On average, homeowners spend close to $7000 a year on home improvement.
It’s no secret that certain home projects add more value to a home and make a space more enjoyable, but which are DIY home projects and which should you leave to the professionals?
Read on for our list of cool home ideas, DIY projects, and a couple of projects you should consider hiring out.
Create a Magazine-Worthy Color Pallet
To make your home look like it an interior designer fixed it up, choose a color scheme with three shades of color.
It’s not hard to find three hues that work well together. Look at magazines, paint stores, or Pinterest for inspiration.
Choose a main color for walls and another color for large accents such as furniture. The third color will be your pop. Use the third color for small accessories like flowers, throw cushions and decorative items on shelves.
Even if you love all-white spaces, use three shades of white to ensure your room isn’t boring.
Feel free to carry your color theme throughout the entire house.
Or you can play with the scheme so that the accent color becomes the main color in another room such as the bathroom or a bedroom.
Reclaim Garage Space
No matter how big your garage is, you probably wish it was bigger. Or maybe it’s disorganized and you want to be able to find things more easily.
The garage is a great space that you can transform in as little as a day. Use the wasted space in the garage ceiling by adding sturdy hanging racks.
Overhead storage is great for items you don’t need often, like your off-season tires, seasonal decoration, luggage and camping, and sports gear.
Make great use of your wall space by hanging awkward items such as lawn tools.
Install a wall-to-wall shelving unit for you to store clear totes, buckets and tool boxes. Getting things onto shelves makes it easier to grab what you need without worrying about things toppling on you.
Taking charge of your garage is one of the best do it yourself projects to maximize your space and create more storage room.
Maximize Closet Space
Closet space is often limited. You can maximize your space by doubling up on your hangers using a can tab.
Just hook two hangers together with a can tab to use up half as much space in your closet.
Behind-the-door organizers are great for storing shoes, jewelry, scarves, belts and so on.
Build Your Own Shelves
Adding shelves is one of the easiest home projects you can do. All you need is some brackets and a piece of wood.
You can choose simple or decorative brackets and any style of wood you like. You can even paint your wood to match your room’s color scheme.
Shelves can hold knick-knacks, books, your keys, and sunglasses, or even toilet paper and towels in the guest bathroom.
Remove Popcorn Ceiling
Popcorn ceiling is a dead giveaway that your home is from the 80s. This bumpy ceiling finish can be difficult to clean, and you are at risk of getting fragments of it in your eyes.
It’s not hard to remove, though it is time-consuming. First of all, if you have a painted popcorn ceiling, you may need to use a chemical stripper before you get started. Always follow the directions on the product.
Start by using a squirt bottle filled with lukewarm water and a couple of drops of dish soap. Spray a generous amount onto a small area of your ceiling.
Let that soak in for a few minutes. Using a scraper, scrape the wet section of the ceiling.
The popcorn should scrape off fairly easy. If it doesn’t, spray some more water and try again.
Use a small putty knife to get into the corners and around the crown molding. The biggest risk with your project is that you could gouge the drywall under the popcorn. Be aware of that and scrape gently.
After you’ve removed all the popcorn, you may find some bumps along the ceiling. Use a sheet or block of sandpaper to smooth out those areas. Don’t sand too much though!
If you see any nails sticking from the ceiling, use joint compound to hide the nail. Let it dry and then sand that spot again.
Once the ceiling is dry you can prime and paint it for a more modern ceiling.
Remember to wear safety goggles when scraping the popcorn. If your home is old, you may need to have the popcorn ceiling checked for asbestos.
Install Crown Molding
Another cool home ideas that can add interest and value to your property is crown molding. You can use it around the ceiling of any room. Or you can use it to create visual interest and separate a wall in two.
Unless you are extremely handy, you should leave installing crown molding to the experts.
Though the process is straight forward, it can look terrible if not done right. There will be several precise cuts that need to be perfect.
This is a great home project that makes your home more luxurious. It will totally transform a room.
Interior and Exterior Paint
Many people think that painting a house is easy, but there’s a huge visual difference between rooms painted by professionals and those that aren’t.
Painting is a tiresome and lengthy process. Would you want to have to re-do it because it didn’t turn out well?
The best thing is to hire a painting contractor for all your interior and exterior paint projects.
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There you have it! A list of some cool home ideas that can breathe new life into your property.
Most of these are great weekend projects. However, some are best left to the pros.