Functionality and comfort are always primary concerns when renovating, but beyond that homeowners also want the aesthetics to be on point. If you’ve been considering renovating your home to give it some extra visual flare, you might be thinking about whipping out the trusty tools and fabricating a few pieces of furniture or fixtures to introduce a custom upgrade. Luckily, you don’t need to be a skilled carpenter or builder to start with the following four stylish DIY building projects:
1. Renovating or Replacing Cabinetry
Being that the cabinets are often the most prominent and noticeable component in a kitchen, building and installing your own cabinets may be one of the best ways to completely overhaul your cooking area. Alternatively, you could simply paint or add a new finish to give it a personal touch, but building your own would be a much more fulfilling project. Some of the steps included in this project include: measuring and having doors and fixtures cut to the appropriate sizes, installing handles/knobs, sanding cabinet doors, and assembling/installing cabinetry.
2. Adding a Unique Couch or Chairs
Couch frames and chairs aren’t very difficult to build and they’re very usable pieces of furniture that heavily impact the look and comfort of a room. You’ll be limited only by your imagination, and by using materials like memory foam, premium cushioning, leather, and suede, you can construct a DIY sofa or futon that’s even more comfortable than an established brand’s flagship couch. Constructing chairs out of your favorite kind of wood is another project you can tackle over the course of a weekend.
3. Creating a Custom Entertainment System Setup
Building a large wooden entertainment system setup is a great way to add style to your living room, den, or bedroom while also positioning your television, home audio system, game consoles, media, and other electronics within a more convenient and centralized configuration. Furthermore, these are fairly simple and straightforward pieces of furniture to build, as you don’t have to get too intricate with the woodwork – standard straight boards will do.
4. Adding an Artistic Shed or Shop to the Backyard
Finally, once you’ve done a number on the interior of your home, why not let your neighbors see your artistic side with a uniquely painted shed, shop, or clubhouse in the backyard? This is a perfect project for quickly spicing up any bland backyard. Plus, you’ll have a safe and convenient place to store your tools and yard maintenance equipment away from the corrosion-causing elements.
A Simple Project Can Teach You a Lot
If you’re starting from scratch and have never built anything that matches the scope of the projects listed above, then any one of these experiences should provide a solid introduction into all of the basic skills needed to build just about anything. Once you’ve successfully completed your first DIY building project and have a chance to appreciate your results, you’ll undoubtedly want to move forward with more advanced projects in the future.