Don’t have anything to do this summer, or during the holidays, even? Why not try your hand at DIY or do it yourself home improvement? With the rising cost of nearly all the commodities in the market today, we can begin to save money by building, installing, repairing or modifying our homes ourselves.
All it takes is a bit of patience, a splash of creativity and a lot of diligence. If you have what it takes, then you would probably have a lot of fun in the process of fixing those annoying little defects at home. If there are none, or if the defects are decidedly too big for you to handle, then you can choose to simply start building and adding things to the house- things that you would be proud to say were your own build.
Gates- if your gates are more than five years old and have never experienced a new coat of paint since they were installed, then perhaps it’s time to do so. A fresh coat of paint before you enter your house would definitely lend a newer feel to the whole area. If your house had looked gloomy for the longest time, then this would be a perfect DIY project to start bringing forth a physical renewal of the place you call home.
Walls- walls are generally the first things that take the toll as a house ages. If a house is in direct contact with the soil, and the house is made completely with wood-based materials, from the foundation to the floorboards to ceiling and roof, then termites would be your first enemy.
Termites slowly eat through the soft parts of a house- including the walls. If you think some parts of your house are already rendered soft and grainy by termite activity, you don’t have to call a carpenter- just tear away at the walls and nail in new ones. Just make sure that the measurement is correct and you have a can of paint to make the new piece of wall match the rest of the house.
Garage- a garage is also often a mini workshop especially for dads who like tinkering with power tools and traditional carpenter tools during weekends. If your mini workshop is suffering from clutter, there is one sure-fire way to solve your problem: a new cabinet.
How do you make a new cabinet? First determine where you’re going to place cabinet. Determine the relative size of the cabinet that you’re going to build, then fire away. Go to your nearest lumber supplier and get slim boards- around an inch thick to begin your project.
The largest board would go to the back of the cabinet. Smaller boards can divide the little drawers- and the rest will go the development of the drawers themselves. Use ample sized nails and install durable metal handles for the drawers. After you’re done, use varnish or paint the new cabinet with whatever type of paint you want. You can even use some left-over automobile paint.