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
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1. Let In The Light And Make Your Windows Look Bigger
I never know how or where to place my window coverings. Thanks to these very simple rules, I made my windows look larger and let in more light. The key is to buy the right size in the first place. Don’t be stingy and buy too small. Trust me you will regret it.
To make your windows look larger and let in more natural light:
- Hang curtain rods higher than the window frame.
- If you have a valance, you can go even higher. Position the rod so that the bottom of the valance overlaps the top of the window by only an inch or two.
- For maximum light, extend curtain rods beyond the sides of the window. The curtains should hang to the sides of the window frame with a few inches of overlap.
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?
You can easily create the frames using 1″ X 3″ lumber. Use screws and glue to make a square or rectangle. Then using a staple gun, secure any fabric to your frame. Voila!
3. Make Your Home Cozy With 10 Minute Pillow Covers
Nothing says homey like pillows. Am I right? Not only are they useful for rest and relaxation but they can also add dimension and colour to an otherwise dull room. You can switch up the colours, textures and sizes to easily change the decor and atmosphere of a room, without having to paint or remodel.
I love using pillow covers to highlight holidays, like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They really put me in the mood.
You can make your own pillow covers or you can buy them, which is great for those of us with little time and no sewing skills. Here are the Christmas Pillow Covers I have.
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. Improve the air quality in your home for guests to feel invigorated and refreshed while staying in your home.
These five plants not only look fabulous in your home and guest room but they absorb VOC’s as well.
- Jade Plant
- Spider Plant
- Caribbean Tree Cactus
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.
Simply sew 2″ wide elastic to the corners of your fitted sheet and your guests will awake each morning in comfort. You can also buy sheets already done too.
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 tiles and I have done that many times but there is only so many times you can polish a pig. Sometimes it is better to remove and re-do the caulk. Trust me, you will love it!
7. Clean-Up Under The Cabinets
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 pack of self-adhesive tiles and do every under the 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: Use wood glue and caulk before priming and painting to blend into your kitchen cupboards.
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.
Here are 2 examples when space is really tight:
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?
Include things like aspirin, some late night snacks and of course, water.
Give your guests the feeling of staying in a luxury hotel with these simple DIY upgrades and you will make them feel welcome and loved.