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10 Weekend Ways to Update Your Home Without a Total Revamp

Are you feeling that urge to give your living space a fresh and modern update, but the thought of a full-blown renovation makes you cringe? We get it, renovations can be time-consuming, expensive, and let’s be honest, a little overwhelming.

But what if you could completely change the look of your home in a single weekend? We’ve rounded up ways you can update your home without ripping out walls or emptying your wallet!

Whether it’s upgrading dated light fixtures or refreshing a front door, these home facelift ideas are perfect for everyone—from expert DIYers to those who may not know the difference between a Phillips and a Robertson.

Before you start, have a plan

Before diving into any home project, it’s important to have a game plan. Organizing your time and resources will ensure your project goes smoothly. Here are some general tips and considerations to keep in mind:

  • Set clear goals and prioritize. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Rank your desired projects based on impact and feasibility to ensure you achieve the most significant transformation within a weekend.

  • Create a budget. While weekend projects are often budget-friendly, it’s still essential to set a spend limit and stick to it. Consider the cost of materials, tools, and any professional help, if needed.

  • Gather inspiration and ideas. Browse magazines, home improvement websites, and social media for inspiration and ideas that align with your vision, this can help guide your project’s direction.

  • Plan the timeline and logistics. Break down the project into manageable steps and estimate the time required for each task. Make sure to have all the necessary tools and materials on hand before you begin and consider if you’ll need professional assistance if it’s a more extensive project.

Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves, grab some tools, and let’s get started on transforming your living space.

1. Refresh your front door

Add a pop of colour to your entryway by painting your front door. Choose a bold hue that complements your home’s exterior and expresses your personality. It’s a simple project that can make a big impact. Oh, just remember to buy weatherproof paint! Otherwise your refresh is going to need to be refreshed again much sooner than you think.

Want to take it one step further? Check out some easy ways to give your front porch a makeover!

2. Add a statement ceiling

Often overlooked, ceilings offer a unique opportunity to infuse personality and drama into your home. From bold paint to eye-catching wallpapers, or even intricate moulding and wood panelling, a statement ceiling can have unforgettable visual impact.

3. Install a faux fireplace surround

A striking focal point, a faux fireplace surround creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere without the need for a functional fireplace. Choose a design that complements your home’s style, such as a classic mantel or a modern and minimalist surround. Add decorative elements like candles and faux logs to complete the look, and update it depending on special occasions or seasons. The warmth of a faux fireplace without the hassle of a real one!

4. Remove a popcorn ceiling

A feature we love to hate—the popcorn ceiling. Removing popcorn ceilings not only improves lighting and acoustics but can also modernize your space, creating a cleaner, more polished look. A subtle, yet impactful change.

This project can be extremely messy and time-consuming if you have a room larger than a standard bedroom to tackle.

5. Rejuvenate your shed

Not just for storing toys and lawn equipment, your shed is an extension of your home. A fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and some decorative accents can renew its appearance, making it functional and attractive. You could take it one step further, turning the shed into a workspace, craft room, or reading nook—just make sure it’s built to withstand the weather, and that you have any necessary permits.

6. Upgrade dated light fixtures

Swapping out old and uninspiring fixtures for modern, stylish ones can completely transform the look and ambiance of your space. You’ll be amazed at how this simple change can breathe new life into your home and make it feel more current and inviting. Need some tips and inspiration for lighting around your home? Check out our Living Room articles on how to find your light in:

  • your kitchen;

  • your bathroom;

  • your bedroom; and

  • your living room.

Make sure there is no power running to the light fixture before changing it, and contact an electrician if you require any technical electrical work.

7. Add crown moulding

Nothing elevates a room like crown moulding. This architectural detail instantly enhances your home’s overall charm and sophistication, giving your space a refined and polished appearance. There are so many styles you can choose from, whether you’re looking to add elegance to a space or make your room look taller.

8. Frame your mirrors

Take that plain-jane, builder-grade mirror to the next level with a custom frame. Whether you choose sleek and modern or charming and rustic, framing your mirror will instantly transform it into a focal point.

Here are 8 Tips for Decorating with Mirrors from our Living Room blog!

9. Revamp your pantry

Revamp your pantry into a #goalworthy storage solution! Consider adding clear, labelled containers for dry goods to keep everything visible and easily accessible. Install pull-out drawers, rotating shelves, or baskets to maximize space and make it easier to reach items at the back of cupboards. Create a functional and visually appealing pantry that makes meal preparation a breeze and adds a sense of order and elegance to your kitchen.

10. Build a custom headboard

Create a personalized focal point in your bedroom by DIYing a custom headboard. Whether you opt for a tufted upholstered headboard, a rustic reclaimed wood design, or a sleek and modern silhouette, it’s the perfect personal touch for your sleeping sanctuary.

With these budget and weekend-friendly projects, you can finally bid farewell to outdated décor and say hello to a refreshed and charming living space that feels uniquely yours. What are you going to tackle this weekend?

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Author: Brittany Stager is a Social Media Director and agency owner by day, and author of a personal lifestyle blog, My Daily Randomness, by night. With a passion for all things home, Brittany uses her blog to showcase home decorating projects, DIY’s and tips & tricks. She also enjoys sharing recipes, travel stories, fashion roundups and her experiences as a new mom. When she’s not blogging, you can find her playing with her daughter Emily, walking her dog Maddy or eating dessert.

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