5 Do It Yourself Projects

Often time’s people find themselves paying for the services of a handyman, interior decorator, landscapers and for other things around the house. If you’re like me, you will always try to do it yourself before thinking about spending money to pay someone to do it. Unless I simply don’t have the time, or absolutely hate doing it, I will likely try to do it myself. Not only is it a big cost saver, but it’s also satisfying when you’ve worked on something to completion. Here are some DIY projects you can do around your house.

1. Painting

You do not have to be a professional to paint, I have painted several rooms and they turned out fine. You can give your home a splash of color with the help of a sturdy paint roller or brush. This is a fairly easy task to accomplish. Just choose which paint color you would like to use to brighten up your home and get the materials you need to get the job done. The right choice of paint color has the power to make any room look bigger, cozier, cooler or warmer. A dash of new paint could be all you need to give your home a makeover.

2. Home Designer

Why hire an interior designer when there are so many ideas in magazines, television and online. The services of a professional interior designer can be quite costly and a bit of research can get the job done. The money you use for an interior designer can be used to decorate your home.

Now I know not everyone is blessed with that interior designer eye, but in this day and age, you don’t have to look too far to get ideas. I was walking around in IKEA yesterday and they have some really nicely decorated rooms. You can decorate your whole house the exact same way they’ve set up the displays in their store.

3. Landscaping

A beautifully landscaped front yard could easily transform your home into something more attractive and attention grabbing. No matter how simple the architecture your house may be, you can make it look more appealing by putting pots and plants in the right places. If you have some spare time in the evenings or on the weekends, you could spend some time making your garden look lovely. Home Depot has some great magazines to give you some ideas.

I am not one of those people who like to wait for a plant or flowers to grow from the seed, I much rather buy flowers and just plant them myself, so I get an already made garden versus having to wait for my flowers to grow.

4. Tile Re-grouting

Are you tired of seeing icky mildew on your bathroom tiles? I hate seeing it! Why not try re-grouting your bathroom. This project will not only whiten the tiles but will also make your bathroom look cleaner and fresher at the same time.

Some of the items you will need are, grout, grout saw, grout sponge, sealant, protective gloves and a bucket.  The hardest part is getting rid of the old grout. The job could be really messy if the old grout is in terrible shape. But if the old grout is not that bad, a chemical cleaner should be able to do the trick.

5. Faucet Fixes

If a faucet starts to leak, the first thing that usually comes to mind is calling a plumber. But a simple leak can be easily solved if you have the tools needed to fix it. Just make sure to shut off the pipe that supplies the water to the faucet before you start fixing the problem. There are different types of faucets and the steps required for fixing a faucet may vary, so be careful. Hubby uses YouTube if he has any difficulty when trying to fix any of our faucets. Everything seems to be on YouTube.

There are still many other DIY projects at home that can be easily accomplished even by beginners. Once you start doing some projects yourself, you’ll realize it’s not all that bad.

What types of DIY projects have you done?

7 comments

  1. Dona Collins says:

    When we were younger, my brother and I decided to repaint my mom and dad's bathroom while they were away. Painting turned into replacing the drywall and vanity while we were at it. A week later (and with a whole lot more $ gone than I had planned), we were finished. Can't help but wonder if hiring would have been more efficient!

  2. Megan says:

    Okay, this is a little goofy – but when I was in college re-grouting the bathroom tiles was one of my procrastinating techniques. It was a big enough job that I felt like I was doing something important. Or at least more important that accounting homework…

    Another thing I did to a lot of my rental places (thank goodness I live in a province without damage deposits…) was updating the floors with vinyl tiles. You can get them at dollar stores for twenty-five cents each, so 5 – 30 bucks gets you a shiny new kitchen or bathroom floor! They're pretty easy to use, too.

  3. I never understand why people hire painters. It's not that hard, just time consuming. I'd rather spend a few weekends painting then spend money on a hiring a painter.

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