5 Insanely Easy DIY Home Projects
So, your home is looking a little run-down. You would like to revamp it to breathe some new life into it, but you do not have a huge budget and think you do not have many skills either. Think again. There are a lot of very inexpensive ways you can bring a little sparkle back into your home. And believe it or not, they are such simple DIY home projects that anyone can do them. Here are five to get you started:
1. Mason Jar Storage
Mason jars are versatile and have a homey, country farmhouse, shabby-chic quality to them. Attach mason jar lids underneath a shelf with a screw, nail or glue. Depending on where the mason jars are located you can fill them with spices, nuts, and bolts or any other small item that you need to store. Then screw the jar into the lid. If you want to use them in a purely decorative way, consider filling jars with dried flowers, buttons, colored paper or tea lights.
One way to create a bit of ambiance is to add some mood lighting. Collect some different shaped jars and wrap some yarn or twine around them a few times. Then paint the jars. After they dry, remove the yarn and you will have openings in the paint where the yarn was. Place tea lights in the jars and you have some super cute lights. This is one of the easiest DIY home projects you can attempt and in one single afternoon you can have fabulous lights that you can point to and say, “I did that.”
Create a Chalkboard
There are so many uses for a chalkboard. You might want one in your child’s room to give him a place to express himself creatively. You might want one in the entryway for members of the family to leave messages and reminders for one another. You may want one in the kitchen or the pantry to write down your grocery list.
A chalkboard has a range of uses. And creating one is as simple as a little bit of paint. Remember up above where it says that you have to get the right paint for the job? Well, there is this thing called chalkboard paint. Use some painter’s tape to tape off a section of the wall or cabinet door that you want to turn into a chalkboard and then paint that space with the chalkboard paint. It is really that simple. If you want to get really fancy you can build or paint a frame to go around it.
4. Build a Raised Bed for Gardening
We have all seen the pictures in the gardening magazines of the beautiful raised bed gardens. Think you can’t do that? It is easier than you think. Choose a spot that gets between six and eight hours of sunlight a day. You could purchase a kit for building a raised bed from your local home improvement store or you can build it yourself. Some people use boards. Some use railroad ties. The bed does not have to be deep. 12 inches should be more than enough. Lay newspaper or cardboard at the bottom of your bed. This will act as a weed barrier but will also biodegrade over time. Lay in a rich mix of soil, compost, manure and peat moss. Add your plants of seeds and you are all set. Make sure to water regularly and weed as needed.
5. Redress Windows
There are many ways to dress a window, even if you have a limited budget at hand, and most of the times the results will completely surprise you (in a positive way). You could dress your window with curtains, shades, blinds or even recycled materials, such as plastic. Shades could be simple and understated like roller shades or fancy like bamboo or roman shades. Blinds could be as low-key as vinyl or as upscale as plantation blinds. The simplest window dressing of all, however, might be vinyl window film. It is translucent enough to admit light but not transparent so that you still have privacy. It comes in a variety of designs and can even look like stained glass.
When looking for a way to upgrade your home, you do not have to go to great lengths. There are many simple and inexpensive DIY home projects that can give your home the boost you are looking for. Let this guide give you some ideas about where you can get started.
Written By Olivia Gillmore