Home & Lifestyle

3 Small DIY Ways To Make Your Home Feel Modern

We have officially welcomed 2015 with open arms, which might mean it’s time for a new and fresh look around the home! The process of updating your decor can seem daunting at first, with all the different forms of inspiration floating around. However, if you start with small yet noticeable changes you may find yourself less overwhelmed with the process and even happier with your results. Before you know it, your home could look like it’s right out of a modern home magazine. Try out some of the ideas below to give your home that extra designer edge and avoid breaking the bank by taking on these simple DIY projects.

Photo Cred: picjumbo.com


  1. Air Vents: Maybe your floor air vents aren’t the first thing your think of when it comes to home upgrades. However, these grates (depending how old the home is) can have a brassy, undesirable finish and can be quite noticeable depending where they’re located in the home.  To give these vents a quick update, spray them with a new color. Start by pulling all of the vents out and lay them down on a tarp or drop cloth.  Choose a modern, spray paint that matches your flooring and colors to really give them a finished look. With 1 coat of spray primer and 1 coat of your spray paint of choice on each vent, you can makeover up to ten vents. Make sure to allow for proper drying time before re installing the vents.
  2. Light Switch Covers: Light switch covers may seem like a small, insignificant detail when it comes to design. However, you use light switches everyday so why not give the covers a little extra edge? It couldn’t be easier or more cost-effective to upgrade these small switches and it shouldn’t take long to complete. Simply, find a plain or intricate picture frame the fits around your normal, plastic light switch covers.  Once, you have all the frames you need, spray paint them to match your current covers (white, in most homes) and let them dry. Once dry, attach the frame to your light switch cover with a strong glue and let it set. Once the glue is firm, simply replace your light switch covers as normal. This is a simple way to give every room and updated look.
  3. Doorknobs: Are you still in the process of replacing outdated, brassy doorknobs around your home? It can be pretty expensive to replace all your home’s hardware in one go, so instead why not work with what you have! To give your doorknobs the update they need, simply grab that handy spray paint (depending on your colour the vents and doorknobs could be done in the same shade) and remove all of your hardware from the doors. Lay out the knobs on a tarp and give them a good coat of paint! Depending what spray paint you use, you shouldn’t need a primer as the paint will cover the metal evenly.  Let the knobs dry completely and consider a second coat if needed. Once dry, simply re-install your hardware to give your doors and handles a whole new style.

Have you done any small DIY projects in the new year? Share them with us below!





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *