Remodeling doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. In fact, some DIY home renovations don’t take a lot of time, effort, or money at all. Whether it is a house, an apartment, or a room in a shared house – it is a home. These spaces are meant to be a safe haven from the outside world, and a few creature comforts are necessary to make it your dream home.
We’ve gathered the top home renovation DIY ideas for every room, from bathrooms to kitchens and in between. Here are the best home renovation hacks you can easily DIY.
Not all homes come with built-in baseboards. Some just have walls without any kind of trim, which may not feel that inviting. Building baseboards that look like they have been properly molded into place is relatively easy.
All it takes is a trip to the hardware store, the purchase of some wooden trim that is easy to install, and a slick of white paint. Just be sure to purchase thicker wooden trim, as the thin trim may not suit bigger rooms. While the installation of the baseboard trim itself is not hard, the cutting and measuring of the angles can be a bit tricky. The process is similar to installing crown molding. A homeowner can easily learn how to install baseboards with this easy-to-follow project guide. You can also use medium-density fiberboard (MDF) because it is economical, easy to use, and a popular option for molding, trimming, and baseboards. MDF is an engineered wood product made by combining wood fibers together with pressure treatment. It has no natural wood grain, so these baseboard materials do not stain well.
Sometimes bedrooms can be a bit on the smaller side, especially if you live in a city where space is at a premium. There is usually a closet in the bedroom, though, and the doors can be used to give the allusion to a much larger room.
Simply attach two full-size mirrors to the doors and carefully paint the mirror frames to match the color of the doors. The mirrors make the space look bigger than it is. A large mirror makes a room look larger because it creates an illusion of depth. It tricks the eye into thinking there is more space than there really is. The optical illusion occurs as the mirror reflects light and color across the room. There are alternative methods of using a large mirror to make a room look larger according to preference—for example, furniture with mirrored surfaces is a way to make a room look larger in place of a standard wall mirror.
Splash of Paint for the Dinner Table
Those with a dark dining space should look into this one. A dark room requires brighter furniture. And what better place to look for exquisite furniture design ideas than the renaissance. We can color our dining table with chalk paint to add a unique French look.
We need to color the whole set with plain chalk paint. It just doesn’t get easier than that. If we have leftover color, we can always add a splash of green or blue to the set. Floral tea sets make pretty decorations and add to the beauty!
Add Stainless Steel Paint to a White Refrigerator
It is simple to paint a white refrigerator with a stainless-steel finish using paint. A refrigerator painting kit is all we need. It’s not very cheap, but if we need anything like this, $75 is a better deal than buying a new appliance.
Because there are stainless-steel particles in the paint, it’s critical to mix it fully. It takes around 3+ days to do the job, working for a couple of hours and waiting for the paint coats to dry in between the two top coats. The end product will wow anyone.
Add Wallpaper to the Stairs
Adding wallpaper is always a fun project. Who does not like to get crafty? Wallpaper can do wonders for the stairs. This product is a self-adhesive, repositionable, and removable cloth wallpaper. It streamlines the installation process.
We can forget about the sticky mess typically associated with traditional wallpaper products. While we are talking about using it on the risers of the stairs, it also has wonderful applications for covering an entire room. One can create a striking accent wall or spruce up any other flat surface lacking in character.
Refinish or Reglaze the Bathtub
Renovations are costly. Refinishing the bathtub restores the bright, near-new look, making it easier to clean. This is five times cheaper than removing and replacing it. Firstly, remove the decor and cover the toilet, vanity, and mirror with plastic. Plastic covers walls and furnishings—setup ventilation. If the screws are frozen, hide the tub’s overflow.
Then cut the old tub caulk using a utility knife. Silicone remover helps a little once we peel off the caulk. The Razor scraper is quite helpful. After removing the caulk, use lacquer thinner to remove any silicone remover. If there are hard water deposits, we can sand them using 120-grit paper.
Metal blinds don’t tend to last forever. After years of being pulled up and down, over and over again, the blinds themselves can get stuck or start to warp. The blind casing itself, though, can be put to good use.
Purchase a length of heavy fabric that blocks out sunlight, and run the rope used to pull up the metal blings through carefully cut holes in the fabric. A tutorial will show you how to do this, and voila, a new pair of Roman shades are ready to be hung. When considering the best material for a Roman shade, it’s important to have two characteristics in mind: weight and structure. Roman shades, unlike drapery, aren’t supposed to sway in the breeze. The structure is an inherent property of certain fabrics that others lack. It’s a result of the interaction of stiffness and thickness. Having said that, the lining contributes to the structure of a Roman shade. If we put all this information together, we can conclude that linen blends are best in terms of material.
Trends come and go, and this is especially true for kitchen cabinetry. Some decades are all about glass fronts or dark wood. Others are all about light wood and doorless shelves. To update older cabinetry, all that is needed is some paint, molding, and new knobs. Some white paint is carefully applied to the mold, and fancy knobs can make a kitchen look like it has undergone a complete renovation. If there is some room in the budget for new kitchen appliances, this can also provide a major update.
There are different techniques to give your kitchen cabinets more personality. Color changes everything. But color with a little flair can change the style of your cabinets from plain and simple to shabby chic, rustic, provincial, or modern. For instance, “crackling glaze” paint starts to form cracks as it dries, creating a cool aged illusion. Also, whether it’s simply worn or truly beat up, a rustic finish is made up of layered colors and spattered dark paint (to mimic fly specks). When the paint is dry, you can “distress” the finish by lightly sanding in the spots where cabinets get the most use to reveal the colors underneath.
Brass Be Gone
Brass is one of those fixture metals that ebbs and flows in popularity. Bright brass is not in style right now, but that doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank trying to replace all of the fixtures in an older home.
