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Simple Room Makeovers in No Time

by Marc Dickinson

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The biggest problem with any home improvement project is the clock. You want to spruce up the bedroom, renovate your bathroom, or transform your kitchen, but where are you going to find the time? Oddly enough, a main anxiety among homeowners isn't how much the job costs or how much work is involved; instead, the chief concern is how long it's going to take. And that's a valid question: the longer the job, the more money and labor it's going to require. Plus, it's the weekend and who wants to be stuck inside doing even more work. Initially, it's hard to guess how long a chore will take, so here is a timeline guide to help you organize any home remodel around your schedule.

One-Day Bedroom Makeovers
Bedroom makeovers don't have to be a chore since several small touches can be accomplished in a single day. The point of any remodel is to keep it simple and not get overwhelmed. So take one Saturday at a time and schedule a small renovation each week.
Painting: A fresh coat is a quick and inexpensive way to rejuvenate any room. For bedroom makeovers, it's best to stick to warm, rich colors such as tans, maroons, or blues. Plus, to save even more time, just paint a single accent wall to create some spice.
Redecorate: Spend a day at the store. Buying a few knick-knacks, pillows, and sheets is a fast way to reinstate a new sense of style. The hard part about this bedroom makeover is finding the perfect item, so take your time during the selection process.
Reupholster: In one morning, you could buy new fabrics for your chairs, loveseats, and drapes. Then in the afternoon, replace the window treatments and reupholster your furniture to create a seamless pattern throughout the room. By taking one step at a time, a bedroom makeover may take an entire month, but in reality it only takes a few hours.

Bathroom Makeovers in Single Weekend
Bathroom makeovers are little trickier since more is involved beyond the décor. Though decoration is important, there is also flooring, plumbing, cabinetry, and countertops. Plus, you want it to remain functional as well as beautiful, so most projects take a couple of days. Here are a few things that can be accomplished in a single weekend.
Fixtures: Replacing your plumbing fixtures can quickly transform a lavatory. And though you could replace the bigger items, simply swapping out the faucets, showerheads, and handles can give a restroom new life and a fresh focal point.
Lighting: Do you have old-fashioned brass fixtures, rounded bulbs, or glaring fluorescents? If so, you may need to switch out your lights. Go for track lighting, smaller fixtures, and always focus on natural lighting (skylights, windows, etc.) if you're able to.
Sinks: Toilets never change. Showers create more renovations. But a sink is a perfect two-day bathroom makeover. To make more room, tear out the vanity and counters and install a pedestal sink. But if square footage isn't a problem, a larger his-and-her sink system may be the solution since it'll always adds value to the home.

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A Month of Kitchen Makeovers
There's a reason they're the social hub of any household: they have it all. Plumbing, appliances, lots of square footage, and it should be the focal point of the home. It takes time to accomplish a kitchen makeover, but it's always worth the hassle in the long run. And if you hire professionals, the job may not take as long as you think.
Cabinetry: The first thing to become outdated is usually the cabinets. Old-fashioned wood, dark-stained grains, or tacky brass hardware can quickly devalue the space. So replacement is always a great option, although if you want to save time and money, re-staining or painting is an efficient alternative.
Flooring: Nothing modifies a room more drastically than new floors. Of course hardwood is all the rage. It certainly adds value and never goes out of fashion, but it's also pricey and takes skill to install. Tile is also a great substitute with its clean lines and polished look. But even fresh linoleum is a great way to restore a faded, curling floor.
Appliances: Not only can new appliances make the space more effective and easy-to-use, they also add to its appearance. It takes time to slowly replace each electrical item, so don't rush. You can never go wrong with stainless steel (it's sleek, modern, and fashionable), yet no matter the veneer make sure it all matches. But beyond beauty, you also want to think efficiency, so EnergyStar products are always a good investment.

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Marc Dickinson has worked in both the general contracting and landscaping trades and is currently a home improvement freelance writer with over 300 articles published.