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Take your home from boring to beautiful in 1 weekend

Posted May 15

Spruce up your home in one weekend

It often feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day to accomplish chores, let alone home improvements. Luckily, several do-it-yourself projects can spiff up your space with little time and resources.

To take your home from drab to fab, get started with these easy projects you can accomplish in one weekend.

Laundry room facelift

The laundry room doesn’t have to be a dull, boring place. It can be comfortable and pleasant, while still highly functional.

Incorporate new storage pieces and essentials, like hampers and drying racks to rid clutter. Consider installing a countertop above the washer and dryer -- if you have side-by-side models -- to create a smooth surface for folding and sorting.

Also, keep detergent and fabric softener in glass dispensers for a more decorative look. Lastly, paint the space a pretty, soothing color to give the room a refreshed feel and make it feel larger.

Paint an accent wall

For an easy, inexpensive way to add drama to any room, paint an accent wall. Perfect for highlighting a focal point, such as a fireplace or shelving unit, an accent wall commands attention.

According to celebrity designer Taniya Nayak, brightly colored walls or furniture, and bold, vibrant prints are in style. So breathe new life into a room by incorporating these elements.

The key to painting is all in preparation, including washing down walls and taping around windows and baseboards. One of the most important tools you’ll need is a premium painter’s tape, like FrogTape brand painter’s tape. Treated with PaintBlock Technology, FrogTape Multi-Surface and Delicate Surface painting tapes can be used on a variety of surfaces and deliver sharp paint lines for professional-looking results.

Enliven a backsplash

In the kitchen, a few cans of paint will work wonders on walls, cabinets, a kitchen island and your backsplash. Paint your backsplash a solid color, use a stencil, or even create the look of faux tiles using painter's tape.

Consider the other colors in the room before settling on the perfect shade. If cabinets are dark, choose a lighter shade for the backsplash to keep the room from feeling too heavy. If you have white or light-colored cabinets, a bright or darker paint provides contrast. For the finish, opt for a glossy sheen, as it’s more durable and easily wipes clean.

Rejuvenate furniture

There are many quick, inexpensive ways to rejuvenate existing furniture. Seeing furniture in the same position every day gets boring. Swap pieces around to instantly redefine the space. Plus, you can use this opportunity to thoroughly clean those tough-to-reach spots.

A fresh coat of paint can also provide a powerful update to such furniture as stools, chairs, bookshelves and dressers. Whether it’s a piece you already own or a garage sale gem, adding a personal touch will create new dimension. Make it pop with eye-catching colors and unique hardware.

Remember, it doesn’t have to take months to make-over rooms in your home. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish in one weekend.


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