Did you know that the term “do it yourself” has been associated with home fixing and crafting since 1912? There are many advantages to DIY. Not only can it save you money and give you more options for revamping your home, but it can also provide psychological well being. It helps link us to our homes in a physical sense, and everyday we can see the products of our work. Interested in DIY? Here are three useful projects you can tackle this weekend.
1. DIY Home Automation System
In all likelihood, you don’t have the technical knowledge to create an entire automation system from scratch. Luckily, you don’t need it. A DIY home automation system refers to setting everything up, and making it work together. Most people appreciate the ability to be able to turn lights, heat and music on and off from an external source. There are several fairly cheap software options, such as Powerhome, available at around $70. For DIY home wiring, always consults experts so as to avoid electrocution.
2. DIY Home Improvement Ideas
Looking for a way to freshen up your kitchen or living room? Try painting the backs of shelves with an interesting color or wallpaper that offers contrast to the overall wall or cabinet coloring. If your kitchen is a light green and the cabinetry are white, for example, you could paint the back a dark green or blue for a vibrant pop. Every year there are about 250,000 injuries in the U.S. that occur as a result of DIY work, so be careful if you have to get up on a ladder.
3. DIY Home Design Ideas for Kids’ Rooms
Do you constantly have books piling up in every corner of your child’s room? Although bookshelves are the usual solution for this issue, it’s often difficult for children to accurately balance a large number of thin books on a shelf, especially when the one you pull out doesn’t fit nicely on the top of the pile. Avoid this by installing small floating shelves next to the door or in any place with free space in the room. These can be made by staining long and thin lengths of timber and attaching them to the walls with drywall anchors and screws. You then have a shelf perfect for holding thin books so that cover pages are all visible!
Do you have any tips for DIY home wiring, kids rooms, or home improvement?