For many people, home improvement projects can be a daunting task. There is no need for a huge budget to provide your home with significant and nice looking upgrades. You can find practical improvements, or to increase the visual appeal of your home with various little tricks and DIY projects. Here at Gordon Buys Homes, we collected some of our favorite ideas and in this article we will present them to you.
“What if I don’t have time?”
Well, for most of these you don’t need too much time. Yes, some do require research but doing something with your own hands is just so much more rewarding and better than just paying someone to do it. Of course, for big projects you need to consult professionals, but some small things you can surely do. Especially if you plan on selling your home some of these are a must do. Before deciding on a project you need to figure out your budget and how much time you can spend on it. We did try to keep with more simple ideas this time around. Knowing how much time you have available, whether or not your family will get in the way of your work or perhaps help you, and other similar factors will affect how successful your DIY project is.
Remember that there are plenty of ideas out there that won’t break the bank and can be completed quickly.
So what are some of best DIY projects? Read on to find out!
- Hanging a picture frame: Did you drop that cool new print in the bathtub? This project is an easy way to fix the problem. All you need is a drill, two screws, and two wall anchors (for medium-weight pictures).
- Painting your door: If it’s time for a change but you don’t want to buy an entirely new front door, why not just repaint yours? Sand down your door if needed before painting it with your desired color.
- Wall shelves: Want to add some storage but don’t want to keep all of your items locked in a room? Wall shelves are an easy and attractive way to add space, especially if you want to put them up high.
- Planting: A little touch of nature can really improve the look of any room. If you have some empty spots on your walls or an empty corner, why not bring in a plant? They’re also easier than ever thanks to adhesive soil pads that let you get started quickly and easily!
- Fixing squeaky doors: This is so simple it almost doesn’t count as a project. All you need is WD-40. Apply it between the door and jamb. Wait ten minutes before working the door back and forth until the squeaks are gone.
- Making a chalkboard: Another great way to add some interest to any room is with a chalkboard. All you need is wood (lumber or MDF), primer, chalkboard paint (or regular paint and chalk., sand paper, polyurethane varnish, hinges, screws, and chalk.
- Building a bar: Bar carts are expensive and take up space. If you have the time, why not build your own? You can make it as simple or complex as you like, but this is an easy way to add extra storage in a stylish way. It is a more serious DIY project, but building a bar is not really that hard. You just need to do it carefully.
- Painting a room: Want to go from classy French Country to disco dance floor instantly? Just paint your walls! Painting a room lets you get creative with colors. Without worrying about the cost of a whole new set of furniture or decor pieces. You can also learn more about colors on our last article about colors and painting.
- Adding molding: Molding is so much more than just something for home builders to install in every room when the house is being built. Its intricate design makes it perfect for giving your room a new look. It can be found at most home improvement stores for a low cost.
- Building a custom bookshelf: If you’re feeling creative, why not build your own bookshelf? With some wood, tools, and inspiration, you can turn any empty wall into something great.
- Creating a privacy screen: A privacy screen is easy to make with lattice or faux-stone sheets and potted plants in wooden planter boxes. You’ll need nails or screws and plenty of spare time.
- Adding overhead storage: If you want to add more storage but don’t want to re-do the entire layout of your house, overhead storage is the way to go. It’s easy to install, saves space, and looks great!
- Adhesive wall tiles: Looking for an easy way to spruce up a kid’s room or playroom without spending a lot of money? Adhesive wall tiles work for both and can be used as an accent wall or as an entire feature. They’re fun, simple, and affordable.
- Repainting dated furniture: If you have some old chairs that look worn out but still serve their purpose just fine, why not repaint them? It’s a simple DIY project that can give you a whole new look without spending a fortune.
- Building a garden planter: This is another easy weekend project with a huge payoff. All you need are some boards, screws, and brackets with decorative metal pieces for accents!
- Re-upholstering furniture: Don’t have the money to spend on new furniture? Repainting won’t do? Reupholstering your old furniture is an art form as well as a cheap way to give it new life. You can even upholster couches yourself online with many retailers offering free delivery!
- Cabinet painting: If you want to be economical this is a great DIY project that is not too hard. You can refresh any kitchen and create a new space really easily. Just be sure to do your research and do the job correctly.
So with all that we hope you got some new ideas on what you could do for your DIY projects in your home. Any of these things are guaranteed to increase the value of your home and make it more appealing for any potential sellers, if you decide you will do that.