Today, I have 30+ DIY Home Improvement Tips and Tricks You Should See and Try!
Hi, guys! I’ve been blogging and making videos for years now. So, I thought it was time to put together a list of some of my favorite or just essential DIY Home Improvement Tips and Tricks.
A lot of these are easy enough for the average DIY’er. Some take time and patience, some are actually cheap and easy quick wins. They’ll all save you money (to DIY them), make like easier, or improve your home!
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Hi, guys! I’ve been blogging and making videos for years now. So, I thought it was time to put together a list of some of my favorite or just essential Home Improvement Tips and Tricks.
A lot of these are easy enough for the average DIYer. Some take time and patience, some are actually cheap and easy quick wins. They’ll all save you money (to DIY them), make like easier, or improve your home!
Let’s kick this big list of Home Improvement Tips and Tricks off with a quick 2-minute video of 10 of my favorite, mostly easy, DIY Tips. A few of the tips in this video have more detailed descriptions or info below.
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.
Here's how I get a smooth as glass finish with store-bought and my homemade chalk paint. This will make your chalk paint look professional! Using chalk paint for updates is one of my favorite Home Improvement Tips and Tricks, guys.
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.
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.
Can I just say, it was pretty embarrassing how often my lights were left on all day. It was really an out of site, out of mind situation. I hated thinking about the electricity and money I was wasting every single day. AND, another huge plus, these will still work when I’m on vacation, without me doing a thing. So, this Home Improvement Tips and Tricks update is great for a little extra home security.
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.
This switch is perfect for your bath fans, guys. You can set it to run from 5 to 60 minutes. Then it automatically shuts itself off. No more leaving the bath fan on all day, while you’re at work. This one saves us money and electricity every day, without any effort.
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 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 DIY is one of my all time favorite DIY Home Improvement Tips and Tricks. I’ve done this in 3 rooms over the last 5 years. And, it ALWAYS makes that room feel new, clean, and beautiful again. Here’s my written steps for cleaning, restoring, and sealing grout.
This is a popular DIY project on my blog and YouTube channel. I guess a lot of people have to deal with this issue. I’ve shared my exact steps for How to Restain a Wood Door without removing it. You can see from the before picture in that tutorial that I needed to restain because the wood was so bleached by the sun.
BUT, sometimes your outdoor wood door or furniture just needs a bit of a refresh to look new again. See the 1-step fix for a Dry Wood Front Door. Using Howard’s Sunshield on my door 2 or 3 times a year keeps it 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 Home Improvement Tips and Tricks.
I’m all about improving home security. I think most people are, right? Well, in this DIY Front Door Security tutorial, I can show you how to strengthen your front door and other exterior doors with a few easy updates.
AND, I’ve shared tips from a local police officer about other things to improve and think about to prevent burglary.
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 Home Improvement 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 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.
Here's an outdoor DIY Home Improvement Tips and Tricks that'll save you money. You can repair or build your own wooden fences with this tutorial.
That’s it for my big list of DIY Home Improvement Tips and Tricks. I hope you’ve found at least a few ideas that you’d love to use in your home. If you have a favorite DIY for the home, comment below and let me know. Thanks!
You might also like this beautiful DIY Outdoor Sofa, with build video and printable plans. Looks great with and without cushions.
Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen my favorite DIY Home Improvement Tips and Tricks, you can do it too. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.
Very informative post! I’d never seen the guidelights switch plates before. Cool!
Saturday 29th of February 2020
Thanks! I love those guidelights! Such a cheap and easy upgrade. :)
Wednesday 26th of February 2020
Great tips and tricks ~ pinned. We always keep two lights on timers and who can't live without a slow close toilet lid LOL. :)
Thursday 27th of February 2020
Thanks. That slow close toilet lid is essential, for sure. :)
Tuesday 25th of February 2020
Great tips. We have done several of those. I think I like that we switched out our bathroom timers and the plugs to the USB ports. Pinned!
Tuesday 25th of February 2020
Thanks, Cindy! I love those USB port outlets too. I really need one of those in our kitchen next. :)
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