Who doesn’t love a good home improvement project? Am I right?! These simple DIY home projects are easy enough for anybody to check off their to do list.
Whether you’re a seasoned home improvement expert or simply just starting out, these projects will inspire you to roll up those sleeves and get to work.
Tackling these DIY home projects yourself not only saves you money, but it allows you to build on your skillset and increase your creativity. Allowing you to take on bigger and bigger projects as your DIY resume grows.
What are the best DIY Home Projects?
The best DIY projects are the ones that give you the most satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. I hope that as you read through these project ideas you get inspired and motivated to take on at least a few of these DIY home projects. So, without any further ado, let’s dive in!
#1 Paint an Accent Wall
Painting a wall that will stand out against the others and add pop to your area is a great way to spruce up any room. Start by removing any pictures, shelving or switch covers that are on the wall. Next take some spackling to fill any nail holes.
Get you a drop cloth for the floor and tape off any trim that you don’t want paint on. (With a little experience, you’ll be able to skip this step.)
Grab you some paint, paint roller, paint tray at your local home improvement store. Pour your paint into the tray and start rolling.
#2 Change Out an Old or Outdated Faucet
Changing a kitchen or bathroom faucet can have a huge visual impact. A different style of color can add a lot to the room.
Start by making sure that the water is turned off to the faucet. There should be one or two water valves under the sink. Turn those valves off. Open the valves on your old faucet just to make sure the water is off.
You can buy a special tool to access the water line fittings on the faucet or get in there with a wrench or crescent wrench. Remove the water lines and then remove the nuts that secure the valve to the counter top. Remove the faucet and reverse those steps.
#3 Pressure Wash Walkways and Driveway
Now, it is really quite amazing how much difference just pressure washing your concrete, brick or stone walkways can make. You don’t even realize just how dirty it actually is until you start cleaning it!
You can go out and buy a pressure washer if you’d like. I promise you it will come in handy! But you can also just rent you one from a local equipment or home improvement store. Connect the water, turn it on and start removing the years of gunk. There is something quite therapeutic about pressure washing. Results will amaze you.
#4 Update cabinet hardware
Updating your kitchen cabinet hardware can be a pretty simple task with very impactful results. If you don’t want to purchase new hardware, you can simply remove it, lightly sand it and spray paint it a different color.
Be creative, nowadays there are all kinds of “textured” spray paints that can give your cabinets that pop of texture and color.
#5 Swap out electrical switch covers
There are a multitude of styles and colors available when it comes to switch covers now. No longer are you stuck with white or off white boring switch covers.
Alternatively, you can remove the switch cover and paint it with any color imaginable.
#6 Create a Chalkboard
Chalkboard paint is a really cool option for a kids room or even a section in the kitchen. You can paint an entire wall in a child’s room and unleash their creativity! Then wipe it clean and let them start all over. You can also consider using magnetic chalkboard paint to liven things up a bit as well.
#7 Paint your front door
There probably isn’t another single DIY home project that has an immediate and impactful change to the exterior of your home as painting the front door has.
It’s best to remove the door by removing the hinge pins if possible but can be done in place. Remove the hardware, clean the surface thoroughly and scuff the door with a scotchbrite pad. Clean after sanding and paint the door a color that will add pop to the front of your house.
#8 Install a New Doorbell
If you have a standard thin rectangular boring doorbell outside your front door like most, it really is a simple upgrade that really steps the appearance up a notch.
There are a bunch of different options available nowadays from modern to antique that you can use to spruce up your front door.
#9 Add a Door Knocker
The addition of a decorative door knocker to your front door is another great way to have that newly painted front door stand out just that much more. It can add another touch of elegance to your entryway. Try to coordinate the style with your doorbell and any light fixtures.
#10 Replace Door Knobs
Replacing or upgrading your door knobs on your front door or even on the interior doors throughout the house can have a significant visual appeal as well and is pretty simple to do.
Most door knobs have two screws that hold the knob in place. Remove the screws and then the knob assembly. Reassemble in reverse order and your set.
#11 Upgrade Exterior Lighting Fixtures
Upgrading your old and worn out looking exterior lighting fixtures is another great way to up your curb appeal. It’s a relatively simple task. If you choose to do it yourself, you must make sure that the power is off on that circuit first. If you have any concerns or trepidations, it is best to call an electrician for help.
