6 Simple Home Improvement Projects You Can Do On Your Own

Summer is a great time for working on the house, since the weather is nice and the days are longer. We moved into our house four years ago, and it needed a LOT of work. Over the last four years we have learned a lot about how to tackle simple home improvement projects. Even though I am not very handy with a hammer, I’ve tackled a few home improvement projects that anyone can do. And when I say I’m not handy, I’m not kidding. ANYONE can do these projects!

drop cloth curtains

Change Knobs in the Kitchen and Bathrooms

One of the easiest home improvement projects you can tackle is to change out the knobs in your kitchen and bathrooms. Cabinet knobs are relatively inexpensive, and simply updating them can make a big difference in the way your kitchen or bathroom looks.

Paint a Chalkboard/White Board/Magnetic Board

I love the fun paints that are available these days! This week I’m going to paint a chalkboard tabletop for my youngest daughter’s room. I’m also going to use magnetic primer on all of my children’s bedroom doors before repainting them. Different kinds of paints can add a fun touch to a room. The possibilities are endless. Paint a chalkboard door. Turn an old picture frame or mirror into a magnetic white board.

You can use Pinterest or google to find ideas, or come up with a project of your own.

Add a Doorbell

This spring I added a wireless doorbell to our house. Our yard is completely fenced in, and we have a dog, so UPS would leave packages outside our fence, but had no way of notifying us that they had been there. I fixed that by adding a wireless doorbell right outside the fence. I painted a cute sign to go with it. You can buy an inexpensive wireless doorbell at any home improvement store, and installing it is easy.

Install a Water Filter

These days adding a water filter is easier than ever. You can go to any home improvement store, and even some big box stores, pick up an under-the-sink water filter kit, and install it in 30-45 minutes. I know, because I did it earlier this year. Easy peasy, and our water tastes great!

Replace a Shower Head

I love a luxurious shower, and one of the first things I did in our house was replace the shower heads. Replacing a shower head is as easy as turning off the water, unscrewing the old one, and screwing on the new one. Replacing a traditional shower head with a low flow one will save you money on water in the long run, too.

Add New Window Coverings

Curtains and mini blinds can be expensive, but adding new window coverings doesn’t have to be. In one of our previous houses I fashioned curtains out of king sized bed sheets, and my most recent project was to make curtains out of drop clothes. Our windows were instantly updated, and your only have to know how to sew a straight line to make curtains.

These are just a few of the easy things I’ve done to improve our home. And if I can do these things, so can you!

Have you tackled any simple home improvement projects in your house? What have you done? I’m always looking for new ideas!


By , on Jul 15, 2012
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  1. Well i have different thinking. One should not try a thing which is not made for him. Like if are a good banker then be a good banker don’t try to work as plumber at home. You may get your self hurt and that is for sure you cant do the work like the professionals do. Reliability of the work will have a big question mark. ~Thomas

  2. Some things look scary to do yourself, but before employing a tradesman to fix something it’s often worth checking to see if the job can be done by yourself. I like the doorbell one, that’s something even I can do.

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