2 Under $100: Easy Exterior Upgrades You Can Finish in a Single Weekend

Whether you're trying to sell your home, or simply want to reinvigorate your home's dated exterior, taking on an improvement project of any size can seem like an expensive, overwhelming task.

While it's best to leave the big jobs to the professionals, there are other jobs that won't cost a lot, and can be accomplished in a matter of hours. Here are two easy DIY home improvement projects that in most cases you get done for $100 or less.

Stain Your Concrete Walkway, Patio or Driveway

Concrete is a very popular material for several good reasons. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. However, this trusty product's biggest downfall is the drab color, and inevitable stains that can make your walkway, patio or driveway look worn and dirty.

Staining your existing outdoor concrete is a relatively simple process  and the latest water-based stains are less toxic and don't require as much preparation.

To properly stain your concrete, you'll need a roller brush with a telescoping handle, the water-based stain, a garden hose, a broom and some tarp to cover any surrounding vegetation. Start by cleaning off the concrete with the broom, and eliminate any stubborn debris or dirt with the garden hose. Allow the concrete to dry completely before continuing.

Cover any vegetation adjacent to the concrete with the tarp or plastic sheet. This will help prevent any stain from accidentally damaging the plants. Apply the stain according to the package directions, making sure to start in the middle and work your way out toward the edges.

Be aware that the stain might dry unevenly, especially if there are darker stains on the concrete. Applying an additional layer of the stain to rest of the un-stained area will help make these darker areas less noticeable!

Let the stain dry on the concrete for at least 24 hours before you walk on it or arrange any furniture on it.

Paint Your Front Door

Repainting an exterior wood door is fairly easy and straightforward, but what if your front door is constructed from fiberglass? Instead of pricing a new entry door, or learning to live with the unfortunate color and unsightly stains, here are a few steps to help you paint your fiberglass exterior door like a pro:

Start by removing the door from the hinges and setting in on two sawhorses, or anything else that can it flat and off the ground. It might seem like a hassle, but it's necessary to take the door down.

Choose a stain that is intended for use on fiberglass. Apply the stain in very thin coats with a paintbrush. It might take two, three or even four coats of the stain to achieve the color you're after.

Ask the Builder urges to allow the last coat of stain to dry for at least 48 hours. This is critical because the longer the stain has to dry before being handled, the less likely you are to suffer any chips, scratches or loss of color.

Carefully rehang the door, and take a few minutes to look for any spots where the color isn't as dark or vibrant. It's okay to retouch these areas when the door is on the hinges, just make sure no one touches the area for at least 48 hours. For more tips or assistance, contact residential exterior painting companies.

Adding a little excitement to your home's exterior doesn't take a lot of time or money. Whatever project you choose, make sure you have the basic know-how and tools to complete the task or you might wind up making a few unscheduled stops at the local hardware store.


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