(ARA) - Home and style magazines, social media and interior designers on TV are inspiring more homeowners to transform their spaces into places they love. Projects range from renewing your bathtub to refreshing your backyard deck, and can be completed in just one weekend.
"With only a few hours and the right materials, you can dramatically update a room and create a beautiful space that reflects your style," says Ann Gearty, senior brand manager for Rust-Oleum, a more than 90-year-old coatings company.
Gearty recommends four guidelines before starting any DIY project:
* Imagine. Picture your room finished and determine what improvements will create the greatest visual impact. Instead of giving your garage a complete makeover all at once, start with revitalizing your floor with a stain- and fade-resistant coating, such as the Rust-Oleum Concrete Floor Coating Kit or the Patch and Crack Filler Concrete Repair Kit. A clean and updated floor will help you see which areas should be tackled next.
* Prioritize. Starting with one project at a time will help you see results more quickly. Once your first project is complete, it will provide motivation for other items on your to-do list. Flooring is a great starting point for many homeowners as it sets the tone for a space. Products like the Rust-Oleum Wood and Laminate Floor Renewal Kit can remove scuffs and scratches from your indoor floors, while the Rust-Oleum Wood Deck Renewal Kit can beautify and protect your deck for outdoor entertaining.
* Identify. Stretch your remodeling dollars by identifying areas in your home that can be improved using limited resources. For example, bathrooms are smaller spaces that allow you to maximize your budget and enjoy the results every day. For less than $50, the Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile Kit includes all of the cleaning and etching tools needed to update the look of your bathroom by changing the tub or tile color - and it saves the cost and mess of buying and installing a new tub or tile.
* Schedule. Time-intensive projects can create disorder and take over your entire living space for weeks. All-inclusive kits save you time at the home improvement store and help you accomplish projects, from start to finish, in one weekend or less. An unused spare bedroom with water spots on the ceiling and outdated wallpaper can turn into an inviting space for guests with the help of the Rust-Oleum Water Stain Repair Kit and the Zinsser Wallpaper Removal Kit.
Indoors or outdoors, home improvement project kits can help you fix common household problems and extend the life of your favorite features. Many projects can be completed for less than $100, providing budget-friendly options to refresh your home from floor to ceiling.