekends are also a great time to tackle a simple home project. Here are five fairly easy projects you can accomplish in one weekend that will improve the look and feel of your home without a long involved effort:

Create storage space in your entryway. From the moment you enter your home, it’s likely that chaos ensues – especially if you have kids or animals. It’s common to set down your mail and anything else you’re holding on the nearest surface, which often ends up being your kitchen counter or table. Those items are then pushed aside and forgotten or lost. By placing a decorative desk or hutch in your entryway, you create a place to keep mail, keys, your purse, grocery ads, and anything else that doesn’t have a proper space. Use baskets, shelves, and file holders to organize the desk.

Design custom home décor. There are probably several spots in your home that could use some accents or throws. Find a reputable online site and spend the weekend creating personalized home décor such as blankets, table runners, wall art, cups, iPad cases, coasters, and more. This is a fun project even the kiddos will enjoy and it can all be accomplished without leaving your home for supplies.

Paint. There’s no better – or easier – way to liven up a room than to paint something. Whether it be an accent wall, a piece of furniture such as a chair or hutch, or something else, paint can change the entire look and feel of a room. Plus, painting is fairly cheap compared with other home project ideas.

Strip and stain wood cabinets. Does your kitchen need a facelift? If you’ve got wood cabinets, create a whole new look with this basic home project. All you need is a stripping agent, sandpaper, a pretty stain, a sponge brush, and polyurethane for sealing. 

Organize your closet. Organization and getting rid of the junk aren’t just for spring cleaning anymore! Take time to rifle through your closet and find items you no longer need. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’ve worn or used the item within the last year. If not, donate or sell it. Use shelves, tubs, hangers, and racks to organize the closet so it’s convenient and functional.

Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

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