7 DIY Jobs Before the Holidays

7 DIY Jobs Before the Holidays


The holiday season is fast approaching which means you’ll want your home to look its best before guests show up. Major products should be done well before Thanksgiving, but there are some smaller “touch up” jobs you can tackle up to then to ensure that your holidays are memorable and not bogged down in a renovation project.

Each suggested project can be done in a day or two and at a low cost to you:

1. Paint it – Most any room can get a quick boost by painting one or more walls. Repaint the entire room with a fresh coat of neutral paint or make one wall stand out by choosing a dark or vibrant color.

2. Clean it – Dirty carpets make any room look old and worn out. Plan your twice annual carpet cleaning to take place a week or two before guests show up for Thanksgiving. Even if you’re not entertaining for Thanksgiving, you’ll appreciate the fresh looking carpets for Christmas and the new year.

3. Stain it – Kitchen cabinets can be restained or repainted, to give your kitchen a fresh, warm look. If your cabinets are tired, but the expense of replacing these is out of the question, then a fresh coat of paint or varnish can help. Replace hardware such as knobs too for a low cost, but effective update.

4. Remove it – Clutter will make any room look old and crowded. To bring sparkle back to your family or living room, remove excess furniture and limit the number of paintings on the walls. Free up floor space and tight quarters will seem larger – a step that is essential for apartment or condo dwellers.

5. Toss it – You not only may want to remove something from a room, but you may want to toss it. Better yet: if the furnishings are in good shape, then contact your Salvation Army, Goodwill or other organization to haul it away. Furniture that is in very good shape is desirable and will be resold at a thrift store. Moreover, you’ll receive a receipt for an important tax deduction.

6. Refinish it – That old coffee table can stand a new look, something you can achieve by refinishing it. Take it outside, sand it down and apply a new coat of stain or paint to give it a fresh look. One nicely redone piece of furnishing can help your room “pop” in time for the holidays.

7. Sell it – In most areas of the country, it isn’t too late to hold a yard or garage sale. What you don’t toss or donate, you can sell. Use the proceeds from your sale to cover the cost of your update while benefiting from less clutter for the holidays.

Once you have your projects done, you’ll be ready to decorate it. We’ll be sharing some holiday decorating tips in an upcoming article.

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