In 2020, we’ve spent more time indoors than we’d ever have done before and there’s a good chance that we’ve all gone stir crazy. To distract ourselves, we’ve taken up all manner of hobbies, projects, and baking (lots of baking, actually).
We’ve also taken up some DIY. Whether you’ve finally got round to the job that has evaded you all these years pre-coronavirus, or you’ve decided to tackle a complete home renovation, home improvement projects are on the rise. After all, why not make our homes the best they can be now that we’re in them all the time?!
With that in mind here are 10 home improvement projects to do at home, before things go back to being anywhere near normal.
Easy DIY projects for home
1. Got a leftover roll of wallpaper? You can have a statement wall
If you have a leftover roll of wallpaper lying around, one that’s not really long enough to do a whole room, you can still put it to good use. A ‘statement wall’ is one wall featuring bold designs set against three walls with comparatively plain or neutral styles. If you have a few nooks or crannies in your home that you’re not sure what to do with, a statement wall works a treat. Even if all you have are offcuts, you can use what little wallpaper you may have to do up a small corner of your home.
2. Design your own planters (it’s kid-friendly)
While wallpapering might not be kid-friendly, this one certainly is. All you need is some paint, a couple of brushes and the plant pots. Apply a base layer with a colour of your choice and wait for it to dry. You can even create a trendy ‘terrazzo’ effect by dipping your brush in the paint and holding the bristles back to speckle paint across the planter. Then, apply blobs of different shapes and sizes to create that perfectly ‘imperfect’ look.
3. Paint a door or even a frame
You’d be surprised at how you can give your home a new lease of life by simply refreshing the colour of a door or door frame. If yours is looking tired, aged, or simply past its best, you can apply a quick burst of colour that will liven up your home. Just make sure that the colour complements what you’ve got going on in the rest of the house. Too stark a contrast will look unsightly.
4.Get creative with your dining chairs
When it comes to livening up your old dining chairs, your options are limitless. We love this personalised map design, but really you can apply any print/paper you like. Make sure what you’re applying is clean and use pva glue to stick it on, using your hand to smooth the surface as it’s applied. Once the surface is dry, apply clear varnish as a protective layer.
Here’s another tip: if your seats aren’t as comfortable as they once were, you can take apart the filling and use custom foam inserts as a replacement cushioning. It works a treat.
5. Repair your walls (not as exciting, but necessary nonetheless)
If your walls have become marked with all kinds of holes and nicks, it may be time for you to fill them in. Not all DIY projects have to be so daring! Take some filler and a scraper and fill in all the imperfections on your walls. You’ll not only improve the look of your home but you’ll also add to its value a little.
6. Spray paint your bed frame
To give your bed that fashionable golden look, simply take a can of metallic paint and cover your bed frame. You’re probably best disassembling the frame first and taking it somewhere safe where you can spray freely. Spray one side, and while it’s drying you can paint the other side. It’s an easy solution to upgrade your standard metal bed frame.
7. Draught-proof your home
A good way to stop those pesky draughts from coming into your living space is to fashion a draught excluder out of foam sheets. Trust us: it can be done! All you need to do is measure the distance between the floor and the bottom of your doors. We’d recommend that you leave a tiny bit of room so your makeshift draught excluder doesn’t drag along the floor every time you open/close the door. A tiny bit of room mind, as too much will defeat the object.
It’s trial and error with this one, so make sure you have enough foam to give it a few goes.
8. Clean your gutters
Ah, the glamorous life of DIY. This may be the official Job You’ve Been Putting Off, but clogged gutters can create a lot of problems for your home so it’s a job that needs seeing to. Everything between sludge and rainwater can build up in your gutter, creating a smelly mess that can eventually seep into your home. Clogged gutters also make cosy homes for bugs and other pests, which you don’t really want.
9. Build your own shed
Whether it’s the man cave you’ve always wanted or just somewhere to store tools, bikes, and a lawnmower, building a shed is a great project and should help you see out lockdown. You can either buy a flat-pack and ready to go shed online, or have some (safe) fun by building your own from scratch. If you’re going to do the latter, we recommend you take a look at this guide.
10. Fix your showerhead for the ultimate home improvement project
If you’ve ever thought that your shower lacked a bit of intensity, it’s likely that the showerhead is the problem and not the actual water pressure. This is a quick fix but could vastly improve the quality of your lockdown. If your showers are more drizzle than downpour, invest in a top quality showerhead and you will never look back. Make your lockdown the best it can be!