5 Easy, Mostly-DIY Projects


5 Easy, Mostly-DIY Projects to Satisfy Your New Year’s Home Resolutions


It’s a new year. Did you promise yourself that you were going to finally get around to turning your house into a home? Taking the time to complete some simple, cost-effective home projects can make all the difference. If you think you need to spend $20,000 and a month and a half remodeling your entire kitchen to make an impact, you’re sorely mistaken. You can take a few weekends and spruce up your place. Here are some ideas.


A new coat of paint here and there

At the top of many home-related New Year’s resolution lists is painting. Most homeowners know, deep down, that their homes would be improved significantly by a fresh coat of paint – but we still put it off. Start small. Instead of blocking out the time to repaint your entire home, try touching up some old furniture or giving your front door a brand new color. As Redfin.com suggests, these little projects can go a long way to adding personal flair to your home.


Add some sophistication with crown molding

When a room looks fine, but seems to be lacking that “it” factor, one reason could be a lack of crown molding. This simple touch adds presence to any area – and it’s a lot cheaper and easier to install than you think. This Old House notes that a popular, newer option – lightweight polystyrene foam coated in hard plaster – can be DIY’ed in a weekend for just over $100.


DIY tile backsplash in your kitchen

Kitchen upgrades are some of the most cost-effective home improvements out there in terms of boosting the value of your home. But even if you have no plans to sell in the near future, a new tile backsplash in your kitchen will up the beauty factor in your home significantly. Start to finish, the project should take you a weekend and the cost is a few hundred bucks – depending on the price of the tile you use. In terms of tools, all you really need is a good handheld drill, a trowel, tile-cutting tool, and a sponge. Simple doesn’t always mean safe, however. If you are using a power tool like a drill, safety is key.


Replace ugly ceiling fans with beautiful light fixtures

There’s a good chance that you have a few ceiling fans in your home that you don’t really use as fans – only as lights. There’s also a good chance that these fans are a bit of an eyesore. Replacing a ceiling fan with a beautiful light fixture takes less than an hour, and is easy if you know how to use a screwdriver and can connect a couple of wires.


This is one DIY project with which you may need professional help if your wiring is old. Electricity is no joke. If you don’t feel confident in working with exposed wires, even after you turn off all power at the breaker box level, get some assistance. Here’s a good guide to get your started.


Add insulation where you can

Did you know that insulation is fairly inexpensive, especially when you factor in the money you save on heating/cooling costs when your home is properly insulated? Check out the Department of Energy’s insulation guide to see how much you can save, what type of insulation to use, and how to go about doing it yourself. If you are planning on doing anything inside your walls, you should consult a contractor who can tell you what you have hiding in there (electrical wires, plumbing, vents, etc.).


Kick your new year off right by fulfilling some of your (possibly long-held) home-related resolutions. Some homeowners are wary of DIY home projects, as they are either bearish on their own skills or worried that the jobs they can do won’t really make an impact. This isn’t true. When it comes to home improvements, a little goes a long way in almost all circumstances.