5 super simple DIY projects to improve your home

diy_hero

 

In spite of what you see on reality TV, home renovations can be anything but ideal. They may add value to your house but they’re often costly, running into the tens of thousands of dollars, and more often than not take weeks or months to complete.

Your Shop Talk team dug around the internet for some simple do-it-yourself home renos you can do quickly and inexpensively and best of all, stress-free.

Closet to home office: With more and more of us working from home these days, a home office is becoming a must-have in a lot of homes. But what if you don’t have a room to spare or a big budget to build an extension? A sliding two-panel closet does nicely. Simply remove the doors, as well as the clothing rods and install melamine shelves you can pick up from IKEA, Home Depot or other stores. If your closet has hinged doors, you can even keep them as is and hide your home office when you’re not working.

Picture

 

Extra book shelves: Running out of room for your paperbacks? In many homes, you’ll find a gap between the top of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. Often simply a space that gathers dust, it can be the perfect size for small books and creates charming accent to your kitchen.

Picture1

 

Hide your AC: If your home has a through-wall air conditioner, it may serve a purpose in summer but it’s simply unsightly the rest of the year. Install an inexpensive wood cabinet around the machine with hinged doors you can open when the hot weather arrives. You can even paint it all the same color as your walls to help it blend in.

Think big for small windows: If your home has tiny or odd shaped windows, you can create the illusion of bigger windows simply by hanging drapes along the wall, ceiling to floor.

Splashy backsplash: If your kitchen backsplash is old or you never got around to installing tiles, some glossy, washable paint can do the trick. Clean and prep the surface and roll on a color that compliments your countertops.

Want some more simple DIY ideas? Check them out here, here and here. What are your favorite fixer upper ideas? Please share them in the Shop Talk Blog community forum!

 

diy_callout

 

Did you know: Home improvement is hot

Recent research reveals that 53% of US adults made some type of home improvement in the last 12 months and 56% of those spent $1,000 or more. (Source)

 

9 comments on “5 super simple DIY projects to improve your home

  1. I especially loved the cabinet around the air conditioner. We do have one that is unsightly and that is perfect for an idea.

  2. I turned a hall closet into my sewing room. Add extra shelves if needed. Since,I don’t see as much as I have in the past,it serves me well. I can simply close the door and no one knows it’s there.

  3. I love the work for above the kitchen cabinets. I have cook books that I only use during the holidays & otherwise in my way in the cabinet. I knew about the work closet use. It’s great. I now have a set of dishes that make 4 now. My China cabinet is full of crystal. How would one suggest I intermingle the country dishes with crystal? Is it possible?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>