One of the advantages of living in a downtown San Diego condo is that you can greatly enhance the interior look of your unit with small and affordable weekend projects. From lighting to storage and decoration to home theater installations, there are quite a few things you can do on a Saturday and Sunday to make your living space more attractive and amenable. Here are six project ideas you can complete over a weekend.
1. Windowsill Herb Garden
If you are a big plant lover, you might enjoy this project the most since it requires a visit to a local nursery such as Walter Andersen on Enterprise Street, not far from Barnett Avenue. Inquire about herbs you can grow right on your windowsill, which may include oregano, basil, cilantro, parsley, and green onions.
2. Decorative and Mood Lighting
The ideal lighting for a party or a romantic dinner can be achieved with just a few fixtures, switches, and modern light bulbs. Your choices include chandeliers, decorative ceiling lamps, dimmer switches, and smart LED bulbs. An easy way to get started is to invest in a single smart LED bulb that is compatible with traditional fixtures. A good choice would be the Philips Hue A19, which you can control from your smartphone. Try this bulb in the bedroom or living room. If you feel like getting more elaborate, think about a chandelier controlled by a dimmer switch, which would require turning off the power at the breaker box before replacing the existing ceiling fixture and wall switch.
3. Accent Wall
Choose a single wall you want to highlight with a paint and wallpaper scheme. You do not have to cover the entire surface with wallpaper. A horizontal stripe or some other geometric shape would do. You may also want to try sponge painting to give your accent wall some texture.
4. New Kitchen Cabinet Knobs
Take a smartphone photo of your kitchen cabinets, remove one knob, count them all and head to Home Depot to shop for more decorative versions. This entire project should only take a couple of hours to complete.
5. Home Theater
Your first step in this project should be to mount the flat screen to the wall. This should not take you very long provided you still have the mounting brackets. The next step would be to shop for surround sound speakers and perhaps a streaming box or USB device such as Google Chromecast, Apple TV, or the Amazon Fire Stick. The speakers may need to be mounted and the streaming device may require configuration to connect with your Wi-Fi system or smartphone.
If you live near a busy street, you will appreciate the simplicity of this project. Measure the noisiest windows you would like to silence and head to a store that specializes in curtains and drapes. Look for heavyweight soundproofing drapes that can fit over your existing curtains. They are usually sold along with their own decorative rods that are easy to install.
Whether you want to do home projects on the weekend or enjoy the urban lifestyle in downtown San Diego, there are plenty of reasons to consider moving to the area. From lofts in Little Italy to condos for sale in Marina San Diego, the real estate experts at 92101 Urban Living can help you find what you’re looking for. Call 619-649-0368 to see the latest listings. ')}