Do it Yourself Projects Around the House

Whenever one is at home, there are a thousand projects to get involved in to make the house a better place to be. Think of a dirty compound whereby even the entry to the home is a nightmare? It can never be a place to be happy about, and as such, there are many do it yourself projects that one can engage in, to make yourself busy and at the same time enhance skills such as crafting.

Below are a few projects that are not only meant to pass time but also to save a lot of cash instead of buying from professionals.


  • Framing a mirror using a fabric.


One may be having a piece of cloth that is no longer worn in the house yet it is in perfect condition. This is an awesome idea of adding beauty and warmth to the mirror as you frame it all around.


  • Making a portable Bar.


If you have a suitcase that is no longer used in the house and a TV stand, these are fantastic items to come up with a portable bar. After fixing them together to become a table, collect different type of bar bottles and place them inside the modified portable bar.

One does not have to be an alcoholic to have them, but the sense of the bar improves the sexual appeal in the house and love keeps glowing.

  1. Create a Bench.

A home is a place to rest in all form of ways, and a beautiful bench cannot be left out when having some leisure outside the house. One only needs to have a smart blanket, piece of wood and nails to fix together the bench seat and the legs.

After the wood has been connected to become a bench, cover it with the blanket and shape it nicely with hair pins to improve on its beauty. Whenever you go out to bask in the sun or gaze at the wonders of creation, the sense of comfort is all over felt.


  • Make a Bike Rack from Wooden Pallets.


The bikes at home also need to be safe and making a rack will make the owners feel confident that the bike is well taken care of and as such making a rack will only need wooden pallets and nails to ensure the wood is fixed correctly. Each bike will be placed on its compartment and the arrangement will not only be smart but will save on the parking space of each one of the bikes around.


  • Making a stool.


An awesome method of making a stool at home using old magazines, two belts, and a pillow.

A belt will help to bind the magazines and the pillow together. This can be kept in the living room or the bedroom when you want to sit before taking a rest in the bed.

These are only creative ideas of doing it yourself projects at home. However, there are a thousand ways that can make a house more magnificent with less cost but of course, with the love for crafting ideas and putting them into action.

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DIY Project: Restore Insulation and Drywall Replacement

There are so many reasons why stain is visible on the ceiling. Just looking at it feels somewhat terrible as it’s not pleasing to the eyes. Another reason for the stain on the ceiling can be caused by a leaking refrigerant line.

To repair or even replace the damaged area can be costly if you seek professional help but there are ways you yourself can fix the problem.  With the right tools and positive attitude, you can do repair or even replace the damaged ceiling. To make a ceiling look new again, up skill how to identify and fix stains.

Restore Insulation

Materials: drywall saw,  polyethylene insulation, tape

  •   Cut through the ceiling drywall to expose the cause of the stain using a drywall saw, in this situation, the stain is produced by condensation from the air-conditioning refrigerant line.
  •   Next step, detach old insulation.
  •   Using a new piece of polyethylene insulation, measure and cut to a size that will fit the area that needs to be replaced. Using a tape, secure to the refrigerant line.

Drywall Replacement

Materials: Utility knife, drywall (for replacement)

  •   Patch the hole in the drywall ensuring the pipe is properly insulated.
  •   Install a 2″ x 4″ cut to length into the existing ceiling after squaring off the hole.  For attaching the drywall patch, the 2″ x 4″ will provide a base.
  •   Using a utility knife, measure the new section of drywall and cut it to the size needed.
  •   Secure with screws after sliding it in place.

Time to Paint

Materials: Scraper, paint, drywall tape, sanding paper

  •   Use a scraper to scrape off the stucco finish around the seam if the ceiling is the textured type.
  •   Apply the first layer of joint compound after taping off the seams with drywall tape.
  •   Let the first layer to totally dry, do sanding if needed and apply a second layer.
  •   Repeat the procedure as needed.
  •   To finish, patch by coordinating the stucco pattern on the ceiling.
  •   Paint the ceiling using the same color currently applied.


DIY: Marble Tile Grout Lines

For marble tile flooring, there are a number of things that you have to take into consideration. Marble tile material is somewhat delicate and the grout lines that border each tile are also subject to the following:

  • moisture penetration
  • stains
  • growth of mold

Once there is a poor maintenance of the material over time, these lines can become unpleasing to eyes plus unhygienic while resting beneath your feet.

A great way to revive the look of a marble installation is by eliminating and then re-grouting these lines without having to go replacing the entire floor.

Prepare the following materials:

Grout saw, Tile Grout, Grout Float, Sponge, Marble Sealer, Foam Brush


Take note: marble is a very porous material and if left unprotected, both dry dust and wet grout can soak into the pores of these tiles that will lead to permanent stains. Application of a coat of a marble surface sealing agent to the entire floor is the first thing that you want to do. This is necessarily important if the last time you applied sealer to it was more than six months.

Remove The Old Grout

Using a grout saw or an electric tool, start removing the grout from between the marble tiles. As you do not want to damage them, be careful to avoid the edges of the tiles. Make sure the area is well-ventilated as this will result in many grouts dust. Wear protective gear like breathing filter.

