Five easy, one-hour DIY projects to upgrade your home

Home improvement shows on cable TV make it look easy to tackle DIY projects.

Don’t like the look of your kitchen? Then grab a sledgehammer and get to work!

You don’t need a big budget or a lot of demolition to transform your home to reflect your style. Smaller DIY projects can still have a major impact on your home.

Below are five easy, one-hour DIY projects to spruce up your home:

Create an outdoor dining space

When you live in Florida, your kitchen and dining room aren’t the only places to cook and entertain. With cooler weather on the way, now is the perfect time to transform your backyard into a luxurious outdoor oasis.

Step one is establishing an entertaining space. Tables and chairs should be functional, comfortable and proportionate to the space. The space needs shade for daytime gatherings and good lighting for nighttime gatherings. A fire pit is always a nice touch.

Step two is focusing on the centerpiece – the grill. First, decide whether you prefer gas, charcoal, wood pellet or electric. Then, determine what size grill you’ll need based on entertaining habits.

LINK: Outdoor Living

Paint the front door

The front door is like a power suit or elegant ballroom gown. It makes a statement, a lasting first impression.

Ace Hardware design expert Julie Reynolds says when repainting the entry door, consider a deep, vibrant color that brings out the personality of a home, as well as its homeowners. Florida homes typically favor neutral exterior colors, so bold choices for the front door and trim can uplift a home’s façade.

Start by removing the door. Patch any cracks or dings with a wood putty or epoxy patch product, then wash the door. After it dries, apply a primer and two coats of paint, preferably a durable semi-gloss finish. It’s important to check HOA or community guidelines before selecting paint colors.

LINK: Paint and Supplies

Install kitchen cabinet hardware

A little “bling” goes a long way. While custom-built homes will include upgraded hardware on cabinets and drawers, many homes have no accessories whatsoever in the kitchen. Pulls, knobs and hinges can add a little pop. Pick a finish and a style that matches your home and design taste.

The most common finishes are bronze, copper, nickel, gold, black and white. If you have stainless steel appliances, for example, you may want to color-coordinate with brushed nickel accessories.

Styles are seemingly endless for cabinet and drawer pulls – curved, straight, rings or knobs. They can be modern, rustic, traditional or classy.

LINK: Hardware

Replace faucets

Kitchen and bath faucets serve a primary function, but also can be statement pieces. Much like cabinet hardware, faucets come in a variety of finishes. Consider the color of your appliances, cabinets, cabinet pulls, walls and flooring.

In the kitchen, spring faucets and pull-down sprayers with high-arc, gooseneck designs offer versatility for washing dishes and produce. Single-handle levers control both water flow and temperature in one motion.

In the bathroom, two-handle fixed faucets remain popular. Medium-arc designs allow ample space to wash hands as well as delicates and cloth face masks.

LINK: Plumbing and Accessories

Stain furniture

Furniture is designed to be durable, oftentimes outlasting interior design trends. Medium-to-dark brown wood furniture is making a comeback, though. In Florida, where interior walls often are painted light grey, beige and tan, a dark brown coffee table, end table or bookshelf introduces much-needed contrast into living spaces, especially those featuring light-colored tile flooring.

Staining is a relatively easy process. First, lightly sand the piece to remove the current finish. Then use a damp, lint-free cloth to remove excess dust. Once it’s dry, begin applying the stain. Wiping off excess stain exposes grains of the wood and increases a piece’s character.

LINK: Stains and Paints