There are paint products designed to cover metals like brass, and they are quite affordable. Just be sure to cover the area around the fixture that does not need to be painted. Any permanent paint can be used to paint brass as long as the surface has been prepared properly with a primer beforehand. To ensure that the primer sticks to the metal surface, it is also important to clean the brass surface before applying it. Acrylic paint, Enamel paint, latex-based paint, spray paint, and similar can all be used to paint brass once it has been primed properly. However, there are some paints that might need to be sealed afterward.
Light oak wood is beautiful, and anyone who is going for that Scandinavian look won’t want to touch it. Some people prefer darker woods in their homes, though, but a light oak wood staircase or set of cabinets is very easy to stain.
Any varnish that is on it needs to be sanded off, and then a new stain can be painted on. This can turn a staircase into a real showstopper if a bit of TLC is used. From its beginnings in the early 20th century, the Scandinavian design was minimal, durable, and cost-efficient, with an emphasis on nature and craftsmanship. This design style is influenced by the Scandinavian way of life – art, culture, landscape, and climate. The use of wood, wool, and handcrafted objects is inspired by the traditional arts of woodwork and needlework. Long winters and the lack of natural light were key in laying the foundation for design elements. Light walls and flooring, minimal window treatments, and the use of reflective surfaces make the most of the available light.
Wainscotting is one of those finishes that often shows up in old manor houses in England or fancy homes in Cape Cod. However, wainscoting is for everyone, and it is easy to DIY in your own home.
Some carefully measured wood trim painted white, and some white paint in between the trim, once it is attached to the wall, creates expensive-looking wainscoting in no time at all. This looks beautiful in a foyer or dining room. If you are a wainscoting DIY beginner, make sure your measurements are correct, and double (even triple!) check before installing on the wall. You may even like to sketch up a little plan of the wall with your measurements to follow to help visualize and keep you on track. The color paint you finish the wall and moldings with will have a major impact on enhancing the end result, so carefully consider your finishes too.
TLC For Sinks And Tubs
Porcelain bathtubs and sinks are expensive items to purchase and install, but back in the 1960s and 1980s, colorful porcelain was popular. Green sinks and bathtubs are not as cool as they used to be and can make bathrooms look old.
Instead of tearing out all of the bathroom fixtures, though, some porcelain paint can be used. White is always a safe choice and makes a bathroom look cleaner than green. Next, you will need to decide on the tub paint. Regular and low-quality latex paints might not be able to withstand the high moisture levels in a bathroom, and the results will not last long. The paint you should choose depends on your type of tub. For cast iron tubs, use oil-based paint and primer, and for an acrylic tub, use acrylic polymer paint. Finally, decide on whether to use a spray gun, roller or paintbrush. A spray gun will give you a professional finish, but it is expensive compared to a paintbrush. On the other hand, using brushes and rollers might not give the precision to a spray gun can.
A Reading Nook
Some homes are blessed with an abundance of storage space. That means a closet may go unused when it could be turned into something neat, like a reading nook.
To turn a closet into a storage space with a bench, remove the doors and then cut the drywall to the size of the actual closet. Then a bench can be built in, and some shelving units for an adorable little nook that is perfect for kids. Now that you have turned a closet into a reading nook, it’s time to decorate it! You want the closet nook to be an inviting and cozy place to sit and curl up in. Try adding some soft, warm lighting. Enough that light that you can read with but soft enough to add that cozy feel. Next, add in some fuzzy pillow, a comfy cushion, and a blanket. Don’t forget the books! Finish off the closet reading nook with a plant or two, a little stool for little ones, or a side table for a warm cup of tea.
Vinyl Rug for the Floor
Redoing a damaged bathroom floor is a hassle. Use a vinyl rug that has been trimmed to size to cover the floor. We can take a vinyl floor cloth for around $200. We can cut it to the precise dimensions of the bathroom floor using a box cutter.
Then all we need to do is put the cloth directly on the damaged tiles. You may do the task at a lower cost by utilizing a vinyl scrap purchased from your neighborhood hardware or home improvement store.
A Framed Television
Many smart televisions now come with built-in picture mode, where famous paintings are displayed when no programs are playing. If a Van Gogh painting is on the television, then it deserves a matching frame.
Adding a frame around a television makes it look effortlessly classy and the focal point of the living room. This is easier to create when the television is attached to the wall or atop a fireplace. You can make your own with 1×3 boards from the home improvement store. After cutting the pieces, sand everything down with 220 grit sandpaper to knock off any rough edges. Go for a single butt joint, and with a brad nailer, nail the edges. Sand the holes and add putty if necessary. Once the sides are assembled, cover them with a few coats of spray paint. Let it dry in between spray paintings. Finally, hang it and choose a picture to be displayed.
Just Add Legs
Many bathroom cabinets don’t have fancy fixtures that make them look like they belong in a celebrity’s bathroom. This is something that can be added for a pretty minimal cost.
Many hardware stores sell wooden accents that fit underneath the cabinets in a bathroom. They can be glued or bolted on and painted to match the color of the cabinet. Adding legs to a free-standing bathroom vanity can give it a traditional or contemporary look with furniture legs that complement the design of the vanity. Those who have woodworking expertise and tools can make a base with legs in any style. For a DIY homeowner, the easiest way to transform a vanity is with manufactured legs that screw into brackets at the bottom of the vanity. The legs are available in a variety of styles and sizes at many home centers. In a short time, you will have a new-look vanity.
A Kitchen Chalkboard
Chalkboard walls are a big commitment, which is why a chalkboard panel is a good way to go. The cabinets are pretty cute in general, but the middle panel can be carefully painted with chalkboard paint.
Then when it is time to compile a grocery list or a to-do list, the DIY chalkboard is ready to use. Don’t forget to leave some chalk close by! Since the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, it’s an ideal place to leave messages and reminders. Instead of plastering the walls with sticky notes, paint your cabinets with chalkboard paint and make them a functional part of your kitchen by turning them into a reliable and reusable message center. Transforming an old cabinet door into a chalkboard offers a creative way for families to collaborate on grocery lists, dinner menus, and other tasks that get lost in the weekly shuffle. Some people do this not only on cabinet doors but on refrigerator doors and walls in the kitchen as well.
