Home improvement projects can be intimidating, but don't let that stop you! These home improvement ideas are simple enough for anyone to conquer. Every home BIG or small can
10 DIY Home Projects Any Homeowner Can Do.
Dated: June 14 2022
Home improvement projects can be intimidating, but don't let that stop you! These home improvement ideas are simple enough for anyone to conquer.
Not only will you keep some money in your pocket by completing projects on your own, but you will learn valuable skills along the way that will stay with you for a lifetime. You may even discover new interests that you never knew you had. DIY at home can also provide a creative outlet!
1. Build A Garden Bed
If you’re looking to spend time with your kids or significant other, a raised garden bed could be a great project for you. They are awesome for people looking to maintain a garden while not adding stress to their back and knees in the process. Pick a spot and map the size and footprint of your desired garden. Most gardens are roughly 3 feet wide (easy to reach across) and between 12 and 20 inches tall.
You can buy a kit like this one available on Amazon or use water-resistant material, such as concrete, landscape timber, or rot-resistant exterior wood like cedar. Once your garden is built simply add good soil: a combination of two parts topsoil to one part compost is what most people use. After planting, you may want to mulch the beds to retain moisture. It is important to know that raised gardens will lose moisture faster than in-ground gardens.
2. Add Shelving Units to Your Garage
Most homeowners like to spend a few hours in the garage over the weekend. If you do this as well, consider making your time spent here more efficient. For example, you can add some wall shelves to your garage to keep your tools and car components.
There are many different types of shelving available. Depending on the size and setup of your garage will determine what type you should choose. If you have limited space you may decide to go with an Overhead Rack. Possibly you're looking to find a spot for all the tools laying around, you may choose a Tool Organizer like this one.
3. Replace Standard Light Switch Covers With More Attractive Models
A standard light switch cover is white and boring, and at some point, they start to turn yellow due to UV radiation. You can replace them with more attractive models that fit the overall color scheme in your house. You can also go for covers made from wood, glass, or other interesting materials.
Most houses have at least 5-10 light switch covers that you can replace. These accessories can be ordered in bulk from the internet and they usually come at low prices. Replacing the covers is simple, you just have to remove a couple of screws for each cover and that’s it. This project is quick, and will surely be noticed by visitors.
4. Wallpaper A Room
Before you begin make sure to measure the height and width of each wall that you want to cover, and multiply the numbers to get the square footage of the wall. A rule of thumb is to subtract 10 sqft for a door or large window. If you choose a wallpaper with a pattern, you may want to purchase extra just to be safe.
5. Hang Plants From the Ceiling
A fun DIY project that can also have health benefits by adding oxygen to any room is hanging plants from the ceiling. Pick a location that is sure to get enough light for the plant you are hanging, and locate a stud or beam to attach the bolt to.
Be sure to check the bolt capacity and that it will support the weight of your plant plus its container. Stay away from plastic anchors as they are generally weaker, and are not a good choice for hanging plants. You can build your own planter, or grab one of these beautiful planters on amazon.
6. Update Your Faucet
Whether your current faucet is leaky, or you just want to look at something new as you scrub those dishes you may be able to take care of this project yourself. If your new faucet is similar in design it will be easier than you think. There is a ton of options when it comes to modern faucets. To get an idea of what you may want to install take a look at the different types available here.
To start make sure you shut off the water, then loosen the nuts on the faucet and lift it out. Next, simply install the new faucet and attach the included nuts. Finally, connect the water lines, and wallah you have a beautiful new faucet!
7. Add Solar Lights Outdoors
One of the easiest DIY home projects is adding solar lights to your yard, driveway, or walkways around the house. Solar lights come in a wide range of styles, and even colors of light. The best thing about solar lights is they require no wiring, and won't add to your electric bill!
Stand-alone solar lights are typically fitted with a spike that easily slides into the ground. Place them along walkways or your driveway every 5-8 feet and once the evening rolls around admire your work! The price and quality of lights vary greatly. A great "middle of the road" option is these BEAU JARDIN 8 Pack Solar Lights, which are a "Top Pick" on Amazon.
8. Install A New Doorbell
Ever since the invention of the door humans have been creating new ways of being alerted of someone on the other side, and today's tech has made doorbells more versatile than ever before. Whether you are looking to update the look of your doorbell or jump into the realm of "smart doorbells" the process is not as difficult as you may think.
The first step in the process is deciding what type of doorbell you want to install. There are three different types of bells, hardwired, wireless, and WiFi. The easiest type of doorbell for a DIY project would be a wireless or WiFi option, as it avoids having to deal with any electrical wiring. The Blink Video Doorbell by Amazon is a great option, which I was able to install myself!
9. Add Floating Shelves
Installing floating shelves in a room is a great way to add character while also creating a place for things that may not have had one before. Floating shelves can free up valuable floor real estate, and the hidden hardware gives them a sleek look.
Make sure when you are purchasing the shelves that they are able to support the weight of whatever you choose to place on them. Try to find shelving that is sturdy, that also looks pleasing to the eye, like these Acacia Hard Wood Shelves.
10. Add Under Cabinet Lighting
Shine some light on your work in the kitchen by installing under cabinet lighting. This inexpensive project is something that will literally take you a few minutes to complete but will add so much to the space.
The days of paying an electrition to install lights under your cabinets are long gone. There are tons of battery-powered LED light options available. Most light kits will provide a magnetic, as well as adhesive option for installation. If you don't know where to start, check out these LED motion sensor lights that everyone seems to love.
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