General Information - Six DIY Projects for Homeowners to Tackle


Buying new appliances can be expensive, especially when replacing them all at once. When saving up to do so, be sure to keep up with regular maintenance, such as replacing filters on the refrigerator and the water dispenser. You can also apply a coat of paint to cover up and scratches or dings on your current appliances, to make them appear newer, but be sure to use the color paint recommended by the manufacturer for a better match, says the source.


In the bathroom, replacing lighting fixtures that are old or damaged is inexpensive, and can often be completed without having to hire a professional handyman. Instead of completely changing the arrangement of your bathroom, MainStreet suggests buying a similar type and size fixture to avoid needing the help of an electrician.


While the idea of new flooring may be exciting, the price of it can be less than ideal. If you have tile that has scratched or chipped, you may be able to make repairs rather than replacing the entire room. The source notes that this can be done by filling in scratches or chips with a mixture of paint that matches and special filler, both easily found at hardware stores.


When your cabinets aren't properly opening and closing, be sure to check the hinges, as this can be more cost effective and easy to fix compared to the effort and price of installing new cabinetry. You can also update the look of your cabinet doors with a coat of paint. Dated hardware can be switched out with new knobs or handles, costing less while giving your kitchen a new look.


Sometimes small painting projects may seem more difficult to complete, but there are a couple tips to follow for DIY success. Before applying paint, be sure the surface is clean and dry to ensure an even coat. Then, cover the metal hinges as well as other hardware to prevent it from being painted.


Over time, you may need to replace caulking between tiles and in bathrooms, but don't spend extra money hiring a professional, as this can be easily completed on your own. To do so, remove the old caulk, using a razor blade or putty knife and apply the new caulk with a steady motion, says MainStreet. You can then run your finger over the new application for an even look, but be sure to let it dry for the next 24 hours.