Fireplaces are the focal point for a lot of rooms, but over the years, they, too, are subject to some wear and tear. An old mantelpiece can be removed and replaced with a modern one, and red brick can easily be painted or even tiled over to create a brand-new fireplace.
Just make sure to keep it clean; soot shows up on white surfaces a lot more than on red ones. Before you can paint a brick fireplace, it has to be clean since fireplaces tend to get covered in soot, ash, and dust. Use painter’s tape to protect trims or flooring touching the brick. And if you have fireplace doors, you can also use painter’s tape to protect them while you are painting the brick. The brick is very porous and soaks up a lot of paint. Starting with primer will significantly cut down on the coats of paint you need. Because brick is so rough, you really have to push the paint down into all of the grooves. In most cases, two coats of paint should be plenty for good coverage. Be sure to let the paint fully dry between coats.
Update Your Bathtub With Stones
Updating a basic builder bathtub can be a simple and eco-friendly DIY project by using light stones. This can be achieved by using lighter stones than real stone and concrete, which is more affordable. You can look for this kind of stone on the internet and at hardware stores. The installation process is easy and requires only adhesive, a putty knife, and a hacksaw. This renovation can be applied for both indoor and outdoor use as long as the proper substrate is used.
It is affordable and eliminates the need to purchase additional materials such as a thin set, grout, spacers, or a wet saw. This is perfect for those looking for a natural stone look without needing any specialized knowledge on how to use these tools. Additionally, it’s perfect for those who want to renovate their bathroom without breaking the bank.
Older kitchen floors tend to be made of linoleum and if it is really old, that linoleum is likely patterned. Replacing and installing a new floor, whether it is tile or cement, can max out a home renovation budget.
That is where some paint can come in and save the day. Waterproof floor paint is a quick fix for those on a tight budget. Take an orbital sander and sand the floor down with 120 grit to give the floor some ‘tooth’. Sanding this whole room might seem like a daunting job, but it’s basically just like washing it on your hands and knees. After sanding, mop the film of dust on the floor with water. Then it’s time to get rid of the shiny quality of linoleum that makes it hard for paint to stick. There’s a product called ‘deglosser‘ that is great for taking the sheen off. Spread it on the floor and let it dry. Tape along the floorboards around the perimeter of the room and get to painting. It’s recommended to use Porch & Floor Enamel paint which is super durable. It takes two coats to get full coverage.
Fancy Kitchen Shelves
In most homes, the kitchen is where everyone congregates to discuss their day and sit down for meals. Having nice shelves is important for creating that homey ambiance. Glass shelves might look fancy, but they are actually pretty cheap and easy to install.
Two to three pieces of glass of the same size that fits in a window should be purchased and then carefully installed between two pieces of wood that are attached to the wall. If you want to DIY glass kitchen shelves, first get custom-sized tempered glass shelves to fit within the window you have chosen, leaving just enough space to slide in without being too tight of a fit. Measure the depth and width space of your kitchen window (or two cabinets framing the window), and order your glass shelves. Carefully measure and install your brackets onto the sides of the window frame or cabinets framing the window. Slide in and secure glass shelves into the brackets.
DIY Ceiling Wooden-Beams
You will need to gather materials and tools to create wooden beams for a ceiling. First, wooden boards, such as pine or oak, to use as beams. You will also need a saw, nails, wood glue, and a drill. Optional materials include wood filler and wood stain. To begin, measure the length and width of the area where you want to install the beams. Cut the wooden boards to the desired length using the saw. If you want the beams to have a certain shape, such as a triangular cross-section, use a jigsaw or other power saw to cut the boards into the desired shape.
Next, attach the beams to the ceiling using nails and wood glue. Make sure to evenly distribute the weight of the beams across the ceiling joists to avoid any structural issues. If there are gaps or unevenness in the beams, use wood filler to smooth them out and sand the surface until it is smooth. Finally, you can apply a wood stain to the beams to give them a finished look and protect the wood from moisture. If you prefer a natural wood finish, you can skip this step.
Add Some Molding On Top
Cabinetry can always be spruced up, but one of the number one ways to do this is by adding some molding on top of it.
Crown molding is some of the nicest on the market, and it is easy to install if you are good with a power drill. Molding does need to be stained to match the cabinetry, though, or it may look a bit out of place. Measure the width of the cabinet and cut the first 1×2 pine boards to that measurement. The height of your trim is really based on your own preference. Then, cut an additional 1×2–2 inches longer than your 1st piece (width of the cabinet.) This will be the top of the “crown.” It’s advised to stack the 1×2’s like an “L” shape and nails them together. The longer piece should hang over the front piece by 1 inch on each end. Then, nail small 2.5-inch blocks behind the 1×2 molding and proceed to nail them to the cabinet. Next, you’ll want to sand, caulk and paint.
Install Shower Tile
Backsplashes in kitchens always look chic when they are made of tile, and the same goes for the space above a shower where it meets the ceiling.
Instead of leaving this painted, select a tile that matches the wall color, and install it in the areas around the shower stall. This will make the shower look like it belongs in a hotel. If you plan to tile your shower yourself, keep the following tip in mind. Before laying any tile or even prepping the backer board, check your shower stud walls to make sure they are plumb and level. To do this, place a 4-foot level across all studs. Repeat this action vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Studs need to be plumb and level so that walls are waterproof and tiles do not end up looking irregular, especially in corners. If placed incorrectly, water can go through and will need to be removed.
The Great “Cork” Wall
Are you considering updating the walls in your den, home office, or child’s bedroom? Have you considered using cork as a natural, eco-friendly alternative to traditional options like paint, paneling, or wallpaper? Cork has many benefits as a wall covering. Its natural beauty and self-healing, tacking qualities make it a great choice for any room. In addition, cork has excellent sound-absorbing and thermal properties.
