9
Jan

The DIY Guide To Major Home Projects You Can Do Yourself

The DIY Guide To Major Home Projects You Can Do Yourself

The DIY Guide To Major Home Projects You Can Do Yourself


For many homeowners, hiring a contractor for repairs and upgrades is seen as the easier route versus completing the work personally. Some don’t consider themselves to be very handy, while others might not think they have the time. Quite a few projects can be done for significantly less money when completed DIY style and often aren’t the time commitment they’re assumed to be.

This guide will cover common home projects you can accomplish yourself, most of which can be finished in less than a weekend. We’ve included helpful resources and tips that will guide you through the process. Make sure you always reference the directions and manuals for any tools or products you use and when in doubt, consult a pro about your specific circumstances.

Dye Your Carpet

Dyeing A Carpet

Whether your carpet suffers discoloration from years of dirty shoe tracks or you’re simply looking for something new, dyeing your carpet can give you a fresh look without the giant cost of replacement. Depending on the area you’re looking to cover, this process could take most of a Saturday, or span a bigger chunk of the weekend for large rooms. Don’t forget to arrange any young children or pets who might be tempted to try to “help.” A sturdy baby gate can prevent unexpected visitors while still allowing ventilation.

Bathroom Backsplash

Installing Tile Countertops, Backsplash

Tile is an excellent option for both kitchens and bathrooms because it’s easy to clean and maintain. It can also completely transform a room in need of a makeover and with its varying sizes, colors and mix-and-match options, tile can work with any color scheme. A matching backsplash is a great way to spice up that open space below kitchen cabinets or add a little extra pizzazz to a bathroom that doesn’t leave much space for décor.

Installing a tile countertop is somewhat time consuming and can be tedious, especially if you’re using small tiles over a large space. Be strategic when you can: if you’re dead-set on a small tile for a larger space, for example, consider incorporating large tile into the design to save yourself some time and frustration. Save this project for a completely open weekend so you have plenty of time and won’t have to rush. And don’t forget to let your partner know well in advance that the kitchen will be out of service for those couple of days; reminders throughout the week can’t hurt, either!

Tile Floor

Installing A Tile Floor

Tile’s durability, easy care and versatility also make it an excellent option for flooring. Installing a tile floor is similar to the counter process, but typically a little simpler since you have more space to work and fewer special angles.

Never underestimate the need for knee pads and regular breaks when it comes to laying a floor. You might think you can tough it out, but your body will thank you if you go easy on yourself. Break up the project into sections, taking breaks in-between to get up, walk around and give your back a good stretch.

Outdoor Storage Shed

Reroofing A Shed

It’s easy to put off repairing your shed’s roof since you probably don’t spend regular time there, but worn out shingles can lead to leaks and, in turn, damaged tools. Even if you don’t use the shed for much, neglecting the roof can cause major structural issues that can cost you big bucks down the line.

Aim for a weekend that’s dry. If it’s rained in the past few days, the ground may still be wet and affect your ladder and the roof itself might be slippery. Pay attention to the wind, as well, to avoid losing your balance in a surprise gust. Make sure there’s someone either at home or a neighbor nearby who knows what you’ll be working on. Since you’ll be working at a height, it’s important to take precautions in case you do fall.

Decorated Shelves

Installing Shelves

Are you constantly grumbling about a lack of storage space? Does your home have only a few small closets? Install shelving to maximize the space!

Out of display space for your family photos? Are your walls looking a little barren? Install floating shelves for a unique and practical way to spruce up wall space. They can even be a solution to cluttered laundry areas.

Health and beauty products taking over every inch of your bathroom? You can even add shelving to tile walls for maximized storage space!

Repair Drywall

Patching & Repairing Dry Wall

Perhaps your house is somewhat of a fixer-upper, or maybe a heavy piece of art recently destroyed a big chunk of the wall. Regardless of how it happens, walls get damaged and need to be patched. It’s an especially rewarding process if you have multiple areas around the house that need fixed, it’s simple and typically doesn’t take very long, but it can take a room from looking beaten up to polished.