#12 Install New House Address Numbers
Another great way to add curb appeal to the front of your house is to update or upgrade your house address numbers.
There are a ton of different sizes, styles and types of numbers that you can use to give that little extra pop of curb appeal.
#13 Upgrade Shower Head
Ahh, there is nothing better than a hot shower after a long day’s work. Simply unscrew the existing shower head, install thread sealing tape on the pipe and screw the new shower head on. Easy peasy!
Installing an upgraded shower head can not only make your bathroom and shower more visually appealing, but can also provide you with a more pleasant shower experience. You can even consider a smart bathroom upgrade.
#14 Upgrade Towel Bars
Installing and updating the towel bars in your bathroom will also increase the visual appeal. Replacing those old, outdated and worn towel bars with new ones that compliment your style is easy to do.
Towel bar installations vary but most are held on with set screws underneath. Remove the set screws, then the towel bar. You’ll then need to remove the wall mounting plate to install your new hardware.
#15 Paint Bathroom Vanity Cabinets
Paint is an amazing thing that can transform any space rather dramatically. Painting your bathroom vanity cabinets may take a little time but the transformation will be worth it!
Start by removing the doors, drawers and hardware. Thoroughly clean them and sand as necessary. Take your time and paint with the color of your choosing, then reassemble. Prepare to be blown away with the results!
#16 Frame Bathroom Mirror
Another simple way to add a dramatic change to your bathroom is to make a picture frame around your mirror. If you have one of those plain jane, square mirrors that 90% of all builders use, this trick will magically transform it.
Go to your local home improvement store and find the trim that you like. Measure and cut the trim pieces at a 45 degree angle. Nail (if there’s room) or glue them in place on the mirror. Caulk and paint. And you’re done!
#17 Replace Bathroom Mirror
If you don’t feel like trimming your existing mirror, there is always the option of just replacing it with a stylized mirror of a different size.
Now, be warned, if you have one of those builder’s grade square mirrors, they are likely held up with glue as well as fasteners. Removing it can be difficult so be safe. There is also the very real chance that the glue will damage the sheetrock behind it. So there may be some drywall repair and painting involved if the new mirror isn’t the same size or larger. But you got this.
#18 Update Interior Light Fixtures
Light fixtures come in an ever increasing assortment and you’re sure to find a design and style that will set that room off.
Again, it’s not a difficult task to do yourself but you must be sure that the electricity is off and you’re comfortable working on a ladder. If there is any doubt, contact a professional.
#19 Hang Wallpaper to Create an Accent Wall
Wallpaper was an old trend that went out in style for a while but has now come back. With a multitude of different styles, textures and colors, your options are nearly endless.
If you have a textured wall, you will need to sand it down smooth so there will be some work involved but wallpaper can add a dramatic effect to any room.
#20 Hang Window Treatments
Hanging window treatments are another way to spruce up a dull room. There are a number of options and ways to do it. You can go with simple horizontal blinds, drapes, curtains or even wooden shutters. Use your design prowess to choose what’s right for your decor.
#21 Turn a Closet Into a Home Office
If you’re like me, you have a hall closet or spare bedroom closet that is not used regularly and is just filled with stuff. Why not make it a space that you can actually use.
I started by removing the bifold doors. I then made a custom desk by attaching 2×4’s directly to the wall making sure to screw into the studs. Cut a laminated piece of plywood to dimensions and nailing on top of the 2×4”s. Alternatively, you can find a desk the right size and put it in there. Add a decorative fabric curtain in place of the doors and voila.
#22 Add Floating Shelves
Let’s be honest here, floating shelves just look cool! Am I right? There are a lot of different styles of floating shelves out there sure to fit anyone’s tastes.
Simply follow the instructions to for the mounting hardware then step back and admire those cool floating shelves.
#23 Add a Stained Glass Window
Now, you can contact a stained glass window expert and have them make you a custom window at an incredible expense. It will look awesome no doubt but that just isn’t realistic for most people including myself.
A less expensive way is to buy a framed stained glass window panel and using some small chain and hooks, hang it in front of the window. You get a similar look for a fraction of the price.
#24 Under Cabinet Lighting
There are a number of low voltage options for under cabinet lighting that offer a touch of elegance for a very reasonable price with minimal effort.
It’s as simple as finding the style you want online, running the wires and fastening the lights under the cabinet. The under cabinet lighting really does add some class to any kitchen.
