Making your House a Home: DIY Resource Guide for Projects and Ideas
(Your complete DIY home makeover guide)
Jessica Huneck|February 17, 2020
There are so many different parts of your home that can be transformed and enhanced with a makeover or a bit of remodeling with many of the tasks required within the grasp of the average DIY enthusiast.
This guide takes a look at the various projects you can undertake and provides resources and suggestions that you can use to give yourself a clear idea of how to tackle the job, what tools you need, tips on how to eliminate DIY difficulties, plus some guidance on when it is sensible to call in a professional to help with certain aspects of your project.
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Each section looks at the different areas in your home and what DIY projects you might want to consider to improve the look, functionality, and feel of your home.
There are tips and general suggestions in each section plus a list of resources worth checking out for ideas and guidance on how to do each job.
The kitchen is the main hub of any home and gets a lot of use on a daily basis so it will help if the layout, and design, makes the most of the space. It is also a good idea to keep on top of maintenance and repairs in order to keep your kitchen looking in top shape.
Updating your cabinets is an excellent way of giving your kitchen a makeover without having the major expense of ripping everything out and starting again.
A good starting point for this project would be to make a list of any shelves or rails that could also do with replacing on the inside, as this is the perfect opportunity to strengthen and improve the units on the inside too.
Repairing and replacing shelves
A design option to consider is to remove your tired old cabinet doors and convert your kitchen cabinets to open shelving and this resource shows you how to do it:
You can quickly and easily improve the look of a room with a fresh coat of paint and this is the sort of DIY project that is within the reach of most of us and can produce great results with just a pot of paint, a brush, and a bit of your time.
Here are some DIY painting ideas and tutorials to consider.How to paint like a pro and improve your brush and roller technique:
Your windows need checking and maintaining on a periodic basis for any leaks or signs of damage and also on your DIY list will be tasks like repairing and painting the frames, plus aesthetic improvements like installing blinds and other fixings.
Try these resources for guidance and knowledge on fixing common window problems:
It is wise to remember that there are many rules and regulations that you have to observe when it comes to electrical installations and unless you are a competent and qualified DIY person there are certain electrical jobs that are best tackled by a pro.
However, there are a number of DIY electrical tasks that are well within your scope and can be completed successfully and safely when you follow guidelines.
For information on how to replace a light fixture:
A key part of getting your DIY project right and avoiding any potential issues is to have the right tools for the job.
If you are going to be taking on a number of DIY projects it makes sense to fill your toolbox with the sort of items that you are going to be using regularly as a base, then buy additional items as and when you need them for each project.
These links run through a comprehensive list of the tools you will need to tackle many standard DIY jobs:
Although this guide is aimed at providing you with the inspiration and resources to tackle a wide range of DIY jobs in and around your home there are a number of projects that you should think about carefully before you attempt them on your own.
Before you take on a DIY plumbing job check this guide:
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