5 Easy DIY Projects That Can Increase the Value of Your Home

December 21st, 2014

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The largest purchase and investment that most people ever make is their home. For this reason, getting the most out of your home when it comes time to sell is a must. In fact, many people depend on the resale value of their home to fund their retirement, put their kids throug
h college and make substantial life changes. In other words, selling your home is a pretty big deal. With this fact in mind, shouldn’t you do everything that you can do to increase your home’s value?


There are many different kinds of home improvements and quite a few of those improvements can be quite expensive. Adding a bathroom, remodeling your attic space to add a bedroom or overhauling your kitchen can all help to reshape your home, but such projects are both time-consuming and costly. However, there are many ways that you can take matters into your own hands. In the process, you can increase the resale value of your home.


DIY Project Number #1-Painting


Kitchen CountersIt is difficult to overstate the importance of painting. The older the home, the more benefit can often be had with a simple coat of paint. What makes this DIY project so interesting is that the impact of painting can be greatly accentuated via color selection.


Odds are that no one really knows your home better than you; after all, you’ve seen your home and the rooms in your home at different times of the day and in all sorts of light. As a result, you have a good idea of what colors will likely work the best for a given room.


Do you have old cabinets in your home, such as kitchen cabinets? Replacing kitchen cabinets can cost a bundle and few people feel ready to tackle such an improvement on their own. If your cabinets are structurally sound, then painting them could be an excellent way to spend a few hours on the weekend. Painting your cabinets could serve to transform the look and feel of your kitchen literally overnight!


The right color choices can give a home and in fact your entire home a facelift. Even if you are not an expert painter, selecting the right paint choices can go a long way towards making your home feel new, vibrant and fresh. People positively react to a touch of color. By investing the time to contemplate the right color choice for a given room, you can increase your home’s appeal and resale value.


DIY Project Number #2-Cleaning


cleaningYou may feel that it takes a certain degree of skill to do a good painting job, but cleaning is a totally different issue. However, as simple as cleaning is, many people miss some very basic points.


For example, it is important to make a list of what you will clean and why. It helps to try to put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer. If you were evaluating a home what areas would you want to see cleaned?


Most people will realize with great ease the areas that should definitely be cleaned such as the “scary basement” or the cluttered garage, but other areas are a different story. Areas such as behind furniture, the backs of closets, behind toilets and other such tucked away spots shouldn’t be ignored.


A clean home is a home that will have more value. When prospective buyers walk into a home and see that it is clean, they feel that the home is cared for and is thus likely to be in good shape.


The flip side of the cleaning coin is to organize your home and throw out as much clutter as possible. A cluttered home will fail to give as good of an impression as an organized one.


DIY Project Number #3-First Impressions, They Matter

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So you’ve painted, cleaned and organized. Thanks to all your hard work, your home has been transformed, and you’ve done it all for the costs of some painting supplies. That stated, there is one more area that deserves your attention and that is the outside of your home.


Now you may not be able to handle painting the outside of your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some major progress. Cleaning the outside of your home is a must, but that is only the beginning. Help your home shine brighter by adding inexpensive but eye-catching plants and, if possible, plant one or two additional trees.


Your backyard shouldn’t be ignored either. The addition of a simple wooden bench to your backyard instantly elevates the space. These changes are simple, but can pay off in a major way.


DIY Project Number #4-Inside and Out


Some DIY home value boosters help both the inside and outside of your home. When it comes to making a great impression, consider your window treatments. New and clean window treatments can help improve your curb appeal while at the same time making the inside of your home more attractive.


Sometimes just tossing your drapes in the wash and ironing them can make a big difference.   If you have blinds, be sure to thoroughly clean and dust them before presenting your home to the public. Clean and fresh window treatments can give your home a level of polish that goes a long way.   And this touch doesn’t have to cost much money at all.


DIY Project Number #5- Select Some Quality Furniture


Albany-01We’re Amish Furniture Factory, so, of course, we had to add furniture to the list! The fact of the matter is that people will evaluate your home by the quality of your tables, chairs, bedframes, bookcases, etc. Why do you think so many people pay interior staging companies to replace their furniture?


The good news is that by selecting a few impressive stately pieces of furniture, you can transform the look of your interior rooms. Sometimes it just takes a really nice chair, a gorgeous hutch, or a fantastic bed frame to improve the overall impression of a home.


Perhaps best of all is that these 5 DIY tips work together in a synergistic fashion. Put all of these tips to use, and you’ll discover that with a very small budget and just a modest amount of time, that your home has been transformed. You’ll love the results, and your home’s value will enjoy a sizable boost.

A Refinished Dining Set at the North End Loft

December 19th, 2014


Your solid wood furniture is going to last decades, but your sense of style may change with the years. Replacing an heirloom defeats its purpose, so don’t feel constrained when it comes to refinishing a piece of handcrafted furniture. As Laurel Stephens will show you, a quality new finish can make your dining set look as rich and sturdy as it looks refreshed.
See the result at the North End Loft

Make Your Rustic Table’s Grain or Weathering Glow in the Dark

December 17th, 2014


Those pits in a rustic table are beautiful. They’re also great holes to fill in with glow-in-the-dark resin. On instructables, Mike Warren has a tutorial and video demonstration of how to build a simple table but add glowing resin. I like Warren’s method, which involves carving your own pits in the woodgrain instead of altering a beautiful rustic hardwood. I’m sure you can think of many ways to adapt this glowing technique.
View the tutorial at Instructables

Feng Shui for the Home Office

December 16th, 2014

Feng Shui is said to have spiritual benefits. Whether you subscribe to the path or not, the design and layout teachings that Feng Shui outlines have practical application. Sherry Nothingam explains 9 Feng Shui principles that will help you arrange a beautiful and productive home office.
Find many Feng Shui teachings on Decoist

Spool Furniture From Target

December 16th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
What will they mass-produce next. Target has a Jenny Lind line of bedroom furniture that certainly looks beautiful. It comes in pretty colors and has spool legs that look like opulent woodturning. If you’re a Target regular, Lesli DeVito is ready to show you her favorites. If you’re interested in real woodturning, handcrafted joinery, and solid hardwood, stay and view the Amish pieces here.
Lesli is at My Old Country House

Methods of Transferring Designs to Wood for Carving

December 15th, 2014


I’d like to point out this woodcarving video from Mary May’s School of Traditional Woodcarving. While you can find a lot of specifics at the school, this video covers more than one technique for transferring your design to carve, and lets you choose what to use where. This makes it a perfect starter’s resource.
Visit the school.

Chalet Sherwood, Switzerland, Photo Tour

December 15th, 2014

Like hardwood architecture? Have a look at Chalet Sherwood in Verbier, Switzerland. The chalet’s interior is full of unabashed, knotty wood. Contrasting the wood is luxurious furniture. So if you’re looking for rustic and opulent design ideas, visit Simona Ganea’s Homedit tour of the Sherwood Chalet.
The knots! The knots!

The Matchbox Tiny Home by Jay Austin

December 15th, 2014

The Matchbox is Jay Austin’s contribution to the Boneyard Studios neighborhood of tiny houses in DC. The Matchbox feels surprisingly spacious for a 7.5 x 19 foot house, and the interior uses a variety of decor elements besides the contemporary minimalist stereotype of white and pine to increase brightness.
For a full tour with specs, visit Jetson Green.

Painted Party Cutlery

December 12th, 2014

Plastic Utensils with Painted HandlesIf your next party will use paper plates and plastic utensils, Colleen Pastoor has an idea for you to style up your table settings. Use realistic looking plastic cutlery, and paint the handles with acrylic craft paint. When you use plastic cutlery, you don’t have to worry about finding paint that will live through the dishwasher. Colleen’s sample is summery but I bet these metallic utensils would look great in holiday colors.
Thank Lemon Thistle

A Tiny Home With Beautiful Finishes

December 12th, 2014

Tiny homes can remind us of conventional homes and contain a surprising number of luxuries, when you design them right. So look at this highlight that Lexy B. Ward grabbed of an Heirloom Custom Tiny Home. The colors and finishes make the tiny kitchen delicious.
See the preview on Curbly.
Visit Heirloom Custom Tiny Homes.