Whether you install a full cork wall or just a partial area, the warmth of the material will be immediately noticeable. You can also choose to stain or paint cork to match your decor or simply let the natural earth-tone color stand out. Regardless of how you treat it, you’ll love the low-maintenance and virtually indestructible nature of cork. Your new cork wall can serve as an excellent backdrop for art or a functional surface for a dartboard or pinboard. No matter how you use it, you’re sure to love your new cork wall.
DIY Board and Batten (Square Paneled) Wall
Are you looking for an affordable and straightforward way to give a room a fresh, new look? Consider trying a DIY board and batten project. It’s a simple process that can add character and style to any space. To get started, you’ll need a few supplies: wood or backer board (if your walls have texture), wood for the batten pieces, adhesive, a nail gun or nails, spackle or caulk, and paint in the color of your choice. With these materials on hand, you can easily transform a dull wall into a striking, textured feature. So why wait? Gather your supplies and get started on your DIY board and batten project today!
Wall treatments make the house look like a home. People with different tastes and styles paint the walls of their rooms pretty creatively. However, older homes used to have really unique walls. We can replicate these ideas and give character to our homes. Adding square paneled walls to the house is an exquisite idea. We can do it at home by ourselves. Start the wall by getting a template to follow; planning is key. Using a single color for the entire wall is recommended, even for the bottom and baseboard.
Brick Deserves A Makeover
Exposed brick walls are beautiful, but sometimes they need an update. The same goes for brick fireplaces. Painting them isn’t always the answer, though.
If you want to maintain the original look of the brick, consider painting on a stain that darkens the brick. This allows it to keep its original look while giving a slight update to it. Before painting brick, always clean it thoroughly so that your application of paint better adheres. Dirt and efflorescence should come off with soapy water and some diligent scrubbing. Depending on the area of the surface you wish to paint, apply a coat of latex primer. As for brick paint, many favor the use of elastodynamics. It features a high level of elasticity, which makes it excellent for filling cracks as well as preventing them. The easiest way to paint brick is with a paint sprayer. For interior brick, many experts recommend semi-gloss or gloss paint, as either type accentuates detail and, compared with other paints, is easier to clean as time goes by.
Paint the Kitchen Cabinet
A beautiful and organized kitchen is the dream of any homemaker. The most variation we can add to our kitchen is using the right paint. Before we start painting the cabinets, it is essential to clean them up nicely. Make sure there are no grease or oil stains on them.
For the best result, use a prime coat of stain blocker on the surface. Start painting by filling in the smaller areas with small brushes. For the larger areas, we can use foam rollers. Keep an eye out for leaks in the corners. Also, remember to keep track of which door goes where.
Paint Laminate Kitchen Cupboards When They’re Peeling
1. Clean the surface thoroughly to remove any dirt, grease, or residue. Use a deglosser or sand lightly to dull the surface for better paint adhesion.
2. Fill in any chips or cracks with putty and sand down any rough spots.
3. Apply a coat of primer specifically designed for laminate surfaces, allowing it to dry completely.
4. Paint the cupboards with 2-3 thin coats of paint designed for laminate surfaces using a paintbrush or roller. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
5. Finish with a clear coat or polyurethane to protect the paint and enhance durability.
Note: If the peeling is extensive, it may be necessary to remove the old paint and start the process over, ensuring that all previous layers of paint are removed for optimal adhesion.
DIY Family Drop Zone
The home office, or drop zone, with the smart wall manager system, is a customizable wall set that helps to utilize space better. The system features a built-in bubble level and notches for easy alignment and sticky pads and provides finishing nails for secure installation. The modular design allows for customization to fit any size wall in any room, making it perfect for utilizing vertical space while minimizing clutter.
The system includes a variety of options, such as calendar boards, shelves, caddies, drawers, clips, and hooks. The cork board is deep, and the dry-erase board is magnetic. The accessory boards can hold up to 10 pounds each. The system comes in a few colors and is available at chain stores like Staples, or you can DIY it from scratch.
Accent walls can be one color, wallpapered, or even geometric, depending on how crafty a person is feeling. The whole point of an accent wall is to be a focal point, which means getting creative and painting cool geometric shapes might just be the perfect DIY project.
Some carefully placed painter’s tape and a few different paint colors can create a wall that begs to be photographed. If you want to DIY a geometric wall with stripes, first-hand paint the stripes over the lines you have drawn on the wall in a geometric pattern. Cover the pattern in painter’s tape (whichever width you wish.) Repaint the tape in the same color to prevent bleeding and to obtain crisp, uniform lines. Cover the entire wall with four coats of high-gloss paint in the color of your choosing. You can use a flat base color for the lines and a glossy white to really make the design pop. The final step is to peel away the painter’s tape from the bottom up to reveal the design.
DIY a Tile To Wood Transition
You probably have only two options for your new interior design: tiling and hardwood flooring. You can choose from various designs that represent distinct looks and functional properties that bring your home to a previously unreachable level. What do you do to make that change seem effortless and fluid?
It can be fishbone tiling designs or simple dark-to-light wooden strips, just to mention a few ideas; there are several ways to create these tile-to-wood floor transition visions without missing a phase. This is where you can show your creativity and choose from various materials and shades that will make a significant design change. This transformation presumably looks more challenging and more complex to perform than it is. An oscillating tool is needed for this task; It will help you make an accurate, straight cut on the wood floor. Once you’ve applied the major tile field, draw the wood flooring utilizing a tile as your guide. Keep the grout line in mind when marking around the guide tile. Then use the oscillating tool with a wood blade to make a sharp, accurate cut on the hardwood floor; take how much time is needed to conduct a professional look and feel.
Disguise Cords And Cables
All appliances and electronics have cords. That is a part of life if you want to be connected to the digital world and enjoy things like television and computers. However, that doesn’t mean you have to see all of these cords jumbled up on the floor. Wall attachments made of plastic can be installed to hide cords and make them blend into the wall. If the cords dangling from your wall-mounted TV are distracting you, conceal them with a D-Line cord cover.
