10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The perception and value of your home are often both affected not just by what it looks like on the inside, but also by its overall appearance on the outside—and that includes the lawn, the driveway, and even the view from 100 feet down the road.

Curb appeal has a tremendous effect on not only your home’s resale value, but it can also affect your own mood and sense of pride as a homeowner. If you’re not satisfied with the way your home looks when you pull in your driveway every day, or if you’re looking for ways to maximize its resale value, read these 10 tips from Blindster to boost your home’s curb appeal and make it the showpiece of your neighborhood.

 

Focus on the front door

Focus on the front door.

Your front door says a lot about your home. Not only is it main entrance to your home, but it’s also the focal point of its architectural design. People’s eyes are automatically drawn to front doors the same way they’re drawn to eyes in portraits. To make the most of this tendency, give your front door as much TLC as possible.

If it needs to be replaced, leave plenty of room in your budget to swap it out with a high-quality door. If you’re happy with the door you have but feel like it’s lacking something, consider painting it a bold color like schoolhouse red, royal blue, or even canary yellow.

 

Paint the exterior

Paint the exterior.

Much like your front door can breathe new life into an old or visually unappealing exterior, taking it one step further and painting your entire home can often lead to a dramatic improvement in its overall appearance. A fresh coat of paint makes older homes look new and hides most types of damage caused by sunlight, wind, rain, hail, and other weathering caused by years of exposure to the elements.

Pressure wash everything

Pressure wash everything.

If you don’t have the time to paint your home, consider giving it a good bath with a pressure washer. Pressure washing knocks off years of accumulated dirt and grime from wood, brick, stone, vinyl, and virtually any other material that might be found on the exterior of your home. Pressure washing will also give you a major improvement in the appearance of your driveway, sidewalk, deck, porch, patio, and any other outdoor area of your home that is exposed to the elements.

Show the garage door some love

Show the garage door some love.

If your home has a forward-facing garage, consider giving your garage door the same attention you gave your home’s front door. Because of their size, garage doors can often dominate the focal point of homes—and if they don’t match the rest of the home in terms of color or design, it can detract from the home’s overall appearance. Cleaning the windows, polishing the door handles (if you have them), and slapping on a fresh coat of paint can make even the oldest and most outdated garage doors an attractive part of your home.

Exterior lights

Add lights.

Don’t neglect your home’s appearance at night. What may be a warm and inviting home with the benefit of sunshine can quickly become a dark and foreboding place at night without some form of lighting to draw the eye. A well-placed and high-quality light fixture above every entryway is a good start, but you can also add lights along your driveway, sidewalk, and any other pathway leading to your home. Not only do these help your guests find their way at night, but they also improve the looks of your home after dark.

Replace your mailbox

Replace your mailbox.

Your mailbox may seem like the last thing that would have an impact on your home’s curb appeal, but it can actually play a huge role in the perception and value of your home. Having a cheap plastic mailbox is great if you have a student driver in your household, but it’s not much of an asset when it comes to adding value to your home. If you have the budget, consider adding a brick or stone column mailbox that matches your home’s design and style.

 

Patch up any trouble spots in your lawn.

Maintaining a flawless lawn year-round just isn’t practical for most people—especially if you live in a climate that isn’t conducive to growing lush grass. However, you don’t always have to have golf course-quality grass just to maintain your home’s curb appeal. If your lawn has seen better days but you don’t have the time to keep it looking pristine, fill in any trouble spots with flowers, shrubs, and other plants. Not only do these require much less upkeep than grass, but they also add color and variety to your lawn.

 

Clean or replace your windows.

Depending on the age of your home and its windows, you may be able to get by with just giving them a good cleaning. Dirty windows quickly lose the majority of their shine and reflectiveness, giving them a dull and cloudy look. By cleaning your windows inside and out, you can restore the luster and clarity that makes your home appear newer and brighter. But if the windows are very old and permanently cloudy, consider replacing them with newer and more energy-efficient windows that will not only improve your home’s appearance, but also save you money.

 

Add window boxes

Add window boxes.

Window boxes filled with flowers, ivy, and other plants can give your home a splash of color and life that will complement even the brightest paint jobs. Installing flower boxes on all your home’s windows is a simple DIY project that can be completed in a single weekend, but the benefits it can provide to your home’s curb appeal are not to be underestimated. In addition to looking great, window boxes can also be used to grow mini gardens and vegetables that you can prepare for your family.

