Jun 19, 2018

Easy Summer DIY Weekend Home Projects

Easy Summer DIY Weekend Home Projects

The days are longer in the summer, offering more sunlight and more time to spend sprucing up your home! It’s the perfect time of year for quick fixes and DIY weekend home projects. Gather the family for a fun weekend of restoring something old, repairing something broken or creating something new for your home. All of these project suggestions can be completed on a tight budget, and within the span of just a weekend. You may want to check out our Summer Yard Maintenance Tips, too.

Outdoor DIY Weekend Home Projects

  • Landscape Lighting – Enhance your curb appeal, plus add some security and safety to your walkways and driveway. Illuminate steps, paths, stonewalls, and fences with outdoor solar lights. Use solar stake lights to line walkways, and solar string lights to walls and fences. Get creative to add safety AND a touch of class to your yard.
  • Build a Deck – Yes!  You can build a small, simple and spectacular deck with minimal carpentry skills and just a day or two. Use this easy tutorial to create your new outdoor area.
  • Sitting Wall – When you’re spending more time outside, a sitting wall can add something special to your yard. In just 10 steps, you’ll be able to assemble a new space that will also add some flair to your yard. You can even add flower beds in the wall so it doubles as a space for relaxing and gardening.
  • Seal Decks – Sealing, staining or painting your wood deck can help keep it safer from wear & tear, and weather. This is a great project to complete every couple of years, to keep it looking fresh. If you don’t, you may need to replace the entire deck over time. 
  • Clean Gutters – Clean your gutters once or twice a year, depending on the amount of debris it accumulates. Not only will it keep the gutters clear, you’ll be able to tackle the chore of checking for leaks and breaks while you’re up there. That’s a 2-in-1 project that will take less than a day to complete!
  • Front Door – Painting your front door will do wonders for curb appeal, and make your home look fresher and newer. You may also want to update the hardware, including the spy hole, knocker, doorknob and doorbell to something that fits your style. While you’re at it, grab some new house numbers to make your address more visible and stylish!
  • Pressure Wash – Your patio, sidewalk, siding and home exterior could use a good bath! Grab a pressure washer (you can rent them at home improvement stores), hook it up to your water spigot, and start spraying.  Begin at the top of your home, and work your way down, blasting off the gunk and grime that’s been accumulating over the years. 

Indoor DIY Weekend Home Projects

  • Crown Molding – Add some elegance to your home! Crown molding is a simple project that can be completed within a weekend with a little bit of patience and elbow grease. It looks great in every room, and can enhance your home’s architectural style, too.  This easy crown molding DIY tutorial helps you through the steps and details.
  • Update Hardware – The cabinets and drawers in your kitchen and bathroom could probably use some updating. Add your own style to them with new hardware! Replacing hardware is a really easy task, and offers you the chance to show off your personal flair by incorporating it into your home with this simple touch.
  • Seal Cabinets – Why not work on those cabinets you’re sprucing up with new hardware, while you’re at it? Strip and stain the cabinets with polyurethane to help them become stronger and last longer. Just remove the hardware and cabinet doors, then while them down really well to clean off grease and dirt. Apply a gel stripper, and then remove it with a putty knife (plastic is best). Sand them down with sandpaper and then start applying the stain with a sponge brush. Always apply in the direction of the wood grain. Let it dry, then seal with polyurethane, and you’re done!
  • Bathroom Floor – Retiling your bathroom flooring can give it a cleaner, brighter appearance. In just 2 days, you can take this DIY project to the next level by incorporating the tile you’ve always wanted. Add some color and light to it to make your bathroom appear even bigger.
  • Replace Plates – Changing even the smallest things in your home can make a big difference. Replace plastic switch plates, electrical outlets, phone and cable jacks!  Find fun colors, or go with a smooth metal, detailed wood or sleek ceramic covers. Use our DIY Replacing Electrical Outlets for details on this easy task.
  • Bathroom Caulk – Replacing the caulk in your bathrooms is needed about every 10 years. However, if it’s looking cracked, discolored and dingy, this is a great project for a summer weekend! Simply remove the old caulk, clean the space, and apply a new layer. 
  • Faucets & Fixtures – In only a few hours, you’ll be able to switch out the kitchen and bathroom faucets, and even add a new shower head in your bathroom!  Measure the holes before purchasing new hardware, so you have the right size for your sink and shower. Shut off the water values prior to installation, then simply attach the new fixtures. Energy-efficient models will give you great water pressure and help you save money.

In just a weekend, you will be able to replace dated aspects of our house, add some creativity and curb appeal, and create a more efficient home for you and your family. Plan your projects this summer, and spruce up your home with very little time and money!