If you haven’t done much upkeep in your home for several years, it might feel overwhelming to know where to start. Aside from a major, full-gut remodel in a kitchen or bathroom, there are many smaller projects that can be completed to contribute to a more modern look overall.
Aesthetically speaking, minor upgrades here and there can really make a big impact in your home as a whole as time goes by. One way to go about this is to choose a handful of small projects to complete independently throughout the year, resulting in a beautifully updated home over time. For example, refreshing the interior paint in the spring and replacing dated carpet with a solid-surface flooring in the fall can provide for a modern, updated look come holiday season. It may not be realistic for you to do everything at once, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with tackling small projects individually to slowly transform your dated home!
With the new year just weeks away, now is a great time to start planning your home projects for next year. Here are 6 small projects you can plan to complete throughout the coming year to have a beautiful, more updated home by the end of 2021:
1. Refresh the Exterior Paint & Siding. The exterior of your home endures constant exposure to the harsh elements, which means it gets worn out over time. Old paint can fade, change colors, crack, and peel, resulting in a less-than-desirable aesthetic. Siding also weakens over time and can eventually crack or leak. Replacing worn-out siding is very important in the prevention of more serious future home repairs. If your siding is cracked, warped, rotted, bubbled, or streaked, it may be time to replace it. You’ll be surprised at what fresh paint and new siding can do for the curb appeal of your home!
2. Elevate Your Interior with Crown Molding. Crown molding is an easy way to elevate the style of your home’s interior. It adds an elegant finishing touch and draws the eyes upward. There are different sizes and styles available, which can be painted or stained to match the existing walls or trim color. Crown molding is a wonderful way to create a custom feel in a lack-luster space.
3. Update Your Interior Doors. Just like anything else in your home, interior doors eventually wear out and need replacing. This can be true from both an aesthetic aspect and a functionality aspect. There are various options to choose from depending on your specific taste and the style of your home; folding doors, sliding barn doors, paneled doors, glass insert doors, pre-hung doors, and slab doors are a few examples. Updating the interior doors throughout the house tends to be a more expensive project than most homeowners expect, depending on the door selection, but it certainly is something that makes a big impact once it’s done.
4. Replace Outdated Cabinet Hinges and Hardware. Completely replacing kitchen cabinets is a major project that is very expensive and usually involves replacing additional items, such as the countertop and backsplash. If the financial investment and/or process of tearing apart your kitchen isn’t a realistic option for you, simply updating your existing cabinets is a great alternative. One way to do this is to replace old doors, hinges, knobs, and drawer pulls with more modern options. In some cases, the simple DIY project of painting the hinges and hardware can provide for a modern transformation for a minimal cost.
5. Install LED Lighting. Installing LED can lights throughout your home is a fantastic investment. Our clients are always impressed with how different the exact room can look with upgraded lighting. Not only is it a more modern aesthetic, but it also significantly improves functionality. Strategically placed can lights in the kitchen, for example, can create a near shadow-less environment, ideal for cooking and meal prep. This is also true for changing areas in bathrooms, above the stairs, and in office spaces, where ample lighting is a must.
6. Scrape the Popcorn Ceilings. One of the most common features we see in dated homes is popcorn ceilings. Scraping the texture yourself can be messy, and even dangerous if it contains asbestos, so be aware of these things before proceeding on your own. Having a professional remove it and refinish your ceilings is a more expensive choice, but is a great option if you’re not up to trying it yourself. Either way, sleek, modern ceilings contribute to a clean, streamlined look (and no more dust bunnies hanging around!)
While there are various other small projects that can be completed to help upgrade a dated home, these 6 are among the most impactful. Completing them individually can result in a beautiful, modern home over time. If you would like to have these or small other projects completed throughout 2021, our handyman division, Mike’s Guys, would be happy to help! Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Design-Build Team