The DIY craze is still going stronger than ever.
Ever since the start of the internet, home hobbyists and sharing professionals have posted content online to help you tackle household projects. In the age of YouTube, there’s no stopping the DIYers. You can find video tutorials of practically anything from laying tiles in your kitchen to complex masonry work. It all depends on how adventurous you are and how comfortable you feel taking on renovations.
Depending on what level DIYer you are, you want to make sure not to bite off more than you can chew. Beginners should earn their stripes by taking on small projects that don’t risk damage to a home’s structure. Likewise, you don’t want to take a chance on a project that could end up costing more to repair than if you’d hired a professional in the first place. Here are some ideas for doable DIY projects that you can do in your free time. They’ll get you started working your way up to more complex and rewarding renovations.
A New Coast of Paint
Paint is always a good place to start because it’s easy and won’t break the bank. Also, the worst thing that can happen is you make a mistake and have to then paint over it. Everyone knows that over time, fingerprints and other smudges make walls a bit look worn down. A new colour in an older house or somewhere you’ve been a while can make you feel like you’re in a brand new house.
The right colour can really brighten a room and make it feel larger than it is. Colour has a profound impact on our moods, so choose something that helps you relax or lifts your spirits. Stay away from anything too strong or bright. Don’t be afraid to look online for design and colour inspiration. When you’re painting at home, painting prep is the most important step. Edge your walls and lay floor cover down to prevent paint from spilling onto your carpets, and furniture.
Upgrade Your Landscaping
Landscaping work is an easy DIY project that will get you outdoors and immediately improve your home’s curb appeal. Nice landscaping will make coming and going every day more enjoyable because you’re seeing the bright flowers and rich mulch you took the time to cultivate.
Landscaping can be as intricate or simple as you want it to be, so start small and take it from there. Try to target your yard renovation for spring and summer when you can enjoy the evenings after work fixing things outside, although don’t forget Autumn as there is still a lot of work to be done. When you’re buying plants and flowers, make sure you are honest with yourself about how often you can be expected to do upkeep. If you’re busy, but more resilient plants that don’t need as much attention.
Fix Up Your Cabinets
Interior design changes every year. Some changes are small shifts, and other years what’s hot is a complete departure from the year prior. It can be expensive and time-consuming to keep up with the times.
One thing that changes every few years is cabinet design. Sometimes modern and sleek is in, and in other years, builders opt for more ornate cabinetry. The good news is that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars hiring someone to come to change things as the winds of style shift.
You can repaint and install new cabinet doors with relative ease. An even simpler move is to take out old knobs and fixtures for a quick facelift. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much different things will look with just a little tweaking.
Re-Seal Your Countertops
If you’ve invested in quality natural stone countertops in your kitchen and bathroom, which can be found at Marble, they need regular upkeep. Great news! Natural countertop maintenance is well within beginner DIYer reach. The sealant can be purchased at any neighbourhood home improvement store. However, not all sealants are good for every surface. If you have marble countertops, make sure you get sealant specific to marble. The same goes for granite and other natural stone slabs.
Make sure you give your countertops a good cleaning before you begin. You want to make sure they’re free of dirt and grime before you apply a sealant that can last for a year or longer. Once it’s dry, follow the instructions on your sealant for a new shiny finish on your countertops.
Fresh sealant on countertops protects your investment because it extends the lifespan of the stone. It stops liquids and dirt from breaking into its porous surface. The fresh sealant also gives countertops a glossy shine that makes them look brand new.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try
The most important thing with DIY home projects is to give it a go! Don’t let inexperience stop you from looking online for detailed step by step guides. Start small and go from there. You can do it!