 

Remove any outdoor clutter

Remove any outdoor clutter.

Keep children’s toys, lawn furniture, trash cans, recycling bins, and other outdoor items put away or out of sight when you’re not using them. The less clutter there is in front of your home, the cleaner and more cohesive its appearance will be to you, your family, and any potential buyers if you’re in the market to sell.

10 Ingenious Storage Ideas for Your Home

If you’re like most homeowners, you simply can’t have enough space or storage to keep things accessible but also out of sight. Unfortunately, storage spaces like cabinets, closets, garages, and even attics fill up fast, leaving you wondering where and how you can add storage to your home.

The good news is that sometimes the best storage spaces are hiding in plain sight, as some of the things you use on a daily basis can become ingenious storage solutions. Check out these 10 ideas from Blindster to increase the storage space in your home without breaking the bank.

Make an eyeglasses holder.

Eyeglass holders

People hang holders for their keys and keychains, so why not their eyeglasses and sunglasses? To create your own, all you need is a small block of wood and a tightly drawn string running horizontal across its surface. When the block is fixed to the wall, put one hook off your eyeglasses or sunglasses through the string and they’ll stay in place until the next time you need them. That means no more stumbling around in the dark or running late because of a misplaced pair of glasses.

 

Use the space under your bathroom sink with a sink skirt.

Space under your bathroom sink

If you have a standalone sink without any cabinet space underneath, don’t let that area go to waste. Instead, fasten some decorative fabric around the outside of the sink and cut it so that it ends just above the floor. Then, put any bathroom items underneath next to the base of the sink. To further maximize the space, consider adding small plastic cabinets to store the essentials like extra toothpaste, mouthwash, and other essential hygiene items.

 

Use a CD rack to store Tupperware lids.

CD rack to store Tupperware lids

Is there anything more annoying than having loose Tupperware lids scattered throughout your cabinets and drawers? It may seem hopeless to keep the lids organized and together in one place, but an easy way to separate them is to use a plastic or metal CD rack. Most are small enough to fit inside a cabinet and have enough room to easily store the lids for all of your Tupperware containers. You can even organize them by size to make retrieving the right one a breeze.

 

Store paper towels in a shoe hanger.

Store paper towels in a shoe hanger

If you buy jumbo-sized paper towels from places like Costco or Sam’s Club, you know how bulky and unwieldy the packaging can be. Even if you remove each individual paper towel roll from the container, it’s still a challenge to find a place to store all of them. One easy way to store every roll and keep them handy is to place them inside a hanging shoe rack. Hang the rack inside your closet and you’ll find that each opening is the perfect size for most paper towel rolls. Now you not only have a perfect place to store your paper towels, but you also have easy access to a roll anytime you need one.

 

Store cleaning supplies in a shoe hanger.

5. Store cleaning supplies in a shoe hanger

Mesh shoe hangers aren’t just great for storing paper towels—they’re also perfect for storing an assortment of cleaning products. To make the most of this space-saving tip, hang the shoe organizer on the other side of your cleaning closet or laundry room door. That way you’ll have all of the items you need to clean your home and do your laundry right in front of you every time you enter the room or retrieve an object from the closet.

 

Store wrapping paper on your closet’s ceiling.

Store wrapping paper on your closet’s ceiling

Even though you may only use wrapping paper once a year at Christmas, you don’t want to throw it away and buy it all over again next December. But you also know how cumbersome it is to store in your closet. Instead of letting it take up precious space on the floor or on your shelves, store it on the ceiling. Just tightly adhere two strong pieces of string or rope from end to end near the ceiling of your closet that are spaced roughly four to five inches shorter than the shortest roll of wrapping paper. Then place each roll on the strings for easy storage and easy access.

 

Extend your bookshelf over your doorway.

Extend your bookshelf over your doorway

If you have a bookshelf or any other storage shelf placed next to a doorway, consider extending it by painting a piece of wood the same color as the shelf and hanging it just above the molding at the top of the door. This area is often the perfect-sized space for small books, movies, CDs, vinyl albums, and other forms of media that need to be stored out in the open. However, unless you’re NBA player-sized, you may want to have a small step stool or step ladder handy to reach the shelf once it’s installed.

 

Create hidden bookcase drawers.

Create hidden bookcase drawers

Speaking of bookshelves and bookcases, this tip helps kill two birds with one stone. If you have a large bookcase that you want to completely fill but you’re running low on storage, get a small box that matches the depth of the bookcase and glue the spines of old or unwanted books to its side. When the box is pushed against the wall, the books will blend right in with the others and you’ll have a hidden compartment for extra storage.

