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5 DIY projects that only take a day

Ginger Dean

July 14, 2015

By: Ginger Dean, Home Finance Specialist

In: Interior Home ImprovementInterior Design

Does the summer have you itching to take on a new project, but your busy schedule doesn't allow for much of a time commitment? There are several home improvement projects you can complete in just one day.

Whether it's an entire room or a little corner of your apartment, these five DIY home improvement projects will help give your space a whole new look and feel.

Organize your bookshelf

This is one of the simplest DIY projects you can do this summer because it doesn't take anything more than a little creativity. If your bookshelf is a mess, you don't necessarily need to buy anything to clean it up. Check out these Pinterest boards for ideas on how to organize and optimize your bookshelf space.

Redo your bathroom

Your bathroom can be refreshed in a day and all it takes is a new color scheme. No tiling and painted needed! The truth is you can give your bathroom a whole new feel for less than $150. All it takes is a new shower curtain, new bath maths, and some fluffy towels. For extra space, you can even had floating shelves or a shelving unit. Voila!

Refurbish furniture

If you want to update your furniture but don't have the budget to do so, refurbishing your existing pieces can be a real money saver. Set your old furniture outside, sand it down, and add a fresh coat of paint - that's all it takes to give your rooms a whole new look. If this is your first time taking on a DIY project check out the DIY Network for tips on how to fix up your furniture.

Clean out your garage

Though it's really for your car, the garage more often than not becomes the place you put items don't have space for inside but don't want to throw away. It's a great place to keep tools, decorations, and other knick-knacks, but it can quickly add up to a lot of clutter.

The truth is the garage can add very valuable square footage to your home in the form of storage space, but only if it's organized in an efficient manner. Shelves, plastic totes, and cabinets can help keep your garage useful and cleaned up at the same time. And it still leaves room to park your car - win-win.

Take on the kid's room

Things like plumbing and electrical wiring can't be done in a day, but painting and wallpapering sure can. If you send your children over to grandma's house for the night you can redo their bedrooms by the time they get back. Get out the paint roller or the wallpaper steamer and give your kid's room a whole new look. Sometimes adding simple accessories such as a new dresser or carpet can also help a room have a whole new look.

If you're new to DIY, start small and then work up to the larger projects. This gives you the experience and knowledge to map out the time and materials needed to complete each project. Good luck!

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