5 home renovation projects anyone can do

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Home renovation projects

Updating and refreshing your home through renovation projects isn’t just highly satisfying, it can help add value for when it comes time to sell your house. Here are five ideas for projects you can do without the help of a professional.

1. Spruce up the kitchen with new cabinet doors

The kitchen is one of the first areas of the home to show its age, but is often the last to get a spruce up.

While you could give it a whole new look with fresh paint on the cabinetry, the other option is to replace just the doors, which is called refacing and is a lot cheaper and easier than replacing the entire cabinets.

You’ll only need a power drill and glue. You will be able to buy a veneer to cover the non-door areas (you will glue this on) in the same place you purchase new doors.

2.Light up your world with new lighting fixtures

Is it time you had a chandelier in your living room? Or perhaps you’re simply tired of those light shades from the early 90s.

A sleek, modern lighting fixture can become a real design feature in any room, and installing them isn’t as tricky as you might think. You’ll need to turn the power off at the main switch and follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter to safely connect the wires, and ensure you have the correct light bulbs for any new installations before you start setting up.

3. Reveal your green fingers with a raised garden bed

A raised garden bed is a classic home project that will transform your backyard. You don’t need to worry about what the soil is like on your property, and you can place your bed wherever attracts the most sunlight.

You’ll need planks of wood, a hammer and nails, landscaping fabric and compost. You can paint the final product or leave the wood looking natural, and you can plant just about anything in your new garden!

4. Magic molding for windows and doors

Look at your windows – not out them – and make your doors as attractive as they are practical by adding trims. Molding is essentially like adding a frame to these areas, and it can create an instant elegant look for a very affordable price.

You would usually match the colour of the molding to any current frame, so you may need to purchase a small paint pot to ensure a perfect fit. Alternatively, you can remove the old trim and replace it with a new one completely. This job will take a lot of measuring twice and cutting once, as well as professional adhesives and clamps.

5. Make those wooden floors shine

Wooden floors add a natural beauty to any home, but can become scratched and scuffed over time by moving furniture and walking over them in hard shoes.

The easiest way to bring up a glossy shine is to wax hardwood floors. Depending on the type of wood you have, you’ll be looking at either solid paste waxes, liquid or oils, or the very popular water-based silicone waxes. You’ll need to give the floors a proper clean and dry before you start and to follow all manufacturer instructions to ensure you coat those floors with just the right amount of wax.