To install and effectively hide TV wires, measure the span of the wall between the base of the screen and the floor—that’s the length of cord cover you need, and you can often cut to fit. Then, mount the raceway base to the wall with screws according to the manufacturer’s instructions, lay the TV cords inside the channel, and snap the cover in place over the top. Cord covers are typically sold in neutral colors like white or metallic gray that can stand out if your wall is a different color. But when painted the same color as your wall (using latex-based paint), they seamlessly blend into the space.
How to Make Use of Your Landing ‘Air’ Spcae
1. Evaluate the space: Measure your landing area and determine what type of furniture would fit. Consider the height and width of the landing and whether the furniture will obstruct your movement up and down the stairs.
2. Consider storage: Utilize the landing as a storage space by installing shelves, cabinets, or even a wardrobe. This will help to declutter your living space and keep things organized.
3. Create a reading nook: Transform your landing into a cozy reading nook by adding a comfortable armchair, a lamp, and a small side table. This is an ideal place to relax and unwind with a good book.
4. Add a workstation: If you need an extra workspace in your home, consider adding a desk or table to your landing. This will give you a quiet and dedicated area to work.
5. Create a display area: Use the landing as a display area for family photos, artwork, or collectibles. Install shelves or a wall-mounted cabinet to create a visually appealing display.
6. Make it a cozy spot: Use soft cushions and rugs to create a warm and inviting atmosphere on your landing. Consider adding a small potted plant for an added touch of nature.
7. Get creative: Your landing air space is an opportunity to add a unique touch to your home. Use your imagination and creativity to come up with your own personalized design.
DIY Bathtub Accent
If you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to upgrade your bathroom, adding a wooden accent to your bathtub is a great option. Bathtubs are a focal point in any bathroom, and a wooden accent can add a touch of warmth and sophistication. With a few basic tools and some elbow grease, you can easily DIY this project in just a few hours. Materials: wooden planks, sandpaper, wood glue, a saw, a drill, screws, paint or stain, varnish, measuring tape, and level.
Steps: 1. Measure the side of the bathtub and the wooden planks to determine the size and number of planks needed; 2. Sand the wooden planks to remove any rough spots; 3. Apply wood glue to one side of the planks and attach them to the bathtub side; 4. Use screws to secure the planks in place; 5. Use a level to ensure the planks are evenly spaced and straight; 6. Cut the excess wood off with a saw; 7. Sand the surface of the wooden accent to make it smooth; 8. Paint or stain the wooden accent to your desired color; 9. Apply a coat of varnish to protect the wooden accent from water damage; 10. Enjoy your newly updated bathtub with a beautiful wooden accent!
Spruce Up Garage Doors
Garage doors can benefit from a bit of TLC. If a door is looking a bit worse for the wear, consider painting it a vibrant color or a nice clean waterproof white.
Black accents can also be added to make a garage door look fancier, and match the rest of the exterior. The first step is power washing the garage door to get all of the dirt off of it before painting it. It’s important that you use exterior paint for this project. Also, make sure you have a paintbrush and a roller. You’ll use both of these tools throughout the project. Tape around the garage door with painter’s tape so the black paint wouldn’t get on the brick. Go square by square so you can clearly see which squares had been painted with a second coat and which still needed one. If you have a more flat garage door, you can probably roll the entire thing after you cut in the border.
Repurpose Old Furniture
Back in the day, apothecaries used to be quite popular. The sets of little chests of drawers used to keep various concoctions in them can still be found at yard sales and antique shops.
These sets can be upcycled to create vintage-looking hallway furniture that can be installed against a wall for built-in storage space. For this DIY project, select an old furniture piece that you wish to revamp. First, clean the item thoroughly with sugar soap or T.S.P and allow it to dry. Next, check for any imperfections and fill any scratches or holes with wood filler. After it has dried, sand the item to take the sheen off to allow the paint to grip. Start with 80-grit sandpaper and then move to 120 grit. Make sure you always sand in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Then, use either a tack cloth to remove all the dust created by sanding. Now you are ready to pain.
Create An Outdoor Living Room Space
Smaller homes tend to not have as much space as owners would like, but that is why the creation of an outdoor living space is a must.
Pergolas can be constructed over back patios, and creeping plants can be planted along the base of the structure. As they start to grow, they create shade and an enclosed space for outdoor living. Build a vine-covered pergola in your backyard to shade a stone patio or wood deck using wood beams and lattice set on precast to mimic classical-style columns. The dappled sunlight created by the overhead latticework creates a cool, relaxing environment perfect for backyard entertaining – like standing in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day. Depending on the size and the design, you might want to hire professionals to do the job.
Install A New Backsplash
Some kitchens can look pretty dated with older tiles or even just a slick of peeling paint. Installing a tile backsplash has never been easier.
One trip to a hardware store and the selection of some sheet tiling, and it can be installed in a day. This can create an updated kitchen in no time. Tiling a backsplash above the counter is one of the easiest ways to upgrade an old, tired kitchen on a tight budget. You can choose from the vast array of handsome ceramic tiles available, including the easy-to-install mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiling sheets make it easy to achieve a great backsplash. The layout is a cinch—you can simply cut the mesh backing on the sheets to fit the tile along counters and cabinets. There are many step-by-step tutorials online that will teach you how to do it.
A Seasonal Patio Space
Constructing a wooden patio or deck can be a pricey endeavor. It needs to be done by professionals if you want it done right. Once winter rolls around, a patio won’t be used as much, which is why temporary interlocking patio tiles are a must.
They can be placed in a backyard for the summer and removed as soon as the temperature begins to drop. Make sure your patio furniture has adequate pads and pillows, consider adding an indoor-outdoor rug that feels good under bare feet, and make sure there’s plenty of shade during the hottest parts of the day. If your patio starts right outside your door and it gets a lot of suns, consider adding a patio awning. Awnings come in many sizes and styles and will give you some protection from the hot sun and even a light rain shower. When it comes to easy patio decorating ideas, plants make a big impact. Add potted plants and flowers and easy-to-care succulents.
