Easy Fixes to Do Around the Home Over a Long Weekend

These projects are easy to tackle and have the potential to make a big difference in your home.

A long weekend is the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into your living space. That’s why ESTATENVY spoke with Julia Buckingham of Buckingham Interiors + Design to learn what projects homeowners can realistically take on during this time.

“I can tell you from personal experience to double the time you are anticipating the project may take,” she said. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew, because this will just add stress and anxiety to our life. Stick with one project within one space.”

Buckingham discussed an abundance of color in the modern design world and noted that as fall approaches, homeowners may wish to update their space to reflect these vibrant tones. She recommends changing out accents like decorative pillows for an easy update to a room’s atmosphere.

“It’s important to do an overall assessment of your space,” she said. “Start with the room that has gotten lost in the shuffle—ask yourself what you’re of tired of in your home. You will feel more holistically happy when you begin with an eyesore like that.”

For an easy update, Buckingham recommends temporary wall paper for its simple installation and wide variety. This can transform a space and change how you feel emotionally within a room. Another easy project that can change the mood of a space is the addition of colorful or textured rugs. These add a pop of drama to a living space.

“Be prepared to make mistakes and do your homework,” she cautioned. “If you are painting a space, look into different finishes and research the quality. The amount of sheen is a big deal—matte paint makes for easier cleaning and repair, where a gloss may require the whole wall to be repainted.”

ESTATENVY also spoke with Donald McKinnon of IDG Interior Design Group to determine the best home improvement projects to tackle over a long weekend.

“The problem is that people tend to take on way too much,” he said. He recommended sticking to smaller projects like repainting a room or adding a backsplash to prevent the risk of becoming overwhelmed.

In taking on a DIY project, McKinnon says homeowners should start by collecting all the information that they are able to. Find out how to do the project, what is involved and what materials will be needed.

“Talk to a professional when purchasing the materials. They will be realistic about what you need and what the timeframe looks like,” McKinnon added.

To prepare the home for fall, McKinnon recommends checking the windows and molding of your house and cleaning up the landscaping as it can wreak havoc when it grows too close to the home. “This is the time to take on these projects,” he said. “The house isn’t sealed up for winter yet.”

At the end of the day, a small touch can make a lasting impact. If you’re looking for a productive way to spend your long weekend, consider investing a little time and TLC into your home.