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Great Home Improvement Valentine’s Days Gift Ideas

Be Romantic and Show Appreciation with a Bathroom Remodel, Interior Painting Project

© 2010 by Kelly R. Smith

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A vintage Valentine's Day card

This article was updated on 1/21/22. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Are you looking for the best unique Valentine’s Day present ideas? Ready to bust out of the box? Shake it up; why gift her with a dozen red roses or a heart-shaped box of chocolates with something totally unexpected and really useful? Why not a bath remodel project?

The truth is that traditional Valentine’s gifts may please your valentine for a day, but jumping into a DIY home renovation, like a kitchen remodel, or a bathroom face lift will be remembered for a long time in the future.

Build a Romantic Retreat

Creating a backyard retreat is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you decide on a koi pond with benches or a gazebo surrounded by a flower garden, this is a gift that is also an investment in your home equity. Win-win! Why settle for sure-to-wilt flowers when you can have them all season long in your private backyard Valentines outdoor space?

How About a Mini Bathroom Remodel?

This project to do and won’t break the bank. Let’s look at some ideas.

  • Try giving the bathroom floor new life. After all, where do you walk barefoot most of the time? Is your present flooring material boring? Thinking of a new environmentally-friendly bathroom floor? There’s no reason to rip out the linoleum, tile, or vinyl; simply fit and throw down a covering of seagrass rugs. Seagrass is rising in popularity for bath floors.

    Why? Because it’s quick to install, it matches just about any decor, it’s a green, sustainable material, and it’s so comfortable so it’ll pamper your valentine’s feet. So is cork; it's not just for wine bottles!

  • Change contractor-grade bathroom fixtures like towel racks, toilet paper dispenser, and toilet seat from to contemporary upgrades.
  • If your shower surround ceramic wall tile is outdated, why not give it a new look? There’s no reason to demo the old material out and replace it. Or conversely, just clean it with TSP (TriSodium Phosphate) and apply tile tattoos. They’re reasonably priced and easy to install. No tools required.

Update Your Home Flooring

It is not required to take up your existing floor and completely replace it in many cases, especially for a weekend DIY project, although that’s certainly a possibility. Here are some alternatives:

  • Refinish parquet tiles or your hardwood floors. Just strip it and apply a fresh coat of wax and rent a commercial floor buffer to make it shine as long as they aren’t in that bad shape.
  • Spread out an area rug or two and a hallway or entryway carpet runner if your home or condo has tile, hardwood, or laminate flooring.
  • Revitalize your wall to wall carpeting with a top-quality carpet shampooer/steamer. In most homes this takes less than a day to do, but makes an huge difference, especially for anyone afflicted with allergies.
  • Consider installing new baseboards or give the existing ones a paint job. Usually, contractor-grade baseboards are very pedestrian. They serve their intended purpose, but just don’t add any pizzazz. It’s easy to give plain ones some style by adding quarter round or shoe molding at the floor of the existing baseboards and repainting it all.

How About a Wall Improvement? An Interior Painting Project?

Wall paint picks up grime over time from hand prints, etc. and usually the original color is contractor white satin or semi-gloss. Boring, but that's what realtors recommend. A custom painting job really dresses up the joint.

  • Try a computer interior design software program like Home Designer Suite. This will allow you to play with different color schemes and really see how it will really look in your living room, bathroom, or kitchen area.
  • So get rid of those boring colors. Head on over to Home Depot or Lowes and have a look at the paint chips from Behr, Glidden, or Sherwin Williams. There are some great combinations.
  • There are many ways to refresh your walls on a budget. Paint is one or...
  • Think about installing crown molding at the ceiling line or chair rails to your walls. These are decorative touches that says “style and class.” Using warm natural wood finish like Danish oil or polyurethane instead of paint sets the wall off.

But Don’t Forget the Romantic Valentine Day Gift

Even after giving one of these DIY Valentine gifts, still plan something special like a candlelight dinner. Cover all your bases!

I hope these home improvement Valentines Day ideas have sparked your creative juices on doing something special this year. Yes? Please share this page with your friends to inspire them. Thanks for visiting!

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About the Author:

Photo of Kelly R. SmithKelly R. Smith was a commercial carpenter for 20 years before returning to night school at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. After working at NASA for a few years, he went on to develop software for the transportation and financial and energy trading industries. He has been writing, in one capacity or another, since he could hold a pencil. As a freelance writer now, he specializes in producing articles and blog content for a variety of clients. His personal blog is at Considered Opinions Blog where he muses on many different topics.

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