Does your home’s exterior need some TLC? If so, here are some easy DIY exterior renovations you can do in the span of a couple hours or over the course of a weekend.
Repaint Your Trim
Painting your trim can transform your home’s exterior. Whether you want to update old paint or try something different with a new colour, you have the creative freedom to explore various options.
In today’s world of design, contrast is an important factor. If you’re unsure which colour will work best, buy samples (if available) or quarts of potential options. Then, test out the colours and see which one looks best with your home’s exterior.
Next, you’ll want to ensure you clean your trim before painting. If there’s any residue or debris, it can cause imperfections in your paint. Also, try and cover any landscaping or deck/patio surfaces that may be vulnerable to any dripping or spilt paint.
Keep in mind, you’ll first have to scrape off any cracked or lingering paint and sand over it. Once the surface is smooth and primed, you’re ready to start painting.
Check out this helpful post for preparing your trim for paint.
Gardening / Landscaping
Landscaping can be as simple as planting a series of shrubs or placing planted pots on your front deck or porch. It doesn’t have to be back-breaking, strenuous work.
Spending a single afternoon planting some pretty flora can turn your home’s exterior from drab to beautiful.
However, up keeping your landscaping and gardening can take work and is equally important. So, try and find plants that fit your lifestyle. If you’re busy often, find plants that don’t require as much attention. Also, make sure you purchase plants that are appropriate for your climate.
Painting your fence is another quick and easy way to renovate your home’s exterior.
Some living areas and subdivisions contain paint restrictions. So, before you begin, make sure you contact your development area and find out what paint options are allowed or suitable.
Next, you’ll want to pick out some colour sheets or samples and see which tone looks best with your home and neighbouring fence lines. Also, make sure you choose a high-quality paint that can withstand the elements.
After you’ve picked a colour, you’ll want to clean the fence and scrape off any debris or left over paint. Much like the trim, you’ll also want to sand down any imperfections.
Once your fence is prepped, you can begin sealing off any areas that could be exposed to the paint, such as patios and decks, landscaping, or outdoor furniture.
Now comes the fun part—painting. For an easier task, you can use a paint sprayer (if you have one or can manage to borrow it). If not, you can use a wide paint brush.
For a helpful DIY tutorial of fence painting, see this Youtube video.
Replacing exterior light fixtures is another cost-effective and easy way to improve your home’s exterior.
The very first thing you need to do is turn off all power and breakers to your exterior light source. This is the most important step to the entire procedure. If power lingers, then you can risk electrocution. So, I repeat, turn off all power.
Next, you’ll want to remove the old light fixture. Once it’s safely removed, you can install a light mounting block that will ensure your light stays flush with the wall. For some example products, see this home depot page.
Once your mounting block and assembly pieces are installed, it’s time to attach your light. Using a wire nut, first attach the ground wire. Then you can attach the remaining wires with another wire nut.
After your light is wired, you can screw in the light fixture and insert the lightbulb.
I highly suggest watching this video tutorial before beginning this project.
Patio or Concrete Sealant / Paint
Painting your concrete driveway or patio is another way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Plus, it’s a relatively quick and cost-effective DIY exterior renovation that can add value to your home.
Your first step is to acquire or purchase the following materials:
- A broom
- Etch primer
- A long paint roller
- Mineral turpentine
- Hose or power wash device
Once you have the necessary materials, you can proceed to the next step. First, you’ll want to clean the driveway. For best results, mix your primer with water and scrub the surface using your broom. Once the concrete is thoroughly scrubbed and any dirt or debris is uplifted from the surface, you can wash the primer off using your hose or power wash device.
Next, it’s time to tape any surfaces you don’t want to paint over.
After that step, you’ll want to apply some mineral turpentine to your paint. This step allows the paint to thin, making it much easier to work with.
After all the prep work is completed, you can start painting. Remember to paint the edges first, then move on to the main surface areas.
Wait approximately 16 hours, then apply your second coat. Once you’ve applied your coats, wait 7 days before driving your car onto your freshly painted surface.
For a helpful guide and video tutorial, refer to this link.