Are you still buying your morning coffee at the coffee shop down the street? If you give it up and set up a home coffee station in your own kitchen, you potentially save yourself a lot of cash in the end. Is it worth it? Only you can decide. But make sure you check out these practical home coffee stations before you do!
For all the blog articles out there about DIY projects and home improvements, it can be easy to get caught up doing everything yourself. And while I certainly am a believer in being capable of more than we often give ourselves credit for, there are just some projects you really should trust to the professionals. From safety concerns to needing specialized tools, here are 10 home improvements you SHOULDN’T do yourself.
Tree removal requires dangerous equipment and extreme heights. Oh, and then there’s the clean up. This is one project where having someone with the right tools and expertise is worth the cost. Visit Trees of Carolina to read about 3 reasons why you should hire tree removal professionals.
If you’re planning to add rooms or make structural changes to your home in any way, it’s best to get more qualified hands involved. Sure it’s easy enough to knock down a wall, but think of everything else you might knock around in the process from electrical wiring to gas pipes and plumbing. YIKES! Get 8 tips on how to hire a contractor from This Old House.
If your driveway is splitting, cracking, and/or becoming uneven, it’s worth considering a new pavement job. Just the removal of old pavement alone is enough to overwhelm you. And then you have to lay new concrete, which, if you have any curves or angles on your driveway, will require more than just pouring the material. Poorly laid driveways can cause water damage from pooling and can decay in as quick as two years. The repair costs of doing things on your own will cost you far more in the long run than hiring a professional right from the beginning. Get tips for hiring asphalt contractors here.
Safety, safety, safety is the issue here. If you have faulty wiring or need to install new electrical lines, don’t press your luck with this one. Plus, incorrectly installed electrical wires can be a drain on your power bill. Visit Black Diamond Today to understand the 7 reasons why you should hire an electrician.
Who wants flooding issues or water damage from a plumbing job gone wrong? No one, that’s who! Save yourself from burst pipes and overflows and have a local plumber come to get the job done right. Read more about hiring a plumber here.
You might think that fixing a roof is an easy job of replacing a few shingles, but it’s much more complicated than that. It requires specialized tools and great expertise, so when you’re talking about the first layer of protection on your home, it’s not worth turning roofing jobs into DIY projects. Read more from Life Hack.
Structural changes to homes require special licenses, special tools, and special skills. So unless you have or want to obtain all of these things, you’ll
want NEED to hire a professional for your siding installation. Siding contractors will also offer you insurance and warranties that you can’t get on your own. SO worth it! Learn more about hiring siding installation professionals here.
Water leakage and energy drainage are just two of the many reasons why having a professional handle window installation is better than trying to do the job yourself. The Chicago Window Expert shares the top 10 window installation mistakes and how to avoid them by hiring a pro.
Just the sanding alone to refinish your wood floor is enough to make you cringe. But then consider when you need to remove the wood and lay new pieces… Where to even start, let alone finish without leaving it looking like a failed Tetris game. Save yourself the stress and time and call in the professional with the right tools, time, and knowhow instead. The Spruce details how to hire a wood floor installer right here.
Installing new tiles requires more than just laying square down in rows and columns. A properly done tile job demands precision cutting and careful planning done best by professionals who have all the right tools and experience. Read up on how to hire a professional tile installer here.
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Have you ever noticed how something becomes special only after it’s seen being used by someone else? My boys often turn their noses to things until they see one of their brothers using it. Then, all of the sudden, it’s the hottest item in the house. I used this little strategy in our home when I was trying to help my sons develop a love for reading. Receiving a new book or seeing Mom read wasn’t ever enough to get my boys excited about reading, but when I let them catch me reading in really cool places, suddenly reading was the most popular activity in the home. If you want something to become important, you have to treat it like it’s important. Here are 10 DIY reading nooks to help reading time go from a struggle to a favorite family pastime.
1. Wheely Fun
Turning old tires into special reading chairs is “wheely” fun for kids! Paint the tires in bright colors and add soft and comfy padding, and you’ll have a hard time getting your kids up off the tires at all! Image source.
2. Shelf Loft
Lay a shelf on top of two bookshelves to create a way cool reading loft and book “cave”. Idea found here.
Hang a round canopy and place it over a bean bag to create this enchanted reading nook. Pretty simple with just a couple of easy-to-find items! Image source.
4. Corner Pillow
Find an open corner and designate it as your special reading nook with some fancy pillows. Adding the bookshelves and hooks help set the space apart. Source.
5. Built-in Shelves
Deep built-in shelves can easily be cleared and turned into pretty cool reading spaces. Add a special blankie and pillow to add some needed comfort.
6. Stair Landing
Utilize the dead space on a stair landing to create a cozy reading nook. Image source.
7. Reading Canopy
This cool reading space can easily be made using a leaf bed canopy from IKEA. Find your’s here.
Use some sheets to create a tent and string up some lights for a pretty special effect. The pillows and rug pull it all together for some truly awesome reading time envy! Image. Target sells some pretty fantastic kid forts here.
9. Curtain Space
Designate your special reading space by hanging some cute curtains to close off a small area. Let your kids help choose the fabric for even more reading nook buy-in! Image source.
10. Reading Hammock
Hammocks can make just about any space look appealing. What kid will be able to turn down some awesome reading time when they get to sit in this hot seat? Find some great DIY hammock projects here.
1. Organization Labels
There’s nothing quite like good organization. Help yourself out with these free printable labels.
Add some depth and texture to your bedroom by transforming your headboard with this simple hack. Use Stikwood for the project. Learn more from Sugar and Cloth.
3. Billy Bookcases
Install a built-in bookcase with this easy IKEA hack. The project is surprisingly easy! Get the full tutorial on 11 Magnolia Lane.
4. Marble & Copper Table
Who says simple can’t be luxurious? Make this fabulous marble and copper side table for an even more fabulous $30. Find out how from Style Me Pretty.
5. Wooden Stool
I love having some touches of nature in my home. This wood side table is perfect for just that purpose. It’s as easy as attaching a wood slice to an IKEA stool. Read more here.
6. Footstool Pouf
One of the best feelings is lying down with your feet up after a long and rewarding day at work. I love knowing that I’ve put my all out there and that now it’s time to just be. Make a fantastic IKEA-inspired footstool pouf to help you relish in these moments. Directions found here.
7. Expedit Shelving
Upgrade your entertainment center, bedroom, or family room shelving with this IKEA Expedit hack. Where will you use yours? Tutorial.
8. Rug Pillows
What do you get when Martha Stewart meets IKEA? Rug pillows! Find the fabric that’s just right for your home and follow these simple instructions to make your own.
9. Modern Kalax Hack
I like the retro feel to this Modern Kalax shelf. Perfect for any room and easy to make. I actually want to make one for my classroom. When I do, I’ll find the instructions here from Hawthorn & Main.
10. Reclaimed Wood Buffet
I’m really into natural wood projects lately. I love how they can create subtle but powerful variations in tone and texture. Look at this gorgeous reclaimed wood buffet. It makes a statement without shouting, “Here I am. Look at me!”. Place of My Taste shares how to complete the project on your own.
11. Painted Frames
Sometimes the best home improvement projects are the ones that are the quickest and easiest. These painted frames are a great example of what I’m talking about. Isn’t it amazing how much personality comes out of the same frame just by adding multiple colors? Find this IKEA hack from Poppy Talk.
12. Dipped Barstools
This IKEA hack is another example of the power of paint. Too bad you can’t actually dip the stools to paint them, but the project is wonderfully not that much more difficult. Create your own with information from Style Me Pretty.