So you want to give you home a major makeover, but perhaps you don’t want to hire people to do it for you. Rest assured that these days, there are plenty of ways to handle remodeling all by yourself. Ready to start a new project? Let’s go over five DIY home remodeling tips. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work!
5 DIY Home Remodeling Tips to Level Up Your Home
1. Update the Walls With a Fresh, New Look
The word “wallpaper” might send you running for the hills. And indeed, in prior days, applying it was something best left to the professionals. It was messy, frustrating, and incredibly time-consuming. But these days, there are plenty of easy (and affordable!) options that allow you to do it yourself in a reasonable amount of time.
Look for wallpaper that is easily removable so that if you stick it to the wall and don’t like it, you can simply adjust it. You can also find wallpaper that comes in smaller squares instead of long sheets, so it’s much more manageable to apply.
And wallpaper isn’t your only option. There are all kinds of decals and even faux bricks that attach to the wall with adhesive. They come in easy-to-handle tiles that you add on one at a time. Add some serious color and texture to the room in a breeze.
Of course, you could stick with a simple layer of fresh paint. Don’t think you need to redo the whole house, either. Try an accent wall in a bold color like red, blue, or green.
2. Give Your Cabinets a Facelift
Cabinets are the type of feature that can make or break a whole room. If they look new and vibrant, the room shines. If not, it can appear old and dreary.
“But replacing cabinets is such a pain,” you’re saying. And it sure can be. Plus, that might not be a project you’re looking to take on yourself. Instead, one of the best DIY home remodeling tips we can give you is to paint or stain them.
With the right materials and a little research, you can make it look like you got all new cabinets installed — except you did it all yourself using what you already had.
Do a little homework on what goes into painting your cabinets before you get started. The type of cabinets you have — wood, laminate, metal — will change the supplies you’ll need. And if you’re not dealing with solid wood, you might need to take sandpaper to it first. Sometimes you’ll need to apply a primer beforehand.
Don’t forget about the hardware, too. Swap out the old knobs and handles for something different and unique. It’s such a small detail but makes a huge difference.
If you want to change something that’s less functional and more aesthetically pleasing, consider removing the doors from your cabinets. If you’ve got decorative towels, containers, or other items you want to show off, this is one way to do it. (P.S. You can do this in your kitchen, too.)
3. Go Glam With the Bathroom
If you’re tired of looking at your bathroom and want to spice things up, here are a few simple ways you can do that all on your own.
First, consider replacing the faucet and showerhead. For the showerhead, check out attachments that mimic rainwater. Not only do they look amazing but they’re pretty soothing, too.
You might very well have the faucet that came with your home. Why not try something different, like something with a waterfall spout or a faucet in matte black?
You can also upgrade the lighting fixture or add additional lighting. Strip lights add a subtle but interesting touch. Or, add Hollywood-style LED vanity mirror lights for a retro and luxurious look.
Don’t forget: Now that you know how to paint your cabinets, you can tackle those in your bathroom, too.
4. Add a Backsplash
Backsplashes can take kitchens from drab to fab.
True, this can be a really involved process. But did you know that you can buy peel-and-stick tiles and apply them yourself? You can even trim and cut them down if they’re too big or you want to achieve a different shape. These are available in every look from plain white to faux stone, slate, ceramic, and marble.
A backsplash can make it look like you went to great lengths to remodel your kitchen when really, you spent just a weekend applying adhesive tiles to the wall. We call that a win.
5. Update the Exteriors
These DIY home remodeling tips aren’t limited to the inside of your home. It never hurts to work on your curb appeal. (Of course, make sure you’re still following any rules your HOA has regarding the exterior of your home.)
How’s your front door looking? Is it covered in dirt and scuff marks? At the very least, give it a good scrubbing. If you want to take it one step further, slap a coat of paint on it and give it a new color.
Update the address numbers on your house and mailbox, and maybe even consider getting a new mailbox entirely.
Add a nice accent to your yard with something like pavers, stepping stones, hardwood pathways, or faux deck tiles. They’re easy to set up and leave some room for you to get creative. No designers or landscapers needed.
You don’t need to demolish your entire yard, plant expensive trees, or uproot your sprinkler system to remodel your yard. Sometimes, it’s all in the details.
Do your due diligence and make sure you cover all your bases. Planning is essential! But with a little patience, elbow grease, and creativity — plus these five DIY home remodeling tips — you can give your home a whole new look with your own two hands.
Don’t forget that when you do things to fix up your house, you might be increasing your home’s value at the same time. Bonus!
Looking for an entirely new place to call home? We can help. Contact The Brendan King Group today.