Ready for a revelation? Well, Lifehacker has given one! Below is a graphic for those home renovators who relish in the look rather than the labor. Check out some simple home improvement ideas that have all the design and none of the sweat equity.
Not every necessary utility in a home is cute to look at. Fire alarms? Thermostats? Security systems? Those clunky squares aren’t a good look.
Luckily, The Third Boob has a great idea to hide those unsightly objects, a hinged canvas of any painting or photo. In just a few steps, the walls will look great and these systems will be easily accessible.
Start by gathering these materials:
- Chosen canvas
- Two flat hinges
- Screw driver
After picking out the perfect painting of a sunset or photo of the family, attach two flat hinges the top and bottom of one side of the canvas. Once attached to the canvas, secure the hinges to the wall. Make sure to screw the hinges tightly to ensure the safety of the system and stability of the canvas.
And that’s it! Enjoy large scale beauty without any of the nuisances of utilities cluttering up wall space.
There are many reasons why people are opting for laminate over hardwood flooring these days. Setting aside cost, laminate has more durability over most hardwood options. And it doesn’t hurt that laminate is as easy on the eyes as it is to install. And for the simplest installation of floating laminate flooring, look no further than this tutorial from One Project Closer.
Here’s what’s needed to get this project done:
- Laminate flooring
- Plastic Underlayment
- Shoe molding
- Molding adhesive
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Jig saw
- Coping saw
- Utility knife
- Hammer or rubber mallet
- Pry bar
- Multitool or flush-cut saw
- Finish nail gun
This may seem like a long list, but don’t let the length fool you, this project can be done by most novice home improvers. Let’s get started!
Begin by preparing the subfloor, making sure that the surface is level and acclimated to the climate of the room. Then plan out how the boards will lay in the room, making sure the planks will be uniform and equal.
Now it’s time to lay the plastic sheeting. These sheets should be running tight along the walls and secured with the adhesive on the bottom of each sheet.
Time to lay the boards! Make sure to leave a 1/4″ gap around the perimeter for any expanding or contracting that might occur in the wood. It’s important to have tools on hand to cut the pieces to size, especially when it comes to door jambs and doorways.
Once all the locking tongue and groove floor boards are in place, focus on the shoe molding and threshold pieces.
For the shoe moulding, use a nail gun, making sure to nail into the baseboard. For the threshold pieces, only gluing with molding adhesive is necessary.
When complete, marvel not only at the time and money saved, but the sophisticated look achieved!
Ready to renovate a home? Well, check out Fixr’s graphic on what Americans spend their home improvement budgets on before pulling out the ladder and paint brush. Scroll down for details!
Some chairs have beautiful bones but need some help with aesthetics. Well luckily Camp Clem has a solution for any homeowner: a simple, inexpensive upcycling project for any thrift store chair find.
These are the required supplies to take any chair from drab to fab:
- Tan paint
- Paint brush
- Sponge Brush
- Aqua paint
- Sand block
The first step is to sand down the chair lightly. Then, prime the chair completely.
Once primed, paint the chair with tan to show through for that aged look. When dry, apply a coat of aqua with a sponge brush.
For that distressed look, utilize a sand block on the surface of the entire chair. This will cause the tan and original wood color to show through. To show extra wear, locate the areas of most wear on the original chair before beginning this project.
When completed, this project will result not only in a pop of color but a dash of vintage as well!
Bored with walking up the stairs and seeing bland wood? Well, with this simple tutorial from Sunset, anyone can take a set of stairs and turn them into a piece of art.
First, gather these materials:
- Wallpaper paste
- 2-inch sponge brush
- Craft knife
Start by carefully measuring each stair riser separately. Then cut the wallpaper exactly to size.
Apply wallpaper paste with a 2-inch sponge brush to adhere the wallpaper to the stair. Begin at the top right corner and continue across the top and down the sides, wiping off any excess paste with a damp sponge.
Allow a few hours to dry and then, voila! Enjoy gorgeous new stairs all guests will be talking about.
Leather is a great material to add to any furniture or home decor. And many people have plenty of leather belts that go unused for years. So why not reuse these materials while adding glamor to any dresser? Follow these guidelines from The Merrythought and repurpose a simple leather belt into leather drawer pulls.
Here’s the required supplies:
- Leather belt
- Measuring Tape
Begin by removing any of the preexisting hardware from the dresser. Next, pull out all of the drawers from the dresser to begin the process.
Then measure out the leather belt’s material to match where the previous hardware was without nailing it into the same holes. After checking the measurements, nail down one side of the leather pull. Take the other end of the pull and push it out to create a handle. Then nail down that side.
Repeat these steps until the handles of all the drawers are attached.
And that’s it! Enjoy this eco-friendly look in any room of the home.
Whether it’s a rental or forever home, sometimes long-term wall decor isn’t always the best solution. Well thanks to the great minds over at The Design Confidential, anyone can create their own removable wallpaper in just a few easy steps.
Start by gathering the necessary materials:
- 24″ x 36″ paper (in any desired design)
- Double sided tape
- Ruler or straight-edge
When all items are accounted for, begin by measuring out the wall to be covered and cut the paper to size. If it is a large area, try to match up patterns that will look aesthetically pleasing when they overlap. Then cut off any excess paper.
Following the creation of the pattern, adhere the double sided tape to all 4 edges of each paper. Before removing the tape backing and applying the sheets of paper to the wall, do a test fit to make sure the pattern lines up correctly.
Once the test fit is completed, peel back the tape backing and begin adding the paper to the wall. The great thing about this tape is that it is not only sturdy, but also easily removable.
When completed, the wall or walls of the home will be completely rejuvenated without any of the permanence or difficulty of applying regular wallpaper.
Now that winter’s over, it may be time to change a car’s tires. However, don’t simply recycle those away. Instead, revitalize one of those tires into a modern, stylish rope ottoman. In just a few simple steps from Handimania, anyone can build an eco-friendly ottoman and bring a home’s interior design to a whole new level.
Get together these supplies:
- Tire (New or Old)
- 6mm MDF cut into two 55cm diameter circles
- 6 screws
- Twisted Cord
- Glue Gun
- Brush Sealer
Start by thoroughly cleaning the tire with a cloth. Then drill one MDF into the tire at three points on the edge of the circle, making sure to puncture through the rubber of the tire. Follow this up by tightly screwing in screws to all three holes. Repeat the previous steps on the other side of the tire.
Now comes the rope! Take the hot glue gun and adhere some glue into the center of the circle. Press the tip of the rope to the center and begin snaking the rope around the center in a circular motion.
Once the top is covered, continue roping around the edge of the tire, tightly fastening the rope to the edge. Then turn the tire over and follow this process through. Cut off the rope once the whole tire is coated completely.
Finally, seal off the ottoman with a brush and place it anywhere in a home.