Tools You Will Need for DIY Home Projects

Being handy around the house can save you a lot of money on hiring contractors whenever relatively simple repairs or modifications are needed. You will need some basic tools to bridge the gap between wanting to complete that project that’s been gnawing at you for weeks and actually getting it done.

If you will be doing any work involving wood, then you will also be working with screws and/or nails. The beginning of any tool set is a couple different sized hammers and an array of sizes of regular flat head and phillips head screwdrivers. You can also opt for the power tool equivalent of screw drivers. These will either come with or you can separately purchase separate pieces for the style and size of screw driver head you need. Even if you like having a power screw driver on hand, it is still a good idea to have a variety of the old fashioned “elbow-grease” style around in case the power tool breaks.

You will run into situations in just about any DIY project where you will need to grab onto, twist or otherwise hold onto and manipulate something. This is where pliers come in handy. You will want both needle-nose and regular pliers in your toolbox. Each situation will be different and you never know which type you’ll need at a moments notice.

If you are going to be cutting wood, you will need a saw. You will probably find a good circular saw to be worth the investment over a hand saw. It cuts wood much faster and easier and they are fairly inexpensive nowadays. It will certainly speed up the completion time on what you are hoping is just a ‘weekend project’.

When working with wood, another indispensable tool is a power sander. As with circular saws, they are fairly inexpensive and if you have a sizable wood surface area to sand, they will speed up the work and reduce the effort required to an incredible degree. Sometimes you want to get a little more off that wood than a sander can do in a reasonable time, but not enough to go back to the circular saw. This is when a plane tool becomes incredibly useful.

Most projects require some precision to come together successfully. To fit pieces together, you have to know exactly how long each one needs to be. This requires rulers and for longer measurements, a tape measure. If your project requires a smooth, level surface, you can run your hand across the top to determine smoothness, but you’ll need a level tool to determine if it’s truly level. 

DIY Tips for a Shabby Chic Home

Social media has turned everything into a competition. It is easy to feel insecure if your home does not look like all of the pictures that are being posted online. Mimicking the decorating choices is tricky due to cost and access. Even worse, decor that is meant to look stylishly rustic and worn-in is often more expensive than classic furnishings. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to add some character to a home without breaking the bank.

Fresh Furniture
Individual pieces of furniture do not have to be from the same set to look like they belong in the same room. It is amazing how disparate pieces begin to complement each other after they are painted the same color. A shiny black lacquer goes a long way toward disguising middling quality and questionable materials. People with eclectic tastes may want to paint their furniture different colors for a rainbow effect. Inexpensive secondhand furniture works well for this type of project; the pieces need to be cleaned up anyway, and there is little risk of damaging something that is already used.

More Painting Ideas
A single dresser can be transformed into an art piece with a little patience and creative vision. Starting from the bottom, each drawer could be painted a slightly lighter shade of the same color. This ombre illusion is the result of increasing amounts of white paint being added to the main color. Clear glass or plastic knobs can be purchased on the Internet or in craft stores. The dresser frame could be painted to match either the lightest drawer or the darkest one.

Custom Curtains
It is surprisingly difficult to find an aesthetically pleasing set of curtains. Appealing drapes are often too diaphanous to be of any functional use, and curtains that block light tend to be heavy and drab. One-of-a-kind curtains can be made by folding the top of a length of fabric over a curtain rod and sewing the edge in place by hand. Any type of fabric is appropriate for this project, and a craft store’s stock is bound to be far more affordable than conventional curtains of decent weight.

Upcycling
Small apartments leave little room for artwork. Every piece of furniture counts. One way to sneak vintage stylings into a small apartment is to build your own coffee table. An old wooden door with legs nailed to it would be the envy of every person with a Pinterest account. A skilled painter could cover a plain wooden slab with abstract imagery before securing the legs. There is no need to pay for lackluster furniture when odds and ends could be salvaged for free and used to make statement pieces.

Optical Illusions
Creative placement of mirrors can make a small space look bigger. Instead of placing the typical art prints or framed photographs above furniture or along a hallway one could use mirrors to reflect light and add dimension to the rooms. 

Create a Beautiful Outdoor Living Space on a Budget

The great outdoors offers the promise of fresh air and relaxation. Homeowners who have a piece of land often want to create outdoor spaces that allow them to fully enjoy all aspect of their property. With the right planning and a smart budget, any outdoor space can be fully utilized throughout the year. The right planning can also create spaces that will help enhance the home’s value.

One of the best ways to begin is with the use of an outdoor carpet to delineate space in any area. Many small carpets are available on the market that can stand up to all kinds of difficult weather. Placing the carpet on a deck can help set off the space separately and indicate that it is for dining or other specific activities rather than general use.

Another way to create an outdoor space is with the use of effective and durable outdoor furniture that is also comfortable. Look for items that match the precise colors of the exterior of the home and help draw attention to an attractive home feature such as detailed woodwork.

People can also help create outdoor spaces with the use of inexpensive yet elegant greenery. Properly placed plants can help create a space that is welcoming and in tune with the entire house.

A home improvement project that can easily be done with minimal help is to place a trellis on the property. A trellis can help shield people from the sun and add an attractive and unexpected pattern.

In warmer climates, people often opt to place a pool on their property. A pool can help people cool off. One of the best ways to help increase access to the pool is with the use of a permanent wood deck. This also helps make the pool safer for general use by providing a means to keep small children away from it.

Adding a deck to another part of the house can also be used to help expand the home’s living space often at minimal cost with the assistance of a skilled carpenter and some inexpensive lumber.

In the same way, a small carport can also increase living space and provide additional space. This can be an excellent addition to a home that does not have a garage. The carport may also be used as shelter from the sun when it is not being used to park a car.