Let’s face it: all DIY is not as easy as it looks on TV. It’s made to look simple by the professional(s) at the helm, as well as by editing that fits each project into a 30- or 60-minute program. If you’ve taken a stab at a home improvement project before, you know most need more than a half-hour to complete.
Still, DIY doesn’t have to be difficult or impossible. Instead, there are some simpler projects that you can do without the professional supervision they have on your favorite home improvement show. The following are five examples of very possible weekend DIY projects that you can do on your own. So, grab your toolbox and read on to see what’s on the to-do list this weekend:
1.Installing a New Backsplash
In your mind you’re picturing perfectly placed tiles, a thin layer of grout and hours and hours of labor. If you won’t settle for anything less than a tile backsplash, then this will probably be true — and, as such, installing a backsplash isn’t the easy project for you to do this weekend.
But, if you’re willing to think outside of the box, you can easily update your kitchen’s backsplash without dabbling in the tricky business that is tiling. Instead, you can try installing metallic ceiling tiles, for example, which give the illusion of tile with a much easier application. The same goes for wallpaper, chalkboard paint, and even a stainless steel backsplash. Choose an easy backsplash material and you’ll have a kitchen makeover in no time at all.
2. Adding Crown Molding (or a Bead Board)
Woodwork instantly makes a home look more custom and, therefore, more expensive. The good news is that it’s neither pricey nor overly difficult to add some on your own. Adding crown molding is a rather precise process: you’ll have to measure your room, buy enough molding and cut it so that corners align perfectly. But, with focus and an attention to detail, you can DIY this project and make it look as professional as a professional would.
To that end, installing a bead board is perhaps even simpler, since the wooden accent comes in pre-made sheets you simply attach to your walls. Just be sure to cut holes for outlets so that you can still access all of your room’s precious plugs.
3. Sprucing Up the Garage Door
So many home DIY projects focus on the interior of your property, but an eye to the exterior can seriously improve your place’s curb appeal. To that end, the garage door is often overlooked as an area that could do with a little love — front doors, shutters, gardens and lawns get all of the attention, as far as outdoor renovation is concerned.
But re-painting your garage door is an easy task that can have a big impact because it takes up a lot of visual space. Just make sure you stop at painting: if your garage door requires repairs, it’s usually best to enlist the help of a professional. That’s because most of the tools necessary to fix a garage door won’t be in your toolbox. They’re specialized items that only the pros carry around.
4. Building a Headboard
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you can easily relax and drift off to sleep. Everyone’s idea of what a sanctuary should look like is different, of course, but there’s one thing every bedroom sanctuary needs: a headboard. Your headboard gives you a place to lean back as you read a book, watch a movie or scroll through your phone. From a design perspective, it makes your bedroom look and feel more finished.
There are so many easy ways to build your own headboard. You can create a tufted fabric headboard, a photo frame headboard, or a wooden headboard or even transform an old fireplace mantel into the perfect piece of furniture. To that end, a simple way to DIY your own headboard is to pick up a gently used one from a yard sale or flea market and refinish it to your tastes. The headboard-DIY-ing possibilities are endless.
5. Updating Kitchen and Bathroom Hardware
This is, perhaps, the easiest DIY project of all — you could potentially start and finish it within an hour, just like the pros on your favorite home improvement show we mentioned at the start. Start by choosing new cabinet and drawer pulls for your kitchen or bathroom, keeping an eye to hardware trends so that your updates are, indeed, updates.
Make sure the hardware you choose will be affixed to your cabinets in the same way as your first set: if your current pulls require one screw, then pick another knob with a single screw for easy application. You can take things one step further by installing a new kitchen faucet to match your new knobs, though simply updating the hardware will make a big difference in a short amount of time.
No matter which of the above five projects you choose, you’ll quickly be on your way to updating your home with ease. Even better: once you get the hang of these smaller DIY projects, you’ll be on your way to learning how to perform bigger, more intensive home-improvement tasks — no TV cameras required.
About the Author: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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