Simple DIY Projects That Won't Ruin Your Weekend

There are simple ways you can brighten up your living space without diving deep into a weeks long renovation. If you are just looking to do the simple things that can be done in a day (or over the long Memorial Day weekend) with a little elbow grease then here are a few ideas that can get you started!
Painting a room or even a piece of furniture is an easy way to bring some life into a room or an old piece of furniture. An accent wall is another way to bring a shot of color to perhaps a dull, boring room. Painting in general is a low risk do-it-yourself activity that is also rather inexpensive depending on the size and scope of the project. Choosing a wall color can be quite the choice to make but you can always start out by getting sample colors to test on your wall before making the decision. Using painters tape and the recommended brushes can make the job go smoothly. By painting the trim white and ceiling a bright white will help any color you put on your walls to stand out. Do not overlook your trim especially baseboards as they can see a lot of wear and tear from scuff marks and such. Painting furniture, such as a nightstand, a new color can also be a good idea especially if the color you chose for the walls doesn’t really match well with your furniture pieces.  
So now you have a nice newly painted wall and of course you need to find some new items to place on the wall. A gallery wall might be your answer. A gallery wall is usually described as a collection of art or pictures grouped on one wall in a somewhat clustered pattern. These walls can usually tell a story of your interests or life as well as be a hodge podge type of styling. It is important to use a tape measure and lay out what you want to include on your wall so that you can make sure it will all go up easily. Picture hangers and a level will also assist in this project. Gallery walls can sometimes be a challenge but the result is quite a sight when completed.  
If you have been wanting to change out your hardware then this is the time to get it done. It’s a quick and easy way to update your furniture pieces without too much work. In most cases all you need is a screwdriver. When deciding on new drawer pulls be sure to measure the distance between the screws in order to get the correct size. If your hardware is in good shape and you just want a bit of a change you can also consider giving them an update with a coat of paint. All you have to do is remove the hardware, bring them to an outdoor location, place them on a piece of cardboard and use a spray paint to give them a shot of color. 
While not as exciting as a change of room color or updated drawer pulls on your dresser, simple home maintenance can be quite a rewarding experience. By identifying what needs to be done, both inside your home and out, will help you keep an updated schedule that you can use as you own your home. Take an afternoon and just get to know the ins and outs of your property. Knowing the status of your home will help you when something goes amiss so that you can take care of it quickly and efficiently so that it doesn’t get out of control. Avoiding costly repairs is a want of every homeowner whether it's your first home or one that you plan to retire to.
These projects are quick and simple and do not take up much time. Leaving the big projects to the contractors and doing what you can for yourself can help save you money in the long run. Know what you can handle yourself and call the professionals when you need to!