How to upgrade your home in three hours or less


Weekends are supposed to be a time to relax and de-stress from your hectic work week. But, weekend may also be the only time you get to work on that long list of home improvement projects you’ve accumulated. Fortunately, there are a number of projects you can do to upgrade your home without sacrificing too much of your precious weekend time.

Here are some projects you can get done in three hours or less:

Update your hardware

This project requires nothing more than shiny new hardware and a screwdriver. Simply remove your old doorknobs and drawer pulls, and replace them with something that better suits the room. You can find cabinet hardware at home improvement stores, online, craft stores, or check out your local antique stores for something more retro.

Polish your pathways

Over time, your driveway and front sidewalk can become stained by leaves, mildew, or automobile oil. Take advantage of a sunny afternoon and get outside and thoroughly power-wash these surfaces. Getting rid of any unsightly stains will make it look nicer and will enhance your curb appeal.

Paint your front door

This quick and simple project will upgrade the entire look of your home. Go for a bright pop of color like red to stand out in the neighborhood, or pick something complementary to your home’s exterior. Not sure what color to choose? Try one of these 28 inviting colors.

Build a raised flowerbed

It’s easy to build a raised flowerbed in less than an hour. Garden beds most commonly use wooden planks, but you can make yours unique by using pavers, stones or concrete blocks. Choose a sunny location with even ground and you’ll be growing fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers in no time. Check out some of our other favorite quick garden projects here.

Make your entrance inviting

cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal — and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add a welcome mat and potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway.

Light up the kitchen

Dress up an eating area with a fresh light fixture. Replacing an existing fixture is your easiest option: Just turn off the power at the breaker box and connect the wires.

Install a new faucet

Insert elegance into your daily life with a faucet that ups the ante in looks and quality. Just make sure the configuration matches your existing sink, or you might end up replacing that, too.

Add moulding

Living room, dining room, great-room: Any common area looks better with the finishing touch of crown molding. If you live in a historic home, make sure your molding choices complement your home’s architectural style.

Replace Interior doors

Update these often-overlooked interior elements with form and function. Switch an old blah door with a finely detailed antique. Or simply upgrade with solid-core doors, which dampen noise far more efficiently than the hollow-core doors common in new home construction.

Do you have a few free hours this weekend? Take on one of these projects for a sense of accomplishment and a fresh new look to your home.