Everyone has had the experience of starting a DIY renovation project and discovering it’s considerably harder than anticipated. But it’s not true of all such projects. These renovations can be done in far less time and with less effort than you might think.
Replacing Light Fixtures
Replacing your light fixtures can quickly update your home, provide better light, and make your home more functional. Working with electricity can put a lot of people off, but it’s actually much easier than it appears. While major re-wiring is best left to a professional, changing out a fixture isn’t all that hard.
Easy-to-install fixtures from places like IKEA are designed for the DIY homeowner without an electrical engineering degree. As long as you remember to turn off the power before you start, read all the directions ahead of time, and research your lighting choice beforehand, most people can accomplish the task easily.
Changing A Bathroom Vanity
Home improvement stores sell bathroom vanities that are ready to install and pre-cut so that you can simply drop in a new sink. While this is certainly a bigger project, the hardest part is the plumbing work.
Even the plumbing isn’t as hard as many people think. Make sure you check to make sure everything fits, and have the right tools on hand to make installation go smoothly.
If the vanity is too much for your skill level, try replacing just the faucet; it makes a big difference for less work.
Rejuvenating Kitchen Cabinets
Replacing cabinets is a big job, but you can approach it from a less complex angle and still get the look of new cabinets. If the cabinets themselves are solid, but the doors need help, it’s a much easier task to replace the doors. It’s simply a matter of removing the old doors and putting on new ones. A paint job on the cabinets will make things match up and ensure it all looks new.
If replacing the doors isn’t in the budget, you can still make your kitchen look as if you put in major renovation hours. Remove the doors and paint everything. Then, replace all of the hardware and re-install the doors for a brand new look with less effort and at a fraction of the cost of full replacement.
Many projects around the house are easier than they appear. The important thing is to do your research, measure carefully, and make sure you have all of the equipment needed before you begin.
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