Top 5 DIY home improvement hacks

Home Improvement Projects You Can Do

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If you plan for a renovation, your budget will probably blow out because it is expensive and uses unnecessary products and materials that aren’t even required or have a cheaper substitute. 

 

These five DIY home hacks will not only give your house the improvement, but also fit under your budget and are easy to follow. 

 

There are many hacks that you can use to give your house a makeover; the hacks we have covered are some of the most popular ones. You can search for many other hacks if you have specific plans. But if you want to give your house a new and improved look with some easy DIY hacks, continue reading. 

 

You can consider a few things before doing these first like get a fresh coat of paint on the walls. This alone affects the whole house and creates a whole new ambiance. You can also rearrange the furniture, add a few low-cost accessories here and there. Remember, little changes will make a huge difference. You may want to change the old rug too. 

 

Now let’s jump right into the top five DIY home improvement hacks:



1. Knobs in Place of Old Cabinet Pulls

This small change in the details will change the space’s look. This adds a positive appearance to the room and gives a fresh uplift. You can paint the cabinets with your favorite color, and then you can invest in some good hardware that will update your kitchen. Those old and dull pulls need to go. Replace them with classic good quality knobs, and that will give an uncluttered and fresh style. 

Follow these steps:

  • Remove the pulls. Measure a midpoint between the mounting holes of the pull. Mark the midpoint for the new hole with a sharp marker like a permanent or laundry marker. 
  • Take a dowel rod and cut a section of equal thickness of the cabinet door and drawer. The dowel should easily and fully fit in the hole. 
  • Apply a little wood glue inside the holes and tap the dowel rod bits with a mallet. Use sandpaper on the end of the dowels after the glue dries; this will smoothen the surface. 
  • Apply stain or colored urethane to camouflage the wooden dowel. 
  • Now drill a new hole in the midpoint that you marked with the marker. 
  • Place the bolt through the hole and put the screw on the back of the knob. In case the bolt is too long, you can use a backplate or washer to fill the extra space. 

2. DIY Tile Backsplash

office white backsplash in kitchen

Adding a tile backsplash is one of the most efficient and best ways to amp up the kitchen. You can select any tile of your choice, any color, and any design. It is easy to do it by yourself. Also, this is an easy-to-clean backsplash, which makes it a practical option. This is a quick work project and gives a whole new look to the kitchen

What you’ll need:

  • Tape measure
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Level
  • Tiles
  • Rags
  • Putty knife
  • Goggles
  • Spacers
  • Grout sealer
  • Drill
  • Stirrer
  • Drop cloth 
  • Sponge
  • Grout float 
  • Thin-set mortar 
  • Notched trowel 

The first step is to remove any loose paint or wallpaper on the wall. Sand the wall to make it ready for the tiles. Use the sponge to clean away the sanding dust. After the wall is clean, tape the tiles on the wall and check your layout.

If you want to end using a Schluter strip, make sure to measure, cut the strip, and install it before you plan your layout and place your tiles. 

Protect your counter by taping the drop cloth. Apply the thin-set mortar on the wall. Use the notched trowel and carefully make even and smooth ridges.

Install every tile sheet according to the reference marks. The next step is to manage the switches and receptacles on the wall. 

To align the tiles along the width and length of the wall, use spacers. Without spacers, the tiles will become crooked. 

Once the tiles have reached the Schluter strip, cut the tiles with a tile cutter or a wet saw to fit them in the final row.

After placing all the tiles in place, press them firmly onto the wall using a clean grout float. 

Fill the voids between the tiles using grout. After this, repeatedly sponge with a damp sponge, but not wet. 

3. DIY Paint Stripes

wall with black and white paint stripes

Paint stripes are a great way to add a simple yet effective and beautiful touch to space. You can select the color combinations of your choice, and it adds character to the room. People usually go the same color as different tones or complementing color that doesn’t overpower the area. It is suggested to go for light base colors, but it’s all your choice at the end of the day. 

 

What you’ll need:

  • Paint
  • Tape measure
  • Paintbrush
  • Level
  • Painter’s tape 

The first two things you need to decide is how wide you want your stripes to be and how many shades of colors (3-4 suggested). Measure the wall’s height and divide it into stripes depending on the number of shades, number of stripes, and thickness. 

 

Once that is decided, use the level, tape measure, and painter’s tape to tape the wall according to where the stripes should be. 

 

Make sure the tapes are properly and firmly pressed onto the wall. You can use a credit card or something of that sort to run through the edges of the tape. In case of any gap, the paint will bleed through the gap under the tape. With the tape placed properly, you will get a nice clean line. 

 

Now, paint every strip with the accent color of your choice. Remove the tape while the paint is wet to avoid damaging the paint. 



4. Allow enough and extra light.

Light fixtures can either be the strength or weakness of a room. Walk through your house; take note of the fixtures and locations of the fixtures you have. Pay extra attention to the most visible fixture. From the right places, you can find amazing classic light fixtures at a low cost. You can take ideas from various interior design editions, or you can go with your guts. 

5. Use contact paper to cover countertops.

Now, granite countertops are gorgeous, but equally pricey. If you want a similar feel, but don’t have the budget, you can instead go for a patterned contact paper. You will find many granite lookalikes papers at stores. You can go for any other pattern of your choice. You can learn how to fix them neatly from many available tutorials, and this will give you a brand-new countertop. 

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