Freshen up your space with these DIY ideas.
Many homeowners are still under the impression that once they move into a house, they’re home free (pun intended). They have a place to live, it suits their needs, and they can check that off the list of adult responsibilities. Very little maintenance is needed to keep the place in a usable condition, and life goes on as usual.
But that attitude can be misleading. As the years pass, a house acquires a lived-in look that’s apparent to guests but not as much so to the owners. It doesn’t take long before the place is starting to show some wear. Furnishings are outdated, walls are scuffed up, carpets are stained, and the place generally takes on a musty, worn-down look. It’s no longer the beautiful new place it once was. Once homeowners notice, they often shy away from doing anything about it for fear of the cost.
Home Improvement Tops the List
Sound familiar? Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. Many of your Kansas City neighbors are in this same position. At Small Haul Containers, we see it all the time. One of the most common reasons why people reserve a small roll-off dumpster from us is for home improvement projects. The good news is that there are many DIY projects that make a big impact while still going easy on the budget. And we can help.
A small dumpster rental makes any home improvement job more manageable. Whether you’re tackling garage clutter or adding on a sun porch, a residential dumpster rental is perfect for catching all the trash, construction debris, and large furniture or appliances that you want to get rid of. And renting from a local Kansas City dumpster rental company gives you the added benefit of knowing you’re working with trusted Kansas City neighbors just like you.
If you’re ready to spruce your place up, take a look at these three projects that are perfect for the do-it-yourself. Any one of these will make a big difference in the way your home looks and feels and will breathe new life into a stale space. You’ll be surprised at the difference!
#1. Repaint the rooms. One of the quickest and easiest DIY projects is to repaint. Repainting a room is a great way to bring in new energy through color — even if the color is a fresh new white!
Paint and paint supplies don’t cost much, and the average homeowner can roll paint on a wall smoothly and evenly. Of course, you’ll need to do a little prep work before you start. Start by clearing the room out, removing furniture, pictures, and other items so you can access the walls and create a clean workspace. This is the time to go through everything and assess whether you really need it or not. If not, toss it out!
Having a small roll-off dumpster on-site for the project provides more incentive for you to get rid of things you no longer need. Rather than moving old appliances or boxes of “stuff” out to the garage where it’ll sit for another two years, dispose of it immediately. A small dumpster rental sitting in the driveway makes it much easier to get rid of everything quickly. It might even motivate your neighbors to do the same!
#2. Refinish kitchen cabinets. Kitchens get old and stale more quickly than other rooms. That may be because kitchens see so much activity. Everyone spends time in the kitchen, so it’s not surprising that this room gets the brunt of the wear, too. With kitchen design and fixtures becoming more of a trend (and a selling point), homeowners often look for ways to spruce up this room without breaking the bank.
Refinishing the cabinets is an excellent DIY project because of the many options available for creating a new look. A fresh coat of paint on old cabinets is a great way to change the feel of the kitchen. Another option is to keep the cabinet boxes but replace the doors and hardware. Take the old doors off and replace them with new doors with glass inserts for a whole new look. You can also change the trim on the existing cabinet doors. Refreshing the cabinets is a great way to breathe new life into the kitchen, and this is a project that you can tailor to your budget and abilities.
#3. Change out the lighting. Another great way to update the look of a room is by changing out the light fixtures. There are many unique and attractive light fixtures on the market these days. Changing out a fixture is usually a simple enough job that any homeowner can do it, but if you’re unsure of your electrical skills, you might want to call in an electrician instead.
Any room in the house benefits from new lighting. Switch out the hall fixture for a new chandelier for added elegance. Replace the old light fixture over the kitchen sink with a modern new pendulum light. Bathrooms often suffer from substandard lighting. Perhaps it’s time to put in a new fixture over the vanity. Be creative and take a look at what’s available. A new light fixture can make a huge difference.
Reserve Your Residential Dumpster Rental Today
If you’re feeling the urge to update your home, make sure you have a small dumpster rental on-site for the project. Renting from Small Haul Containers is easy, and you can do it online, so it’s ready when you are. Our rental period is typically seven days, plenty of time for most motivated homeowners to get through the project and get the associated trash out of the house.