Keep these tips in mind and don’t hesitate to step back and re-evaluate if a patch seems more complex than expected. Keep in mind that you’ll need to paint over all the spots that you fix, so you may need to have multiple colors of paint ready if you’re doing a house-wide repair!

Ceiling Fan

Installing A Ceiling Fan

In addition to ceiling fans being a low-cost, efficient way of cooling and circulating the air around your home, they’re a great lighting option and come in every style from modern to traditional.

If your budget limited you from buying a more lavish style, spruce it up yourself with some paint or unique accents. Even old ceiling fans can be made charming again with just a few modifications, making them both practical and stylish.

Cabinets

Installing New Cabinets

Adding or replacing cabinets can completely transform a space, whether the need is for better function or an updated look. Doing the installation on your own can be somewhat time-consuming, but it can save you quite a bit of money.

Keep in mind this process will call for all the old cabinets to be emptied, their contents stored, then relocated once the new cabinets are installed. You’ll want to keep the little ones and pets out of the work zone, but make it a family project to replace items on the shelves. Everyone will immediately learn of any changes, if the bowls now go above the sink, for instance and the process will go a lot faster. You can even order some pizza and invite some friends to help!

Sleek White Toilet

Installing A Toilet

It may not be an incredibly common project, but replacing the toilet in a fixer-upper or any home with somewhat outdated appliances can make all the difference. The process itself shouldn’t take you much more than a morning or afternoon, but keep in mind you’ll need to have a disposal plan for the old toilet.

There likely won’t be room to have someone helping you with every step, but consider having someone nearby to hand you tools. You’ll need to work at some awkward angles to get the job done and the last thing you want is to be reaching blindly for your next gadget.

Hardwood Floor

Installing Hardwood Floors

Just about any space can be elevated with beautiful hardwood floor. The installation process is somewhat on the more advanced side and it’s definitely easier with a partner. But hardwood can get expensive and the numbers only grow the larger the space. Saving on installation costs can give you extra money to work with.

Laminate Floor

Installing Laminate Floors

Laminate comes in so many varieties that it has quickly become the go-to for home remodels. The size and duration of this project depends largely on the space you’ll be working on and the kind of flooring already in place. If it’s carpeting, don’t forget to wear safety gloves, goggles and a mask during removal. Plan ahead to figure out where you’ll take the old carpeting so you’re not scrambling to get rid of it and delaying your project.

Repair Your Deck

Staining The Deck

Outdoor spaces are often the last to get remodeled, but even a basic touch like staining can make a big impact. Staining the deck requires some prep work you’ll need to account for, some of which you can even do early like moving all the furniture and plants, for example.

This is another project that will require you to keep an eye on the forecast. Look for clear skies and dry weather for the day you’ll be working and the next few afterward to give it ample time to dry.

Window Screens

Fixing Window Screen

Screening is a great way to keep the bugs at bay and add wind resistance to the porch, but they see quite a bit of wear and tear. Often, it’s following a nasty storm, so not only are pros likely booked up, they could have increased their rates dramatically due to demand.

Repairing a screen is simple and fast and it can make a major difference in the curb appeal of a home. It’s a great beginner’s project to work on with your child or partner, too!

Flagstone Path

Laying A Flagstone Path

Stone paths are a beautiful accent to any yard and an easy way to add value to your home. Creating a path can lead your guests directly to your outdoor seating area, through the beautiful colors of your flower garden, or line the edge of your backyard pond. Be sure to consider the walking abilities of your children and adjust the design so it doesn’t become a tripping hazard; for example, elevated, widely-spaced paths might be hard for toddlers to navigate, especially if the stone itself is textured.

Conclusion

Remember, there’s no shame in calling in a pro if you discover you’re in over your head, it’s better to get help now than face major repairs later. If you’re a beginner, start with smaller projects and work your way up to harder tasks. You’ve got your whole life and plenty of home repairs ahead of you to hone your skills!

