4 Simple DIY Improvements in a Small Space

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Do you procrastinate on house projects for years? I do! We just finished a project where we used 4 simple DIY improvements in a small space. The result was so satisfying I decided to share it with you in the hopes you wouldn’t procrastinate as long as I did.

It actually took longer to find the tools we needed than to do the work itself. Organizing our DIY tools and supplies will have to be another project I get to soon. In the meantime check out the difference using these basic DIY improvements made in our foyer.

4 Simple DIY Improvements in a Small Space

This area of our foyer was covered by a window seat that used to be here. I use the term window seat generously because it really was a bookcase with a large piece of wood screwed into the top. It worked well, but it was not cute so I put a piece of fabric over top. That looked great, but it would slide off every day and I’d have to adjust it which was annoying. It had to go! I decided I’d find something to put there eventually.

Until them we were looking at this. Not inspiring.

It was an opportunity to invest in our home’s value so we got to work.

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1.Update Floor Molding

Rip out old molding with the help of a dog, a hammer and a paint scrapper.

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As you can see the gap left is too big and that brings us to our next Simple DIY Improvement.

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2. Fill In Wood Flooring Gaps

So much easier than you might think. We cut wood slates to the size of the gap then simply glued it in.

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Enzo’s judging me for not using the nail gun, but half of this will be covered by the molding so I did not bother.

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Fill in any other smaller gaps with wood filler. I love this stuff and use it generously.

 

3. Repairing Damaged Walls

Peeling walls like this just look terrible, however they’re an easy fix. Spackle spread on and then you let it dry. When it’s hard you sand it to the exact heigh you need. After this it’s ready for paint.

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Now we’re finally ready for that lovely floor molding.

What a difference three easy DIY improvements can make!

Just one more detail and this wall will be complete. Can you guess what I’m talking about?

4. Painting a Vent Cover

An ugly, chipped and glaringly white vent cover is a minor thing, but it’s so satisfying to change it up. I spray painted a taupe color to help it blend into the floor better.

It can be challenging to find the right color of spray paint. Write down what works best for you and keep track of it for the next time you have a project needing spray paint.

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Let’s get one more before and after of our foyer!

Do you see yourself tackling any of these four home improvement projects?

I’d love to hear which ones in the comments below.

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16 Comments

  1. Mary

    Looks great! It’s always surprising how easy some things we procrastinate on tend to be. This is encouraging! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Maria Kamara

      Thank you Mary, I agree with and appreciate your thought. Have a nice day!

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  2. Rosemary

    It’s amazing how just small jobs make a big impact. I use spray paint to improve so many things, like the vent covers too. And that look by Enzo – looks like you might have been interrupting his nap.

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    • Maria Kamara

      I agree Rosemary. The simplicity of some projects delights me. And yes, Enzo likes to sleep right next to me whatever I’m doing. lol

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  3. Kimberly

    Thank you for sharing all the tips! Your foyer looks great! I love the wider floor molding!

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    • Maria Kamara

      Thanks Kimberly! That molding makes a big difference. Have a great day friend!

      Reply
  4. Kim

    Looks great! I’m sure you’re so glad to have it finished!

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    • Maria Kamara

      Thank you Kim!!! Feels great to cross it off the list. Have a wonderful weekend!

      Reply
  5. Anna

    Hi Maria! Wow! I wish I had read this post when I owned my old house in Maine. Great advice and you really break down the process into bite size steps. I love the before and after. These are the types of projects that over whelm me and I just keep putting off because it’s not “critical”. Love your blog!

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    • Maria Kamara

      Hi Anna, thank you so much! I postponed this job for a long time because I was overwhelmed so it felt good to get it done. Have a great week!

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  6. Cindy

    You did such a great job and I love your sidekick Enzo!

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    • Maria Kamara

      Ha Ha, thank Cindy – he’s such a good boy! I guess we should call him the DIY dog. 🙂

      Reply
  7. Donna

    Hey friend! I can totally relate to procrastinating on certain jobs around the house! Your improvements look amazing! I have a great post on organizing and maintaining tools whenever you get around to that, lol!! I said lol because I procrastinated for years before I took care of it! Blessings, Donna

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    • Maria Kamara

      I will definitely check out that post Donna! It would save so much time if we were better organized when it came to our tools. Have a great weekend!

      Reply
  8. Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots

    You know when a job is done right when you feel more relaxed looking at the space. Great job!

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    • Maria Kamara

      Thanks Rachel, and I know what you mean! Even though it’s not decorated yet, it’s one of my favorite spots in the house. lol

      Reply

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