5 Projects to Get You Over Your Fear of DIY Home Improvement

Got some big ideas for home improvement but don't know where to start? Check out these projects for novice DIYers.

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If you’re a new homeowner jittery about jumping into the world of home improvement, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s sprucing up the yard or the garage, fixing minor plumbing irritations or repairing the furniture, there are plenty of easy DIY home improvement tasks you can knock out in an afternoon or less, building your confidence and DIY bona fides.  So roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and have some fun with these five “DIYable” projects.

Project 1: Paint an Accent Wall

Before tackling a whole-house paint job, consider painting just one wall. Use a solid color to give the room some pop, or choose from one of these 15 stunning accent wall ideas. When you’re ready to paint a whole room, check out this guide written by a pro.

Project 2: Repair a Broken Screen

When the weather is nice, you’ll want the windows wide open to let in all the fresh air you can. But you don’t want pesky flies and mosquitoes in the house. Fixing a broken window screen is a no-fuss DIY project requiring simple tools and materials from a hardware store.

Project 3: Fix Sticking Drawers

No one wants to yank on a wooden drawer, especially when you’re only after a spoon or a sweatshirt. Fix sticking wooden drawers in no time. Once you’ve gained confidence to try bigger DIY home improvement projects, build these fabulous under-cabinet drawers.

Project 4: Replace Your Furnace Filter

For better air quality and lower utility bills, check your furnace filter every month and change it when it’s dirty. Keep replacement filters on-hand, because changing a furnace filter is a snap.

Project 5: Clean Your Washing Machine Inlet Screen

If your washing machine takes forever to fill with water, chances are the screen the water passes through is clogged with mineral deposits or bits of debris. All it takes to clean a washing machine inlet screen is a few hand tools.

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Carol J. Alexander
Carol J. Alexander is a Virginia writer specializing in sustainable/green living, home remodeling, and lifestyle topics. Since 2007, her work has appeared in Grit, AcreageLife, Hobby Farms, and over 70 other national, regional, and local print publications, as well as online. Carol helps clients position themselves as an authority in the marketplace by providing easy-to-understand, educational content that attracts readers, answers their questions, and meets their needs.