10 Do It Yourself Projects You Can Do in a Weekend

You’re probably spending more time inside now that it’s cold out. Why not spend some of that time improving your NYC apartment? Here are 10 easy do it yourself projects that you can finish in a single weekend!

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You’re probably staying inside more now that it’s cold out. Why not spend some of that time improving your NYC apartment? Here are 10 easy do it yourself projects that you can finish this weekend!

Do It Yourself Projects: Paint

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1. Create a Standout Accent Wall

You may not have time to paint a whole room, but why not paint a wall? A feature wall is a great way to add a little pop to your home. Choose a fun color that complements your existing decor. Are you feeling a little more brave? Instead of painting, hang up some wallpaper.

2. Hang a Rotating Gallery

Create a simple photo gallery in minutes. A couple hooks securely fastened to the wall and some string are all you need. Use clothespins to hang your favorite photos. Rotate the pictures frequently for an ever-changing gallery.

Do It Yourself Projects: Plants

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3. Decorate with Plants

It’s dreary outside, so bring a little warmth inside with plants! Succulents and cactus plants are a great option and easy to care for. Show one off in a terracotta pot decorated with a little paint. You could also create your own terrarium. Have a black thumb? Add color to your apartment with fake flowers.

4. Show Off Memorabilia

Shadowboxes are a fun way to gather and show off keys, vintage camera, postcards, and more. Use an old frame for your shadowbox and fill it with some of your favorite memories! Check out Darcy Miller’s scrapboxes for inspiration.

Do It Yourself Projects: Chalkboard

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5. Make Your Own Chalkboard

Another way to use a beautiful vintage frame is a do it yourself chalkboard. Cut a piece of heavy cardboard or wood to fit any frame of your choice. Coat the cardboard with a few coats of chalkboard paint, and project is complete! Use the chalkboard to share your weekly meal plan, a monthly calendar, or a simple inspirational quote.

6. Add Inexpensive Art

Even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, you can create a beautiful piece of artwork. All you have to do is frame scrapbook paper or fabric. Have fun changing the paper as the seasons change.

7. Create a Hidden Charging Station

Are your cords driving you crazy? Create a hidden charging station in a spare drawer. Drill a hold in the back of a drawer, and then add separators to keep the drawer organized. Then pull your cord through the hole. Now you can charge your phone right in the drawer.

8. Update Your Cabinets

You may not be able to redo your cabinets in a weekend, but you can definitely change the hardware. This is one of those do it yourself projects that ceates a huge impact with very little effort.

9. Dress Up Your Curtains

Keep your home warm this winter with curtains. Open them during the day to let in sun and heat, and close them at night to hold warmth inside. Dress up a boring pair of curtains with trim — and if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just iron or glue the trim on.

Do It Yourself Projects: Mat

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10. Keep Floors Dry with a Beautiful Mat

Winter in NYC is messy. Keep your wet boots off the floor with a mat. You can make your own by stenciling a plain mat, or you can use stones to create a DIY riverstone mat.

This weekend, try one of these do it yourself projects! In less than 48 hours, you can have a beautiful new feature for your New York apartment.

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4 Home Improvement Ideas to Tackle in 2015

The new year might be well underway, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a few new resolutions when it comes to home improvement ideas. Why not fix up any longstanding issues, give your place a facelift, or take another look at your mortgage?

 - FEB 18, 2015

January 1 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a New Year’s resolution or two, especially if one of your goals for the year is to give your home some much-needed attention. Home improvement ideas can range from small changes that make a big difference in terms of your home’s cleanliness and efficiency to major projects that completely overhaul part of the house. You might also resolve to take care of some financial matters involving your home, such as getting a better rate on your mortgage. This year, take the time to focus on the needs of your home. Sound daunting? Use these home improvement ideas as a roadmap.

1. Clear Away Clutter

Who hasn’t, at one time or another, resolved to clean their home and make it more organized? Clearing away clutter should be where you begin before diving into any resolutions. You can’t really redo your kitchen or bath if both spaces are full of stuff, after all. There are two major approaches to effectively decluttering your house:

  • Move room to room, clearing out each space as you go.
  • Sort through things by category, such as clothing, books, kitchen items, and so on.

Getting rid of extra stuff should be your primary objective. Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, resolve to keep it from building up again. You might stick to a one-in-one-out rule, or decide only buy things when you absolutely need them.

2. Pick One Project At a Time

When brainstorming home improvement ideas, it’s easy to go overboard and pick more than you can reasonably complete in a year. Instead of resolving to fix up your kitchen, your bathrooms, and your windows, choose one project and start there. If this winter’s cold temperatures have found you reaching to turn up the thermostat more often than not, it might be a good idea to focus on replacing or resealing your windows. Replacing the gaskets in your windows can help you save about $30 per month in heating costs, according to This Old House. Choose the project that will provide the greatest benefit you and your home, with the least amount of effort.

3. Improve Your Home’s Financial Picture

If you’re still paying the mortgage on your home, one useful resolution might be toexplore your mortgage options when it comes to refinancing, especially if it means you can end up paying less in the long run. You don’t want to jump into refinancing without doing some research first, though. Shop around and see what various lenders have to offer. It might turn out that refinancing ends up costing you more in the long run, or it might be the ideal option for you.

4. Bring Some Life In

Improving your home doesn’t have to involve a major renovation project or upgrade. In some cases, adding a small decorative touch is enough to brighten up a space. One way to do that is to purchase a houseplant or two. Houseplants are relatively easy to care for and can help filter the air in your home. Philly has several garden shops that specialize in the needs of urban homeowners, such as Urban Jungle in South Philly andCity Planter in Northern Liberties.

It’s never too late to resolve to fix up your Philadelphia home. As you check your home improvement resolutions off, consider adding new ones as the year goes on, so your space gets the love and care it deserves.

What is Staging?

How do you make the house feel less like walls and windows and more like memories and moments? It’s simple: staging.

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Selling a house is all about making a potential buyer feel at home. How do you make the house feel less like walls and windows and more like memories and moments? It’s simple: staging.

Especially if your home is vacant, it can be difficult for a potential buyer to picture themselves living in the home. Staging, or adding furniture and accessories to a room or home to add ambiance, can help a buyer envision themselves making the space their own. Talk to your real estate professional about how to stage your home for sale.

In the video below, Ronnie Aiosa of the Boswell Aiosa Group with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage explains what staging is and how you can use this tactic to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

 

 

Ready to list your home? Make sure to follow this guide to prepping your home for sale first.

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