by Steve Lawler
on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 1:00pm.
If you're looking for a big improvement in how your home looks and feels, check out these Do it Yourself projects. Most all can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time, with minimal investment. I'll be posting a series of these, so stay tuned. All can be found at This Old House magazine.
This is a series of DIY projects. Please be sure to see previous Posts.
Would love to hear any ideas you may have for future posts, let me know!
Tear Out Old Carpet on Your Stairs
How to do it: Refinish the treads and paint the risers white—or get creative and paint a runner-like pattern.
Estimated cost: 1 gallon of white paint, sandpaper, wood putty to fill tack holes, 1 quart of stain, and 1 gallon of clear polyurethane, about $95; Lowe's
Add a Stained-glass Window in Your Bath
How to do it: If you can't find an exact fit to replace your existing window, simply hang one from chains in front of it.
Estimated cost: eBay store Bell Antique Mall has Art Deco windows similar to shown, starting at $69; Ebay
Gloss Over a Frame
How to do it: Refinish a dull mirror frame with glossy paint for an upscale look.
How to do it: Put casters on a table for a dual-purpose dining and food-prep surface in a small kitchen.
Estimated cost: Four Waxman swivel casters with brakes, about $15; Lowe's
Screen Your Fireplace for Warm Weather
How to do it: Retool your fireplace for spring with a screen made from a salvaged section of iron fence. Get one that's slightly larger than your firebox opening so that you can secure it to the surround. Add hook-on hangers to hold potted blooms.