 

Boost your bed with risers to create more storage space.

Boost your bed with risers to create more storage space

The space under your bed is valuable real estate that can be put to good use. Unfortunately, most people’s beds are too low to the ground to store anything other than extra blankets or pillows. To increase the space under your bed, consider putting it on small risers and adding an extra-long bed skirt. Not only does this give you ample room for small boxes, storage crates, and other items that would normally take up room in your closets, but it also makes your bed a bigger focal point of your bedroom.

 

Build an office inside a closet.

Build an office inside a closet

Whether you work from home or just need a workspace away from the office, a home office is a grand thing to have—except, of course, when you don’t have an extra room in your home to dedicate to such a purpose. Instead of giving up on the idea, however, consider clearing out an unused double-sliding door closet and adding a small work bench with enough room for your computer, printer, and any room essential gadgets. You can pull up a chair and work during the day, and when you’re finished, simply move the chair and close the door and your “office” disappears.

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Decorating and Furnishing Your New Home

When you move into a new home, furnishing it for the first time gives you a clean slate that you may never have again—unless you move, that is. That’s why it’s important to make the best of your “blank slate” opportunity the first time around so that you can make your home look and feel a way that matches your style, personality, and energy. Here are 10 Dos and Don’ts from Blindster.com to make the most of your new living space and create a warm and inviting atmosphere that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

 

Do the hard work first.

Do the hard work first.

If possible, do any extensive or even minor renovation projects before you move a single piece of furniture into your home. Want to knock out that wall dividing the living room and kitchen? Need to update the tub or shower? Does the kitchen need an entire makeover? If so, tackle those projects first. Not only will the open spaces give you plenty of room to work, but you’ll also be better able to visualize the furniture and décor that will match the rest of your house after you’re done.

Don’t overcrowd any rooms.

Don’t overcrowd any rooms.

If you have any large rooms in your home, it can be tempting to fill them with furniture in order to close them in and make them feel warmer and cozier. Sometimes it’s best to resist that temptation, however, and simply allow the room to exist as-is. Instead, decorate and furnish large rooms with bold artwork and pieces of furniture that draw your eye’s attention instead of causing it wander around the room straining for something to focus on. In art, negative space can often have a powerful effect on the viewer, and the same is true in home décor as well.

Do choose window treatments that are appropriate for each room.

Some rooms, such as bedrooms and media rooms, benefit from blackout shades that have the ability to reduce or block sunlight and glare while providing maximum privacy. Other rooms, like the living room, sun room, and kitchen may be better served with window treatments designed to let in ample natural light and maintain a clear view of the outdoors.

Don’t focus too much on matching furniture.

While it’s nice to have an entire set of matching furniture, it’s not realistic for most people. Don’t leave a new piece of furniture behind just because it may not fit perfectly with your existing furniture. In many cases, a vintage sofa, cabinet, chair, or table can turn into the showpiece of a room—even if it came from a different decade or even century from the rest of your furniture.

Do use rugs to create sections within rooms

Do use rugs to create sections within rooms.

Whether you have carpet or hardwood floors, rugs are a great way to easily section off parts of rooms into designated areas—especially in homes that feature open floor plans. Use a rug underneath your breakfast table or nook to help separate it from the rest of your kitchen area. You can also use a large area rug to section off your couch, coffee table, end tables, and television stand in your living room.

Don’t follow any themes too closely

Don’t follow any themes too closely.

Unless you’re aiming to make your home look like a hotel room, try to avoid decorations and furniture that seem stereotypical for the area. For example, if your home is near the beach, don’t go overboard with a nautical, seashell, or palm tree-inspired decorations. Let your home’s natural setting and your sense of style and décor speak for themselves without resorting to an overarching theme that dominates the focal points of every room.

Don’t be afraid to spend a little more

Don’t be afraid to spend a little more.

Not all furniture is created equal, and if you’ve moved more than a few times in your life, you’re probably well aware of that fact. That’s why it makes sense to splurge and shell out a bit of extra cash for certain pieces of furniture that are sure to get heavy use and will stand out in your home, such as your couch, kitchen table, or an interesting piece of décor. It’s not necessary to furnish your home entirely with luxury items, but a few well-placed high-end pieces can make all the difference.

Do provide plenty of options for seating.

