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DIY Weekend Projects to Improve Your Home





Want to transform the look and function of your home? It doesn’t need to require the help of a pro, cost a fortune or even take much time. In fact, there are several DIY improvements you can make to update your home over the course of a weekend.

Add track lighting. Need more task lighting in your kitchen or bathroom? Track lighting is a practical solution with a modern look, and it’s easy to install on your own. Most track lighting systems work on household voltage, so you can connect it directly to an existing junction box in your ceiling. It can take as little as one hour to install track lighting with kits that start at around $100.

Update the bathroom. Does your bathroom show its age? Give the space a breath of fresh air with a few easy renovations. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way, especially if you have a vanity that’s in good shape but not your taste. You can also replace cabinet hardware and old fixtures, update the mirror by adding a frame or add wallpaper to one wall as an accent.

Install a backsplash. A backsplash can make a big statement in your kitchen while protecting your walls and making cleanup a bit easier. You don’t need to opt for an expensive and time-consuming tile blacksplash; instead, try easy, DIY options like wallpaper, tin tiles or peel-and-stick subway tiles.

Add a flagstone outdoor patio. Wish you had more outdoor living space? With flagstone, you can build an outdoor patio in a weekend without mortar. Excavate the area to at least six inches for drainage, then add a base material like crushed limestone or gravel to keep the patio from shifting. Tamp down the base, then add two inches of builder’s sand with a rake. Install some edging and add your flagstones over the sand, keeping the pieces close together for a cohesive look or farther apart if you want to add ground cover. Fill spaces with sand and enjoy!

Replace the kitchen faucet. A beautiful faucet can be the centerpiece of your kitchen. You spend a lot of time at your kitchen sink, so why not make it a more enjoyable task with a gorgeous wall-mounted sink, a commercial-style faucet to make a statement, or a touchless faucet to make life cleaner and easier?

Freshen your front door. Your front door is your home’s smile, so make sure it’s looking its best. A fresh coat of bright paint can do wonders for cheering up a gloomy entryway, while new hardware can give your front door an easy facelift.