Select Some New Door Knobs
Door knobs come in all different shapes, sizes, metals, and colors. Buying new doors tends to be out of most DIY-er’s budgets, but updating door knobs and door hardware is a very cost-efficient and stylish fix.
Knobs are not as in fashion right now, so consider trying a lever handle. Antique and vintage door knobs are collectible items, highly sought after for period homes, historic buildings and admired by collectors for artistic design and craftsmanship. With many years of use, vintage door knobs can start to slip when turned. Eventually, this can lead to the doorknob just spinning without opening the latch that secures the door. However, with a little cleaning and repair work, vintage doorknobs can often be restored to function properly without having to be replaced.
Install A Dramatic Light Fixture
Chandeliers aren’t just for foyers and dining rooms. Bedrooms often have standard lighting installed when really a show-stopping light fixture is needed.
Check out some liquidation stores for affordable fixtures, and choose one that creates some dramatic ambiance. Be sure to follow the installation instructions or call in an electrician to ensure the light is installed correctly. Choosing a modern chandelier and deciding where to hang it is the first thing you have to consider. You can’t think about one without considering the other. Taking architectural cues from your home will help you determine where to hang a chandelier. Room size, shape, and what the chandelier is hanging over, like a dining room table, will also help you determine the right size, shape, and placement. Statement light fixtures can shake up entire rooms. They are focal points, as important as art or furniture or paint colors (sometimes more important), and they can dictate the entire personality of a space.
Frame Light Switches
While framing a television has become more normal, light switches also deserve a little bit of attention.
The switch tends to be encased in white plastic, which can be a bit on the boring side. To add a touch of class, carefully cut the trim down to size, and frame it around the switch. The trim can be painted a fun color. Put a picture frame over a light switch and give it a completely different look. It’s one of the cheapest methods and you won’t have to waste a lot of time on this project. All you need is an old frame and some glue. If the frame is larger than the switch, don’t panic! You can find a way to stick it to the wall, or you can use a nail. You can also make a cute frame with Fimo, making figurines, or create textures by using small objects to press into the clay.
Just Add Florals
There is a common assumption that any greenery outside of a home needs to be real, but when it comes to potted plants and built-in planters on a front porch, this is not always the case.
Fake flowers can be placed in pots and planters to make it look like you have flowers year-round. There are special artificial flowers and plants that can be used outside. UV-protected artificial flowers are meant to be used outside. The UV protection blocks the ultraviolet light from damaging the faux plants and from fading its colors, just like sunbrella fabric for outdoor cushions and pillows. Some of the faux plants are plastic and that helps with rain and cleaning. The life expectancy of artificial flowers and plants will depend on if they are under a covered area or in direct sunlight. When you buy some, make sure that the leaves are not lime green and that they look closer to the natural color of a real plant.
Cover An Old Couch With A New Blanket
The bohemian style calls for macrame, rattan furniture, splashes of color, and a couch strewn with throw pillows.
Older couches might not fit this aesthetic, but that is okay. Blankets in a muted shade can be used to cover a couch until a new one can be purchased or it is reupholstered. Whether you want to refresh a color scheme or hide an unwanted blemish, wool blankets provide an affordable solution, allowing you to easily add colors, patterns, and texture without going through the hassle and expense of replacing your sofa. Spend on a high-quality wool blanket that can cover the worn-out and stained cushions on a fabric sofa. Herringbone wool blankets, beehive patterns or checked and plaid patterns can all be used effectively to complement an existing or developing interior design scheme.
Add Extra Space To Bedroom Closets
Who says that closets are only for hanging clothes? With the addition of some shelving units, closets can actually hold more clothing and shoes than ever before.
Just be sure to leave a bit of space for dresses, and other longer items when installing shelving units in the closet. To make the best use of vertical space in your closet, experts recommend using double-hung rods. Expanding the closet space this way is a simple and effective problem solver. You can hang your tops on the top rod and your pants or skirts on the bottom rod, or you might choose to hang your separates on one rod and your spouse’s or partner’s on the other. Depending on the height of your closet, it’s even possible to hang triple-hung rods or, if you tend to have a lot of dresses, suits, and pants that you hang by their hems, you can install a rod at chest-level to open up space above it.
Install A Hidden Room
In the olden days, Victorian homes and old English manors always had hidden rooms. These would be cleverly concealed behind bookshelves, and other large pieces of furniture.
Make your own hidden room by carefully drywalling off an area, and installing a large bookcase in front of it. Just make sure the bookcase is hinged, and movable. First, find a place in your house that you would like to use to create your secret room. A large closet is a good option for a hidden room. The entrance to your room should not look like a doorway, or people will know that there is a room beyond the door. Doors can be hidden in the woodwork or disguised as a piece of furniture. A bookshelf on a hinge and rollers can easily conceal an entryway. Before you start, make a plan detailing how your finished door will look. Measure the entrance and build a bookcase to act as the door. Finally, put some books and decorations.
Reuse Old Pennies
Pennies might not be available in some countries anymore which makes them something of a collector’s item. Many people have jars and jars of the shiny coins just laying around.
Metal flooring can be pricey, so why not use those pennies and create a penny floor? This will be a real showstopper and is perfect for bathrooms. Measure the area accurately, order the pennies in advance, and plan the layout. For the best and safest finish, it’s essential to make sure the floor is level. Sand any bumps and fill any holes. You’re going to be pouring epoxy all over your floor later, so it’s vital you use an appropriate sealant to protect the edges of your surface before pouring epoxy on. With the surface clean, glue the pennies to the floor with adhesive. Once you’re done, pour epoxy all over your floor. It’ll need four days to cure to its optimum hardness and quality.
Just Add New Grout
Grout is one of those things that every tile floor or bathroom needs if it is going to stay waterproof. The grout can look a bit old after ten years or so, and mold can also form on it.
