When you wish you could transform your home, but you don’t have a lot of faith in your efforts, it can be frustrating. On the one hand, you want your house to look and feel like yours, and be in the right shape. But, on the other hand, you don’t want to commit the budget to professional renovations. So, you can often feel like you have to suffer in silence with the standard of your home as it is. But, that’s simply not the case. Why? Because you can always turn to DIY.
You may think that DIY is difficult, but it’s not. Or, it doesn’t have to be at least. You don’t have to grab a wrench and become a plumber in order to make a difference around the home. In fact, you can do it in your own way. One of the best ways to take to DIY is to look at it as if you’re Super Woman. By throwing on your vintage housewife style apron, darning a set of rubber gloves and getting to work, you can completely transform your home. With little budget but a lot of effort, you’d be surprised by the difference you make. So give ‘50s housewife Donna Reed a run for her money with this DIY to-do list.
A Huge Clear Out
First things first, if you’re going to tackle the idea of getting DIY done without a hitch, you’re going to want to start by having a bigger than big clear out. To get your house up to the standard that you want it to be, you have to combine both cleaning and organizing, with home maintenance. So, you’re going to need to start with the basics and throw out any junk that you no longer want or need.
As you do this, you may find that you have a lot more space to work with. Or, the opposite, in that you need more space in order to keep your home looking right. So, this may lead you on to the need to reorganize some of the spaces you have. You may want to create different room functions, i.e. swapping a study for a closet, or even switch rooms around to improve the flow of your house, like your dining room for a living room.
A Huge Clean
Now that you’re feeling a bit more organized, it’s time for a mammoth spring clean. But that doesn’t mean just give your bathtub a good scrub and deep cleaning the oven. You’re going to want to make sure that you get into all of the nooks and crannies, clean out old cupboards, wash the windows and even wipe down the walls. This will all be prep for the DIY you have to come.
With everything all washed down and pretty much prepared for a spruce, it’s time to actually carry out the spruce. You washed those walls down for a reason, so now they’re ready to paint. Or, even to wallpaper. You’re going to want to freshen up the paint in old rooms, or even change the color or put up new wallpaper if you fancy a new style of decor.
A Full Floor Spruce
With a huge spring clean done and your walls sorted, you’re also going to want to think about sorting your floors. Not only does this mean that you should consider the right tools for the job like Shark versus Dyson for vacuuming, but you may also want to invest in a carpet cleaner to bring your old carpets up to a good standard. For wooden floors, you should look into treating options. Or, you may also decide to lay new floors entirely.
Hanging Everything Up
When your walls and floors are pretty much done, you’re then going to want to work on some of the finishing touches. Most of us have pieces of artwork or photographs that we got framed and never put up. Well, now’s the time to finally tackle the job. If you’ve wanted to hand different decorative pieces around the time, this DIY checklist will finally be the reason you do it yourself.
Revamping Your Kitchen
By now, you should be feeling so much more confident about your DIY efforts. Not only have you been a whizz at organizing, but you deep cleaned and got to work with decorating too. So, now you cake take what you know and apply it to revamping your kitchen. This is the room that we often spend a lot of time in, so we always want it to look right. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. So, get to work on those cabinets, or change some of the features to finally have a kitchen you love.
Updating Your Soft Furnishings
Then, if you’re looking to bring the rest of your home in line with the newly refreshed walls and floors, you may also want to look at updating your soft furnishings. Now, you may want to find yourself some new cushions, curtains, and rugs, but why not think about making some yourself? You can easily find patterns online, and with different fabrics to choose from, you could make your soft furnishings match in different rooms.
Making New From Old
If you’re starting to think that some of your pieces of furniture just don’t match, then you may want to look at replacing them too. But, instead of going out any buying new, do it yourself. Why not transform the pieces you already have and give them a new lease of life? You may find that they work better in the space, and you would have done it all yourself.
A Garden Spruce
Then, as your house is finally coming together and becoming the home that you want it to be, it’s time to get out into the garden. You don’t have to become a landscaping expert, but you could certainly make a difference to the space by weeding and pruning in a few different places. When you’re done, you’ll feel proud knowing that you have taken DIY and become a complete girlboss at it!