One of the most overlooked aspects of furnishing a new home is making sure you have enough seating for family members, guests, and party attendees. Have extra chairs and even an extra table on hand for dinner parties or holiday gatherings, and furnish your living room with plenty of seating options. Sectional couches are great for maximizing space and providing ample seating for your guests—especially if they’re paired with a loveseat or a couple of roomy chairs.

Don’t forget the personal touches

Don’t forget the personal touches.

To make a house truly feel like a home, be sure to display pictures, artwork, mementos, souvenirs, and other personal items created by you, your family members, and your friends. Adding a personal touch to every room helps make your home feel more inviting and comfortable, while also conjuring memories of great times you shared with the people closest to you.

Do test paint colors

Do test paint colors.

If you decide to paint any room in your home, take your time and test the color before you commit to it. It’s important to never base your judgment on a color based on what you saw at the hardware store. Big box hardware stores have harsh overhead lighting that is drastically different from what you have at home—and that means the color you see in the store will look very different when it’s on your wall. Get several samples and test them out individual to choose the color that works best for each room’s purpose and desired décor.

Don’t over-think it

Don’t over think it.

In a list of Dos and Don’ts, this may seem counterintuitive. But remember—it’s your home, and ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how to furnish and decorate it. While it’s handy to have a few pointers and tips and tricks in mind when you’re visualizing the décor for a room, it’s also important to please yourself and your family. After all, you’re the ones who have to live there! So use the opportunity to have fun and be creative, and remember—if you don’t like the way a room looks now, you can always change it.

10 Benefits of Being a Homeowner

Owning your own home is the American Dream—even if it feels like a hassle at times. While you’re dealing with things like property taxes, expensive repairs, and high insurance costs, renters get the advantage of maintenance workers, free repairs, and the ability to move every year if they want.

Whether you’re on the fence about buying a home or you recently signed on the dotted line and committed to a multi-decade mortgage, you should know that there are some major benefits to being a homeowner that renting just can’t match.

So relax, enjoy your hard-earned living space, and read Blindster’s list of 10 benefits of being a homeowner.

You can negotiate on the price.

You can negotiate on the price.

In most cases, the selling price of a home isn’t set in stone. That means you can make an offer below the seller’s asking price and save tens of thousands of dollars in the long run if they accept—which also means a smaller down payment and lower mortgage payments every month. But when it comes to renting a house or apartment, you’re often stuck paying whatever the landowner wants for the property without much or any wiggle room. 

You’re free to change whatever you want.

When you’re renting a house or apartment, the most freedom you typically have is the ability to paint the walls or hang a few pictures. Large-scale remodeling projects are out of the question, as are any drastic changes to the outside appearance of the home or lawn. But when you own your own home, the inside is entirely yours to change and remodel as you see fit. Don’t like the extra wall separating the kitchen from the living room? Knock it down. Hate the tile in the bathroom? Replace it with something more to your liking. When you’re a homeowner, the possibilities are endless.

You get tax benefits.

You get tax benefits.

Being a homeowner pays off big time when tax season rolls around. Claiming your home and other housing expenses on your return can net you a pretty nice chunk of change every year—all of which is money renters will never see. Over time, the savings you net can be significant and can go back into improving your home, saving for the future, or used to finance vacations and other leisure activities.

Your monthly mortgage payments don’t increase like rent.

Your monthly mortgage payments don’t increase like rent.

Buying a home generally locks you into a fixed-rate mortgage, which are pre-determined payments due every month until the house is paid off. The stability and consistency of these payments can help you budget years into the future, as you’ll always know roughly how much money you need to set aside. But as a renter, your monthly expenses are subject to things like inflation, gentrification, and housing shortages in your city—all of which can significantly raise your rental payments year after year.

Your home accumulates value over time.

Living in an area that experiences rapid growth and development is often a bad thing for renters, as their rental homes or apartments may see huge increases in rent or may be purchased and demolished or remodeled by developers. But as a homeowner, any positive change in your neighborhood is also a positive change for the value of your home. Even if your neighborhood remains steady over the next several decades, its value will still go up over time as long as you maintain it.

You get increased privacy.

You get increased privacy.

Apartments and townhouses are poor choices for anyone who truly values their privacy and peace and quiet. Not only do you share parking lots, parking spaces, and common areas with your neighbors, but you also share walls—and depending on the thickness of those walls, you may be able to hear just about everything that’s happening on the other side. Owning a home means you have the freedom to use your own lawn without intruding on your neighbors’ space, and not sharing walls with anyone else means you can play music, invite guests over, or remodel a room at 2 a.m. guilt-free.

