Add a rustic faux beam in your kitchen, living room, or master bedroom.
Adding a faux beam is a great way to give you that old farmhouse feel in your home. It’s also a very simple procedure that can be done on a weekend during the winter when you are stuck inside.
- Attach a 1 x 4 or 1 x 6 (depending how thick you want your beam to look) to the ceiling in your room. Be sure to screw this “cleat” to the joists above.
- Fabricate and stain your beam before installation. Do this using three (3) 1″ thick boards (width will depend on your preference) nailed and glued together forming a “U” shape. Roughen the wood to make it look rustic then stain with the color of your choice.
- With a friend, set the beam over the cleat you screwed into the ceiling and nail both sides into the cleat.
Faux Thick Baseboard
Molding and trim go a long way in making your home look more expensive. To get the look without the extra expense, simply add a piece of trim a few inches above your existing baseboard, then paint in between the space. Tip: purchase the trim pieces, paint and caulking right away. Then you will be ready to do this project while stuck in your house during a blizzard.
Spruce up your bathroom mirror by framing it with simple wood molding or an old picture frame from an antique shop
An easy and effective project during the winter is to buy a few rolls of insulation and install them in your attic as directed on the package. It is not necessary to remove already existing insulation. Be sure not to cover any roof ventilation devices or block air flow that is needed from the eaves up through your ridge vent.
This half day project will surely save you money in energy costs plus will keep you tasty during the cold winter months.
Setting an Unrealistic Budget
People often underestimate what it’s going to cost to do a big renovation, and part of that is because they don’t realize the biggest costs in a renovation usually is the labor and the “unexpected surprises”. You never know what’s going to happen once you start the demolition process. As soon as you open up a wall, you never know what you’re going to find behind that wall, so you need to pad your budget, and you need to be realistic. A reputable contractor will not over charge you up front for unexpected problems… they will normally discuss those problems as they emerge and bill you on a (time and material) basis at the end of the project.