Have you ever been inspired by stunning house photos on Pinterest or Instagram? You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on labor costs to get your dream home. With do-it-yourself projects, you can pick up a new skill while improving your house. Gather your tools and get ready for work; here are five projects you can tackle at home:
Replace a Door
Whether you need to replace one that’s broken or just want to upgrade, you can install a door by yourself. Before you purchase a new door jamb set, you need to measure the entryway first. Don’t forget to get the measurement above the doorway to account for different styles. Then, you can choose between a hinged door and a sliding door. The former is easier to find and cheaper, while the latter saves spaces and look more modern.
When looking for door styles in person, consider the look of the entire room. Take a picture before you head to the store so that you can easily visualize it. If there’s nothing in the store that appeals to you, you can always paint it afterwards. You should paint the door before hanging so that you can also coat the bottom and top in your chosen color.
Get a New Showerhead
If your showerhead looks outdated and rusty, it’s time to get a new one. The good news is that there are a variety of choices in the market for all budget sizes. There are cheap ones that cost less than $30, while there are also fancy rain showerheads worth $400.
When choosing the model for you, make sure to check the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating. The closer the WELS rating is to six, the more water-efficient it is. While you may spend a lot of money at first, it will pay off in the long run by reducing your water bill. If you live in Victoria, there are water corporations that can help you replace your showerhead with a three-star model.
Besides the cost and efficiency, it’s also good to know that it takes a short time and minimal tools to replace it. You’ll just need a shifting spanner, utility knife, plumber’s tape, and wire brush, and you’re good to go.
Install Floating Shelves
Floating shelves serve a variety of purposes: they add style, save space, and are versatile. You can add them to the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. For a good, sturdy shelf, find quality plywood and get some nails. Have a family member or your flatmate assist you while you’re drilling so that it won’t be crooked. You can paint them the same color as the walls for a minimalist look. You can also stain the plywood for a deeper finish.
If you’re new to home projects, it’s best to start small and work your way up. Don’t rush yourself by doing ambitious projects and risk accidents. You could harm yourself and damage your home and end up spending more money than what you intend to save. Remember to weigh the risks and think of the big picture before you start hammering.