#25 Add chair Rail Molding
To really transform a room, consider adding chair rail molding. It adds a textural layer that really makes a room stand out and is quite simple to do.
Choose the chair rail molding of your liking from the local hardware store. Use a level to draw a line around the room where you want to place the molding. Where the bottom side of the molding will be. It is easiest if you paint the molding first. Allow it to dry, mark your studs and nail it in place. Fill the nail holes and touch up the paint.
#26 Add a Ceiling Medallion
Add a touch of that old world charm with a decorative ceiling medallion. It really can make a dramatic difference to an overall bland ceiling.
Choose the style you like and paint it to the color you like. You will need to remove the fixture or mounting plate of the light you want to surround. Be safe and make sure the power is off and you’re comfortable on a ladder. Get a professional when in doubt.
#27 Install a Flower Box
Installing a flower box on the front exterior windows will instantly upgrade your curb appeal.
You can make them yourself or buy premade flower boxes. If you make them yourself be sure to use cedar or other suitable materials that hold up well outdoors. Plant some colorful flowers, then stand back and admire.
#28 Whitewash Interior Exposed Brick
If you have any exposed brick walls in your house that look outdated or just don’t fit the overall aesthetic of your dream home. Never fear, there is an easy way to transform that unsightly wall.
Whitewashing is a relatively easy task but will take a little time. You will first need to clean the brick wall well. They make a whitewash paint that you should be able to purchase locally. Follow the directions to totally transform a room.
#29 Paint Your Garage Door
As much real estate as the garage door takes up on the front of your house, you can imagine the difference painting it will make on the overall curb appeal.
Start by cleaning it well and lightly sanding it. Get a good quality exterior paint. You can spring for an airless sprayer which will make the job a lot quicker and reduce lines or you can do it with a paint brush. Either way, the transformation will be dramatic.
#30 Add String Lights to an Outdoor Patio
Adding string lights to an outdoor patio is a very easy way to dramatically increase the overall aesthetics. There are a variety of types and styles out there.
Start at the outlet where it will plug into and I like to screw decorative hooks around the perimeter and just route the cord accordinginly.
You can also consider solar powered outdoor string lights for those spots where an outlet is just out of reach.
#31 Stencil Bathroom Tile
If you have an old outdated bathroom and you want to spruce it up without all the labor and expense of replacing the tile, stenciling may be a great option for you. It can give you the look of an expensive tile for a fraction of the cost.
You will need to make sure that the tile is very clean and that there is no wax or residue buildup of any kind. You can then find a stencil of your liking at a craft or hobby store. Get a paint recommended for tile and start stenciling! Be sure to allow it to dry at least a day before sealing.
#32 Add Mirrors to a Closet Door
As you are surely aware, mirrors add depth and expand the perceived size of a room. They are also a good way to dress up those boring bifold closet doors.
You can buy rectangular mirrors at home improvement stores that will be similar in size. Get some mirror mounting hardware and you are good to go and transform those bland closet doors.
#33 Add Greenery to the Home
Ok, this is actually the easiest way to brighten up a room, add texture and color and just make it more pleasing.
It sounds almost too simple but you really will be amazed how greenery will just liven up a room. Give it a try.
#34 Add a Barn Door
Barn doors are all the rage nowadays and for good reason. They are convenient to use and really add a distinct design to any space.
If you don’t have the resources or don’t want to build your own door, there are plenty of premade options available along with the mounting hardware. If you get a premade door and aren’t quite ecstatic with the look, don’t be afraid to paint it in your unique style.
We had a pantry opening that was perfect for a barn door so I ended up making mine with some old barn wood. I assembled it and painted it like the Texas flag, then sanded it down to make it look distressed. Don’t be afraid to be creative or experiment.
#35 Add Feet to Existing Cabinets
This is a great way to make run of the mill builder grade cabinets look more like a piece of stand alone furniture.
Home improvement stores have quite a selection of furniture “feet”. Pick out the style you like, paint them to match your cabinets, then fasten them under the cabinets to instantly give it the feel of a piece of furniture.
#36 Update Your Mailbox
Your mailbox is most likely one of those things that you just simply overlook. I know I did at least. That is until I upgraded mine. I was amazed how bad my old mailbox looked once I replaced it with a much nicer one. Now I notice my new mailbox all the time!
