Six simple do-it-yourself home improvement projects


If you’ve been putting off small jobs around the house because you couldn’t find the time to tackle them, quarantine may be the perfect opportunity to check them off your to-do list. Here are half a dozen DIY projects easy enough for beginners. You’ll find all the supplies you need to spruce up your surroundings on Amazon.

1) Give kitchen cabinets a new look

Tired of outdated colors in your kitchen? Nuvo Earl One Cabinet Makeover Kit lets you modernize them without primers or topcoats. The kit comes with two 31 oz. cans of paint (enough for 100 square feet of wood, laminate, or metal cabinets), a roller arm and two roller covers, and an angled paint brush for trim and corners. Nuvo offers the kit in a variety of colors from Driftwood to Navy Blue, but Charcoal Grey is a customer favorite. It’s best to sand cabinets before use and take the doors off, so you’ll also want to have a screwdriver, sandpaper, and painters’ tape handy.

Cost: $55.55

DIY Cabinet Makeover Kit

Nuvo Earl One Cabinet Makeover Kit

2) Brighten the bath, laundry room, or kitchen with a backsplash

Art3d’s peel-and-stick vinyl sheets simulate the look of ceramic or glass tile for a fraction of the cost – and will adhere to any smooth wall surface. They’re also heat and moisture resistant and can be wiped clean. The 10-Piece Stick On Backsplash Tile kit comes in 12″x12″ sheets with patterns that can be cut to fit together seamlessly. You’ll need a tape measure and a paper cutter or a heavy-duty utility knife to cut the pieces to fit your wall space.

Cost: $38.99

Art3D Backsplash Tile Kit

10-Piece Stick On Backsplash Tile Kit by Art3D

3) Create a gallery wall

Showcase favorite family photos or highlights from your pre-pandemic travels. The 10-frame Kate and Laurel Bordeaux Gallery Wall Kit allows you to design a cohesive display that’s suitable anywhere from a staircase to a nursery. Frames come in assorted sizes (from 11”x14” to 4”x6” with mattes) and can be hung vertically or horizontally for portrait or landscape shots. You’ll want a tape measure to help you space the frames uniformly. Frames available in gray or black.

Cost: $80.99

DIY Gallery Wall

Kate and Laurel Bordeaux Gallery Wall Ki

4) Revamp your closets

For a space-saving one-stop solution, try Rubbermaid Configurations Closet Kit. The easy-install expanding shelves, rails, and telescoping rods let you customize your own storage design on a wall from three to six feet wide to create a total of 18 feet of shelving space and 10 feet of hanging space. If you’ve got a drill, a level, and a stud finder, the kit is straightforward enough for first-time DIYers to assemble.

Cost: $109.99

DIY Closet Kit

Rubbermaid Configurations Closet Kit

5) Recondition wood furnishings

Restore luster to hardwood floors, cabinetry, chairs, tables, and other wood surfaces using the trio of products in the Howard Complete Wood Restoration Kit. Orange Oil Wood Cleaner removes grease and dirt. Restor-A-Finish (available in nine shades) removes scratches, water rings, and other minor damage. Follow the first two steps with Feed-N-Wax Wood Preserver with beeswax for extra sheen and protection for wood finishes.

Cost: $36.01

DIY Wood Restoration Kit

Howard Complete Wood Restoration Kit

6) Beautify the bathtub

Replacing bathroom fixtures was a costly and messy process even before quarantine. Prowithlin’s Professional Tub & Tile Repair Kit offers an affordable alternative to get rid of cracks, chips, and scratches in porcelain tubs, showers, and sinks. Included are repair compounds, sandpaper, disposable gloves, shovel, scraper, and instructions. (A similar kit is available for fiberglass fixtures.)

Cost: $15.99

DIY Bathtub Repair Kit

Prowithlin Professional Tub & Tile Repair Kit

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