A little bleach and water can completely get rid of those ugly brown water stains. Just be sure to follow my tips for the right mix, how to apply, and safety. This is one of my most popular DIY tips and tricks!
I’m loving my new porch lights. They are these Light Sensing LED Smart Bulbs. They look exactly like a normal light bulb, BUT they actually have a light sensor hiding on them somewhere. They turn themselves off and on when it gets dark. Absolutely no apps required to work or set up. Just screw it in like a normal light. That means, I don’t have to worry about turning them off and on anymore.
Pressure washing a driveway is about more than just making your home look nice. It also protects the concrete from damage, prevents it from becoming slippery, and keeps the HOA off your back. Check out 9 more reasons to do it by clicking the button below.
Is it just my kids that are rough on furniture? They are pretty good at putting dings and dents in the finish of ALL of the furniture in my house. BUT, luckily, it’s not too hard to make that finish look nice and new again.
Most Gel Stains can be applied over the old stain to get a beautiful, even finish that will last a long time!
Sometimes your exterior wood door or furniture just needs a bit of a refresh to look new again. Apply Howard’s Sunshield rub on wax and protectant 2 or 3 times a year to keep that door looking a-mazing!
Speaking of caulk, here's what you need to know about where to use caulk or wood filler on wood trim. Trust me, if you want to start doing more DIY, you'll use a lot of caulk. Using it properly will be high on your list of DIY Tips and Tricks.
Don't throw out that rusty outdoor furniture. Save it instead. It's really not hard to scrub off flaky rust and paint that metal furniture with metal spray paints. You can even patch rust damage with Bondo.
You can get rid of water spots easily with 2 ingredients from your kitchen. Let vinegar sit on the glass for 5 minutes to loosen up the water stains. Then scrub them away with a little baking soda on a scrubbing sponge.
Replace your normal On/Off Switch with a 7-Day Programmable Switch. I love these for turning on kitchen, hall, or Living Room lights when you’re on vacation AND just to have 1 or 2 lights on when you get home from work is nice.
It’s kinda creepy coming home to a dark house, right. This 7-day switch does require some basic electrical wiring skills. If you aren’t comfortable with wiring, then you can use smart light bulb with an app instead.
Can I say I love, love, love these guidelights. I bought these Snappower Guidelights, but a lot of companies make them now. You simply unscrew your light switch or plug outlet cover and screw on this new one. No wiring at all! How awesome is that?!
Use these guidelights in hallways, in kitchen backsplash outlets, and bathrooms so that you can avoid turning off lights at night, but still have a nice low light to help you walk around safely.
This switch is perfect for your bathroom fans, guys. You can set it to run from 5 to 60 minutes. Then it automatically shuts itself off. No more leaving the bathroom fan on all day, while you’re at work. This one saves us money and electricity every day, without any effort.
Most people know that painting the walls really freshens a room up. But, often, I visit homes where the walls look great, but the trim and ceilings are kinda a hot mess.
When you have time, move through each room in your house painting your baseboards, crown, and any other trim in the room. You can see how painting trim and ceilings really improved my home in this post.
Random DIY Tips and Tricks
Here's a few tips and trick for do it yourselfers that just make life easier.
Did you know you can make beautiful upholstered cushions without any sewing? Cut an MDF or plywood board to fit your bench or window seat. Then layer on foam, batting, and upholstery fabric using a staple gun.
You need 1 gallon of emergency water PER person PER day, just for drinking, cooking, and hand washing. You should store 5 days worth for everyone in your house. Plus extra for pets, babies, elderly, and toilet flushing.
When it comes to home repairs and replacement parts, our Prime membership is my best friend. I can quickly find almost anything I need on Amazon and have it at my door within a day or two. AND, I don't have to drive from store to store looking for random things.
Accidents happen when you're doing your own woodworking or you find a great piece of furniture with some dings that need repairs. That's no problem, you can patch damaged furniture and trim with Bondo All Purpose Putty.
If you want to hide your Air Conditioners or even that boat in the backyard, there’s a million ways to build lightweight and decorative panels to do it. But, I really wanted my panels to be removable, so that the HVAC guy could always access my units easily.
My DIY Tips and Tricks secret for this is to use simple to install Double Keyhole Hangers. Now, I can easily lift that panel or fence out of the way. You can see how I made my AC Panel Removable here.
This isn’t really a DIY, but it is an awesome find and an easy way to get quality speaker sound in your backyard. So, I had to share it. This smallish carry around speaker provides BIG, BIG sound. And, it sounds really great, even when it’s loud. I use this Aomais Go Bluetooth Speaker in my garage or when we are by the pool.
It’s so easy to use. Just play something on your phone and allow the bluetooth to send it to this speaker. Works for anything you can listen to on your phone, including your favorite podcasts. 🙂 This thing can get pretty loud. Take it to the beach or on your boat too!
This one is so, so easy. Your kids can do it. And, they’d probably think it’s fun. Over the decades, door stops get dingy, dirty, and rusty. You can buy pretty new ones for around $2. So, grab a couple dozen and get busy. Generally you just need a screwdriver to remove old ones. And, these new ones just screw into the old hole.
That’s it for my big list of DIY Tips and Tricks. I hope you’ve found at least a few ideas helpful. Here’s a few more of my most popular lists, you might like!