Hello lovely! A post on Saturday….surprise! I know 2021 is the year of the staycation but what if where you want to go to is expensive? Or, you would rather spend some time and money sprucing your place up? Minor home improvements can make a massive difference in the look and feel of your house. There’s nothing as satisfying as being able to say you did it yourself. DIY projects may take a bit longer to complete. Still, the benefit of taking this route is that you have total control over what happens and how it looks. Have you ever asked someone to help you out but they do their own thing? Yeah we’re going to avoid that! Don’t worry, I have got you covered. Here are 3 DIY projects you can tackle around the house.
3 DIY projects you can tackle around the house
Applying new wallpaper to a few walls around the house can uplift those areas. Plus it’ll make it look brand new again. When choosing wallpaper, you can consider a few options, such as buying wallpaper, hand painting your own, or even buying small tile-like shapes if you are keen on the extra effort. When hanging wallpaper on your wall, you’ll need to start by removing any fixtures or lighting from the walls. Next, you’ll need to wipe down the walls with a sponge or cloth to clean them. This will remove any dirt or dust. Afterward, using a primer will prevent the wallpaper from shrinking over time and also make it much easier to remove when you want to change it again.
Application of the wallpaper
When applying the paste to the wallpaper, rolling it out with a paint roller will be most effective. Instead of dunking the paper in the tray, making it more of a mess than anyone wants to handle. When applying the wallpaper, make sure a small piece overlaps on the next wall. This will ensure everything blends perfectly and that there are no open spaces. Lastly, smooth out the paper by running a smoother over every single area of the wall to ensure it is adequately attached. There you go! One perfectly executed wallpaper installation.
Reupholster your headboard
This may be one of the most fun projects to undertake because it’s going to make a significant difference in your room! Reupholstering your headboard is much easier as it sounds. It won’t even take longer than a few hours to complete from start to finish. For the supplies, you’re going to need the fabric in the color you want your headboard to be in. Make sure you have enough of it, as you’ll be covering the entire headboard and wrapping the fabric around the back as well. Also, if you’re unsure of the thickness of the material, you can buy a white fabric as an underlay. This will help if you’re changing your headboard from a very dark to light color.
Putting it All Together
Next, you will need a glue gun, a staple gun, and fabric scissors. Step one will require you to disassemble your headboard – it’s much easier than it sounds. Most headboards are usually made up of only four pieces. Next, if you’re using the white under layer of fabric, lay the headboard on the material. Wrap it tightly around the headboard and pin it back. After pinning the fabric at the back, you can use your glue guns to glue the edges to the headboard. Then using the stapler you can secure the fabric permanently. Next, repeat the above steps with the colored fabric and ensure that the material is wrapped tightly around the headboard. All that’s left to do is trim the edges around the stapled areas, reassemble the headboard, and there you have it!
Paint your floor
If you have carpets that you’d like to get rid of, and you don’t want to go through the entire process of having your floors tiled, you can consider painting your floor – it looks beautiful and has half the work involved. Plus, it doesn’t make nearly as much of a mess as tiling does! This project may take a day or two, but it’s straightforward in its processes. First, you’ll need to remove the carpet with a carpet knife, afterward rolling the pieces up and discarding them. After the carpet has been removed, you’ll need to wash the floor to clear out all the dirt and dust collected over time. Wait for the floor to dry. Next, sanding the floor to get any glue or uneven areas smoother out will give you an even surface to work with. Ensure the paint will get to all the areas it has to. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also wash the floor with an acid and water mixture to burn away any stubborn carpet or glued areas. This step is optional and is only necessary if you’re struggling to remove the residue yourself.
Next, apply the primer to the floor with a paint roller. The primer will help the paint adhere to the floor and enable it to last longer and withstand more traffic. At this point you’re going to use is epoxy paint, so you’ll have to buy the epoxy in your desired colour. This is applied with a roller as well after the primer has dried completely. To finish, apply a sealer over the paint with a paint roller to give it an added layer of protection; the sealer will also allow it to look better for longer and not chip away after a while. This is one of the more major DIY projects to undertake, but it will also make the most significant difference in your home!
These DIY projects are only three of the many ideas you can take on while at home. At the end of the day, you want your home to look exactly as you’d like it. If you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost of a professional having done it, even better!