If this is the case, regrout between the tiles with white or clear grout, and your floor or bathroom will be instantly transformed. With an oscillating tool with a blade designed for grout removal and remove the bulk of the grout along the grout joints. Clean the area and then prepare the tile grout mix. Scoop up a load of grout with a rubber grout float, and smear it onto the tile surface. Spread the grout over the joints, holding the float at an angle of about 60 degrees and pressing the grout fully into the joints. Work in alternating directions to make sure the joints are completely filled. Once all grout lines are filled and tooled, use a moistened sponge to remove excess grout.
Install A New Bathtub
Not all bathtubs are created the same, and some bathtubs are so shallow a person can barely submerge themselves in the water. Many wholesalers for bathrooms will have floor pieces that they sell at discounted rates; it is also possible to check out the stock at thrift stores. Find a tub you love, and install it for the bathroom of your dreams. Clawfoot tubs evoke images of long, relaxing soaks in the bath.
They are great for relaxation and bringing a classic feel to bathroom decor. In the early 19th century, clawfoot bathtubs were a mark of social standing and luxury, placed in private baths in wealthy homes where servants could fill them with water and have enough space around the sides to help a person bathe. Today, as homeowners look for a way to distinguish their designs and add more luxury to their homes, the trend is returning to the days of elegance that defined the early clawfoot tubs. While originally they were made of heavy cast iron, today’s models are typically created with acrylic or fiberglass.
Updated Ceiling Fans
There is no need to install new ceiling fans when a room has an older one that works perfectly well. Many older fans have wooden blades that don’t exactly look like they belong on the pages of Architectural Digest. Instead of chucking the fan out, choose a shade of paint in a white, gray, or darker color and paint over the wood. That automatically makes the fan look like it belongs in this decade. Start by detaching the fan from the ceiling, but first remove the light kit, if your fan has one.
This will help ensure you don’t break any fragile shades or bulbs. Then, use an all-purpose household cleaner and clean all fan parts and surfaces. Ceiling fans get dusty and will most likely be caked with dust, debris, and grime. Set the parts aside and let them dry off completely. Next, choose a well-ventilated space to paint it. If your fan blades are made of wood, lightly sand them with fine-grit sandpaper to further remove any leftover grime and to prepare their surfaces for painting. Paint the blades in color you have chosen. And finally, reassemble and reinstall the fan.
A Pop Of Color
Most people have heard of accent walls, but have you heard of accent ceilings? Walls always look good painted in shades of white, off-white, and cream but this can make a room look cold.
To warm up a space in an unexpected way, choose a vibrant color for the ceiling. Purples, deep blues, forest greens, and any other color that speaks to you is an excellent choice. Everyone will be surprised when they look up and spot the color. According to interior designers, warm oranges, reds, and pinks make beige colors brighter, so they are great for powder rooms and social spaces. Blue works almost anywhere, but greens can make the beige and taupes appear cool so they are best avoided in powder rooms and dressing areas. Selecting a super-bright color in an otherwise neutral space can take too much attention away from the rest of your room. Create some cohesion by anchoring the rest of your room with equally impressive accessories.
Just Add Trim
A little bit of trim can go a long way. Many property developers decide to save money by not adding trim to windows, doors, and wall edges. This can make a room look slightly unfinished.
For rooms without trim, it is easy to select some at a hardware store, paint it, and then fit it around windows and doors. It is also a good way to hide the tops of blinds that might otherwise be uncovered. If you want to do it yourself, start by taking measurements for the main frame. Measure the distance from the windowsill to the top of the window on each side and the width of the window. Cut the main frame trim pieces based on the size of your windows. Then, go ahead and nail the DIY window trim frame up using our battery-operated nail gun. Next, repeat the measuring, marking, and cutting process for the exterior frame. Nail it into place. The following step is to caulk the frame with some paintable latex caulk, and once it dries patch the nail holes. Finish the project by painting the trim.
Remodel Bathroom Mirrors
Bathroom mirrors that don’t have a frame can tend to look a bit outdated. The light fixtures around the mirrors can also make a bathroom look like it hasn’t left the 1980s. To add a bit of flare to an older bathroom, install frames around the mirrors, and break up a larger mirror by adding a shelf in the middle. Light fixtures can also be switched out for more modern ones, which can really give a bathroom a facelift. If you want to DIY the frame, here’s what you have to do.
Measure the width and height of your mirror. Mark these measurements on your MDF boards and use a miter saw to make your cuts. Next, you must paint the backs of the boards as well as the front. If you don’t, you’ll be able to see the brown MDF in the mirror reflection. After the paint has completely dried, use a construction adhesive specifically designed for mirrors to adhere the MDF boards directly onto the mirror. This adhesive can withstand moisture and humidity. After the adhesive fully cures, caulk all of the seams and touch up paint as needed along the caulk lines.
If a ceiling can have a dash of color, so can an entryway door. As the entryway door is one of the first things anybody sees, it is important that this is a statement piece. Not everyone can afford expensive wooden doors, which is where paint comes in to save the day yet again.
Charcoal, dark blue, and fire engine red can really add a touch of glass to an entryway. Just make sure to choose a color that matches the rest of the house’s trim. Before painting a door, you must take into consideration that fingerprints and grime are to be expected on interior doors in high-traffic areas. So, select paint with a gloss or semi-gloss finish rather than a matte finish so that the surface is easier to wipe clean. A glossier paint also makes doors and trim stand out beautifully against the flatter wall surface.
Say Goodbye To Old Lights
Each decade a new home aesthetic comes into style, but once that decade has passed, all of the furnishings and fixtures quickly lose their stylish essence. Changing out light fixtures is one of the easiest ways to update a room. If a new light fixture isn’t in the budget, some paint or the addition of an upside-down lampshade in a cool fabric can provide a nice update. For someone who is really crafty, chandelier crystals can be added for a more dynamic fixture. To modernize an old chandelier, first, wipe it down with a damp rag to remove dust and grime.