It encourages you to get involved in your community.

It encourages you to get involved in your community.

When you’re renting, you may feel less ties with your community and your neighbors—especially if you move often. But when you own a home, you’re literally investing in your own city and community. Putting down roots in an area means you have more time to get to know your neighbors and more time to truly understand local issues. It’s no surprise that homeowners are far more likely to be involved in community civics meetings and to vote on issues that affect their neighborhoods.

You will eventually pay it off.

You will eventually pay it off.

Even though it may seem like it will never happen—especially if you just signed a brand new 25 or 30-year mortgage—eventually there will come a day when your home is paid off. Not only does paying off your home give you and your family a tremendous sense of security that you simply can’t get as a renter, but it also allows you to begin saving money that went toward what was likely your biggest expense for more than a third of your life. There’s also the psychological benefit of knowing that each time you write a check for your mortgage, it’s going towards something you will eventually own.

It’s an automatic savings account.

It’s an automatic savings account.

Whether you’re a spend thrift who saves every penny or someone who believes money is meant to be enjoyed, owning a home means at least a portion of your income is going toward something tangible and lasting every month. As you pay off more and more of your home, your equity increases along with your home’s value. That means you always have a source of emergency income should you need it in the form of equity loans or even selling your home outright.

Your home can last for generations.

Your home can last for generations.

Owning a home is the ultimate family heirloom. Not only is it the place where you will raise your kids, but it can also be the place they come back to during college, as young adults, and with their own children in tow years from now. In addition, your home can also be passed on to your children or grandchildren after you’re gone. The sentimental and monetary value of keeping a home in the same family for generations are perks that can’t be matched by any traditional heirlooms or prized possessions.

10 Decorating Ideas to Make Older Homes Look New

Buying an older home often presents a unique challenge for homeowners. Older homes have a lot of charm and curb appeal, but the décor and overall design often appear dated and even cumbersome to modern homebuyers. If you recently bought an older home and want to update it to fit in with the 21st century, the following tips will help you along the way.

Clean and scrub away the dirt and grime.

Older homes have a tendency to accumulate years’ and years’ worth of dirt and grime. For example, that outdated mustard-color kitchen or bathroom tile may actually be white underneath the stained surface. Use a heavy-duty cleaner and some elbow grease to restore floors to their original color and shine. For outdoor areas like the exterior of the home, driveway, and sidewalks, use a pressure washer to blast away decades-old stains and discolorations.

Apply a fresh coat of paint.

Nothing spruces up an older home on the inside and outside quite like a fresh coat of paint. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned the exterior of the home or the interior walls, consider rolling on a few coats of paint. Before you commit to a single brush stroke of paint, however, make sure you test it out with samples, as the color can appear quite different in sunlight or standard room lighting from the way it appeared at the hardware store.

Remove the wallpaper.

Although small amounts of wallpaper is making a comeback on accent walls, having your entire home covered in the stuff is outdated and drags down the appearance of any room. Many older homes have plenty of wallpaper from a bygone era, and you’ll be surprised how much more open and modern each room will look when the wallpaper comes down and a fresh coat of paint goes up.

Widen doorways and remove existing walls.

If you have the time, money, or do-it-yourself knowledge, consider widening doorways or even knocking out entire walls in your home to create a more modern and open floor plan. Older homes were often built with a design philosophy that created closed off rooms and long hallways, but such claustrophobic architecture can be negated with widened doorways and the connection of previously walled off rooms, like the kitchen and dining room.

Remove the carpet and show off the floor below.

Depending on the age of your home, the carpet may be covering a beautiful but neglected hardwood floor. Always check to verify what type of flooring is underneath your carpet before ripping it up, but if you know what lies below, don’t hesitate to expose the original flooring that has long been hidden from sight. The old wood may need some heavy duty cleaning to restore it to its original shine, but its natural beauty will give your home’s appearance a big boost without requiring you to spend money on new flooring.

Replace or weatherproof the windows.

Aging and outdated windows are a telltale sign that a house is over the hill. Not only are they often foggy and difficult to open and clean, but they’re also environmentally unfriendly, as they create drafts and force your air conditioning unit to work harder. Ideally, you should try to replace the windows throughout the home with more modern and energy-efficient windows, but if that’s not possible, purchase weatherproofing strips that help seal the windows and reduce any air leaks.

