It's common sense that home improvements projects can increase the value of your property, but not everyone has the know-how required to do renovations themselves, and hiring professionals can quickly become expensive. However, not every task requires a person to have a resume of previous handyman experience, and updating your Ridgewood home doesn't need to be complicated.
Here are 5 DIY tasks that can be done without picking up a power tool.
Paint is the time honored favorite of those looking for an easy, but satisfying change. Coating your walls in a new color can drastically change the feel of a room. You can select two shades and playfully alternate them throughout the room. If you're more adventurous, create a feature wall with darker hue, or experiment with sponges to create different textures.
2. Wallpaper Accents
Wallpaper comes in a million varieties and offers a world of decorative choices. While the sample might look like a great idea, an entire room of blue paisley print or red pinstripe can be visually overwhelming. Smaller panels of wallpaper can provide a funky pop of color to a room. Also, wallpaper doesn't just stick to walls, you could put it nearly anywhere. Try an elegant print on the doors of your bathroom vanity. It's durable, easy to apply and can make a fantastic personal touch.
3. Paving Stones
Maybe you have a spacious backyard and want to add a path to stroll along. Perhaps you have a pool that needs barefoot friendly access. Maybe you'd just like a convenient walkway to the sidewalk so your feet won't get wet in the dewy morning grass. Installing stepping stones is a simple addition anyone can do. If you'll be placing them on grass or soil, you'll need to do a bit of digging, but the premise is simple. Make a shallow square that fits the side of your paving stone, and once you're certain it's level, drop it in place. With a tape measure, a shovel and a few paving stones, you could have a nice walkway by mid-afternoon.
4. Clean Your Brass Hinges
Some old homes feature beautiful decorative hinges, featuring glossy brass cut into decorative points and curves. Whether they're on your kitchen cupboards, your garden gate or even your front door, these doors may have seen a few coats of paint over the years, and the hinges by association may have undergone a color change. One way to give your hinges a thorough revamp is to strip any old paint off and bring them right back to their original state. The easiest way to do this is with an old slow cooker you no longer use for food preparation. Once you've used a screwdriver to remove them, put your paint covered hinges in some water, and let them cook for a few hours. As they heat up the paint will loosen, and using a brush with stiff bristles, you can pry off any last paint chips until they look shiny and new.
5. Frosted Windows
Perhaps you have a front door with glass windows, but you over look a busy city street. Maybe your home boasts a set of French doors, and you've decided that although you like the aesthetic, you don't appreciate the lack of privacy. Frosting windows is an easy fast solution with a delightfully decorative appeal. Most windows can be frosted with clear acrylic glaze paint. Rust-Oleum even features a product specifically for the task. If you get creative with stencils, you can paint a design on the windows, or if you operate a business out of your home, the name of your company.
If you're feeling the need to see some changes in your home, but don't have a power tool in sight in your garage, don't be intimidated. There are lots of little updates you can do that not only make a visible change and increase the value of your home, but also provide the satisfaction of a job well done.
If you're looking to make a home in Ridgewood your own, contact Tarvin Realtors today to get expert advice.