Home improvements that you complete yourself can be very rewarding, both in terms of improving your living conditions and having the satisfaction of finishing a project successfully. It is important, however, to pick projects that you know you can complete on time and within budget, as this is what often trips up DIY jobs. Even though DIY involves some hard work, you don’t want it to be an arduous exercise.
1. Make the entrance to your home inviting
Your home’s kerb appeal is the first impression that a visitor gets, and it is also the first area that you see when you arrive at home after a long day at work. A door painted in a cheerful colour and a cute welcoming mat are not expensive and will immediately transform the look of your home’s exterior. If you have a garden area in front, then take the time to landscape it. Clever lighting is another quick and affordable way to improve the visual appeal of your home’s entrance.
2. Add window shutters
Windows shutters are an excellent option for updating your home. They go with a lot of different home décor styles and are very practical, as they cut down on the allergens that collect in fabric. In addition to being easy to install, they also add to the value of your home. A number of window shutter styles are supplied with pre-drilled holes in the frames, so you simply need to drill matching holes in the wall and screw in each unit.
3. Apply affordable wallpaper and paint
Perhaps the most frequently attempted DIY project is painting or wallpapering a room. It is simple and affordable to do while having a positive effect on the look of your living space. You can take a room from light and airy to dark and cosy in one day with a single layer of paint. If a monochrome wall does not appeal to you, then you can choose from an endless array of wallpaper styles and apply wallpaper to an entire room, a single wall or parts of a wall.
4. Cover holes in the wall
Years of hanging pictures can leave your walls with unsightly, uncovered holes. No need to fill and repaint, however – with a little bit of planning and the right pictures, you can easily remedy this issue. Home furnishing stores have excellent collections of pre-framed images if you are short on ideas. These attractive pictures can be purchased and added to your wall in a single afternoon, all at little cost.
5. Spruce up your kitchen
We all know what it is like to cook and eat in the same boring kitchen day in and day out. Thankfully, you don’t need to replace your entire kitchen to make a big difference. Changing the splashback area behind the sink is a good start, whether you retile it cleverly or simply add a coat of paint. It is also very easy to change the doors on your cupboards. Making use of your existing cupboards while just replacing the doors is a cheap way to achieve the look of a nearly new kitchen.