Spring for new kitchen appliances.

If your older home’s kitchen still has its original appliances, it may be worth replacing them. Not only are older appliances out of date from an appearance standpoint, but they also lack many of the conveniences and features of modern appliances, such as Energy Star certification, automatic icemakers, faster heating times, and more. Newer appliances are also likely covered under warranties and are less likely to break in the near future.

Patch up or fix any stains and holes.

The older the home is that you purchased, the more likely it is to have had leaks in the past. Leaks can damage the roof and ceiling of your home and cause unsightly and even unsafe water damage. Depending on the extent of the damage, consider patching up parts of the roof and ceiling that are discolored or even replace them entirely. However, before you decide to do any extensive renovations or repairs to the ceiling or roof, make sure there isn’t any asbestos in the materials. Many older homes built in the middle of the 20th century contain high amounts of asbestos that shouldn’t be removed or disturbed without the help of a qualified professional.

Display modern artwork and décor throughout your home.

Nothing says “outdated” quite like an older home that is decorated with old and uninspired artwork. One of the quickest and easiest ways to liven up and modernize an older home is to fill it with decorative pieces that reflect contemporary design philosophies and art movements. A few well-placed decorative items throughout the home will help draw attention away from any outdated elements of the home without requiring you to break the bank.

Embrace the things that make your older home unique.

While older homes often need a little time, money, and effort to look modern, they also have certain features that new homes just can’t match. Whether it’s a unique architectural design or a grand staircase and entryway, many older homes feature little flourishes that you just can’t find in new homes. It’s worth it to find exactly what makes your home stand out and give it the attention and creativity it deserves. Vintage design elements like oversized fireplaces, large wrap-around porches, and clawfoot bathtubs aren’t as common in new homes, but they can be showpieces in your home with enough patience, effort, and attention to detail.

Blindster’s Top Natural Light Pleated and Exterior Shades

If you want to draw more beautiful natural light into your home or outdoor patio/deck area, Blindster’s pleated and exterior shade selection has you covered. Our indoor pleated options let you choose from a variety of colors and patterns with the added versatility top down bottom up operation, while our exterior shades range in their visibility and UV-ray blocking capabilities to fit your family’s needs while enjoying the outdoors.

Pleated shades in living room

Pleated Shades

Light filtering pleated shades are similar to roller shades but give you more definition and texture, as well as additional flexibility for light control and privacy. Unlike honeycomb cellular window coverings, pleated shades are created using a single layer of fabric, giving them even more translucency to allow ample natural sunlight into your home.

Choose from five unique colors, including spun linen white and spun linen silver shadow, to get light filtering shades that match the décor of any room in your home.

One of our newest products, this window treatment is manufactured using a 100 percent durable woven polyester fabric and offers excellent light control to fill your home with soft and diffuse natural sunlight.

Featuring both cordless and top down bottom up functionality, this window covering is highly versatile and its pleated fabric maintains your privacy while allowing natural lighting into your home.

desert back patio with exterior shades

Exterior Shades

Exterior shades are designed to block the heat, glare, and danger from the sun’s intense UV rays. Install these on your deck or patio to increase comfort during the summer and minimize the sun’s impact on your furniture and paint. You can also install these on outside windows that receive large amounts of direct sunlight to further reduce your energy costs.

Capable of blocking 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays, this outdoor window covering provides substantial light reduction and sun protection while still offering an unobstructed view.

The Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 10% Open is the perfect middle-ground if you want a window treatment that blocks the majority of sunlight while also offering great views of the natural beauty surrounding your home.

Designed to block 86 percent of UV rays, this outdoor window treatment features the highest openness factor of our solar shades and provides the clearest view without sacrificing overall sun and heat reduction.

10 Easy DIY Projects for Your Home

If you’ve ever wanted to spruce up the appearance and versatility of your home but were put off by the hours of work and technical know-how that goes into most DIY projects, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only are the following DIY projects fun and easy, but they’re also inexpensive and can be done in a weekend or less. Best of all, you get a sense of satisfaction and the feeling of a job well done when you step back and admire your work. 

Key holder using old keys

Build a key holder using old keys.

If you’ve ever misplaced your keys, you know how frustrating it can be to find them—especially when you’re running late. Many people solve this issue by hanging a key holder next to their doors to place their keys as soon as they arrive home, but making one from scratch is simple, easy, and brings a lot of charm to your entryway.

