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9 Easy DIY Projects For Absolute Beginners

9 Easy DIY Projects For Absolute Beginners

If you have never done DIY before, knowing where to start can be a bit of a difficult process. There are so many guides and videos out there for you to watch, but how do you know who is giving you the right information? Or whether or not you need to watch them all before you start?

Personally, I think the best way to get started is to actually do something. Learning by doing when it comes to DIY is a great way to see what your strengths are and where you may need a little bit of help. Of course, doing research will help, but nothing will be able to prepare you for actually getting stuck in and starting a project.
To help you get started on your first DIY project, here are 9 easy DIY projects for absolute beginners:

Upcycling Your Furniture

Upcycling furniture is a great way for beginners to get started with DIY as often it doesn’t actually require much work. Whether it’s painting old furniture a different colour, applying a new varnish or converting a bookshelf into cupboards – there are plenty of tutorials online that will help you get started. The best part is, once you’ve got a taste for it you can start working on more difficult upcycling projects.

Wallpapering Your Walls

Although it may seem like a difficult task, to begin with, wallpapering can be pretty simple once you get the hang of it (Pun intended). Try asking one of your friends or family members who has done it before to come over and help you. Before you know you’ll be redecorating every room in your house!

Painting Fittings And Fixtures

This is a DIY task you can’t get wrong! Often houses require a little bit of a touch up when it comes to skirting boards, door frames and window sills. Grab some white paint and a paintbrush and give everything that shiny brand new feel within minutes.

Creating A Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a great way to fill areas where you have lots of white space. All you need to do is purchase several different sized prints, picture frames to fit each photograph and the kit to hang everything on the wall. My best advice would be to plan where you are going to hang everything before you start hanging it, as you may find that once you start you don’t like the positioning and have to start all over again. For advice, you can visit this site here.

Buying Flatpack Furniture

Flatpack furniture is definitely something you either love or hate. Whilst some find it incredibly difficult to understand, a lot of people find it a calming and therapeutic process. If you’ve never done it before, it’s a great place to start for your first ever DIY project, even if it is just a bedside table or new desk.

Maintaining Your Roof And House Exterior

Keeping the outside of your house clean and tidy is such a simple project to start! As it’s something people will see every single day, it’s so so important to keep on top of things like cleaning your roof and gutters, washing your windows and tidying up any plants and lawn you may have. If your roof is in a bad condition and you want to get it looked at before you start cleaning, consider contacting Roof Depot.

Renovating Your Garden

If you don’t want to start in your home, a garden renovation could be an easy project to try. There are lots of different things you can do to spruce up your outdoor space including adding a stepping stone path, creating a magical space with fairy lights or planting lots of new plants to liven things up.

Which brings me nicely onto our next point…

Sprucing Up Your Home With Plants and Planters

Having lots of plants and planters throughout your house is a great way to spruce things up with minimal DIY. Whilst it may involve building a couple of places to hang your plants, it’s a great place to start if you haven’t done any DIY before. Not to mention, it’s a great way to add a little bit of life to your home.

Adding Personal Touches With DIY Accessories

Creating your own home accessories is the perfect way to add your own personal touches that help make a house a home. Creating photo collages, photos walls or anything else that may be sentimental to you and your family is the perfect beginner DIY project – and probably one you’ll remember for years to come!

Are you a DIY beginner? Let me know if you use any of these ideas in the comment section below.

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  1. Sam | Dove Cottage Blog

    January 28, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Ooh great ideas for beginners projects! Love that there’s so many varied ideas for DIYs here too!

  2. Style&Co

    January 28, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I would agree it definitely having a go at everything. Watch every u tube video you can and then just go for it !

    • Paul Harrison

      January 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      YouTube is literally the best place to learn.

  3. Juan Sandiego

    January 28, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I’m definitely a DIY beginner. I just painted my first room last year. That said, sometimes it’s about finding the balance between being able to do it and having the time.

    • Paul Harrison

      January 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      I am still a beginner and I love to get stuck in a project that just allows me to do my own thing, and yes, time is needed!

  4. KarenAnita

    January 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    This is exactly how we learned any DIY skills – by giving it a go! We made plenty of mistakes but that’s how we’ve managed to develop those key skills. Plus, I love that we did it ourselves, gives such a sense of pride!

    • Paul Harrison

      January 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      That is so true and that is what I did, I just went for it and if you make any mistakes it’s absolutely fine!

  5. Marlene Alice

    January 28, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I have been a homeowner for under 2 years now, and I cannot believe the amount of DIY I had to learned on the spot. I think I tick all of your list! (Except the wallpaper.) We have been lucky enough to be able to buy a place in London (sadly not all millennials can) but that meant we had to do a lot of work inside. Whereas it has been difficult it is definitely rewarding and a good relationship tester haha.

  6. Fiona Mostyn

    January 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    My DIY to do list is massive. I’d really like to get the hang of wallpapering and I have a massive wooden sideboard that I’ve been meaning to paint for a while.

  7. Lins Drabwell

    January 30, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Oh I’d love to be able to wallpaper, I’m not sure if I have the confidence though! Great tips 🙂

  8. Nicola Capper

    January 31, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    The best way to learn is to give jobs like this a go, and there’s nothing more satisfying when you realise what you’ve achieved!

  9. Mary @ hellopeagreen

    February 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I’m not very hands on, but I always have lots of plans! To be fair I’m a dab hand at painting but more than that I’m terribly iffy.

  10. Maria

    February 2, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I’m not the greatest of decorators so tend to leave the big stuff to the Hubs. But I do dabble now and again with smaller projects like upcycling and sewing. There’s something to said about the sense of achievement when you’ve done things yourself for sure.

  11. Nicolette Lafonseca

    February 2, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I am on house renovation 5 so old hat but I threw myself at it first time round. Blind confidence but I learned a lot from my mistakes

  12. Stacey Sheppard

    February 6, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Reading this makes me feel so much better .I always see myself as someone who doesn’t do DIY but according to this I do! Feeling quite proud now.

  13. Sandra Bohn

    December 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I live in a studio apartment that is small and is in disrepair. The owners are slumlords and don’t do anything to fix them up. I am on fixed income and can’t afford to move so I decided to find inexpensive ways to fix up my place. I repainted old picture frames and hung them up to create a focus wall and it turned out great. My neighbors now want me to do theirs! I used an old, small bookshelf for extra cabinet space, painted the switch and outlet covers black, repainted clay planters red, bought inexpensive sheers in beige and brown for my window, made a table cloth and matching wall hanging (blue, green, beige and white) out of a burlap hammock, painted a small wall dark green and turned 2 5 gallon used paint buckets into pretty garbage cans using cloth and rope. I’m now painting the other walls one a month, all beige. Thank you for all your idea’s and please keep them coming! By the way, all of the projects combined have so far cost me $10.00 but they look expensive!

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