Written by Hugh Metcalf

5 easy weekend projects to give your home a boost

Refresh your rooms in just one weekend with these simple updates

Sometimes all it takes is a creative idea, a few spare hours and some elbow grease to completely transform the feel of a room. We’ve got five ideas ready and waiting, so clear your weekend schedule and get started.

Makeover grotty tiles with a grout pen

A retro kitchen with retro pastel accessories and white tiles, finished with bright pink grout

Image: Good Homes/Andrew Boyd

White tiles will always be in fashion, but only if they are looking their best – gungy, greying grout is not part of the look. Enter: the coloured grout pen. Simply wash and dry the area, then colour over the offending grout with a bright new hue.

Paint a geometric feature wall

 A children's pastel-themed nursery with prints on a picture rail and a geometric painted wall

Image: Good Homes/Max Attenborough

Perfect for children’s bedrooms or play areas, a mountain peak landscape has far-reaching appeal and – thankfully – is incredibly simple to do. Mask your design with FrogTape, which has paint-blocking properties to ensure a crisp and even line. Paint your design and, while the paint is still wet, carefully peel off the tape. 

Get creative with old furniture

A living room with a French-style chest of drawers which have been upcycled with grey paint and a beautiful floral design in white and peach

Image: Good Homes/Andrew Boyd

Channel your inner artist and do something completely bespoke with furniture that’s seen better days. Little dots are a great way to start, as they can easily be built up into floral shapes or repeating patterns, or you could try a stencil for a more controlled approach. And if in doubt, remember that paint is incredibly forgiving – if you don’t like it, then simply paint over the design and start afresh. 

Hang baskets as chic storage

A grey modern living room with woven baskets hanging from the wall as extra storage

Image: Good Homes/Mark Scott

A feature wall and handy extra storage combined, treat yourself to a pair of woven baskets and hang them from statement hooks. Ideal for hallways, bathrooms and living rooms (excellent toy tidies!), be sure to make the fixings secure if you plan to store anything heavy.

Frame wallpaper with wooden beading 

An eclectic blue and red living room with squares of wallpaper framed on the wall with wooden beading

Image: Good Homes/Joanna Henderson

Perfect for indecisive decorators, pick a range of complementary wallpaper prints – a great tip is to choose them from the same designer or collection. Cut squares from each and frame them onto your wall with wooden beading, which is available at any hardware store.

 

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