When most people think of a home improvement project, they envision weeks of work, lots of expenses, and a mess that disrupts everyday life around the home. While this is true for many different kinds of household improvement projects, there are just as many easy projects that take just minutes to do.
Freshen up a room or transform the look of your home’s interior with these incredibly easy projects that take 60 minutes or less:
Use paint to create an accent wall: to paint an accent wall in your living room, dining room, kitchen, or bedroom, choose a bold contrasting color. For just a few dollars and a few minutes of your time, the accent wall gives your room a great new look and a style all of its own.
Upgrade the faucet: older faucets give kitchens and bathrooms a tired look. Those old fixtures sometimes leak, causing a mess that can be expensive to repair. To give your bathroom or kitchen sink a fresh new style, swap out the faucets for new models. The process of replacing a faucet takes about an hour and requires only simple hand tools.
Check your electricity: while this is not a home improvement project, per se, it adds a measure of safety to the home. Check all outlets with a simple outlet tester. Unused outlets should be covered with safety covers. Look inside the breaker box and around each outlet cover and switch in the home for evidence of overloaded circuits. Consult an electrician if you see anything that doesn’t look right.
Build a raised flowerbed: in less than an hour and for only a few dollars in materials, you can build a raised flowerbed to improve the look of your home’s exterior. Plant flowers, or grow your own vegetables. Pro tip: line the bottom with landscape fabric before filling with soil to cut down on weeds.
Pressure-clean your sidewalks and siding: an inexpensive power washer is invaluable around the home. By spraying down sidewalks, walkways, paths, and driveways, you can eliminate ground-in dirt and grime, giving your home’s exterior a fresh new appearance. The same applies to siding and soffits. It couldn’t be any easier!
Add new cabinet hardware: let’s face it – most kitchen cabinet hardware is boring. This is especially true on stock cabinets. To add some zing to your kitchen spaces, select new hardware. It only takes a few minutes and a screwdriver to install new knobs and drawer pulls to your kitchen cabinets. Many home improvement stores and specialty kitchen supply houses stock a wide range of cabinet hardware for every taste.