Hey all you homeowners! We know you want that empty house to fill up with wonderful renters, but how do you catch their eye? If you own or rent multiple properties, it isn’t always easy to find the time or funds for major renovations. That’s why we wanted to provide you with some great DIY renovation options that won’t break your bank or your thumb. And don’t worry, this will attract possible renters, not drive them away.
Simplicity and utility are two of the most important factors when it comes to any DIY projects around your property. But aesthetics are also important. After all, you still want your property to look good. Does it sound daunting? Don’t worry, we are here to help! Here are 3 DIY projects to help you spruce up your rental properties. And the best part? They are all based on the wonderfully simple to find and universally useful material, the classic 2×4 wood plank. And when you get the 2x4s, you can pick up anything else you need to get the job done at your local hardware store.
- Entryway shelf
This is the easiest project, and the one people notice first and last. It also takes the least number of materials, and truly adds a great simple, functional touch to any rental property. So, what is it? An entryway shelf! All you’ll need is one 2×4 plank at a length that suits you, and some cup hooks! You will also need some materials to ensure the shelf is properly secured to the wall. An entryway shelf is a great place for anything you need as you head out the door or enter the house. The cup hooks can be used in the bottom of the shelf to hang keys, pocketbooks or other items. This is a simple, yet functional DIY project that won’t have you wringing your hands or draining your bank account.
- Window seat
Window seats are relaxing. Everyone loves to sit in a window seat and watch the sun set. When placed in front of a cozy kitchen or bedroom window, even the most basic bench made of only 2x4s can transport you into a state of ultimate relaxation. It is a practical, yet good-looking touch that makes all the difference between a house and a home. To make sure your 2×4 window bench is giving its best cozy window nook feel and flavor, make sure the bench is the exact length and height of the window. You want to make sure it looks like it is part of the wall. You could also paint the bench the same color as the wall to enhance the illusion.
- Paneled statement wall
Okay, you read that subheading thinking, “Are they crazy?” We aren’t, we promise! Just hear us out. We know that paneled walls were everyone’s least favorite interior resign option from the ’70s, but they are making a comeback. And we aren’t kidding. Retro home decor in all shapes and sizes is making a big resurgence in modern homes. However, rather than lining all four walls of a room with the particle board paneling that coated every finished basement in 1972, just focus on a single statement wall. Then, you can stain the 2x4s a perfect color to stand out, yet match the rest of the room and walls. The density and shape of the 2x4s you end up using can give a look that doesn’t read out of date, but rather like a new take on a classic design trend.
(You can find 2x4s and the materials to start your DIY projects at any hardware store, but we like Rockler Woodworking and Hardware right here in Sandy Springs! You can contact them at (800) 279-4441.)