The new normal is settling in, and a lot of people are living their lifestyle fully at home. With all this time at home, we tend to notice little ways we'd like to make improvements. It starts with cleaning, then polishing, and pretty soon you're thinking about renovations. But not the kind you need a construction crew to finish.
DIY remodeling projects can be a fun solo effort or an unforgettable family activity. You can get dirty, splash a little paint, or build something that you'll probably enjoy for years. The best projects are creative and useful. Let's dive into six of the most creative DIY remodeling projects you can do with the family.
1. DIY Mural With Stencils or Free-Hand Art
Nothing makes a place feel more like home than an original mural. You can paint something beautiful using stencils and stickers to transform a wall, or invite the family artist to free-hand a masterpiece. The great thing about a mural is that it's a true expression of identity, but it can also be easily painted over and repainted as many times as you want.
If you want a temporary mural, put up wallpaper or even create a whiteboard/chalkboard wall for mural after mural.
2. Build a Garden of Planters
Green plants make you happy, and bringing them indoors isn't difficult. Build your own planter boxes to grow herbs, shrubs, or succulents indoors. You can give your kitchen an herb planter, build potted plants into your office, or transform your patio into a living garden. Build your own boxes or gather the planters necessary for a beautiful collection of home greenery.
3. Create a Hidden Door or Secret Room
One of the most fun things you can do is build a hidden room or door. Turn one doorway into a hidden door to disguise the entrance to any room. This is a great way to hide the den, create a fun reveal for guests, or protect the entrance to bedrooms. You can hide the basement or attic doors for visitor safety or turn your hobby room into a secret lair.
Families love hidden doors because they're a great kick, a super cool trick for friends, and the prop for infinite games of pretend — for children and adults alike.
4. Repaint and Renovate Old Furniture
If you want to reinvent your house without making big changes, paint is your friend. Take the chairs, dressers, tables, and shelves you have and repaint them. Choose new colors and styles. Invite each person to custom-paint or decorate their own furniture. All you need is drop cloths, paint and brushes, and perhaps some extra art supplies like glitter and stencils.
Your furniture will look like new and make you smile every time you see those new colors. Not to mention, that custom painted furniture will gather more memories than any plain set.
5. Build in New Shelves and Storage Solutions
When looking for good DIY remodeling projects, we all want to make the house a better place. If it increases the home value, even better. One sure-fire way to improve any home is built-in storage. Find a few clever places to put a floating shelf. Identify nooks and walls that could benefit from built-in cabinetry.
You can add tons of passive storage to your home plus added style and flair. Using hidden door tech, you can also disguise things life family safes, gun cabinets, and closet jewelry storage while installing your other shelves and storage improvements.
6. Reinforce the Attic
Last but not least, don't forget that your unfinished home spaces could be improved. In addition to cool hidden entrances for your attic or basement, you can also finish them. Put down reinforcement beams and floorboards in your attic so no one steps through a ceiling panel. Put up wall panels and finished flooring in your basement, along with doors and built-in storage.
Improving your home is a great way to make the most of your new at-home routine. Here at Murphy Door, we specialize in single and hidden French doors, secure storage, and built-in cabinetry. Contact us for handy DIY remodeling projects and kits to install your own customized hidden door design.