Homeowner Hacks: Easy DIY Home Improvement Projects

By Home Bay

Posted on November 21st, 2016

Improving the appearance and function of your home doesn’t have to require tons of work or money. In fact, there are a number of easy, affordable updates you can take on that will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your space. Want some ideas? Check out a few of our favorite DIY home improvement projects below!

  • Paint the Floors

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    Do you have a vinyl or linoleum floor? There’s an easy way to customize it! All you have to do is pick up primer, floor paint, paint rollers, painter’s tape, a sander and sandpaper, caulk and trisodium phosphate.

    Remove any objects from the floor and clean the floor thoroughly before you get started. Then, sand the entire floor to create a smooth surface and clean the floor again. If you have any holes or damage, use caulk to repair it and sand it smooth. Now it’s time to paint!

    Cover the floor with primer and allow it to dry according to the primer instructions. Then, paint the floor with flooring and porch paint. Use a base color and allow it to dry. To create a design, use painters tape to define your lines and use a second paint color to create a pattern. Allow the paint to dry and then remove the tape.

  • Create Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

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    Source: Sweet and Simple Living
    Glow-in-the-dark planters provide a beautiful design in your front or backyard and they are super simple to make. Start with a clay planter, pick up some glow-in-the-dark paint and some painter’s tape. If you to make a design, use tape to create lines and to block off different areas. Use a paint brush to paint the pot and allow it to dry completely. That’s all there is to it!

  • Make a Mirrored Backsplash

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    Source: Apartment Therapy

    A mirrored backsplash in a kitchen or bathroom makes the space look larger and brighter. To create this look, pick up self-adhesive mirror sheets or mirror tiles. Pull off the sticky back and place the tiles over the backsplash in any preferred design or style. You may need to hold the tile or mirror sheet for a few seconds to ensure it stays in place. Allow the adhesive to dry completely and enjoy the results!

  • Paint an Area Rug

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    Source: Home Stories A to Z
    Designer rugs are expensive! Cut back on the costs by purchasing a plain, single color rug. Then, select a fabric paint in a preferred color, a fabric medium, and frog tape. Use the tape to create a design, then follow the instructions for the fabric medium to infuse it with the paint. Use a paint brush or a roller to paint the marked-off areas. Allow the paint to dry and enjoy your fancy new rug!

  • Update Cabinets with New Hardware

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    Source: HGTV

    Cabinets play a key role in the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom. Update your space by installing new knobs or pulls on all your cabinets and drawers. If you’re replacing existing hardware, make sure you fill any holes with wood caulk and smooth it out before you install the new hardware.

Updating the appearance of your home does not necessarily mean putting in new floors or purchasing new cabinets. Use these budget-friendly do-it-yourself projects to add a fun, modern flair to your space.

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