DIY Home Improvement
Household hacks are spreading around the world at a stunning rate. Thirty-six percent of U.S. citizens took the DIY approach to home improvement in 2020. The advent of sites like Pinterest and Instagram has created a trend that’s bringing happiness to homeowners across the globe. The DIY mindset has transformed into a life-enhancing hobby that has excellent effects on your bank account. Let’s grab our toolboxes and get to work!
What Home Improvements Can You Do Yourself?
Fabrication innovations have added hundreds of options to your DIY possibilities. New coatings, peel and stick floorings, and cabinet overlays are easy to handle even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. With so many surfaces available, you’ll soon give your home the facelift it so desperately needs.
- Faux Backsplashes
Who says adhesive flooring needs to be relegated to the floor? New backsplashes can add a pop of texture to your kitchen, particularly with the advent of peel ‘n stick floor planks. You can even use them to give your countertops a fresh surface.
- New Cabinetry
It’s easier than you think so reface your cabinets without gutting them. A simple door replacement will revolutionize your room, but if that’s too ambitious for you, a satin or semi-gloss latex paint will do perfectly. If you prefer an industrial look, weatherwood coatings will achieve a worn aesthetic that’s best combined with sanded paint.
- Window Frame Replacements
You can turn your windows into works of art with the simple addition of a new scrap wood frame. Wood glue, palette boxes, and a table saw are the only tools you need. To create an even more Insta-worthy bay window frame, add word art to each panel.
- Countertop Overlays
If your bathroom cabinets need a facelift, a simple concrete overlay will resurrect them. Create a few layers of wood base and concrete before sanding it down to create a smooth surface. Now seal it with Carnuba Wax and admire your handiwork.
- Upgrade Old Furniture
Repurposing old furnishings is the most fun you can have with chalk paint. Hop onto the road to source some secondhand dressers, cabinets, or kitchen islands to sand down and redress. Chalk paint adheres to any surface. You can even make your own with latex paint and calcium carbonate.
How Can I Improve My Home Cheap?
DIY projects cover a wide berth of budgets, but there’s plenty you can do to improve your home on the cheap. Simple details can have a dramatic impact. Let’s explore.
- Trimroc molding is easy to cut and install. It will give your space a more complete aesthetic for only $120.
- If you can’t afford to refinish your floor, durable floor paint can do the job for under $100.
- Experienced DIYers can improve their insulation by adding energy-efficient siding.
- Cork transforms into resilient, cheap DIY flooring that will improve your insulation and keep your feet warm.
- If your wood is no longer showing its best surface, it’s time to refinish it. Sand the wood down, scrape the moldings, and apply a fresh new finish. Enamel paint is a cheap, practical option that’s best preceded by primer. Varnish will, however, enhance the natural grain.
How Can I Fix My Old House on a Budget?
If your home is a fixer-upper, there’s plenty you can do to improve it on a tight budget. Do it yourself enthusiasts with tight budgets usually start with resurfacing because it achieves a dramatic effect quickly and cheaply. New doors, moldings, and electrical installations are too advanced for DIY enthusiasts, but you can reduce your costs by handling simpler projects on your own.
Don’t be scared to DIY your leaky pipes and clogged garbage disposals. Pipe and faucet replacements are also surprisingly easy to do. Your doors probably present a hundred DIY jobs all on their own, from creaky squeaks to sticky swelling. Every self-respecting homeowner should know how to tighten loose screws and rebalance a door. Now’s the time to learn.
Caulk is another important material for old home improvements. It prevents water leakage and protects your floors and walls from moisture. You’ll need a caulk gun and a little practice, but you’ll soon be sealing your bathrooms and kitchens like a pro.
Rudimentary additions like skylights and bespoke shelves are just as simple to install, even for beginners. The secret lies in the materials. Concrete sheeting, reclaimed wood, bamboo and stone veneers can add an organic aesthetic to your home for less.
You, too, can become an avid DIYer. All it takes is a savvy approach to materials and remodeling options. Creativity can cure a thousand fixer-upper woes and keep you entertained all weekend, to boot. Now all that’s left is to spend the money you’ve saved. May we suggest a vacation in Italy?