Every home can benefit from more wooden surfaces. Wood has a classic look and feel that never goes out of style. Unfortunately, no type of wood is immune to damage. Moisture, temperature changes, wind, and other physical damage can cause wood to weaken and rot over time. If you begin to notice this in any of your wooden features, it’s crucial that you have them repaired or replaced if necessary. If nothing else, this will give you the opportunity to take up some carpentry projects. Whether you’ll require the aid of Raleigh house painters or carpenters will depend on your expertise and confidence. Here are four simple carpentry projects that will drastically update your home.
1. Repair That Trim
Out of all the wooden features of a home, the trim perhaps needs the most frequent repairs. It’s thinner and softer than wooden support beams or planks, and therefore takes on more damage over time. Most trim damage comes in the form of nicks and bruises. Repairing this isn’t too difficult.
First, you gently clean the surface containing the afflicted area. Then, you fill the scar with wood filler putty, just enough to cover the hole. The putty then has to dry. Once it does, sand the area down so the surface is smooth. Then it’s time to paint the trim so it looks as good as new. Make sure you get the exact same color!
2. Reinforce the Deck
Decks, especially those that rest on high support beams, need regular maintenance and inspection. You don’t want to be involved in one of the horror stories of a collapsed deck. Depending on the damage, this project might not exactly fall under the umbrella of “simple carpentry projects.” Still, inspecting your deck for rot or damage is fairly straightforward.
First, take a look at the ledger boards and make sure they’re firmly fastened to the house. Observe all the joints of the deck and look for missing or broken nails. As you go, always check for rotten wood using a screwdriver, testing to see if it easily injects itself through the board. If anything concerns you as you inspect the whole deck, it’s time to take action.
3. Make a Wooden Walkway
You want your home to feel like a welcoming place. There’s no better way to encourage friends and family to enter than by constructing a wooden walkway from the driveway or yard right to the front door. To start, you’ll want to plan out how wide and long you want it to be, and if it will curve or remain a straight path. Then, it’s time to measure the length of boards you’ll need, as well as do some digging to allow for support braces underneath the walkway. If you’re doing this project on your own, it might take a week or two to get done. Or, you can hire a carpentry provider to get it done quickly as well as stain and finish the wood.
4. Update the Kitchen Cabinets
So far we’ve mostly gone over exterior carpentry projects. Your home’s interior can always use an update as well. Maybe it’s time to replace those kitchen cabinets or apply new wood finish stain colors to them. You could also add trim or crown molding to the cabinets to make them pop. This relatively small project can utterly change the look and feel of your kitchen.
If you need help or advice on any of these carpentry projects, contact Anderson Painting. We can handle any of these projects and much more. Call us at 919-610-1855 or send us an email at [email protected] for more information and estimates!