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5 Easy Home Renovation Ideas
●July 27, 2021●6 minute read
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If you’re looking to spruce up your home, but you’re clueless when it comes to renovations, there are things you can do that don’t involve knocking down walls or major electrical work. From ripping up old carpet to a fresh paint job, there are plenty of simple renovation tasks that even newbies can do.
In this simple guide, we’ll discuss five easy renovation ideas, how to complete them, and why renovating can be useful.
1. Put in new floors
While it might sound like a massive job, replacing the flooring is a task that anyone could do. Ripping up carpet is surprisingly easy (though, it can be strenuous). A quick YouTube tutorial can teach you everything you need to know.
Here’s a quick rundown of how to rip up carpet. All you’ll need is a stanley knife, tape, and gloves.
- Cut a small square into the corner of the carpet;
- Use this square to hold onto the carpet, pulling it away from the wall until it is completely separated from the ground;
- Fold the carpet over and cut down the fold;
- Roll up the piece of carpet and tape it up (easy for removal);
- Repeat this until all of the carpet has been removed and taped up.
Once you’ve removed the carpet (and the underlay below), you can begin laying down the new flooring. You have a few options for laying flooring yourself. We’re going to discuss two of these options: vinyl plank flooring and laminate flooring.
An important note!
When completing DIY home renovations and improvements, Bunnings is a great hub for supplies and advice. In addition to having heaps of options for supplies and tools, they also provide tutorials online and have helpful, knowledgeable staff that can help you with any questions.
Vinyl plank flooring
Laying vinyl plank flooring is a pretty straightforward process. You can lay vinyl by following these six easy steps:
- Seal the subfloor before laying the vinyl plank flooring;
- Mark the centre line on your floor;
- Lay the first row of vinyl flooring;
- Lay more rows of vinyl flooring;
- Shape the vinyl flooring around any cabinetry or difficult spots;
- Lay a short end to fill in any gaps.
For a more detailed explanation Bunnings has a helpful tutorial on how to lay vinyl plank flooring.
While slightly more extensive than laying vinyl flooring, laminate flooring is a relatively inexpensive and easy process. Follow these steps:
- Clean the floor;
- Lay the underlay;
- Run a string line to measure the width;
- Set a border between rooms (if it will extend over multiple rooms);
- Lay the first row of boards;
- Cut a board in half to start laying the second row;
- Lay the second row of boards;
- Close the gap between the boards;
- Continue to lay underlay and rows of laminated boards;
- Mark boards to fit around corners;
- Cut boards to fit into corners;
- Complete edging.
For a more detailed breakdown of the steps, check out this guide on how to lay laminate flooring from Bunnings.
2. Do a fresh paint job
An often less extensive process than flooring, but equally as transformative, a fresh paint job can be a great way to refresh a home. There are preparation steps you can take, including cutting and choosing the right paint tools, to get the best results possible.
Before you pick up the paintbrush, you’ll need to consider a few things. First, you’ll need to pick a colour scheme, the type of paint you want to use, and the amount of paint. Additionally, if you’ll need an undercoat, you’ll need to purchase this as well.
Water-based paints are generally used on ceilings and walls. On the other hand, oil-based paints are used for trims, architraves, and doors as it is more durable.
Tools you’ll need:
- Cleaning equipment;
- Drop sheets;
- Paint tray;
- Plaster compound;
- Masking tape;
Here are the steps you can follow for the best home paint job possible:
- Fill in any cracks in the walls;
- Sand down the plastered surface;
- Clean the walls;
- Tape up hardware and fixtures (lightswitches, fans, etc.);
- Paint away!
When cutting in around the walls, ceilings, trims, skirting boards, and around window frames, use a brush. When painting large spaces, like the walls and ceilings, a roller can be more efficient to use.
3. Put in a new kitchen benchtop
If your kitchen is a bit old and out-dated, you can replace the kitchen countertop without doing any real structural work or changes. A new kitchen bench can give a new style to a kitchen, and it’s pretty easy to do. Plus, it’s highly affordable.
Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you have a few options for new kitchen benchtops. You can get a wooden benchtop, a laminate benchtop, or even a stone benchtop. However, the easiest to install yourself are laminate and wooden benchtops (especially if you need to resize them).
While Bunnings does sell benchtops, you’ll need to size them to fit your kitchen. Measure up the current kitchen benches and give this information to a Bunnings employee, and they can tell you how many pieces of benchtop you’ll need to buy and how to cut them.
To give you an idea of how to do this yourself, let’s discuss how to install a laminate benchtop. You’ll need an array of tools to do this, including but not limited to a carpenter’s square, handsaw, impact driver, and ear muffs.
- Mark up where the sections of the bench will join together;
- Make holes for the benchtop joiners;
- Prepare the cabinet attachments for the benchtops;
- Join the bench sections together.
Before you can install the new benchtop, you’ll need to remove the old benchtops. In most cases, especially in older homes, the benchtop will simply be glued down, accompanied by a few screws. This should be relatively easy to remove, but if you struggle, try to ask someone to give you a hand.
4. Get a new showerhead
If you’ve got an older bathroom, but you’re not up for any major structural or plumbing work, one thing you can do is replace your showerhead. A relatively simple endeavour, it can give your bathroom a more modern look, and it can even end up saving you on your water bill.
All you’ll need is a shifting spanner, utility knife, and a wire brush. You can install a new showerhead in three easy steps:
- Remove the old showerhead;
- Clean the thread;
- Position the new flange.
5. Install crown molding
Crown molding is a great way to add character and value to a home, without needing to stress about getting edging perfect. You can install foam crown molding pretty easily, and with minimal tools involved. Below are the steps involved to install foam crown molding:
- Lay out and cut the molding;
- Cut an inside or outside corner;
- Make a tight fit;
- Install the molding;
- Match the profiles first;
- Fit an outside corner together;
- Use nails to brace the long runs;
- Smooth the joints;
- Fill to excess;
- Sand where the seams meet the molding;
- Paint over the molding to blend it in.
For a more detailed breakdown, you can find a tutorial and detailed instructions for easy crown molding.
Why renovating can be useful
Renovating is a great way to get new life out of an older home. Even smaller renovations, like new flooring and new paint, can rejuvenate an older home and make it seem modern, stylish, and even more valuable.
89% of people believe that renovating is good for increasing the value of their home. In addition, 45% of people renovate to refresh an old or outdated room.
If you’re interested in some more renovation ideas, here are the most popular home renovations of 2021. For more about why now is the time to renovate, read our recent article.
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Written by Rachel Horan
Rachel Horan is a Content Writer for Jacaranda Finance. Rachel has previously produced content for Brisbane City Council, Black & White Cabs, and Clubs Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Mass Communication with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology.