Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a Weekend Warrior when it comes to DIY projects, or do you still feel that you’re a bit of a beginner but would like to get involved in improving your home more than you have before?
Whichever you are, there’s something innately satisfying about contributing to improving your home, whether it’s the interior or exterior. You don’t have to be an expert to get started, and you also don’t have to overcomplicate projects until you build up your skills over a period of time. Not only will you get immense satisfaction from completing a job, but you’ll also be making your home look better than ever.
Carrying out a DIY project doesn’t have to take a long time, provided that you know what you’re getting into, and even small projects can make a real impact on your surroundings. Check out some ideas below to get yourself started.
Revamping your windows
Your window coverings have a major effect on your rooms, and installing DIY window shutters can give any space a real lift in terms of style and how you either let in or keep out the sunlight. Shutters are immensely versatile and not difficult to fit.
First, you need to measure your window carefully before you order a standard shutter kit to ensure that the dimensions are as accurate as possible. The kit will come with filler strips that you can use as a template for layout, and they can also be used where necessary to adjust for width. Put the shutters together, and measure their width to determine whether or not you need filler strips. If you do, then attach the number that you need to the shutter frames with screws.
Put a shutter in place, align the screws with holes that you have previously drilled and tighten them up, leaving a little slack in case you need to make adjustments. Repeat the process with the other shutter, checking the alignment and adjusting if necessary so that they close properly. Add the knobs or handles into pre-drilled holes that have been measured up, and that’s a job well done.
Plan a wall makeover
Making over your walls could take a couple of weekends because it’s tricky to work out just how involved the process is. Part of that is down to how easy or difficult it will be to remove wallpaper. With the right liquid solution to soften everything up, you’ll hopefully be able to cut down on the time that it takes, but be ready for a whole lot of scraping, possibly two or three times overall if the covering has been there for a long while.
When you have finished that, you can prepare the wall to be painted. It’s a good idea to use an undercoat before putting on the main colour, and the work goes faster if you use a roller, especially if there is a large surface to cover. Make sure that the undercoat is properly dry before putting on the principal colour.
Give your home more kerb appeal
When the weather allows, it’s good to get outside, do some work to your home’s exterior and make a good impression for visitors. Kerb appeal can also be a big factor when you want to sell up, as an attractive exterior is more likely to encourage prospective buyers.
Keep any driveway or paths clean and tidy, and pull weeds up from between paving stones. If you have trees in your garden or nearby and suffer from leaves in the autumn, then use a leaf blower to suck them up to dispose of for recycling. Make flowerbeds look appealing with fresh mulch and a range of colourful flowers and shrubs, and keep the grass cut regularly if you have a lawn.
Any fencing should be painted or varnished if has become discoloured due to the weather, but don’t do this when there’s rain forecast! It sounds obvious, but many an outside job has been ruined by wet weather.
Renew your door furniture with a new knocker or bell, handle and number or name, and update the look of your letterbox. Consider giving your door a real lift by painting it a different colour, or get a new door that you can install yourself to give a whole new aspect to the front of your home.
Plan your home improvements
You don’t have to spend every weekend on DIY, and it helps to plan exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it. Don’t be put off if something seems difficult — just remember that practice makes perfect!