Home Improvements for Newbie DIYers Like Me! | Jennifer Mackay

Posted by Jennifer Mackay - Owner on Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 7:21am.

Home owners usually want to take on DIY projects but often fear they lack the skills necessary to do a good job.panama city homeimprovements

Well, I'm here to tell you, if you don't try you won't succeed. I know this from experience!

The best way I know of increasing DIY skills, is to take on small projects in the beginning and build on the skills after taking on more difficult projects.

I visit Anna White's website for ideas as well as plans for some DIY projects. 

There are also many other wonderful websites that offer free instructions/plans for most DIY projects that the average and beginner DIYer is capable of completing.

With just a few tools, some materials and some time the following project ideas make for great family or solo projects. And most importantly of all, you get serious bragging rights when you’re done.

Here are just a few project ideas that anyone can complete - I know this, because if I can do it, anyone can!

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Easy DIY Projects
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Classic Pergola

Building a pergola is easier to build than you might think If you use standard dimensional lumber, you just cut the parts and screw them together—no special skills required.

To keep the cost down, use pressure-treated lumber, which can be stained with semitransparent stain.

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Floating Shelves

You can always buy floating shelves in stores or online.

But have you considered building your own?

For about the same cost, you can build them to the size, thickness and look you want.

You can even stain or paint them to match your decor.

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Brick Pathway in the Garden

A garden path can be an easy project using recycled pavers or cobblestones on a sand bed.

You can easily learn the details of path building, from breaking cobblestones to leveling the path using plastic landscape edging.

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Garden Arch

A garden arch is a wonderful way to create an entrance to a garden or yard, frame a path way or used as a trellis.

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Kitchen Under Cabinet Lighting

Adding under cabinet lighting to existing kitchen cabinets can be done quite easily with the right lights.

Rope lights for example can be plugged in eliminating the need for electrical expertise or a professional.

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Paint Your Front Door

Painting a front door does not necessarily mean you have to be a professional painter.

With the right brush/roller and the right paint this project can be accomplished in less than a day


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Planters are an excellent project to help learn how to use woodworking tools and are super simple to build.

Searching the internet for "Planter Plans" will reveal lots of options and most planter projects are easily accomplished over a weekend

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Key Hanger With Reclaimed Wood

Key hangers are also an easy woodworking project. If you use reclaimed wood, you can make a lovely rustic decoration to hand your keys.

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Tile a Backsplash

Tiling a backsplash above a kitchen counter is one of the easiest ways to upgrade an old, tired kitchen on a tight budget or change the look of an existing kitchen.

There are many options of tile from which you can choose such as easy-to-install mosaic tiles, peel and stick tiles and much more.

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Living Wall with Movable Planters

Not everyone has enough room to build a living wall.

But if you've got the room and a patio or deck, it's a great conversation piece that can easily change with your mood or the season.

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Drip Irrigation

A simple, automated drip irrigation system is a much easier method of keeping your plants, flowers or vegetables watered, even when you're on vacation or not available.

They are inexpensive and easy to set up.

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Built In Shelves

Recessed, built-in shelves allow you to unlock hidden storage space anywhere in your house. They install between the studs in your walls and are not very difficult.

You can Install single, open box group, or multiple boxes as well as add a set of glass or decorative doors.

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Planter and Trellis

An easy-to-build planter and trellis opens up all kinds of options for plants and/or vegetable growing.

It can also be use as a privacy screen and you can build it in a weekend.

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Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds while not a new concept, have gained in popularity over the past few years.

They're easy to make and you can grow all kinds of flowers, plants or vegetables.

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Double Decker Storage Shelves

Here's another easy project to help you expand your woodworking skills.

 You can make your own DIY shelves for the garage, a mud or other room in the home and go double-decker for twice the storage capacity!


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