Then, lean the chandelier against something so you can spray the bottom with the spray paint of your choosing. Do one coat and then come back about 10-15 minutes later for another coat. After the second coat on the bottom has dried, take an old piece of wire and attach the chandelier to the underside of a ladder, so it hangs. Now put your first coat of spray paint on the rest of the chandelier. Wait 10-15 minutes and do the last coat before letting it dry for 48 hours. As the final step, hang your newly painted chandelier.
A wood-paneled room was in vogue back in the 1970s, and over the past few years, it has once more risen in popularity. Instead of having an entire room paneled, though, only one accent wall is the style now.
This look can be achieved with the careful placement and attachment of wood panels to an existing wall. The wood can then be stained the desired shade to match the rest of a home’s decor. Shaker wall paneling is one of the most popular DIY upgrades homeowners are making today. While the most classic wood panel look is made up of evenly spaced vertical posts bordered by a horizontal trim at the top, there are lots of ways to get creative with this wall paneling DIY too. You can go geometric, with a grid-style layout, or crafty herringbone looks, among others that you can try. Search for step-by-step tutorials online to do it.
Spruce Up Laminate Countertops
Granite and marble countertops are an investment, and they certainly don’t fit every budget. Old laminate counters can look a bit dirty and faded after years of use, but like metals, there are special paints that can be used to create faux granite and marble.
First, sand the counter, and then select the paint color of choice for a quick update. There are also some painting effects that can be used for the marble-esque finish. There are many shades of faux granite paint available. All you need to do is pick four colors you want on your countertop. One will be the base color in primer, and the other three colors will provide the natural look of stone. A final coat of clear coating will give it that shiny finish of a polished stone. With the money you save from painting your countertops to look like stone, perhaps you can afford to splurge on another high-end item for your remodeling project.
Build a Sliding Mirror
The sliding mirror is the answer to a smaller walk-in closet with little wall space and no mirror choice. The sliding mirrors glide down the pipe thanks to simple finger-pull holes. These are held in position by stationary wheels, eliminating the lower track system requirement.
Measure the floor-to-ceiling height before constructing the mirror, then deduct the wheel height, screw eye height, and plumbing sections. This can vary depending on the installation, but we can decide the height of the boards from there.
New Air Grilles
Homes with central air always have grilles that allow air to flow through a home, whether it is hot air or cool air conditioning. These grilles aren’t always decorative, though, and can be a bit unpleasant to look at. This is an easy fix, though. A quick trip to the hardware store later and an ornate updated grille can be installed for a touch of elegance. We suggest a nice patterned one. You can make your own DIY vent cover in about an hour with super inexpensive materials.
Measure the size of the air return opening in your wall. Cut your pine to length. Miter the corners and do the butt joints if you want to. Assemble the outer frame of the vent cover and glue it. To reinforce the corners, use a brad nailer to put a nail in each corner. Once your frame is assembled, paint it. Then use metal snips to cut your decorative metal sheet to size. Be sure to cut it a bit smaller than your frame so that it doesn’t overhang the edges of the frame, and glue it. After your vent cover is painted, assemble it, and you’re done!
Install Vinyl Floors Over Old Tiles
Installing a vinyl floor on top of the tile is quick and pretty easy; These vinyl floor tile stickers and sheets are unique and look amazing for a quick flooring update. It’s an excellent DIY solution as a phase-one fix until you’re ready to replace the tiles with a permanent floor.
First, create a smooth surface; patch everything in your tile using a thin-set mortar and a putty knife. Once the mortar is dry, we recommend sanding any uneven spots with medium grit sandpaper. Clean the floor and remove debris with a vacuum cleaner; you don’t want the dirt to remain under your sheet vinyl floor. Then, Measure all the edges around the room and draw a diagram of your space using those measurements. Roll out your sheet vinyl and use your diagram to create a template; mark your measurements onto the edges. Cut the sheet vinyl, position it in the room, and roll it over the tiles. Reinstall your baseboards and apply silicone to fill the cracks. Enjoy your renewed space.
The Illusion Of Bigger Windows
Apartments and houses always have windows of varying sizes. Some apartments only have one large window, while others only have small square windows. If a room only has small windows, then some carefully hung curtains can make them appear much larger.
Curtains should be hung high above the window, and the curtain rod should be much longer than the width of the window. This gives the illusion of a larger window. Raising your curtain rod isn’t the only solution; your type of curtains—specifically the fabric—matters, too. Skimpy curtains will make any design look cheap and unprofessional. Choosing a quality fabric that’s made of thick and sturdy material will help you hide the line between the wall and the window. In turn, this will create an illusion of a larger space. Fabrics with vertical patterns will draw the eyes upwards and will create the illusion of a longer window. Vertical stripes can do wonders for making your windows appear taller—but any pattern that draws your eyes side to side will do!
Hand Drawn “Wallpaper” to Refresh Your Laundry Room
Choose the wall on which you want to make the design, then use a large knife/spatula to spread a joint compound across it evenly. Make sure to get in all the grooves and reach the corners. It is worth the three coats, plenty of drying time, and light sanding to get it smooth. The pink joint compound is easy to see; it turns white when it dries. Next, come prime and paint. Prime joint compound and drywall are essential to ensure that you get good paint results. It takes a while to dry. Two coats of primer, followed by two coats of white paint. The pattern is next – Just put your marker on the wall and let it go.
Next, use basic lumber to install a shelf. Simply attach 3 cleats to each wall with general-purpose screws, and then add a 12” board to the top. Then, treat the wood with a 3:1 mixture of wood conditioner and stain. Create a second shelf that would sit directly above the dryer and washer. Add a small platform to the area next to the appliances. You can mount it with french cleats. Spray paint, mount a kitchen drawer, pull, and put up some new hangers. Large baskets will help to store all of your cleaners. To jazz it up, add some framed art and faux plant.