5 Summer DIY Projects That Will Yield a High Return

5 Summer DIY Projects That Will Yield a High Return

 June 20, 2016

There are many DIY projects sellers can do to perk up their homes in summer. These range from small to big and complex. Some can be done over the weekend while others take a whole week. DIY projects help sellers to save money and can be done singlehandedly. Advise homeowners to start with projects they love before moving onto more complex ones. Here are 5 easy ones.

1. Painting Furniture

This differs from painting walls as furniture has different painting processes. Some pieces may need sanding and priming before painting. Sellers painting wood furniture should apply a second coat of paint for a longer-lasting and better-looking finish. They should leave the first coat to dry before applying the second one.

Paint can easily brighten up dull furniture.  Additionally, homeowners can take things a step further by adding lovely patterns or drawings. They can use paint pens to draw beautiful designs on their tabletops, drawer fronts, wooden seats, and more.

2. Displaying Artwork

Nothing looks as dull as a room with empty walls. Tell sellers to use artwork to give life to their rooms. Artwork dresses up walls and brings style to spaces. It can create a focal point and give a room a finishing touch. Advise sellers to hang artwork properly to prevent it from being distracting or overwhelming. Artwork isn’t supposed to dominate rooms, it should enhance them.

Flea markets and secondhand stores are often filled with inexpensive artwork. Homeowners who don’t like artwork can remove the art and display the frames. They can paint the frames bright summer colors to reflect the season and arrange them on a bare wall. Sellers on a budget can adorn their old frames with summer images. They can add nature photos from calendars or their own photos of animals, parks, and local landmarks.

3. Stenciling Walls

Stencils are a great design element. They add quick drama to a room and can be used to create a large focal point, small touches of decoration, or borders of repeating shapes. They are less expensive than wallpaper and are easier to remove. Tell sellers to stencil walls with a dense foam roller for a quick and easy update. They can also use a stencil to give a room a dose of pattern. The process is not as time-consuming as stenciling a whole room and uses up less paint. For a slight contrast, they can use a stenciling color that is lighter than the wall color.

4. Making Elegant Vignettes

Homeowners can easily add designer zing with vignettes or groupings. They can arrange objects atop tables, cabinets, or shelves. Vignettes create beautiful still life and can be arranged on top of any flat surface like a window ledge, countertop, bookshelf, table, dresser, or sideboard.

Advise homeowners to use accessories like mirrors, vases, photos and other items to create a perfect mood. They can also add summer plants, flowers, and greenery. Vignettes make rooms look more harmonious and polished. To make perfect ones, homeowners should:

  • Build vignettes around a light source
  • Choose items that match the style and theme of the room
  • Stick to a single theme
  • Use the Vignette’s color to harmonize a room
  • Vary the height and textures of the items
  • Arrange items in odd numbers
  • Create depth and dimension

5)   Create Concealed Storage

With modern homes becoming smaller and smaller, buyers are always looking for homes with additional storage. There are many ways sellers can create concealed storage in their spaces. They can transform castoff dresser drawers into underbed storage drawers or cover console openings with pretty fabric panels. Underbed storage is perfect for items like winter clothes and comforters.

Ronique Gibson

By Ronique Gibson

Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.