Love It Or List It Australia

Quick DIY projects for the weekend

Whether you’re loving it or listing it, your home can always do with a little freshen up. Here are our ideas for jobs you can do this weekend to breathe new life – and value – to your slice of real estate.

And don’t worry, cordless power tools, like the Ryobi ONE+, which offers up to 70 different tools with just one battery, are all you need to get stuck into these updates. Grab yours now, we’re going in.

If you're loving your home

Update the kitchen cabinets

Stuck with old-school kitchen cupboards and no money to renovate? An easy option is to try some minor adaptations, which can really help.

These days, you can get great kitchen paint which doesn’t require a primer coat beforehand and a host of modern handles and knobs to freshen things up.

You'll need to sand back the cupboards, though, so be prepared for a little elbow grease. Once you’ve painted, you can then change those knobs and handles for a totally new look.

Sort out the lighting

If you’re stuck with dated lighting options, you can add a fresh look to your room in minutes with lighting. Pendant lights look chic and modern, are relatively inexpensive and change the whole room. Or add a couple of floor lamps for a more ambient mood: Simple and effective.

Shut out the world

Interior shutters are a great way to add architectural and historical detail to a home and help keep out winter's chilly winds or summer's oppressive heat. They're relatively easy to install on any window because they attach to a thin frame that either sits inside the window opening or around the outside of the casing.

If you're listing your home

Add pizzaz to the bathroom

You don’t have to redo the entire room to make a bathroom fresh. Change outdated knobs, light fixtures, vanity units, tapware and showerhead, or add a cupboard that can be fixed to the wall. Think about how you can modernise the shower – a new glass door makes a bath-fitted shower look modern, instantly.

By simply changing out one or two of the most outdated items, you can make your bathroom look modern and new.

Re-do the splashback

This is an instant lift for a dull kitchen, which will add value and style. Splashbacks can come ready-made in sheets of tiles or acrylic, so simply install it with the right tools and a bit of know-how, or tile the old-fashioned way. Add bold colour or texture and suddenly a night of cooking will become far more appealing.

Address the walls

Nothing adds freshness like a lick of paint and whether you’re just wanting to brighten up an existing colour or add bold new hues, a weekend is all you’ll need. These days you can buy and try removable wallpaper and a feature wall could bring a whole new dimension to your living area.

If you've got more time

Sort your flooring

You may not be able to do a whole home in a weekend, but replacing tired tiles with inexpensive vinyl in laundry areas or buffing floorboards can really enhance your home in a flash.

Make an outdoor room

Make that patio or balcony an extra place to hang out in just a few hours. Start with an outdoor rug and some seating and build from there.

Install some planter boxes, storage, a barbecue area, and string fairy lights up or add an outdoor heater. Depending on space, there is no end to what you can do to make your outdoor area a great place to escape to.

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