When a long weekend approaches, it’s the perfect time to consider taking on a few pick-me-up projects around the house. There are tons of updates you can make that carry a lot of impact but are easy enough for even the most novice DIY-er. With a little bit of extra time on your hands, you can give your home a mini-makeover in no time. Here are our picks for projects you can tackle this long weekend.
1. Change Lighting
A new wall sconce or chandelier can give any room a whole new feeling. Contrast is key to an interesting interior, and the same can be said when it comes to lighting. We love the look of lighting fixtures that embrace a mix of materials. Consider finishes like matte black, brushed brass and everything in between.
2. Swap Hardware
It might seem like a small change, but updating hardware in the kitchen can breathe new life into a tired space. For a more contemporary look, try matte black or brushed bronze in simple streamlined profiles. To keep the kitchen feeling classic, opt for soft oval shaped knobs or more decorative pulls in a classic finish like polished nickel or soft brass. Accessorize with new art, colourful counter appliances, or splurge on new dinnerware for a total refresh.
3. Experiment with Wallpaper
Wallpaper may not seem like a quick and easy undertaking, but you can definitely create a wow moment over the long weekend. Opt for a peel-and-stick wallpaper – removable, repositionable, and washable, it works perfectly in a variety of rooms and lifestyles. Try adding wallpaper to the fronts of drawers for added texture or use a bold pattern to give personality to a laundry room or accent wall.
4. Hang Artwork
Now is the time to finally put up those family photos, travel shots, and favourite pieces of art. Whether you’re planning a gallery wall or looking to fill up blank spaces, put this easy project on the weekend to-do list.
Brian’s Tip: In preparation of hanging artwork, cut a template out of kraft paper in the same size as the frames to tack up on the wall. That way you can find the perfect layout and avoid unnecessary holes in the wall.
5. Add Texture
Welcome the new season with updated toss cushions and throw blankets. It’s by far the easiest update you can make to a room. Velvet pillows, chunky knits, and faux fur bring a cozy element to your space, perfect for the cooler nights of autumn. To add even more texture to the room, bring in a chunky wool rug.
Photography by Britney Townsend (1) and Kim Jeffery (2)