If you’re a DIY enthusiast and have become more confident (and competent!) when it comes to tackling jobs around the home it could be a good time to up your game and put your skills – and your tools – to the test. Here are some DIY projects that you might want to consider for your home. You should be able to tackle these yourself and they can improve and protect your home. Read on to find out how…
Changing the layout of a room
If you have a basement area you want to redesign, or any room where you want to change the layout, this will involve installing a partition. Framing a wall might seem like a daunting task when you first consider it but it is definitely a DIY job that should be on your radar if you have already acquired some general skills and confidence.
Framing a wall is about installing a basic partition using timbers to create a non-load bearing wall that you can fix plasterboard to. You can even create a door opening; A single-frame door opening will need just four pieces of lumber and you will need to hold the base plates and top plates with nails, but remember to position the studs with the crowns facing the same way when you nail it together, as creates a smoother finish.
Make your own garden furniture
Another good project to test your DIY skills would be to create some unique garden furniture using some old pallets. Some of the tools you will need for this project include a jigsaw, cordless drill, angle measure, and an orbital sander. You might want to learn more about orbital sanders and get yourself up to speed on using one as they require a bit more technical ability than a basic multi-sander but can produce excellent results.
Making your own garden furniture is not that difficult when you are working with pallets and the added satisfaction when you start to use them is not just how good they look but how little they cost to make compared with buying furniture from a store.
Taking your entertainment to a new level
Many homes are upgrading to a flat-screen TV and the size and depth of these units mean that they can often look stunning when you mount them on a wall, plus it frees up more floor space at the same time. You will need to put your drilling and measuring skills to the test when applying the fixings to hold the TV safely in place. I’ve recently mounted my TV on the wall so that it’s no longer the focus of the room – it looks like a picture frame rather than a telly now.
What would really finish the job off properly would be to build a wall unit to complement and incorporate your TV. You will need to make and mount the suspension rails and join all the shelf sections together and in just a few more steps you will have created a wall-mounted TV unit that literally takes your entertainment to a higher level.
These are just a few ideas that could inspire you to test your DIY skills and enhance your home. Let me know what projects you’re planning by leaving me a comment below 🙂