Things You Really Can DIY

Thousands of Americans love watching HGTV’s Fixer Upper and other home improvement shows. The concept of flipping and updating homes is something more and more people are becoming familiar with. However, it can be easy to look at things Chip and Joanna accomplish and just think, “there is no way, I could pull that off.”

I think we need to be fairly honest with ourselves and be realistic in what we can accomplish to our current or new homes. Taking out walls, doing extensive electrical work and other things like that may be out of your wheelhouse right now and that’s okay. I’m sure you could eventually learn those types of tasks if that’s something you’d like. In this post, I am going to share a handful of home improvement projects that you really can do!

Hanging Curtains, Mirrors and Shelves

 There are so many YouTube tutorials on all sorts of topics. This is a great example. Watch a few videos, get yourself a drill and you can make it happen. You’ll need to use a stud finder or some method of locating where the curtains can be hung but those are generally inexpensive and easy to use. You’ll also need to get a good power drill. Home Depot and Amazon are both great places to start shopping.

Putting up curtains, mirrors, pictures, shelves in a room can really add a lot of wow factor.

Painting

 This may be a no-brainer but always watch some YouTube videos. There are great resources available, it would be silly not to use them!

Painting is simple. Painting well takes some practice but you’ll get there I promise!

Hit up your local paint supply store, they are going to be a lot of help. Measure the room you are wanting to paint and let them know what you’re trying to accomplish. They can be helpful in helping you understand how much material you will need. They will also point you in the right direction as far as tools like brushes, rollers, trays, etc. If you’re wondering about paint brand, I use exclusively Benjamin Moore.

Be sure to watch some more videos on taping before painting. Painter’s tape is an excellent and very helpful tool! With little direction you can get a hold on what you need to cover.

I also highly recommend using drop cloths. They are a cover that you can add to your floors and then tape in place so that if you drip a little paint here and there your floors will be okay!

Here is a pretty helpful resource on this topics:

https://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/paint-masking-interior.html

 Laying Baseboards and Trim 

You’re going to need access to some tools for this project. However, most of the tools that will be helpful are pretty common and useable for a lot of other projects. So an investment now will be helpful in the future.

You’re going to need your materials, the actual baseboards themselves. I’m a Home Depot advocate personally, but there are plenty of other great places you can find great baseboards. You’ll also need wood fill for whatever method you use to secure the boards down. You’ll also need caulking and a caulk gun. Most importantly, you’ll need something to be able to actually cut the material to the right sizes. Many of the blogs I read recommend a miter saw so that is what I purchased and I love it. I use Dewalt products personally but have heard great things about Milwaukee and several other brands.

 Here is a link to an article: https://www.familyhandyman.com/carpentry/trim-carpentry/how-to-install-baseboard-molding-even-on-crooked-walls/view-all/

 You can do this! Believe in yourself and utilize YouTube!

 

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