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DIY Weekend Projects for Labor Day Weekend

By Alicia Murphy | August 29, 2012

Long holiday weekends are great for cooking out, entertaining and spending extra time with family. They're also a great opportunity to catch up on projects around the house that you simply don't have time for on a normal basis. The extra time allows you to finish projects and maintenance and still have time to enjoy some down time with loved ones.

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Consider the following DIY projects that can be completed in 1-2 days, leaving that third day for rest.


Adding tile to a bathroom or kitchen can completely change the feel of the space and often has a positive impact on your home's value. Updating with tile is one improvement that can easily be completed by even the slightest of handymen and it's a great project for a weekend renewal. For areas such as kitchen backsplashes you can often purchase a kit, which makes the project optimally manageable and DIY-capable.

Backyard Revitalization 

In some climates Labor Day weekend is one of the last opportunities to enjoy your backyard and outdoor spaces. So a quick backyard revitalization could offer you the chance to transform your space on Saturday and Sunday and entertain by Monday.

Larger projects such as installing a deck or pouring a patio are probably not the best suited for enjoying the fruits of your labor in the same long weekend, especially if you're not utilizing professional help. Fortunately there are plenty of smaller items that can make a big impact in a short amount of time. Some of those projects include building a permanent firepit, flagstone patio, building a gazebo from a kit, installing some new landscaping or lighting, etc.

You can make big changes to your home in a small time period with just a little know-how and the right tools. With proper planning and motivation you can update on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy some quiet time in your new space on Monday!

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010.As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding themtheir dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.
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