Published: December 01, 2017
Playing host to extended family and out of town guests this holiday season? Before picking up your turkey and making the guest room bed, you can revamp your kitchen, living room, entryway and more with some do-it-yourself weekend projects. Check out these five quick home improvement projects you can get done before your holiday guests arrive:
Build a kitchen island
Kitchen islands are a highly sought after feature in the modern home, but not every house is lucky enough to have one already built in. For those homes, you can build your own DIY kitchen island with some cabinets from your local hardwood store, countertop material and tools. Once you measure the available floor space in your kitchen, follow this guide to whip up your own DIY island.
Upgrade your entryway
First impressions are important, even when it comes to welcoming holiday guests into your home. You can upgrade your home’s entryway quickly and cheaply by painting your front door, adding a nice entry rug, putting a mirror on the wall and adding a statement peice of furniture. If you love the mudroom look, check out this guide to building your own mudroom bench for your home’s foyer.
Add a carpet runner to stairs
For homes with pets, small children or elderly adults, wood stairs can be a safety concern. Not to mention, guests can often scuff up the hardwood with suitcases and clunky winter shoes. Add some visual interest and protect your wood stairs by installing your own carpet runner. Purchase a carpet runner off-the-shelf and spend a Saturday following this guide to install it before your guests arrive.
Update your sink faucets
You’ll be amazed how a small change such as updating your kitchen and bathroom faucets can have a huge visual impact. Head over to your local hardware or home improvement store and pick a finish and style that fits with the overall feel of your home. The process is surprisingly fast and easy, but be sure to measure your current faucets before purchasing the new ones and to turn off the water supply before removing anything.
Give your fireplace a facelift
With the cooler winter weather blowing in, cozy up your main living room for guests by giving your fireplace a facelift. There are many design options, depending on your current fireplace and your budget. Outdated red bricks can be painted white to freshen up the room. A new fireplace mantel can make your entire fireplace look brand new. Find some more fireplace revamp inspiration here.
Whether you have room in your budget and schedule for one or all of these upgrades, your holiday guests are sure to be impressed. And for your larger home improvement projects after the holidays, consider a UNITS storage container to keep furniture, supplies and tools safe and out of the way during the remodel.