There’s nothing more dispiriting than living in a home where the décor is drab and tired-looking after years of use. It doesn’t have to be that way and it needn’t cost you a fortune to make a huge improvement to your living areas with some easy DIY jobs. You don’t have to be an expert to carry out many simple jobs that will make your home feel brand new again– many jobs aren’t difficult at all.
Here are few ideas to get your creative DIY juices flowing:
Organise your tools
You don’t need a vast number of tools to carry out most DIY tasks but you should invest in some good basic tools. These include a hammer, a set of screwdrivers with regular and Phillips heads, a tape measure, level, utility knife and wrench. Three or four sizes of paintbrush will enable you to cover large areas, as well as smaller, more precision painting jobs. If you’re planning jobs that require power tools or other specialty equipment, consider borrowing from a friend or renting from your local hardware store.
It’s one of the simplest ways to make a real change to your home and with the right preparation takes less time than you might think. You don’t have to paint the entire house, though if you have the time to do so,your work will make an amazing difference to your living experience. That’s a longer project but easy enough to do. Alternatively, you could add an accent wall to make a bright, bold statement, and spend a little time applying a fresh coat of white paint to discoloured crown moulding. The key to a good paint job is in the preparation, so take that extra time to carefully tape around windows to avoid paint encroaching on areas where you don’t want it.
Dress up your windows
Changing your curtains can lift a room with new colours and patterns, so look at colour schemes to bring out the best from your carpet or wooden floor and your furniture. Consider replacing any old or dirty blinds with new ones, or be bolder and install wooden shutters. These types of window coverings look attractive and add some real sophistication to rooms. They can be made to fit all shapes and sizes of windows, and with movable slats, you can let in as much or as little light as you want. In colder months, they also add a layer of insulation that could help reduce your energy bills.
Get your closet reorganised
There are many excellent space-saving closets to be foundand you can have a highly effective way of clearing the clutter of clothes and shoes that often seems to pile up in the bedroom. A good closet is especially useful if you have children who tend to use the floor to store their clothes – you can’t get them into good habits early enough! Choose a system that works for what you have, or buy your own shelving and rails so you can build a bespoke piece of furniture for your storage needs.
Give your home kerbappeal
First impressions are important andyou don’t want to give arriving visitors the perception that you can’t be bothered with what your home looks like on the outside. A lick of paint to your front door and garage doors, a new mailbox and fresh house numbers will perk up the exterior immediately. Plant flowers or shrubs and keep your grass cut regularly, as well as cleaning up garden beds and walkways. That first impression could also be very important when it comes to selling your property.
Update your lighting
You don’t need to be an electrician to update your lighting, although depending on what you want to do, you may want to consider getting professional advice and assistance for a larger job. Meanwhile, it’s not expensive to change lampshades or chandeliers to give rooms a whole new look. The way you use lighting can make the difference between having a light and airy room or a darker, somewhat claustrophobic feel. You could also look at changing light switch covers with clean, new ones; a small project but one that makes a difference to the way your room looks.
Plan and prepare
Take some time to plan what you want to do, and why you’re doing it, and make lists of colour schemes and items you want to install. Being well prepared will make your DIY jobs that much easier.