If you regularly find yourself Googling “display homes near me,” then you clearly have an interest in customizing your own home. Although laying down concrete and setting up the plumbing are best left to experts, there are quite a few DIY projects that are perfect for eager beginners. Let’s take a look at five of them. 

1. Add wallpaper to liven up your rooms

With wallpaper, you don’t need to be an artist to make your room look like a work of art. With a huge variety of colors, shapes, and textures, you can choose what’s right for you and install it in a few easy steps. For beginners, prepasted wallpaper is a great option. 

First, clean the walls. Second, measure and cut the wallpaper, making sure to leave a few inches extra. Third, apply water to the prepasted side. Fourth, stick the wallpaper to the wall. Finally, trim any excess and brush over any bumps.

2. Add tiling to your backsplash

The main purpose of a backsplash is to protect your new walls from getting ruined by stains – whether that’s cooking oil from the stove or red wine from the sink. On top of that, backsplashes add decoration to a kitchen. 

To install your own backsplash, begin by choosing the right size, style, and shape of tiles you’d like to use. After that, measure out the area and apply a ceramic tile adhesive to the back wall. Starting from the bottom, place the tiles side-by-side. Then, add spacers once you have a few rows in place. Let it sit for a day, then fill the spaces between the tiles with grout. After an hour or so, clear away any excess and admire your work. 

3. Seal up any drafty windows

Heating and cooling bills quickly add up. One simple way to trap cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter is to seal up your doors and windows with a bit of caulk. 

After removing any old caulk or debris from the window or door, use vinegar to thoroughly clean the area. Place a tube of latex caulk in the caulking gun and cut the tube’s tip at a 45-degree angle. Then, lay down a thin line and smooth it over with a gloved finger. Let it rest for a day.

4. Create a rack for your kitchen pots

Sometimes the kitchen is too small for all that you need. So, if your pots and pans won’t fit into the drawer, consider installing a hanging rack for them. The amount and weight of the pots you want to hang should determine the size of the rack and hardware needed. After determining these specifics and doing a hardware store run to pick up supplies, use a stud finder to locate the best spot on the wall. Then, measure out where to put the holes and drill them in.

5. Paint the cabinets

If your kitchen could use a bit of color, consider painting the cabinets. After selecting the right color, select the right kind of paint. Gloss and semi-gloss are ideal because they are resistant to wear and easy to clean.

Next, set down two coats of primer and sand the surface. Then, add on a fresh coat of paint in the same direction as the grain. If you start painting the front, make sure to paint the back as well. Finally, let the paint sit until dry. 

Although some home projects are best left to professionals, the tasks above are great for beginners looking to improve their skills.