Want a Little DIY to Go a Long Way?

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Between 2011 and 2012, spending on home improvement in the United States increased by about 21%. Not surprisingly, between 2012 and 2013, a Houzz survey indicated there was a 7% increase in the number of people who were looking to add value to their home with home improvement projects. Small DIY projects might not bring you the the most desired increases in home value, but they will make your home a more pleasant place for you and your family. Here are three projects that might fit the bill.

DIY Landscaping Projects

Small DIY projects in your front or backyard are very affordable. They can be as simple as installing a little bit of lighting, constructing a raised bed garden, or putting in a fire pit. If you are feeling a little bit more ambitious, planting a garden or laying a walkway are still easy things you can do to change your landscaping, they just require a little bit more research and planning. Having most of these tools will allow you to get started right away on small landscaping projects.

  • Shovel
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Trowel
  • Extra Soil
  • Bricks or Wood or Spare Rock Materials

DIY LED Projects

While LED projects are generally not considered small DIY projects, there are amazing tutorials online that can help you more easily achieve the beautiful results of creative LED use. LED is short for light-emitting diode. You can try using an LED lighting kit to put strips of lights beneath your furniture, or behind objects hung on a wall. LED lights can also be embedded in certain kinds of clear coffee tables to make them illuminate in stunning ways. If you want to try to make an LED chandelier out of empty glass bottles, you can find most of the required tools at a home repair store.

  • Electric Hand Drill
  • Drill Bit
  • Pliers, Side Cutters, and Wire Strippers
  • Empty Glass Bottles and Wire
  • Soldering Iron
  • LED Lights as Listed in the Tutorial

DIY Projects for Bedrooms

DIY design projects for the bedroom could include building or upholstering a headboard, or refinishing bookshelves. The key is to look at your bedroom and decide what you would like to see updated. One easy project is to create a large piece of unique art to hang above the bed. Imitating abstract art is easy, the trick is to not get bogged down in the details! Here is what you will need.

  • Paint
  • Framed Canvas
  • Inspiration
  • Newspapers

In 2012, it cost $28,030 to pull off the average kitchen remodel, and for the bathroom remodel the average was $10,422. In that year, only about 6% of homeowners were able to keep to their home improvement budgets! By working on small DIY projects it will be much easier to keep to a budget, and make small changes here and there to improve the appearance and function of your home without breaking the bank.

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