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5 Start-to-Finish Weekend Projects
You can stage a radical decor transformation, or just save money by doing it yourself in the space of a weekend.
Courtney Davis, co-founder of e-decorating service KellyandOlive.com, suggests a few high-impact ideas for those short on time.
Pot racks can be expensive. Found objects can be great alternatives.
Towel bars work well in a kitchen when mounted above each other on an open wall. Make sure the bars are affixed to interior wall studs with S hooks for stability. Or use an old iron gate, making it the centerpiece of your kitchen and gaining storage space. (Make sure you clean it properly.) Also consider using a rebar or even window security grates. Nothing’s off-limits.
Andrew S chrage, editor of Money Crashers, suggests caulking a tub or shower.
Remove all caulk and make sure the area is clean, dry and free of soap scum and mildew. (You’ll also remove mildew that could cause allergy symptoms.) Caulk the border and use your finger to create a waterproof seal. (Practice on a disposable surface.) You’ll need it to dry for a couple of days, so use a different shower, or shower at the gym.
What you’ll need
Spray adhesive onto the plywood, then lay down your foam. (Do this in a ventilated area.) Flip the plywood foam side down on top of your batting, then wrap batting to the back of the plywood, putting in a staple in the middle of each side. Flip it again to make sure everything’s smooth, and then continue stapling on your batting. Do the same with your fabric. Make sure that fabric with stripes or geometric patterns stays straight. Attach D-rings to the back and mount it on your wall.
A solid color pillow, or two square dinner napkins in a solid color
Pick up a plain pillow from a big box store, or if you can sew, make a cover for your existing pillows using two dinner napkins in any color you like. Pour a little bit of paint onto a paper plate and use your wine cork as a stamp. (Davis suggests placing dots close together to create a grid pattern.) Experiment with different amounts of paint on your cork to get a solid dot, or a lighter, more irregular one.
A paint color that contrasts with your current wall color
Measure the height of your wall from baseboard to crown, or where it meets the ceiling. Decide on the number of stripes and determine the width you’d like. Using your laser level, tape where you plan to paint the stripes, and seal the edge with a swipe of your original wall color. Paint on two coats of the contrasting color. Once it’s dry, simply peel off the tape for instant drama.
Install extra dehumidifiers in places where mold collects and use cleaning solutions designed to kill mold and mildew.