Easy DIY Home Projects And Home Improvement Tips – Scary Mommy


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Whether you simply purchased a house otherwise you’ve lived in your area for many years, there’s all the time work to do. Many of us, although, weren’t born with the Tim Taylor gene. Even the best residence enchancment challenge can appear overwhelming. And, let’s face it, Chip and Joanna Gaines don’t precisely make it look simple. That man is all the time sweating. Keep in thoughts: Sometimes simply decluttering your own home is sufficient to make it really feel recent and new. If you’ve simply moved homes although, you’ve most likely already carried out the decluttering. The fact is many DIY initiatives should not solely simple however a ton of enjoyable, too. You don’t must go massive or costly to refresh the look of your own home. You don’t even must attempt to convert your black thumb to a inexperienced thumb and maintain flowers alive. All you want is a little bit confidence and steerage. The web and Scary Mommy are right here that can assist you flip your boring home into a wonderful residence.

1. Paint

Even should you’re afraid of colour, only a recent coat of white or HGTV-grey paint could make a world of distinction on grungy, stuffed partitions. Just be sure to give them scrubbing, first. Remove any change or outlet plates and patch holes up earlier than you start. (More on that beneath.) Not certain what sort of paint to make use of? The glossier you go, the better it’s to wipe clear… however the tougher it’s to hide any blemishes in your wall. Eggshell is a stable possibility you may simply carry all through your own home.

Want to attempt colour however don’t know the place to begin and are terrified you’ll hate it? Check out the “oops” shelf every time you cruise your native ironmongery shop. (If you’ve not too long ago purchased a home, you may discover Lowe’s has turn out to be your new Target.) Mama simply scored a stunning, recent white for $9 a gallon so she will spruce up her pantry and a purple for the kiddo’s room on the similar worth.

2. Change Hardware You Hate

Loads of the {hardware} that comes with builder-grade cupboards or low-price vanities can appear a little bit, nicely, terrible or simply boring. If these silver circles aren’t your jam, then take them off. In many instances, no instruments or wooden filler are even required, just a bit elbow grease to take away the outdated screws in the back of the drawer pulls. While your {hardware} is eliminated, take the time to wash your cupboard faces nicely. Use a Magic Eraser, Goo-B-Gone, or each. You can discover tremendous cute knobs and pulls at your ironmongery shop, certain. But, don’t overlook to examine locations like Amazon, Anthropologie, and even a neighborhood arts and crafts retailer for extra distinctive choices.

3. Clean Hardware You Love

If to procure a really outdated residence, chances are you’ll not even know should you like your {hardware} but as a result of the earlier homeowners painted over it years in the past. Clean it up and see what you suppose. If you don’t prefer it, you may most likely promote it on eBay or Etsy and make a fairly penny to go in direction of new {hardware}.

Just a few suggestions:
— If you may’t even discover the screw holes to take away your {hardware}, there are two choices. The least expensive possibility makes use of a harsh chemical, but it surely works nicely. A liter of Citristrip utilized with a small brush or Q-Tip will take away years of paint. If you go this route ensure the realm is well-ventilated.
— If you’re cleansing a whole lot of {hardware}, seize an outdated gradual cooker. Check Good Will or your neighborhood’s free or commerce Facebook group. Once you’ve eliminated every little thing, put them within the gradual cooker with some water and dish cleaning soap and allow them to “cook” for a number of hours… possibly even in a single day. Remove them with tongs, wipe them down and you must reveal some pretty historic items. Just don’t ever use that gradual cooker for cooking, once more.

4. Change Your Lighting

“I thought you said this was going to be easy?!” It is. Lighting appears terrifying as a result of it entails electrical energy. But, it boils down to 2 or three color-coated wires and some screws. Always ensure the ability is turned off on the breaker (most likely situated in your basement). You may even wish to purchase a type of $7 tester pens should you’ll really feel safer. This video does an important job explaining the method.

5. Update Kitchen Sink/Faucet

When we purchased our century-old residence, the kitchen had lengthy been stripped of all character. All that “remained” was the wonderful pantry and an affordable sink/counter unit the earlier homeowners put in within the ’90s earlier than renting it out. A full kitchen redo is pricey. But, the sink was shallow and the tap was low. After a little bit of investigating, we discovered it’s extremely simple to take away and change sinks and taps. There’s even a video from the specialists at Home Depot to elucidate.

6. Update Flooring

Admittedly, this looks as if an enormous job. But, a ton of residence enchancment shops really give month-to-month classes on tips on how to set up vinyl planks or tile. And put in sheet vinyl is just not solely simpler but it surely’s additionally tremendous low-cost. Plus, nowadays yow will discover it in a ton of classy types. Just ensure your flooring is even and clean, first. We additionally recommend you narrow twice: During the primary reduce, depart a little bit of extra (about an inch or two above the place the ground meets the wall). Then, on the subsequent cross, trim nearer to the assembly spot. Once you caulk issues off and change your trim, it’ll look recent and excellent.

7. Pressure Wash (Carefully)

If your driveway, siding, or deck are trying a little bit worse for the damage, a strain washer is perhaps in your future. Pressure washers are fantastically simple to make use of however additionally they make it very simple to trigger harm. Most washers have two spray choices: A concentrated, pointed spray and a fanned-out spray. For most surfaces (particularly on siding!), you’ll wish to persist with the fanned-out spray. Only use the fine-point spray for areas like between concrete sections and provided that you intend to refill them.

 

8. Replace Your Mailbox/House Numbers

Maybe there’s nothing horribly fallacious along with your mailbox. But, the flag broke, the reflective numbers are pealing, and the once-sleek black is trying a little bit gray. Mailboxes, whether or not they’re on the aspect of your own home or a put up, are simple to interchange and pretty cheap until you determine to go all out. Your numbers are additionally a simple improve and may change the feel and appear of your own home. We simply scrubbed off the reflective stickers and changed them with some mounted numbers which have a little bit of an Art Deco vibe to them. Suddenly the home seems to be much less like an unloved rental and extra like the house of some cool neighbors.

9. Paint Your Front Door

Painting your entrance door is a no brainer. Especially should you already changed the mailbox and numbers. Doors usually see a ton of use and take an actual beating from the solar. Plus, it’s a reasonably small floor. A gallon of shiny paint might be sufficient on your back and front doorways and also you’ll nonetheless have sufficient left over to refresh when wanted. Unsure of the colour? The oops shelf is, as soon as once more, a stable possibility. Though, it’s not as typically you run into exterior paint there. Check out Pinterest! Search for “(current house color) + Front door” and see what everybody else is doing. If all else fails: Red, black and blue are traditional choices and orange is the present fashionable colour.

10. Install Smart Technology

It’s not simply fashionable to have Alexa or Google operating the present at your own home, it’s additionally extremely environment friendly. With sensible thermostats, you may program your HVAC system to accommodate your schedule. And should you overlook to show down the warmth throughout your winter seashore retreat? You can do it out of your telephone when you lounge within the Florida solar. Just like changing lighting fixtures, it’s a matter of turning off the ability and connecting a number of wires. Smart lightbulbs are one other stable improve. Not solely is that this one other piece of your home now you can management from wherever, however many bulbs additionally play music which makes them a stable substitute for operating audio system (wi-fi or in any other case) all through your own home. Just be sure to get those that work along with your present music app so issues run as effectively as attainable.

11. Change Switches, Outlets, Plates

While you’ve gotten the ability off to sure sections of your own home, it’s time to contemplate altering out outdated gentle switches or electrical retailers and the plates surrounding them. If you’re in an older residence, they could have put in ugly beige ones. But even newer properties begin to see yellowing over time. While 3-way switches might be extra difficult, common switches and retailers are about as simple as altering out a light-weight. Just, once more, ensure the ability is off. You can purchase every little thing you want from residence enchancment shops, {hardware} shops, and even Amazon.

12. Refresh Trim/Molding

Baseboards and door trim typically present probably the most put on and tear in properties. Fixing most harm (scuffs, chips, or cracking paint) is pretty simple if a bit tedious. The best factor is to do some gentle sanding and simply repaint. If you’ve gotten a very outdated residence and suspect your trim and molding are made from actual wooden chances are you’ll wish to take into account stripping the paint off fully and leaving the outdated wooden to shine via. This is a little more time-consuming, however the outcomes might be fairly magical. Just like with the outdated {hardware}, your greatest wager is to make use of a warmth gun or a stripping agent. Make certain you put on a masks and maintain the realm very, very nicely ventilated.

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