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Small home projects that make a big impact

Home improvement doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are so many small changes you can make around your home that will make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the entire space. But before you begin making any changes, here at Scuseme we suggest you give your entire home a good clean first, including outdoor spaces.  This way, you will be able to see what needs to be repaired, redesigned, or replaced. Here are a couple of small home projects that can make a big difference:

Repaint the entire house

Not very many homeowners know that a little change of colour goes a long way—it can even make your entire home look brand new. You don’t need to hire a pro to do this, we can recommend some easy painting tips to make the job faster and easier. For one, you can either paint the house the same colour or darker. One-coat-painting is ideal if you just want to give your home a fresh coat of paint and you don’t want to change your home’s colour scheme drastically.

Update the design of your front door

You’d be amazed at the difference it will make when you change the appearance of your front door. House Beautiful notes that your front door is a key part of what gives your home added appeal. Repainting it with a bolder colour or adding huge potted hedges can elevate the atheistic of your home’s entrance. Adding rustic accents, such as plants on either side, can also help give your front door a more sophisticated look. The front door is the first impression guests will have of your home, so it pays to make it count.

Install coffers on your ceilings

DIY ceiling coffers can make your bare ceiling look much more elegant. Sketch out your design on paper, taking into consideration the lights and other fixtures on your ceiling. Check for any damage, too, as you don’t want the ceiling to collapse on you while you’re installing your coffers. Then measure and mark where your beams will go. You can use stock lumber for the “beams”, cove moldings for the corners and sides, and then all you need is a fresh coat of paint. Let it dry and you have a completely redefined space with more dimension and character.

Remove shelf doors

This works especially well in the kitchen and makes a lot of difference, too, and gives the room a more spacious feel. Once you’ve cleaned up your shelves, paint them with a colour that complements your entire home. Light colours like beige, white, and cream work best as they tend to make an area look brighter and more spacious.

Overhaul your bathroom

This is a great project if you’re one of those homeowners with a really tiny bathroom. A simple way to revamp the bathroom is to just add a few small potted plants, an extra few shelves for towels, and some extra lighting. You can also add a few mirrors to make the area look more spacious. Ideal Home has some great small bathroom ideas and also suggests you install some DIY hanging shelves to maximise floor space. Re-tiling your bathroom is a good option too. Use the same colour of tiles on the walls and the floor—the continuous run of tiles creates a more spacious look.

Make a big impact in your bathroom

Redecorate your fireplace

The fireplace is one of the most commonly overlooked parts of the home, yet it is a main feature and can make a big impact. Don’t let yours look like a pile of old bricks. Make sure you regularly have it swept and checked for leaks and internal problems. Give it a fresh coat of paint, too, but be sure to use a stain-blocking primer first, and choose a high-gloss paint to give it a natural glow. If you don’t have a fireplace, it’s quite a good investment. A fireplace can set the tone in your home.

Among the many alternative fireplace solutions, it is evident that there are various styles ranging from traditional stoves to modern stainless steel designs. A fireplace will not only act as a good focal point for a room it will also serve you well in the winter.

Go for it: Make a BIG impact

There isn’t a project too big or too expensive for a homeowner who’s willing to perform some DIY on the repairs and upgrades. Just a fresh coat of paint, some new additions to common spaces, and a few restyling and it’s like you have a brand new home.

Dawn Giesler, is the founder of Scuseme Cambridge, a recommendation website that helps your family run smoothly. She has lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and offers advice based on her own experiences. For more information visit scuseme

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