#37 Add Corbels to a Bar Overhang
If you have a bar or kitchen island overhang, adding corbels can really add some detail and contrast.
There are a variety of pre-made corbels out there that may fit your design style. Alternatively you can find antique corbels out there that are really ornate that will set you apart from others and make yours unique.
#38 Add Color to An Island
Another great way to really make your kitchen stand out is to pick a bold accent color to paint your island.
We have gray walls, white trim and decided to paint our island a dark navy blue and let me tell you, it really added another dimension to the room. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
#39 Makeover an Old Dresser
Most bedrooms including mine have an old dresser, maybe a hand me down of sorts. Well, it doesn’t have to look like a hand me down.
Simple as sanding and painting it can make a huge difference. You can also change or paint the hardware to your liking as well. This is an easy way to make a big splash in a room.
#40 Make a Picture Wall
A great way to liven up an empty wall is to create a picture wall of it. Take all those family photos and frames and put them on a wall you want to stand out.
You can buy kits with frames and layouts if you want but you can also take a large piece of cardboard or thich paper that is the size of the wall area. Lay it out on the floor and experiment with the layout. Once you like it, mark the picture frame mounting holes on the cardboard. Put it up on the wall and mark your holes. Simple as that.
#41 Add Cabinets Above Washing Machine
Most laundry rooms tend to get cluttered with detergents etc. etc. I really becomes a catch all for a lot of unsightly stuff. Mine definitely was.
An easy way to organize and get all that stuff hidden is to buy some premade cabinets (or build them of course.) Cabinets can be heavy and the best way that I’ve found to hang cabinets above washing machines is to use French cleats. Google it and thank me later!
#42 Paint Stair Railing and Banister
Most builder grade stair railing are, let’s be honest here, a bit bland or boring. Painting your stair railings and banister can really add some pop to an otherwise bland area.
Be sure to clean and sand them before either brushing or spraying them.
#43 Add Beadboard to a Restroom
Adding beadboard can really elevate the entire room. Gives it a totally different look at a relatively small expense and time constraint.
Simply mark the desired height that you want your beadboard. Cut the beadboard to the proper dimensions and nail in place. Take some decorative trim and add to the top of the beadboard. I have found that it is more convenient to paint the beadboard and trim prior to installing. Fill in the nail holes and touch up the paint.
#44 Add Light Dimmers
Adding light dimmers is an easy way to change the ambience in a room. It really quite easy but you need to make sure that the correct breaker is turned off and there is no electricity to the switch. If you are weary, don’t hesitate to call an electrician.
#45 Make Your Fireplace More Appealing
There are a number of ways to make the focal point in your living room stand out or completely change the aesthetic of the room.
It can be as simple as painting your mantle. Or get as involved as whitewashing the brick surround, changing or adding a decorative fireplace cover, changing your mantle completely. There are a number of ways you can really spice up your living room’s focal point.
#46 Install Crown Molding
Installing crown molding to a room creates a big statement and can totally transform a room. It does require some tools and time.
You will need a compound miter saw or box if you want to use a hand saw. I would suggest painting the trim before hand, then touching it up afterwards.
#47 Add Backsplash Tiles to a Kitchen
If your kitchen counter tops don’t have a tile backsplash behind them, then you will be amazed by the transformation. If they do, you can still remove the old and replace but it will be a much more involved task.
For bare walls, add the correct tile mud and set your tiles in place using the proper spacers. You will need a saw or tools to trim the tiles around outlets. Once done laying the tiles, wait a day and then add your grout. This will totally transform your kitchen.
#48 Add a second story to your house
LOL! Just threw that one in to see if you were paying attention! Although, that would be a nice “weekend” project, I do believe that is a bit beyond the scope of this blog post. But hey, if you’re going to dream, dream big!
Why Should You Do DIY Home Projects?
When you think of your home, you think this is the place I feel safe, comfortable, I raise my family here. I want it to be welcoming, inviting and want it to be a reflection of me so to speak.
Our home is most likely the biggest expense / investment that we will ever make in our lives. Like any investment, you need to nurture it so that it continually grows. Taking the time to do DIY home projects will not only ensure that your investment grows, it will give you a sense of pride knowing “I did that” and will give you the confidence to take on bigger and bigger challenges.
I hope this list has inspired you at least a little bit to get out there and just do it.