To create your own key holder, get a small block of distressed wood from an old plank that’s smooth on one side. Then, get four or five old keys that you no longer use, bend the ends upward with a pair pliers, and nail them to the front of the piece of wood. When you hang the board on the wall, your old keys will be ready to hold your new keys and keychains.

Faux copper bakcsplash in the kitchen

Create a faux copper backsplash.

Have you always admired the look of a copper backsplash in kitchens and bathrooms but don’t have the money or technical know-how to create one yourself? Well, it’s easy to create one without any sanding or caulking. Instead, just purchase a roll of copper backsplash paper, cut it to size, and adhere it to the wall like wallpaper using a base coat of paint, water, and water-based polyurethane. You’ll have the beautiful look of a metal backsplash for a fraction of the cost.

Make a tire swing for your backyard

Make a tire swing for your backyard.

Whether you have young kids or just want to add a touch of retro charm to your yard, a tire swing is a great weekend project—and all you need is an old tire, a chain, some eye-bolts, a swivel, and some S-hooks. To get started, pick out a tire that is the right size for sitting and swinging—you don’t want one that’s too big or too small.

Then, drill three holes into the tire that are equal distances apart and insert the eye-bolts. Make sure to use a washer and nut to get the tightest fit possible for the eye-bolts. Once they’re attached, hook S-hooks into each eye-bolt and squeeze them shut with a pair of pliers. Then, attach chains to each S-hook to reach the desired length, and attach three more S-hooks at the end of each chain.

Finally, hang a long chain over a solid tree branch and connect both ends using a connector link, which will then attach to the swivel. Once that is complete, attach the S-links from all three eye-holes on the tire to the swivel and close the loops with pliers to complete your tire swing.

Pullout cutting board

Make a pullout cutting board.

If you have an unused drawer in your kitchen, convert it to a pullout cutting board. This incredibly easy project requires only a smooth wooden board the length and width of your opened drawer. Once you have the right-sized board, simply place it or adhere it to the inside of the drawer using hot glue. To make this DIY project even more convenient, cut matching medium-sized holes at the end of the board and drawer. Then, with a trash can placed underneath, you can quickly and easily dispose of any remnants from your food preparation process.

Eye-catching shelves using an unused door

Build eye-catching shelves using an unused door.

Old doors may not serve much purpose in your home right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t convert them to a conversation starter. To create shelves out of an unused door, either paint or stain it to get a desired color.

Then, using a table saw, cut the door in half vertically. After you’ve sanded down the rough edges, place one-quarter circular shelves between each half of the door and secure them in place. To complete the unit, simply place it into an unused corner of your home and secure it to the wall.

Create wall hooks with polished stones

Create wall hooks with polished stones.

To create beautiful wall hooks for your entryway, bathroom, or kitchen, use polished stones or rocks. All you need is a small block of wood and a small screw or washer to adhere to the back of the stone. With the stone attached to the block of wood, hang each block on your bathroom wall to hold towels or in your entryway to hold hats, scarves, jackets, and other essential items.

scarf hanger

Make a scarf hanger.

If you have a collection of scarves, an easy way to store them is to create your own hanger. Simply use a standard clothes hanger and attach shower curtain rings to the horizontal plastic at the bottom. Then, thread your scarves through the rings and place the hanger at the front of your closet for easy access to your entire collection during the cold winter months.

Make your own coffee candles

Make your own coffee candles.

To fill your house with the aroma of coffee—even when you’re not in the mood to drink it—fill a small bowl with coffee beans. In the center, place a small tea light candle. When it’s lit, the candle will eventually heat up the coffee beans and make your home smell like your favorite coffee shop.

bamboo-inspired planter and candle holder

Create a bamboo-inspired planter and candle holder.

To create an easy and eye-catching planter or candle holder, use an empty and cleaned out can of tuna or chicken. Then, attach wooden clothes pins around the inside of the can. This creates a unique bamboo-like look that’s perfect for small potted plants or candles in outdoor areas.

entryway tables out of spare wood

Build entryway tables out of spare wood.

This may be the easiest DIY project of all—no tools required! To get started, just acquire a few solid logs of wood that are table height. You can even use any you find in your yard. Then, seal them with a quality wood sealer and stand them up vertically in your entryway. They’re the perfect size to store small items like important pieces of outgoing mail, sunglasses, and other items you need when you’re headed out the door.