by Staff Writer
Customizing and beautifying your home can be very satisfying. If you dream of starting some home improvement projects, but you're not sure where to start, consider trying one of these. Each one will have a big impact on the look and feel of your home, and with the right supplies and directions, you can do them yourself.
Installing tile: Whether you add a backsplash to your kitchen or you update the tile in your shower, this is a project that will make a huge difference. Look for a guide on installing tile in your home to get the directions, and choose a tile that will coordinate with the cabinets and countertops.
Updating cabinet hardware: The hardware on your kitchen cabinets is like the jewelry of the kitchen, and updating it can be like giving a pair of diamond earrings to a woman. If you choose pulls and handles with the same holes as your old hardware, the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver, and you can finish this project in one day. If you want something different, you'll need to do some patching, sanding, and staining.
Installing a new sink: This is a project that will be functional as well as cosmetic. You can upgrade the sinks in your bathroom and kitchen yourself. If your home improvement project includes replacing the countertop or vanity as well, be kind to your back and have someone help with the heavy lifting. Changing sinks requires disconnecting the water supply, drain pipes, and garbage disposal, so you'll need some basic plumbing tools.
Changing sink and shower fixtures: Installing new faucets and other fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom can significantly update those rooms, especially if the old ones are leaking or scratched. Replace those outdated fixtures with oiled bronze, copper, or brushed nickel faucets and fixtures. This is another quick home improvement project you can do in an afternoon.
Adding storage: Organization can bring a feeling of calm to any home. Pick one room and spend a weekend getting everything into place. Turn your basement or garage into a haven of efficiency by adding storage cabinets, shelving, and pegboard. Having a place to store everything will make the rest of your home improvement projects easier to plan and organize.
Before starting any home improvement project, start with a clear plan and follow all safety instructions for the tools you'll be using.