I’m a huge fan of DIY home improvements, something I think I’ve picked up from my industrious father over the years. Of course, there are many home improvements that are best left to the professionals but there are so many things that you can handle yourself that will make a big difference to your home whilst keeping the cost of the renovation down.
The first home improvement that I’ve LOVED implementing in my new apartment is shelving. Shelves add depth as well as valuable storage to any space. My favourite kind at the moment are lean-to ladder shelves as these also do not require nailing into the wall (just make sure they’re sturdy on the ground and do consider securing them if you have children or pets who could topple them over). I have put up two new ladder shelves since moving in, the first is in my kitchen and reaches all the way from the counter top to the ceiling, this makes the most of the cavernous space and provides a beautiful structure to display my plants, spices and barware upon. You can find lean-to shelves at a variety of price points from a number of retailers. The shelves in my kitchen are from Wayfair and those in my bedroom my dad and I made ourselves using some left-over wood and bit of brain power.
Another way to dramatically change the look of a room is by changing your flooring. You may think that laying laminate flooring is well out of your skill set (and price range) but these days laminate flooring has come down significantly in price and slots together easily making it an easy way to completely transform the look and feel of a room. Coming in a huge variety of colours, styles and textures there’s a laminate flooring to suit every budget and personality. I personally love the look of real hardwood flooring and laminate lets me achieve it at a fraction of the cost.
This last home improvement is one I’ve seen used many times and I can’t wait to try myself and that’s to change the handles on cupboards and drawers. Changing cupboard and door handles is an inexpensive way to completely change the look of your kitchen cupboards and drawers and can provide bland or outdated units with a complete style change at a fraction of the cost of a whole new kitchen. And don’t just stop at kitchens, your wardrobe and chest-of-drawers can also benefit from this makeover. Some of the most effective refreshes I’ve seen involve either a miss-match of different handles and knobs to provide a shabby chic, boho look or a sleek and clean metal make-over adding class to furniture that may have been purchased very cheaply.
Whatever your budget and skill set there’s so much you can do to improve your space through a little DIY. What are your favourite DIY home improvements? Let me know in the comments.