9
Jan

Easy Kitchen Updates To Complete In An Afternoon

Easy Kitchen Updates To Complete In An Afternoon

Easy Kitchen Updates To Complete In An Afternoon


Kitchens are a place where you can get creative and your décor should fuel that inspiration. Whether cooking for the family or baking a birthday cake for a party, you should love to be in your kitchen, big or small.

If you aren’t as in love with your kitchen as you should be, a few kitchen updates can help. It’s amazing how a small change can make a big difference. If you have an afternoon to spare, try a few of these easy kitchen updates to change your look.

Are you ready to completely change the look of your kitchen? Contact a kitchen remodeling pro today for up to four free quotes from local contractors in your area.

Clean Kitchen

Deep Clean Your Kitchen

A great way to update your kitchen doesn’t have to involve hefty tools or paint brushes. Sometimes, all a kitchen may need is a thorough deep clean to be refreshed and look new. Think beyond the dirty dishes. Are there areas of your kitchen that you tend to neglect? It’s a good idea to give your kitchen a deep clean at least twice a year. Here are some areas you may want to consider:

  • Inside the oven
  • Stovetop
  • Sink Drain
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Inside the Stove Hood
  • Refrigerator Trays
  • Dishwasher
  • Cabinets
  • Stainless Steel Appliances

Paint Your Kitchen

Fresh Coat Of Paint

The color of your kitchen can entice you to get in there and cook or, order out as much as possible. However, you can change your kitchen color without painting the entire room a new color. Consider including a colorful or patterned accent wall in your kitchen. This is an easy paint project that will take a shorter time to complete, as opposed to painting the entire room. It’s also a good way to test a color you love and see if it works in the space.

If you’re considering painting your kitchen, create your budget and get to work. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,655, depending on the size. You can significantly cut costs by making this a DIY project.

Refresh Your Cabinets

Update Kitchen Cabinets

Similarly, you can update your kitchen by changing the color of your cabinets. You don’t need a complete remodel to update the look. You can paint your cabinets and make them look like new again! While you can likely complete the painting in an afternoon, it may take a day or two to dry completely. Remember this as you’re planning your paint project. See our tutorial on the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets.

Another way to update your cabinets is by styling the inside. You can add a bit of color to the room every time you open to grab a dish. It’s a great place to add a bright color if you’re not ready to take the risk on your walls. This is also an ideal technique if you have open shelving.

Change Your Faucet

Change Out Your Faucet

If you’ve had the same sink hardware for years, it may be out-of-date. There are many new innovations in kitchen plumbing technology that not only look great, but add to the overall sustainability of your home. The average cost to install a faucet is $230 but this can vary based on the type of faucet you choose to install and if you plan to DIY this project.

Hanging Pots And Pans

Hang Your Pots & Pans

Looking to add style to your kitchen while saving space? Hanging your pots and pans from an unused space like a bare wall, a cabinet or even from the ceiling. You’ll need a suitable hanging system. If you plan on using a wall, a rod and s-hooks should be enough to securely hold your cookware. In my home, we use a painted pegboard and hooks to keep our pans flat against the wall until we’re ready to use.

If you’re looking to utilize your ceiling, you’ll need to search for a hanging pot rack that fits your space. These use S-hooks, similarly to wall systems. Whatever you choose, the hard work comes in when it’s time to install. Make sure you have the materials necessary for your product to safely install.

Line Your Drawers

Decorate Your Drawers

Your drawers don’t have to be drab! Similarly, to the inside of your cabinets, you can decorate your drawers as well. Adding drawer liner is simple and will give them a unique look every time you reach for silverware. Of course, there are drawer liners sold in stores that are easy to apply, but those don’t often include a decorative element. If you’re looking to style your drawers with a unique pattern, try using fabric. Using fabric will also last longer than paper or other liner options. See Handmade Charlotte’s full tutorial on lining your drawers with fabric.

Conclusion

You don’t always need a complete kitchen remodel to change the look of your kitchen. In just a few hours, you can create a new look you love.