If your house is currently in need a bit of a lift but you don’t fancy handing the job over to someone else – or paying the bills of a professional builder – then there’s still plenty that you can do, even without a lot of DIY experience. With a few tools, a little time set aside and some good old fashioned creativity, these 5 super easy DIY projects will help you revamp your home whilst making it all look pretty effortless.
1. Regrout the bathroom tiles
Ok so this is not the most exciting of DIY projects and there’s not a lot of creativity involved, but if your bathroom tiles are being held in place by stained or mouldy grouting then it can make the entire room feel damp and old. Give the grouting a make over and you’ll be surprised how your bathroom instantly feels brand new. All you need to regrout the tiles are some tools to take off the old grouting – a knife to cut along the edges of the old grouting and a chisel to remove it – some strong adhesive to glue the tiles back into place, new grouting to spread along the grouting tracks and something to clean up with afterwards (like an old cloth to wipe away excess grout).
2. Create something out of your booze habit
…..something like a bespoke cork mat for your bathroom! If you’ve been wondering what to do with the popped corks of all the Shiraz and Chardonnay you’ve ploughed through then this is great way to put it to use. All you need is a shadow box or a shallow frame to fill with up-ended corks and some water resistant glue to fix the corks in place and there you have it, your own designer bathroom piece.
3. Change colour
If your interiors are looking a little tired then there’s nothing like a lick of paint to give them a new lease of life. Painting is the kind of DIY job that most people find pretty easy, as all you really need is a tin of paint, some brushes and rollers. Before you start be sure to put down plenty of sheets, so that you don’t get paint spatters on furniture, floor boards and carpets. Pick your colour in advance – green for calm, yellow for upbeat or red for passion - and make sure you buy enough paint to cover all the walls!
4. Put down a hardwood floor
Although laying flooring is not as easy a DIY project as painting, because most sets of floors now come in panels that simply click or glue together it’s a job that can easily be done by the average inexperienced DIY-er. It will usually take a couple of days to lay flooring so be sure to leave the time to do it and let the rest of the household know the room will be out of action. As well as a satisfying DIY project, putting down a hardwood floor will save you a pretty penny on having someone else come and do it for you – in some cases it’s around half the price to do it yourself.
5. Install some storage
Most of us tend to fill whatever the space we live in with a lot of stuff. This means that we are forever running out of storage and places to keep all that stuff. If you want an easy DIY project that can be done in a day then building some storage units is a great idea. Whether you choose to put up some hardy storage in your garage, some pretty storage in the bedroom, or something highly practical in the kitchen, all you need are some basic tools and a flat pack storage unit, that you can order from most home stores.
Whilst these 5 DIY projects might be super easy, having a go at one or more can give your home a whole new fresh feel. Even if the good old British weather’s not looking particularly appealing outside, that doesn’t mean your home can’t look bright inside!
About the Author: John writes about DIY and home improvement for Skip and Bin London who provide a skip hire price comparison service.