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Published On: Wed, Mar 14th, 2018

4 Quick and Simple DIY House Projects

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is a very effective way of discovering new skills and creating innovative and useful things. When you take on DIY projects, you feel independent and accomplished, all the while developing something that could be of great utility.

There are many simple DIY projects you can do around the house. You can choose projects that increase the value of your home or enhance its beauty, or you can undertake projects that will help you create items that you can use in and around the house.

Whatever you decide to do, the fact is that DIY projects are initiatives that can make you feel useful and productive and can also help you feel more creative and innovative.

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Here are 4 quick and simple DIY house projects that you could take on the next time you want to do something productive around your home:

Replacing/Improving Your Front Door

If you want to give your home a new look and feel, one of the easiest things you can do is replace or rejuvenate the front door. There are many products out there that will allow you to refinish your existing door with different types of colors and polishes. You can bring back the shine in the hardware (like the hinges and door handle) with metallic paint or polish, or you can give your door a completely new look.

If you end up replacing the front door, you’ll need the tools to install the doorknob hardware. You’ll also need the right saw to trim the bottom of the door to fit. Lastly, you’ll more than likely need to paint. This is the fun part, as you can choose a bright, bold color that compliments your home nicely.

If you decide to replace the door, you should look for an energy-efficient, secure and insulated door as this will be a good improvement.

Installing a Backsplash

A growing trend these days, especially for enhancing the beauty of one’s kitchen, is a backsplash. Although it sounds quite glamorous and trendy, the fact is that installing a backsplash is quite easy.

The first thing you should do is to select the material.  You can choose from a wooden headboard, mosaic tiles, stainless steel, magnetic paint or even a chalkboard. Many of these backsplashes are lightweight and made of materials that are very easy to apply compared to glass or ceramic.

Some even come with pre-applied adhesive backing while others include construction glue. As a first step, you should clean the space, make sure it is dry, get the measurements and then apply the backsplash, with its own adhesive. Most laminated backsplashes are waterproof, easy to clean and very cheap.

Getting Rid of Mold From Your Bathtub

This is one of the most troublesome and the most common problems people face today. Ask any homeowner, and one thing they will usually complain about is the mold that grows on the edge of their bathtub.

There are literally hundreds of chemicals and liquids available in the market that can supposedly help you get rid of mold. The problem is that most of these cleaning liquids don’t work.

Replacing a bathtub is a costly affair. But all is not lost. There is a very simple way of getting rid of this mold if you are DIY-capable and DIY-interested.

To get rid of the mold, simply apply a mixture of bleach and baking powder around the edge where the mold exists. Then roll up toilet paper into a thin strip and apply it on the bleach to ensure that the bleach mixture does not run off.

Leave it there for 12 hours. When you remove the toilet paper strip, the mold will be gone.

Not only is this DIY strategy effective for the bathtub, but it can also be used anywhere in the home. It is a proven way to get rid of the mold without the use of scrub brushes, paint or excessive labor. Try it, and you will see the difference – your bathtub will look as good as new and the solution will cost you cost you nothing

Changing Faucets

This is another very useful and easy DIY house project. Installing new kitchen and bathroom faucets will not only change the look and feel of the room but will also improve functionality. Plus faucets are easy to replace.

All you need is to shut off the water valves and have the right wrench or in many cases, your hand, to open the older faucet connection. Disconnect and replace with the new faucet. You may have to play around till you get the angle and position right but it is not time-consuming or difficult.

The above-mentioned ideas are ones that are likely to improve the look of your house as well as provide you a better way of doing things. There are numerous other ideas that you could also try if you are really interested in DIY projects.

Author: Allen Michael

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