You can eliminate the grout down just the middle of the joints between the individual pieces of marble if you just want to do a fast job. However, if you want the best look and the most consistent color, strive to remove all the grout as thoroughly as possible.


Sweep or vacuum to remove the excess grout because when you’re done, there will probably be a layer of grout dust lying across the entire floor. Using an equal parts solution of water and vinegar, mop the floor. Before proceeding to the next step, allow this to dry completely.


Follow manufacturer’s instructions when mixing the grout. The color options available are massive for you to choose from. Use the grout float at a 30-degree angle when applying the grout to the joint in the middle of marble tiles, sweeping beyond the floor surface. Making certain not to allow it to dry on the marble, swipe excess grout as you work.

Rinsing the Excess Grout

To wipe the grout clear from the surface of the tiles, use a large and slightly damp sponge. Before it has a chance to set, best to remove the grout quickly. Try to avoid swiping bits of grout out of place with an incautious sweep of the sponge.


To dry completely, give the grout at least one day. Grout is a porous material thus, there is a need to apply another coat of chemical surface sealer to the floor. This will also need protection against moisture penetration and staining agents.

Reasons Why DIY Is Good For You

Today’s generation is consumed by the overwhelming innovation of technology. It’s good to unplug once in a while, and go back to the basics. Ironically, DIY has become more popular because of the videos posted online. Many of us want to try doing things on our own – somehow, it feels refreshing and even reduces stress and anxiety.

Here are some reasons why DIY is a good thing for you, and me.

Stress Reliever

First things first, most people who work on their gardens or crafts tend to use this time to relax and unwind. By giving in to your hobbies and interests, you feel relaxed and less anxious about things. Your time spent doing something you like, be it gardening, or crafting, gives you a sense of satisfaction and even happiness.

Indeed, simple things bring so much pleasure. Just think of how good it feels to finish that DIY bookshelf you’ve been putting on hold for a while, or finally putting together DIY decors for your living room, or even creating that homemade scrub you have been dying to try.

Encourages Recycling

Most DIY tutorials make use of stuff that you already have at home, which means you don’t necessarily have to splurge or spend too much for that make up organizer that you want to make. You can use what you already have, or what’s even better, you can upcycle your clothes and other stuff to make them look like brand new or just give them a fresh new look.

DIY encourages you to recycle and upcycle stuff, which eventually makes you appreciate the practical side of life. It’s a definite win-win if you ask me. It’s important to be practical nowadays, especially that our economy is not what it used to be. Saving extra bucks every now and then seems like a good idea.

New Ideas + Creativity

Giving yourself time to focus on something through a practical activity is a good exercise for the brain because it allows you to come up with new ideas, and bring out your creative streak. So, DIY activities and projects basically inspire you to become creative.


DIY Project: Guide to Installing a Bathroom Cabinet

Having a confined bathroom, installing a bathroom cabinet increases storage space in and adds an attractive touch to your bathroom walls. To avoid damaging the cabinet doors when you install a bathroom cabinet, care must be taken as this is the most visible part of the cabinet. For DIY cabinet installation, using a few common household tools can easily be accomplished and won’t eat a week of your time.

Materials Needed:

Newspaper, Masking tape, Pencil, Yardstick, Stud finder, Drill, Wood screws, Scrap wood, Level, Wood putty, Paint drop cloth, Anchor bolts

Bathroom Cabinet Installation

Newspaper Cut-outs

Using newspapers, cut it to match the size of the cabinet. To determine the best placement for your cabinet, place the newspaper on the wall with masking tape. If you plan to have a big cabinet, you may need to tape together several pieces of newspaper.


To draw a line marking, use a pencil and a yardstick where the bottom edge of the cabinet on the wall should be positioned. Make sure that the wall cabinet positioning lines up flawlessly with the base if the wall cabinet will be installed be over a base cabinet.

Locate the Stud

Using a stud finder, locate the studs on your bathroom wall. Using the pencil, mark the location of the studs in the cabinet and on the wall.

Remove the Cabinet Doors

To make it easier to hang the bathroom cabinet, it is recommended to remove the doors. It will also prevent the door from being damaged by a drill or other tools if they are removed.

Pilot Holes

Using the drill, make pilot holes in the back of the cabinet. To attach the cabinet, it should be slightly smaller than the circumference of the wood screws you will be using for the pilot holes. Position holes just about the corners of the back wall of the cabinet and should correspond with the location of a stud. Cabinets usually have strips of wood near the top and bottom that should be utilized to suspend the cabinets. Be certain that holes should be drilled through these pieces of wood.

Place the Screws

Through the pilot holes, drive two-inch or three-inch wood screws into the studs. It will rely on the thickness of wood used in the cabinet for the size of screws you’ll use. Before you completely tighten the screws, check the position of the cabinet with a level.

Install Back the Cabinet Doors

After the bathroom cabinet is securely fixed to the wall, reinstall the cabinet doors. From the bottom of the cabinet, take away the supporting piece of wood. Wood putty can be used to fill the screw holes and apply paint to complement the wall.