With the awesome weather here, everyone is sprucing up their homes. Once you’ve done the grunt work, why not have some fun with our Top 5 DIY Home Projects?
1. Paint Your Front Door
After a harsh winter, your front door can take a beating and nothing improves curb appeal more than a welcoming, fresh front door. Repainting your door is quick, easy and inexpensive. While you’re at it, consider changing the colour for a fun pop of colour!
The cost of a gallon of good quality enamel paint runs about $35-40 + another $30 for primer. Factor in a tray, brush, sanding and you’re still under $100.
You should invest in high quality enamel paint to minimize touch ups and make sure you use a primer and two coats for a great results. If you have a lot of detailing or insert don’t forget to buy a smaller brush to get the tough spots more accurately.
2. Install Artificial Turf
The quality of artificial turf has gotten better and better – we’ve done it at our own home and love it. Not only is there no maintenance but it looks great all year round.
The turf, additional materials and disposal of the old turf will typically range around $5/square foot. This will vary depending on the quality and the preparation required.
Keep in mind bylaws in Toronto state that you can only install it in the backyard. Front yard installation is not permitted. For a full breakdown of how to install artificial turf, click here.
3. Build a Garden
There’s nothing like fresh basil and tomatoes right from the garden. For the original ‘organic’ fruit and veggies, why not build a box garden at home? It’s a great project to do with the kids and although you’ll have to be patient while it all grows, we promise the result will feel very ‘Martha’.
A basic box 4 x 8 feet in size would run around $100 depending on the materials chosen.
Even if you’re not a natural green thumb, you can do this. Make sure you have an extra set of hands to help with this one to hold the boards or you’re going to go crazy. For the step by step process and materials, click here.
4. Build a Balcony Garden
For those of you who don’t have the room for a garden box or enjoy the low maintenance lifestyle of condo living, consider a balcony garden! You’ll be able to create your own personal oasis in the city.
This will really depend on the amount of boxes you create but it could range from $50-300.
Make sure you allow for a seating area if your in an enclosed garden and consider the exposure for which plants you’re going to choose. For a full ‘how to’ on balcony gardens, click here:
5. DIY Pallet Projects
You can make everything from pallets! Even a bed. But they are the best repurposed as storage – both inside and out. If you don’t have a shed, you can create storage for gardening tools and supplies and they are ideal for awkward things to store in garage like brooms and sports equipement. Best of all they are inexpensive projects with a quick turnaround time.
You can actually get free pallets on Kijijiand really the additional cost is up to you. You use left over paint, old hooks, knobs or whatever you can easily find.
This site has some amazing ideas for both inside and out of the home: WooHome.