Whether you have been preparing for months or whether the news of impending guests in your home are a complete surprise, it seems like you never have the time to do everything you want before they arrive. I know your to-do list can be long, like stocking up with groceries or planning a get-together, but these quick and easy DIY projects will get your home guest ready when you are pressed for time and have no budget.
10 Quick & Easy Home DIY Before Guests Arrive
1. Make Your Windows Look Bigger
I never know how or where to place my window coverings. Thanks to this very simple rule, I made my windows look larger and let in more light. The key is to buy the right size curtain rod in the first place. Don’t be stingy and buy too small. Trust me you will regret it.
2. Fill A Blank Wall With Fabric Wall Art
Do you have a really big empty space above your furniture or in a hallway? I know how expensive it can be to purchase art or sculptures to fill the gap. That is why I was super excited to find this tutorial! Not only is it inexpensive, you can also customize your colour palette and…hold on to your seats…change it by season or when you just feel like it! How freaking awesome is that? If you don’t want to build your own frame, you can purchase a solid wooden frame and beautiful fabric art on Amazon.
3. Make Your Home Cozy With 10 Minute Pillow Covers
Nothing says homey like pillows. Not only are they useful for rest and relaxation but they can also add dimension and colour to an otherwise dull room. Here is a quick way to add a splash to any room. I love that you can buy a 4 pack of different Decorative Throw Pillow Cases for those of us with little time and few skills.
4. Improve The Air Quality
Just because you can’t see pollutants in your home doesn’t mean they aren’t there. There are harmful compounds found in paint, cleaning supplies and other common household items. These five plants not only look fabulous in your home but they absorb VOC’s as well. Sounds like a win-win.
5. Fix Your Fitted Sheets
I know this sounds like a weird one but trust me on this one. Nothing is more annoying than a fitted sheet that doesn’t stay put during the night. I am a turner and tosser and even the best deep pocket sheets, don’t seem to stay in place. Don’t let your guests wake up next to the mattress. Use this tutorial and have them awake in comfort. For the super quick fix, you can order Adjustable Bed Sheet Fasteners.
6. Re-Caulk Ugly Grout Like A Pro
Nothing can embarrass you more than your bathroom, especially if you are expecting overnight guests. This simple and easy tutorial about how to caulk like a pro leaves you no excuse why not to get rid of those unsightly grout lines around your tub. Yes, I have seen the tips about how to clean them but there is only so many times you can polish a pig. Time to remove and re-do the caulk. Trust me, you will love it!
7. Clean-Up Under The Cabinet
Will your bathroom pass the test? You know your guests are going to look under the sink. Make sure that you not only get rid of the clutter under there but cover up any ugliness. This simple DIY can be temporary or permanent but yields big results. Go to your closest hardware store and pick up a few loose tiles or purchase a 20 pack of peel and stick tiles and do every under sink area in the house.
8. Make Cabinet Ends Look Finished
Do your kitchen cabinets end in an open space and look worn or not finished? Add paneling to open cabinet sides for a quick and easy updated look. Tip: Wood glue and caulk before priming and painting.
9. Create An Entrance
Set the tone as soon as someone comes into your home. Make sure you decorate the entry room of your house. It can be difficult if you do not have a lot of space. Check out this tutorial for shelves that can fit almost anywhere for great impact or how about a simple painted pallet.
10. Stock Your Guest Room
Nobody likes to be an imposition when they are a guest. Make your guests feel at ease by stocking their room or bathroom with some essentials they may need. What does this person like? What could they need? What would make them feel most at home while they’re staying with us?