Holiday Home Helper: 12 DIY tips for a fresh New Year

Nothing inspires a week long cleaning marathon quite like the impending threat of holiday houseguests. Everything from polishing the silver to vacuuming the curtains to dusting the light fixtures is on the to-do list, along with groceries, homework and an ever-expanding mound of laundry. The last thing we want to think about is costly, time-consuming home renovations. But what about not-so-costly, quick and easy living improvements that give your home a new look and great feel?

Give your home a holiday boost with these DIY tips and home improvements.

Replace old light fixtures with unique new chandeliers. It will brighten up your living space and make it feel more personal and complete.

New hardware is an inexpensive and easy upgrade for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. Don’t forget the towel hangers and hooks!

Decorative window film adds a soft elegance to dining room windows in addition to subtle privacy.

Mount a row of hooks over your kitchen counter or inside cabinet doors to store hand towels, cooking utensils and other regularly used items out of eyesight but within easy reach.

Install new house numbers outside your front door, fence, or curb by the road to make you easier to find.

Hang a shelf above a doorway. Paint a shelf and two brackets the same color as your trim, then attach at the studs flanking the door. Use it to display decorative dishes, knickknacks or travel souvenirs.

Fix battery powered LED lighting to the underside of your kitchen cabinets to instantly illuminate your counter space.

Doorways aren’t the only place for shelves. Empty walls and cubbyholes will benefit from a slab or two, adding storage and making the blank space more visually pleasing.

Add finials to your staircase for a more elegant and finished look.

Repaint your front door a fresh, lively color to create an upbeat entry way.

Old and outdated backsplash can be given new life with a fresh coat of paint too. Just scuff up the tiles with a bit of medium grain sand paper and roll on one to two coats of paint.

Replace your old, worn out light switch and outlet covers with clean new ones. These can also be painted for a unique and more personal look.

Just a few of these small upgrades will make a noticeable difference in your day-to-day life, and add to the ease and joy of living and working inside your home.

Wishing you a cozy holiday season!

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