If you’re not that great with power tools or simply looking to ease your way into the DIY world, it’s probably best to start with a smaller project before diving into a complete kitchen remodel. Below, we’ve shared a list of five DIY projects for rookies, written by Laura Firszt for Networx.com.
- Hardware Replacement: According to Firszt, the focal point in every room of the home right now is hardware. Upgrade your cabinetry, closets, doors, et cetera by replacing worn, rusty, or boring knobs and pulls with stylish new models for a quick improvement.
- Shelf Building: Adding much-needed storage space can make your house look stylish, says Firszt. Futhermore, “putting a shelf or two is just-the-right-amount-of-challenge kind of way to exercise your budding talents as a handyman,” she says. Firszt recommends buying a prepackaged kit that includes a floating, bracketed, or corner shelf and everything you need to hang it. You can also step craft your own shelves if you’re feeling up for it using reclaimed wood.
- Backsplash Addition: A personalized backsplash can have a “tremendous impact on the look and feel of your kitchen,” says Firszt. Bonus, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive.
- New Floor Installation: Firszt says even a first time DIYer can “rev up a tired floor with a spanking new surface.” After making sure the existing surface is clean, dry and relatively level, apply vinyl tiles, which mimic the look of wood or stone but require no expensive tools or measuring expertise to install, by peeling their backs off and sticking them in place.
- Wall Painting: Firszt says that when you have a “irrepressible urge to make a difference to your home fast, there’s nothing like a can of paint.” Interior walls, she says, are a good place to begin. You’ll need brushes, rollers, trays, a drop cloth and a ladder but painting is much harder to mess up than rewiring a house or changing plumbing pipes.
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