4 Easy DIY Fixes for Your Home


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The best way to give your home some TLC? DIY! Thanks to free in-store demos, YouTube videos and blogs, and it’s easier than ever to roll up your sleeves and fix or improve that one thing that’s always bothered you. You can even get to work without stepping foot outside – make a DIY shopping list online, have the goods shipped to your door, and prepare to tackle a fixer-upper project.

After all, what’s a few hours of work for a lifetime of happiness? Here are four easy DIY fixes you can knock off in an afternoon!

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Easy DIY 1: Re-caulk Your Bathtub

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Anywhere your bathroom fixtures meet another surface (like a counter, walls, or a floor), you’ll find caulking. This silicone filler and sealant is waterproof and helps prevent mildew and mold. Eventually, caulking breaks down and needs to be replaced. If you’re noticing a dark rim around your tub where it meets the wall or floor, chances are it’s time to re-caulk your tub (same goes for any other bathroom fixture!) This project takes just a few short hours and can make your entire tub area look sparkling new.

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Step One: Remove Old Caulk
Some caulking will be in better shape than others; the more water that hits a spot, the more likely it is to be damaged. It’s important to remove all caulking by scraping it away. Loose, older caulking can be removed with a putty knife, but stuck on caulk may need something sharper, like a utility knife.

Step Two: Clean Up Debris
Use a small vacuum to clear away most debris and bits of caulking that you’ve scraped loose. Then, apply rubbing alcohol to a rag or paper towel and use it to remove dust and grime in the gap you’ve opened up. Rinse the area with water and dry it with another rag.

Step Three: Get Prepared
If you want a precise line for your caulking, you can apply painter’s tape around the edge of your tub. Then, open your caulking tube, paying attention to the manufacturer’s instruction for how to open the tube. Note that the further down you slice open the tube, the larger your caulking ‘line’ will be.

Step Four: Caulk Away
Work slowly and carefully, applying an even amount of pressure to distribute the caulking around the gap. Push the caulk ahead of the nozzle to ensure it actually goes inside the gap for the best seal possible. Tidy up any excess caulk using your putty knife or a damp cloth. Let the caulking dry for the recommended time before using your shower or tub!

Easy DIY 2: Install a New Chandelier

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New lighting is one of the most cost-effective ways to literally brighten up a space – especially when you install one yourself. Before you begin, make sure you choose a chandelier that is the right size for your space, and positioned the right height from the ceiling. A good rule of thumb is to allow for at least 30” from a tabletop, and at least one foot of table length on either side of the chandelier’s width.

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Step One: Turn Off the Power
Head to your home’s breaker box and turn off any breakers for the room you’re working in. When you remove a lamp, you may find wires that connect to other circuits in your home. To be safe, make sure you either turn off power for the whole home or use a circuit tester to ensure all breakers are shut off for the wires you’re dealing with.

Step Two: Remove Existing Fixture
Remove the existing fixture’s cover and bulbs, and unscrew the fixture’s base from the ceiling circuit box. The fixture base should have two or three wires: black (hot), white (neutral), and green (grounding). You’ll want to remove any electrical tape or wire nuts from these wires. At this point, your old lamp should be completely disconnected.

Step Three: Measure and Adjust Your Fixture
As mentioned above, your new chandelier should be measured before installation for optimum height. If required, adjust the chandelier’s chain or cord to be the appropriate height from the table. You’ll also want to a measure the base of the new chandelier to ensure it will cover the previous fixture’s ‘hole’. If required, you may have to putty or add drywall to shrink the hole to match the new light’s base size.

Step Four: Install New Fixture
Match the wires on your new fixture to corresponding wires in the circuit box (white with white, black with black, green with green). Screw in the new base, add the bulbs and cover, and turn the power back on!

Easy DIY 3: Upgrade Your Kitchen Hardware

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A full-on kitchen renovation is pricey, and resurfacing or painting your kitchen cabinets can be a pretty big undertaking. One shortcut to modernizing your kitchen? Add some contemporary hardware to replace dated drawer pulls and handles.

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Step One: Create a Cabinet Handle Template
Drilling and installing your hardware isn’t exactly hard – but getting everything perfectly placed can be. Cut a piece of cardboard or thick paper to the size of your cabinet’s corner and hold it up. Once you know where you want your hardware to sit, mark the center of the square with an ‘X’ or dot. Then, use the awl to punch through the cardboard and mark the actual door. You can use this template on all cabinets – just hold up the edges of your square to the edge of the cabinet and punch through.

Step Two: Drill a Hole
Check your hardware to see what drill bit size you should be using. Then drill the spot that your awl just marked. From there, simply screw in your hardware.

Step Three: Drawer Pulls
You’ll want to create a separate template for your drawer pulls, as most have two screws. Cut a piece of cardboard or thick paper that spans the size of each drawer area (again, use the edges of the drawer as guideline), and mark the exact spots where the screws need to go through. Repeat step two until your kitchen looks brand new!

Easy DIY 4: Paint Your Front Door

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Whether your front door paint is chipped or peeling, or you simply want to add a pop of color to contrast with your home, repainting the front door is an easy project that will seriously boost your curb appeal.

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Step One: Pick Your Color
Be sure to swatch a color or two on your door to make sure it’s the shade you want. Choose a color that picks up or complements some detail of your home’s exterior, whether it’s the color of your paving, siding, roof, or natural elements. You’ll need about a quart of exterior paint to cover your door. While you’re making over your door, you may also want to look into picking up new hardware.

Step Two: Remove Existing Hardware and Sand the Door
You can add painter’s tape to the edge of your door hardware, but for the best look and quicker work, just remove it altogether. Then, use a palm sander to grind down the existing paint – this will help your primer stick. If your door has lots of fine detail, use sandpaper to get into those tight corners. When you’re done, use a rag or paper towel to clear away any dust.

Step Three: Prime and Paint
Prime your door and let it dry completely. Use the sandpaper to level things out as needed and a rag or paper towel to once again clear away sanding dust. From there, start with any fine details on your door, using a small paintbrush to get into all the crevices. Then use a small roller to paint the rest of the door.

Step Four: Reinstall Hardware
Once your door has fully dried (typically about 24 hours), reattach your hardware. Presto, you’ve got a new door!


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