Simple DIY Upgrades Around the House
If you’re like me, you’re probably always finding areas in your home that could use a little refreshing and improving. Just like the side out cabinet storage I installed for my kitchen, or replacing my barnwood shelf, I love enhancing my home and continuously finding ways to make it more beautiful or more functional.
Some parts of the home don’t require large scale overhauls, but smaller tweaks to perfect them. It can be hard to know what exactly can be done to improve those areas, so I’ve created a helpful list that can hopefully give you ideas for ways you can upgrade certain parts of your home, or make certain rooms suit you better. These are small changes but you’ll find that they’ll make a huge impact.
Change Your Faucet
Do you have a bathroom or kitchen faucet that doesn’t match with your kitchen or your style? Maybe you want something more modern or something more unique and special. Instead of replacing the whole sink, you can easily switch out the faucet and just like that have a sink area that looks completely new and upgraded. Many faucets and taps are actually quite easy to remove and replace in a matter of minutes. Before replacing your faucet, be sure to talk to a plumber to make sure the underlying pipes are fine and have no blockages or any other issues. You can find out more about how plumbers can easily help you unblock pipes so your DIY transformation can continue. Learn more here: www.fixitrightplumbing.com.au/plumber-canberra/.
Paint a Wall
I know this sounds silly and quite obvious, but one upgrade that always makes a big impact on a space is a coat of new paint. Whether it’s your living room or your bedroom, painting the walls a new color is a small action that makes a huge impact, and there are so many ways to do it. You can paint one wall in the room a really eye catching colour to create a contrasting pop of color. You can paint the room an entirely new color to bring a certain mood into the room, and you can even paint an arch shape in a contrasting color behind your bed to create a really unique custom headboard addition.
Refinish Wood Furniture
Do you have a wood piece of furniture in your home that just isn’t suiting your style anymore or just needs a makeover to make it more modern? One of my favorite projects to do is refinishing wood furniture with wood stain to give it a new lease on life. It’s very easy to do, you just have to sand down the old wood stain and then apply a stain in a color of your choice and then seal it to finish it off. You can do this with something as big as a dresser or desk, and as small as legs on a chair. It’s easy, inexpensive and so much fun to do, and the end result is always amazing.
Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets Without a Remodel
Kitchen cabinets are a central part to the look and feel of the room, and they can totally get upgraded instead of replaced if you want to switch things up. You don’t necessarily have to remove your kitchen cabinets to make them look better. A coat of cabinet paint can turn wood cabinets into modern white or navy blue ones. You can also remove the old doors and replace them with new ones and even new hinges. Another simple change you can make is removing the old drawer handles and putting in new ones with a different color or shape.
I love contact paper and peel-and-stick wallpaper for transforming or customizing a room. Nowadays, putting in wallpaper isn’t a cumbersome project at all. You can easily order contact paper or peel-and-stick wallpaper online and install it in your kitchen to go over the backsplash, or in your living room to bring some color and personality to a wall. It’s another project that can be done in an afternoon without much stress!
The one thing I love about DIY projects is that they are so kind to the wallet. Instead of doing a costly, time-consuming overhaul that involves general contractors, you can take on small weekend projects that will also make a great visual impact. It also gives you an opportunity to experiment with your style and try out new things without a huge cash commitment. So next time you’re looking at your bathroom feeling annoyed by it, consider changes like paint and new hardware before doing a massive change.