6 easy DIY home renovations and upgrades for the holiday season.
These easy to tackle tips should only take a few days, so if you don’t manage anything before Christmas you will be able to fit in a few renovations before heading back to work in the new year.

Ahead of family and friends arriving for Christmas, Brights Hardware has put together a list of quick DIY home-improvement projects that will revitalise your home and have it looking its best.

Make a good first impression with a  “new” front door.

Freshening up the curb appeal of your home is a good place to start as the front entrance is the first thing visitors see when arriving at your house. “To start, you can give your front door a new coat of paint. For those feeling bold you can try a bright colour of your choice. Adding some new handles to the door will have your front door looking good as new. If your door is beyond rescue, replace it with a new one – just ensure the new door will fit into the existing door frame.

For a finishing touch position some pots with ornamental trees or flowers alongside the door.

Paint, Paint, Paint.

Paint is a good go-to home renovation solution for any room. It  is a wonderful way to update and brighten any space, whether you are redoing a colour scheme or just refreshing old tired paint with a fresh coat, this is a sure-fire way to get your home looking and feeling refreshed.
Before painting, surface preparation is important and it is recommended that you take this opportunity to also repair cracks and holes in your walls before applying the new coat of paint.

New light fixtures will brighten up your home and modernise an outdated space. 

Make sure that you turn off the power at the breaker box and connect the new wires. If you are uncertain about working with electricity rather get an electrician in to help you with this one.

Create a bright new bathroom with new taps and shower head.

In addition to a fresh coat of paint and a new light, replacing the old taps and shower head in your bathroom is another way to modernise and refresh this space. An added bonus is that many of the new products on the market are water-wise - which will help you meet the water-restriction targets, and you will save on your water bill every month too.

De-clutter. 

Putting up a modern bathroom cabinet is a great addition to any bathroom, and adds storage space so that unsightly bottles and containers can be kept out of sight.

Splash out – re-tile.

If budget allows, re-tiling the bathroom is a sure-fire way to update, refresh and reinvigorate this essential space in the home. Much like lighting – there are so many different styles, colours and shapes of tiles to suit any taste or budget that you are sure to easily find those that are a match to your needs.

What’s cooking in the kitchen?

A fresh coat of paint on the walls, a new light and some new taps will go a long way to revitalising your kitchen. 

Paint the cabinets.  You don’t have to stop with just painting the walls, there are paint products available on the market that will allow you to paint them a fresh new colour – whether your kitchen cabinets are wood or melamine.

Garden overhaul.

Take out old grass.  Moving slightly out of the home - removing patchy, brown and unhealthy grass and replacing it with gravel/stone chip gives gardens an instant uplift and also means far less hassle in summer time given the current water situation in the Cape.

Create an outdoor entertainment space.

You can quickly create an outdoor alfresco entertainment area by laying down paving stones – perhaps in the shade of a favourite tree or near to a water feature or the swimming pool.

Brights Hardware has on-site experts in all of their stores to provide advice and guidance on any home renovations and upgrades.

Brights stores are located in Boston, Blackheath, Langebaan, Mitchells Plain, Montague Park, Plattekloof, Stikland and Uitzicht. There is also an online store available at www.brights.co.za.