Some people have some extra time on their hands or are just discouraged about their house. Whatever the reason, they may be motivated to spruce things up a bit at home.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to cost masses of money and people don’t have to be experts. Most people will even possess the tools they need already. We’ve all seen jokes about people doing DIY and having a bandaged thumb – but that doesn’t have to be everyone! This article is designed to provide a few simple ideas.
A lot of people don’t know where to start. They may have binned the instruction manual for an appliance, or not kept the original paint tin. Fortunately, the internet is here to help. Not only is it possible to look up things that have been purchased, but often there are ‘how to’ and ‘after-service’ information pages online too.
Youtube is a rich resource for people who don’t just want to read a text and see pictures – they want to watch a demonstration by someone competent! A number of websites are a one-stop resource center. The experts at bangingtoolbox.com believe it’s important to provide guides about not just about the tools, but also the ‘how to’. It could be anything from tools to roofs, tables to wall mounts.
A Coat of Paint
This surely has to be the most basic level of DIY. It’s amazing, however, when tired and dull paint is replaced with clean white paint. The room suddenly looks new and more spacious.
Paint can be a real tool both indoors and outdoors. With the latter, it’s safer doing downstairs or a garden shed than a several story building. The longer the ladder, the more risk there is of falling. If people are careful enough, though, the job can be done safely.
Think about indoor furniture. A child’s bed might be able to be changed from a dull wood color to an exciting blue or pink. Old wardrobes and furniture might benefit from a new coat of varnish or stain. Even replacing the knobs on the cabinets can make it look like it is new furniture.
Covering pipes can be a simple task and it will pay dividends on the fuel bills. Have a look under the floorboards. Is there anything between them and the baseboards?
If not, put in some insulation. Why not buy some draft guards for the bottom of your doors. They can be fitted quite quickly but the benefit can soon be reaped. Why waste money heating the garden instead of keeping it all indoors at a cheaper cost?
I mentioned the child’s beds earlier. If there are two in the same room, why not turn the beds into bunk beds? Kids find them exciting. They’ll also be thrilled to have the extra floor space for their toys and games.
When people have an old garden house that looks dull and neglected, it is possible to replace broken planks of wood and block up any gaps. Put some new pictures inside. If it looks snug and new, both parents and children will be happy to be there. Indoors will be less full of people as a result!
Not only are dripping taps annoying, but they are wastewater. Get some washers and fix the problem. If the taps are all functioning okay but they’ve been there for years, why not replace them? It’ll look like a brand new bath or sink. Just make sure the sinkhole isn’t smaller than the tap.
This is another highly basic DIY area. The more junk is taken off the floor and on to a shelf, the tidier and spacier the room will look. Then march into the garage and do the same thing there. Don’t leave tools or bikes or garden equipment lying on top of each other. They can all be hooked or shelved on the walls. It’ll be easier to find things and there’ll be more space for other DIY projects.
If there is empty space under the stairs of the house, why not put some shelves up, and perhaps a little seat or sofa? In America, they call them book nooks – cozy spaces to cuddle up with a good book.
I Really Can’t…!
If these tasks seem far too challenging, then why not clean the gutters. Scoop out any soil, dirt or plants so they no longer overflow when it rains. Even buy some gutter covers to go over the top and stop them from getting blocked. These jobs are simple enough if people are careful.
Another simple task is to unscrew the shower door to create a walk-in shower. Just make sure the water is still self-contained when in operation!
People are always more powerful than they realize. It is possible to make a difference in the way home or garden looks quite quickly. Most people probably have some perfectly adequate tools they can use that are just sitting there getting rusty.
If there are no DIY books in the house, most people have the internet. Who knows – it’s possible for people who begin as a novice to discover they are actually good at this. From beginner to expert, and from expert to helper of others! Good luck.