Four DIY projects to tackle for your first home

Cecil Whig - - OURCECIL -

— “Where should I start?” It’s a ques­tion many home­own­ers ask them­selves.

DIY is a great place to start for new home­own­ers. DIY projects are very ver­sa­tile — they can eas­ily be adapted to your skill level, bud­get and de­sired project. With a lit­tle ex­tra time and cre­ativ­ity, you can trans­form your home.

Other ben­e­fits to choos­ing a DIY project are that they are typ­i­cally more cost-ef­fec­tive than the al­ter­na­tive and they of­fer an added sense of own­er­ship and pride in your home.

Since DIY project ideas are end­less, it’s im­por­tant to choose ones that will im­prove your home’s value at a rea­son­able cost. A DIY project should make your life eas­ier and more en­joy­able. These are some top rec­om­mended DIY projects for first-time home­own­ers. They won’t break the bank but they will de­liver a bang for your buck.

1. Add crown mold­ing or update cas­ing and trim.

The ad­di­tion of crown mold­ing to the top of in­te­rior walls is a sub­tle change with big im­pact. Cas­ing, which is the trim around doors and win­dows, can also make a huge dif­fer­ence. The re­place­ment of dated

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crown mold­ing, cas­ing or trim can make a room look newly up­dated. Go one step fur­ther with a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and you’ll ba­si­cally have an en­tirely new room. For more in­for­ma­tion on how to in­stall crown mold­ing, check out these sim­ple steps. 2. Re­place doors. Doors are of­ten for­get­table, but don’t have to be. Re­place hol­low core bed­room, bath­room and closet doors with wood al­ter­na­tives for an in­stant dash of rich­ness. And don’t limit your­self to tra­di­tion­ally-styled op­tions. From spe­cialty woods to glass pan­els, there are plenty of op­tions to choose from.

3. Clean and re­fin­ish your wood deck.

As long as your wood is in good shape, all you need is deck cleaner and wood stain to turn some­thing dated into the fo­cal point of your back­yard. You can buy deck cleaner at your lo­cal hard­ware store. Wood deck stains are avail­able there or at a paint store. You’ll be amazed to see weath­ered wood look like new again. If you haven’t cleaned or re­fin­ished a deck be­fore, here are step-by-step in­struc­tions. 4. Update your clos­ets. Add built-in shelv­ing or sim­ply stream­line clothes hang­ers for an or­ga­ni­za­tional boost you’ll thank your­self for ev­ery day. Or you can tackle a pop­u­lar closet up­grade: lin­ing a tra­di­tional closet with cedar. Nat­u­ral cedar looks great, smells great and keeps moths and mildew away. It’s a clas­sic and high-end up­grade that’s not ter­ri­bly ex­pen­sive or time-in­ten­sive. When your friends or fam­ily open your closet, they will be pleas­antly sur­prised.

Use tongue-and-groove cedar to line some or all of an ex­ist­ing closet. You can leave base­boards in place if they’re thicker than the cedar. If not, re­move them with a pry bar be­fore the cedar in­stal­la­tion. Use nails to at­tach the cedar to the wall studs, or ad­here them with a con­struc­tion ad­he­sive. Pre­pare to feel like a bona fide fancy grown-up when it’s done!

These are just a frac­tion of the many DIY projects pos­si­bil­i­ties. The most im­por­tant piece of ad­vice is to have fun and don’t be afraid to try new things. The more DIY projects you com­plete, the more con­fi­dent you’ll feel. To get started, pen­cil in a ded­i­cated DIY day on your cal­en­dar and en­joy the process!

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