Ready. Set. Update! 5 Easy Weekend Projects

With warm, sunny days and long evenings, June is an ideal time to take on a household project. Here are five easy, inexpensive ideas to add instant beauty and value to your home.

Ready to give your home a fresh new look? Pick a summer weekend, roll up your sleeves, and take on one of these simple, satisfying projects. If you’re better suited to playing creative director than contractor, enlist a local expert to help.

Switch Out Your Cabinetry Hardware

Hardware, otherwise known as the jewelry of the home, is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transform a space. Take a spin through Pinterest to find inspiration and view the latest trends, including warm brass, glamorous gold, and rustic industrial. Take a drawer pull or knob from your kitchen, bathroom, powder room, and mudroom cabinets and browse specialty hardware showrooms, home remodeling superstores, antique shops, and architectural salvage shops to find the perfect hardware for each room. As cabinetry hardware should be pleasing to the touch, make sure each piece is right-sized for everyone in your family.

Give Your Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you’ve been craving a cool, all-white, Scandinavian-style bedroom, a beachy turquoise powder room, or an eye-catching orange front door, now’s a great time to get started, as warm, dry summer days are ideal for painting. Flip through the pages of the newest interior design books and magazines to get ideas. Bring photos of each space to your local paint store where the experts can help you select the right colors and finishes for your needs. If you can’t decide on a color, buy several small sample jars and paint a large square of each color on your walls and watch how the light affects the hue. Once you’ve selected the perfect color, invest in high-quality brushes and paint. While a gallon of paint may cost as much as a tank of gas, it lasts infinitely longer!

Illuminate Your Space

From sparkling chandeliers, to industrial-style pendants, and plantation-style ceiling lights with fans, lighting is one of the most dramatic ways to change the look and feel of a space. Pretend you’re a guest in your own home and look at each room (including the front entry) with fresh eyes. For a quick fix, clean and dust each fixture and replace burned-out light bulbs. If you’re ready to update your fixtures, take a photo of each room and measure the existing fixtures and the ceilings and walls. Visit a variety of home décor or furnishings stores and antique shops to compare styles and prices. If you’re handy, install the new light fixtures with dimmer switches for ambiance on-demand, otherwise enlist the help of a local electrician.

Update Your Backsplash

For an easy but impactful update to your kitchen, master bath, or butler’s pantry, consider replacing the backsplash with tile, mirror, or other materials. Browse Pinterest, Houzz, and Dering Hall to find images that reflect your aesthetic and the style of your home. Bring your phone or tablet with your saved images and photos of your space to local tile and home remodeling stores and ask the experts to help you find similar products that match your budget. If you’re short on time, hire a local tile expert to remove the old backsplash and install the new one. While you’re at it, consider replacing your outdated faucet with a stylish new fixture and adding new accessories to create a very Instagrammable vignette.

Give Your Windows a New Look

For a fresh, new outlook on your rooms, take down your draperies and send them to the dry cleaner. Give your shutters and blinds a thorough dusting and wipe with a non-toxic cleaner to remove smudges. To create more light in your kitchen or breakfast nook, consider replacing one or more blinds with clear glass shelving arranged with plants and pretty glassware. For increased savings on your cooling and heating costs, replace outdated window coverings with energy-efficient blinds, shades, and insulated draperies.

Realize Your Remodel with Finance by Cambria

Now that summer is upon us, it’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen or bath remodel with Cambria®. Whether you’re dreaming of a sparkling, all-white kitchen with pristine countertops and a stunning center island crafted of Ella™, or a sophisticated master bathroom with a coastal-chic vibe featuring Oakmoor™, Finance by Cambria is an ideal way to pay for your remodel.

Looking at a Fixer-Upper? The Benefits of a Renovation Loan

If you are searching for your dream home and are not finding what you are looking for, it may be time to consider a home that you can purchase and renovate into the home you’ve always wanted. If you don’t have the cash on hand to tackle a renovation after you purchase the home, consider a Renovation Loan. Here are more details and benefits of a Renovation Loan:

Color Your World: How to Pick the Perfect Paint

With the holidays just around the corner, October is a perfect time to give your rooms a fresh coat of paint in a fabulous new color. But, unless you’re a design professional, it can be challenging to pick the perfect palette with confidence. Here are some tips for getting it right the first time.

Jumpstart Your Remodel with Finance by Cambria

Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen or bath remodel with Cambria. Whether you’re dreaming of a sparkling, all-white kitchen with pristine countertops and a stunning center island crafted of Ella™, or a sophisticated master bathroom featuring the elegant, serpentine swaths of Roxwell™, Finance by Cambria® is an ideal way to pay for your remodel.

Remodeling ROI: How to get the biggest bang for your renovation buck

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your home, you’ve probably realized that it’s both an emotional and financial decision. For example, if you love to cook, a new kitchen with a chef-grade stove may bring you countless hours of joy and entertainment. But if you might be selling your home within the next few years, you also want to know the kitchen will pay for itself when the “For Sale” sign goes up in your front yard. Here are some tips to help you get the biggest bang for your renovation buck.

It’s Home Tour Season!

As home design enthusiasts know, summer is an exceptionally exciting time, because it’s when home tours are in full swing. Starting in June with the Artisan Home Tour and the Luxury Home Tour, home tour season offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the endlessly inspiring world of architecture, construction, and design.