Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are the simplest ways that homeowners can make improvements to their living spaces without denting their wallets. With a little creativity and effort, anyone can realize rewarding home improvements. Herein are four easy ways that homeowners can improve their homes and gardens.
1. INSTALL WALLPAPER
Wallpaper installation is one of the fastest ways for homeowners to produce a fresh look to any room. The necessary tools for installing wallpaper include a plumb line (a pair of scissors hanging from a string), pencil, roller, tray, papering tool, steel rule and wallpaper knife. Start by applying enough adhesive to the wall without leaving any bare patches.
As you move the wallpaper towards the wall, ensure that you fold the length in the middle with the pattern inwards to avoid getting the adhesive on the front side. Apply the wallpaper from top to bottom smoothening it evenly all the way using the papering tool. Finally, use the steel rule for support as you trim the edges of the wallpaper.
2. CREATE GARDEN PATHS
Creating a garden path is one of the simplest exterior design projects. Garden paths add a sense of order and structure to any outdoor area. The most cost effective materials to go for are gravel and mulch (bark or wood chips). They also make the work a lot easier.
The borders and edges can be made of stones. They will prevent the gravel or mulch from spreading onto the lawn. The design of the garden path is left to the preference of the homeowner.
Most people opt for meandering garden paths as they look more natural. It is important to cover the soil on the path with landscape fabric to deter weed growth. Note that gravel paths last longer than mulch paths.
3. INSTALL BEADED BOARDS
With a beaded board can transform any room over one weekend. Beaded boards or wainscoting come in a wide range of styles such as traditional, contemporary and cottage. To install a beaded board, start by cutting individual pieces of the material to fit the room. They are sold in sizable paneling sheets.
You can use a circular saw. A hole saw may be needed to make necessary openings such as electrical outlet openings. Apply adhesive to the beaded board paneling piece then attach it to the wall. Repeat the process with the remaining pieces. It is advisable to add trim to the bottom and top to realize a good finish.
4. GARDEN SITTING AREA
DIY outdoor furniture can be a cost effective landscaping idea. There are varied options for DIY tables, chairs and or benches. You can opt for low-cost dry-stacked concrete blocks and cover them with foam pads.
Decimated tree trunks also make for great outdoor tables. Smoothen out the top using sand paper or a smoothening tool to create a unique surface. Tree trunk furniture is durable and requires little maintenance.