House and Home September 2017
Transform Your Home in a Weekend with These DIY Projects
Courtesy of Brandpoint

Summertime is ending, and children are returning to school. Now, is an ideal time for quick and inexpensive DIY projects that make a big statement around the home.

The average American homeowner spent nearly $3,000 on home improvements in 2015, according to a Statista report. The following list of affordable projects can be achieved for a fraction of that cost.

Create Wood Accents
Use flooring to make headboards and accent walls. Retailers like Lumber Liquidators offer a variety of styles of flooring, such as laminate, engineered wood, vinyl, Click Ceramic Plank, and more, and these flooring materials can easily be incorporated into many accent features. The flooring material can be affixed to walls and other surfaces with a special acrylic flooring tape. Flooring comes in a variety of styles that can be cut into striking patterns, like chevron or herringbone.

Install Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher block is a warm and rustic countertop style that's affordable and increasingly popular. Made from strips of wood bonded together, it can be sliced and chopped on directly—a great option for the minimalist homeowner. Installation is DIY-friendly, making butcher block an ideal weekend project with a good step-by-step tutorial in hand.

Build a Trellis
Building a garden trellis is a great way to draw more attention to what your green thumb has created. Dedicate Friday to sizing the trellis and cutting and framing the pieces, Saturday to building the panels and assembling, and Sunday for digging the holes and setting the trellis into place. Tailor to what's best for your backyard by building out of wood, bamboo, or PVC pipe.

Repurposed Planters
When gardening outside isn't an option, bring the garden inside by making unique planter boxes. A DIY planter box is typically more affordable than store-bought ones, and the design possibilities are endless. Reuse vessels, like shipping crates, mason jars, and tin boxes. Personalize them with colors and patterns to match your interior and inject personality and life into your space.

Add Crown Molding
Crown molding adds distinguished curves and angles to a ceiling, instantly elevating a room to a polished and sophisticated look. DIY crown molding does require attention to detail when measuring and marking the wall and cutting pieces, so measure twice to cut once.

These are just a few of the weekend-ready projects homeowners can do to bring new life to spaces indoors and out. A weekend DIY project is a minimal time investment that not only creates a sense of accomplishment but also adds value to your home.

William Brundage  -  (248) 980-2455 House and Home  -  September 2017 

William Brundage, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, 294 E Brown St , Birmingham MI 48009
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