Whether you live in a fixer-upper or our dream home, we all like to spruce things up from time to time. DIY projects can be quick fixes or easy installations like a sliding screen door.
The possibilities are endless, and you don’t need to be a master builder to make impactful changes to your home’s form and function.
Here are some home improvement ideas everyone can do with basic tools and minimal experience.
1. Paint an Accent Wall
Tired of the same old colors in your home? This easy and affordable project can transform a room from ordinary to exceptional.
An accent wall adds depth and intrigue to a room without overwhelming or disorienting. Use it to create a focal point or to tie together a color theme.
2. Install Magnetic Screen Door
Are you a pet owner? Parent? Frequent entertainer? Lover of a pleasant breeze? Then installing a magnetic door is a no-brainer for you.
This sliding screen door alternative makes passing in and out of the house with food and beverages seamless and hands-free. It seals itself, so you won’t have to worry about children or pets leaving it open.
Plus, there is none of the hassle or high costs of a traditional sliding screen door.
3. Get a Smart Thermostat
Still using one of those old-fashioned dial thermostats? Swapping it out for a smart thermostat will not only add value to your home, but it can also reduce bothersome energy bills.
Installation is simple—just mount it and connect to your wifi. You can create daily temperature schedules and adjust the meter from any device, any time. Who doesn’t want to come back to a nice warm house during winter?
4. Apply a Window Film
Love the look and texture of stained glass but aren’t looking to break the bank to achieve it? Window films could be your new best friend.
With a wide range of options, you can boost a room’s visual appeal while reducing solar glare and adding a layer of privacy. With adhesive or static cling variations, installation and removal couldn’t be easier.
5. Update Cabinet Hardware and Doorknobs
Replacing doors and cabinets can add up to steep costs in no time. But there is a more affordable and low-effort alternative.
Swapping out your old and tired cabinet handles and doorknobs requires little more than a screwdriver. This simple home improvement project can modernize the look of your home in mere minutes.
6. Install Window Boxes
Looking to increase the curb appeal of your home? Window boxes add an eye-catching splash of color and can transform your home’s exterior.
They are easy to install and come in colors and materials suitable for any taste. Whether you love vibrant spring flowers or want to highlight a specific holiday with evergreens and faux foliage, the options are endless.
7. Swap Out Your Showerhead
Tired of having to constantly adjust your narrow showerhead to meet your specifications? Consider tossing out your old one and upgrading to a much-loved rain showerhead.
This project is easy to execute, even for beginners. It will not only make for a more relaxing shower, but also give a touch of class and sophistication to your bathroom.
8. Upgrade Your Faucet
There are many good reasons to upgrade your faucets: saving money, solving persistent leaks and updating an outdated look are just a few of the major ones.
You can kill two birds with one stone with this quick fix, beautifying your space while also conserving water in the process.
9. Swap Outlet and Switch Covers
Outlet covers go mostly unnoticed in our homes. But swapping out typical white or beige covers can improve the overall aesthetics of a room.
Use them to highlight a color theme or incorporate texture. All you need is a screwdriver to replace them. Switch off your breakers during installation for safety.
10. Install a Floating Bookcase
Open shelving is in, in a big way. It has become ubiquitous, from organizing pots and pans in our kitchens to storing shoes.A floating bookcase is a fun project that can add dimension and flair to your space, while highlighting your excellent taste in literature.
11. Beautify Your Backsplash
A backsplash protects your walls from moisture and oil splatters in a busy kitchen, and also adds dimension and aesthetic flair.The great thing is you don’t need to be a master of tiling to make this upgrade. From farmhouse-style beadboard to vintage peel-and-stick subway tiles, you can easily transform your kitchen ambiance.
12. Decorate Your Entrance
A few small fixes to your home’s front entrance can make a big impact. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint or a new color altogether on the front door.
Or, try incorporating some greenery in planters on either side of your front door to add an inviting and lush feeling. First impressions matter, as does curb appeal.
When that DIY curiosity kicks in, never fear. There are plenty of projects any of us can do to improve the beauty, function, and flow of our homes.