Let’s start with the bad news: you can’t redecorate your entire house in a day. But that doesn’t mean your house has to stay entirely the same within the next 24 hours, either. A small DIY project can reap big interior design rewards, and make you feel as though you’ve redone the
entire place — and, after a few daylong projects, you will have.
The only problem is, you don’t know where to start or how to choose a project simple enough
that it won’t take longer than a single day’s work. That’s where we come in with the following 4 examples of easy décor updates you can make in 24 hours or less:
1. Makeover the Front Door
You’ve probably overlooked your home’s exterior as a place for a décor overhaul, but a quick
sprucing of your front door can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your home.
Start by slicking a fresh coat of paint onto your door. While that dries, you can prepare the rest of the front stoop décor. Everyone’s tastes will be different, of course, and there are plenty of ways to decorate your front door. But a display of potted plants, a fresh welcome mat or a bench with a fabric cushion — or any combination of the three — are a surefire way to add some character.
Once your door is dry, add a new kick plate and doorknob, as well as new house numbers to
match the shiny new hardware. You can even swap out your front porch lighting for new lamps.
With that, you’ve got a completely new look to the front of your house, and you’ve still got time to grab a glass of wine and watch your favorite TV show.
2. Breathe New Life Into the Kitchen
As much as you wish you could, you can’t finish an entire kitchen renovation in the course of a
day. But you can breathe new life into your space with a few simple DIY projects that take a day or less to finish.
One of the easiest ways to revamp your kitchen is by swapping out your current kitchen hardware for fresh, new versions. First, look at your pre-existing knobs and/or handles. See how many holes and screws are required to hold them into place. Then, head to your local hardware store for new ones, making sure to find knobs or pulls that require the same amount of holes and screws as your current set-up. That way, you can simply unscrew your old hardware and affix the new ones in their place, no power tools required.
Like we suggested for your front door, your kitchen might also need a new set of lamps — or
even a new set of light bulbs — to cast a warm glow over your family meals. Just be sure that your new chandeliers, pendants and other light fixtures play off one another. For example, an eye-catching chandelier will be the focal point, so more understated pendant lighting over your kitchen island will be the perfect balance.
3. Give Wood Furniture a Facelift
Wood furniture lasts for a very, very long time. Unfortunately, they’re often finished in the style of the times, meaning older wood furniture in your home could have a very outdated look
nowadays. And, this could give everywhere from your family room, to your dining room to your
bedroom a look that’s way more of a throwback than you want it to be.
Fortunately, repainting your wood furniture is a one-day project that can have a huge effect on
the look of just about any room where these pieces reside. It doesn’t take a skilled DIY-er to
complete the project, either. Simply sand down your furniture, prime it and re-paint it in the
color(s) that’ll make it feel more modern and fresh. It might have to dry longer than 24 hours,
but your work will be done in less time than that.
4. Add a Touch of Richness With Fabric
Finally, you completely change the look of your couch — yes, even that blah, boring beige one — with a few strategic fabric purchases. Then, all you have to do is place them and you’ve got a completely new living room.
Start with the floor beneath the sofa. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in a new area rug to tie the whole space together and give you something soft beneath your feet. With the rug in place, you can choose colors and fabrics that go — and those will make great throw pillows for the sofa. You can make them yourself, of course, or shop premade ones at yourfavorite department store, big-box store or even decorating store, if you’re going all out.
Next, to add yet another layer of richness, drape a throw blanket over your sofa. These obviously come in handy on chilly nights spent cuddled on the couch, so make sure your selection is big enough to share. And finally, you can complete your fabric-centric makeover with a new set of curtains, which will, once again, make the room look more polished and luxurious.
As the above four projects prove, you don’t have to spend all weekend, every weekend, making
your home into the perfect sanctuary you envision. Small projects — and projects that only take a day — can make a huge difference. All you have to do is pick one, start, and finish by the end of the day.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing
for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!