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.
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:
If some of the shelves need replacing because they are bowed or unstable:
This video tutorial shows you how to replace a shelf:
Replacing and repairing replacing cabinets
If the cabinets need fixing and repairing to put them back in good shape:
This tutorial shows you how to replace kitchen unit doors:
Or a step-by-step guide to follow:
This resource describes a range of budget options for updating your kitchen:
If you are looking for some inspiration for your cabinet door makeover:
Another idea is refacing kitchen cabinets:
This pictorial guide shows you some easy ways to upgrade your kitchen cabinets:
If you are wondering whether to reface or replace, this resource will help you decide:
This guide promises to show you how to bring tired kitchen cabinets back to life:
DIY Tip- Don’t forget to update your cabinet hardware at the same time as this can help have a big impact on your kitchen makeover.
This resource offers guidance on updating with new hardware:
If you are looking for visual clues on which handles and pulls might suit:
This guide provides a summary of all the main considerations and offers tips on the best ways to update your kitchen:
If you are updating your kitchen you might also decide to update and replace your countertops, or repair what you already have and give them a makeover.
This resource helps you choose the right kitchen countertops for your home:
For guidance on the right countertop surface material:
This resource gives you the pros and cons of choosing a laminate countertop:
If you want to spruce up your existing countertop:
This link offers tips on countertop care and maintenance:
Sink and faucet repair and replacement
If you are giving your kitchen a makeover or remodeling you will want to make sure your sink and faucets are in good order.
You can learn here about how to replace a kitchen faucet:
You might want to watch a video tutorial on how to replace a faucet:
Updating your kitchen floor and tiles
Changing your kitchen flooring is a manageable DIY project that could be completed in a weekend and can help transform the look and feel of the room.
This resource offers guidance on how to choose the right flooring:
If you have an open-plan design, this link guides you on which type of flooring to choose:
For kitchen flooring inspiration:
This resource will guide you in choosing the perfect tile:
If you want to replace the underlayment this guide shows you how:
For guidance on how to remove floor tiles without disturbing cabinets:
For inspiration on easy flooring upgrades:
This video tutorial will show you how to replace your floor tiles:
A family bathroom sees a lot of traffic and it can soon look tired and dated or things need repairing or replacing to keep it all in good working order.
Here are some DIY project ideas along with maintenance and repair resources to follow.
This resource offers a number of budget ideas on how to refresh the look of your bathroom:
For more bathroom remodeling inspiration:
If you are looking for some tips on how to maximize your bathroom space:
This link offers some pictorial inspiration for your bathroom makeover:
If you have a small bathroom that needs renovating, this resource offers some ideas:
For plumbing know-how on how to replace your toilet:
For guidance on how to use a bath enamel repair kit:
This guide covers a range of DIY how-to’s when you are remodeling your bathroom:
This link guides you on how to replace a bathroom faucet:
Video guidance on replacing a faucet:
Caulk adds the finishing touch as well as sealing against water but it is not always a DIY task that is that easy to master, despite its apparent simplicity.
This guide shows you how to seal properly:
You can also watch a video tutorial on caulking:
If you notice that your toilet is leaking despite sealing it you can see here how to fix the problem:
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:
Painting ideas and inspiration:
Windows and blinds
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:
Fixing broken blinds and slats:
If you have vinyl sidings this resource shows you how to carry out repairs:
Garden and Outdoor Living
Making the most of your garden and creating a useful outdoor living space is a perfect DIY project and can enhance your enjoyment of your home and even boost its value.
These links should provide you with some design ideas and inspiration:
Giving your garden a makeover on a budget:
If you have a large space to landscape:
Transforming your backyard:
Once you have a design in mind these tutorials and guides aim to show you how to do the jobInstalling a paver patio:
Building a deck:
How to install fencing:
Laying a new lawn:
Tips on how to install a pond:
Home Maintenance - Weatherization and energy efficiency
Improving your home is not just about makeovers and remodeling as there are a number of DIY projects that can help keep your home safe and secure and even cut your energy costs.
Here are some home maintenance and improvement tasks that are well worth doing.
These resources show you how to weatherproof your windows:
Insulation is a critical part of keeping your home warm and dry and energy efficient. These resources show you how to go about insulating your home:
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:
This link shows you how to replace a bathroom light fixture:
If you want to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan this guide shows you how:
For guidance on how to install a ceiling fan:
This resource shows you how to install a dimmer switch:
There are many different types of bulb available and these resources help you choose the right one:
Essential Tool List
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:
Top DIY jobs to leave to a professional
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:
This resource highlights five household tasks that you should not attempt on your own:
This guide prompts you to answer a series of questions about your competency before you set to work on your DIY project: