DIY projects you can do in a weekend

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March 27, 2024
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Elevate your home with these 10 DIY weekend projects

As the spring bank holiday approaches, many of us are eagerly anticipating a long weekend filled with relaxation and perhaps a bit of productivity around the house. It's the perfect opportunity to tackle those DIY projects you've been putting off.

At BIG Warranties, we understand the importance of maintaining and improving your home, which is why we've compiled a list of 10 DIY projects that you can easily accomplish over the weekend.

1. Paint a room

Repainting a room can instantly refresh its look and feel. Whether you're covering up tired walls with a fresh coat of paint or opting for a completely new colour scheme, this project is sure to make a big impact. Take the time to prep your surfaces properly by filling in any holes, sanding down rough patches, and washing the walls to ensure a smooth and professional finish.

2. Put up some shelves

Maximise vertical space in your home by installing shelves. From simple floating shelves to more elaborate wall-mounted units, there are plenty of options to choose from. Consider the function of the shelves and what you'll be displaying on them when selecting the appropriate fixtures and styles. Take measurements carefully and use the appropriate tools to ensure a sturdy and secure installation.

3. Install new curtains or blinds

Update your window treatments to control light levels and enhance privacy in your home. Whether you prefer curtains or blinds, measuring accurately is key to ensuring a perfect fit. Choose materials and styles that complement your existing decor and consider options like blackout lining for bedrooms or moisture-proof blinds for bathrooms.

4. Deal with damp

Addressing damp issues in your home is essential for maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment. Identify the type of damp affecting your space - whether it's condensation, rising damp, or penetrating damp - and take appropriate measures to mitigate it. This may involve improving ventilation, sealing cracks and gaps, or installing damp-proofing solutions.

5. Draughtproof your home

Save energy and increase comfort by sealing draughts around doors, windows, and other openings. Identify problem areas using a draught detector or simply feel for drafts on a windy or cold day. Choose from a variety of draughtproofing products such as sealants, brush strips and excluders, and follow manufacturer instructions for proper installation.

6. Clean and regrout your bathroom

Revitalise your bathroom by tackling grime, limescale, and mould build-up. Invest in specialist cleaning products or consider redoing the grouting for a fresh and hygienic finish. Look for products that offer long-lasting protection against staining and mould growth to keep your bathroom looking it's best for longer.

7. Clean your carpet

Give your carpets a deep clean to remove dirt, stains and odours. Whether you rent or invest in a carpet cleaner, follow manufacturer instructions and test any cleaning products in an inconspicuous area first. Act quickly to treat spills and stains, and avoid using excessive heat or scrubbing to prevent damage to carpet fibres.

8. Create a gallery wall

Personalise your space with a curated collection of framed pictures, artwork, and photographs. Experiment with different layouts and frame styles to achieve the desired look. Take your time when hanging frames to ensure they're level and evenly spaced for a professional finish.

9. Paint kitchen cupboards and cabinets

Transform your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint on cabinets and cupboards. Proper preparation is key to a successful paint job, so be sure to clean, sand, and prime surfaces before applying paint. Choose durable, moisture-resistant paint suited for kitchen environments and consider updating hardware for an extra touch of style.

10. Convert your shed into a functional space

Make the most of your outdoor space by repurposing your shed into a useful and enjoyable area. Whether you create a cosy retreat, a home office, or a hobby space, the possibilities are endless. Take inspiration from popular trends like pub sheds or get creative with your own unique design.

This spring bank holiday weekend, take the opportunity to tackle one (or more) of these DIY projects and enhance your home. Remember to prioritise safety, follow manufacturer instructions, and seek professional assistance if needed. For added peace of mind, consider protecting your newly improved home with a comprehensive appliance or home emergency policy from BIG Warranties.

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