Top DIY Projects for Kids and Dads

Kids are always interested with what adults do. Because of this, they will always involve themselves in any home improvement project you have on hand. This can impede your speed and the quality of your output. To get the most out of your DIY task while enjoying it with your little ones, take a look at the following ideas.

Paint a Room – With a little direction and supervision, even young children can help paint their bedroom. If you want to let creativity run free, give them a wall, or a portion of a wall, and let them make their own mural. It’s just paint, after all.

Install a Window Box – A small container or window box is just the right size to introduce kids to the basics of planting. If your kids are like mine, they already love to dig in the dirt, but to help keep everyone on task, make sure you have all your tools and supplies ready to go when you start your project. Over time, your kids will enjoy a real sense of ownership in watching these plants and flowers grow.

Clean Your Drains – There are simple DIY solutions for cleaning a slow or unstopping a clogged drain. Your kids can help mix your recipe and run the water for you. It’s like a mini science experiment.

DIY Drain Cleaner Recipe:
– 1 cup baking soda
– 1/2 cup salt
– 1/4 cream of tartar

Mix ingredients together in a resealable container. Pour 1/4 cup of your mixture into your drain. Pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain and let stand for 30 minutes to an hour. Follow by flushing the drain with fresh water from the tap.

 

 

Kick-Start Your DIY Project with These Tips

Once you have succeeded in planning your DIY project, you must delve on your next important move: preparing to kick-start!KickStart-LogoDivide your DIY work into stages or parts

This way, you will have a clear idea what needs to be done first, and in how much time.  Dividing a project into stages also conforms with a good budgeting discipline.  If you are on a tight budget, it will help you what items or materials need to be prioritized first.

Meanwhile, segmenting the entire work based on time allotment reinforces discipline and focus.  Make a work plan with timeline so you will have something to follow that will enforce the project completion in the ideal time.  It’s up to you how to go about dividing the project into segments.

An important question to ask is “can you afford to stall for some time?” If the project involves a fixed schedule with a must-complete date, do you have a back-up plan just in case these timelines are not followed for some reason?  How much time can you afford to stall?  This is very important to note since the momentum of doing a DIY project goes down after long “to be continued” periods.  But remember that this situation should only came about.

Classify your DIY projects based on complexity

First, make a good survey of the repairs, refurbishments, total knock-down areas and even new ideas you think your home (or a particular project or task in your life) needs.  Group these into simple, medium, and complicated tasks.  This step will allow you to select what areas you can tackle as a DIY hero, what areas need team effort with your family members or friends, and what areas are better left alone for professional skills.

For instance, reupholstering your old favorite chaise lounge can earn you an A+ in your DIY report card, refurbishing your pool table or the entire game room requires you to assemble your personal DIY team.  Think about tasks like the total repair of the kitchen ceiling or the stove cabling and decide if they are better left off to professionals.  Some creative DIY projects can be tricky and require consultation with family and friends, and even with professionals.

Check your skills and those who will be helping you out

It will be good to check your skills using these questions:

  • Do you know enough about it to proceed?
  • Can someone help you in case you need assistance?
  • How much time are you willing to devote to the project?
  • Can you assure everyone’s safety and health once your DIY project is finished?
  • Can you involve your family or friends, or the people you live with (like roommates) in your DIY project, like consulting for agreed choices on design, look, color or arrangement?

 

Insights on Planning Your DIY Project

As the saying goes, good planning equals good stewardship.  With good and sensible planning, you can protect your Do-It-Yourself goals since you are exercising good stewardship of all the resources needed to make them happen. Here are useful tips on DIY projects plans and  preparations.

Reflect

Check your skills first. Can you handle it?

Gather all the necessary information about the project you have in mind.  Research, read, watch.  Ask around and see if some people you know have done it before, and get some practical tips straight from those who have been there, done that.

Your research need not be a technical, overly detailed databank.  Get what’s useful and sensible to you and leave out unnecessary ones.  For instance,  if you are doing a DIY bathtub installation, you can leave out too-detailed mechanical information about drill drives and nail sizes for this and that brand of power tools.  When you have decided to work on a project that requires some technical and mechanical knowledge, you or at least some people in your DIY crew are expected to know the important and appropriate things already.

Create lists

Have a list.  Making a list is good, not only for Santa but for every DIYer.  Be a list freak if you have to and you will soon discover its benefits.  Create a list for your materials, prices, quality, stock availability, your DIY crew (if it requires help other than you), their skills and expertise, and other necessary “lists.”

More importantly, create a list of all the useful reminders and cautions (if any) that you have gathered (from the first step) so as not to forget them, and use them when called for during the DIY process.

Keep one extra

One very useful tip I got from a friend is it might be best to have an extra piece of the important or major materials you need.  For instance, based on your measurement, you will need eight marine plywood to make a DIY double walling for your bedroom.  Make that nine pieces of wood instead.  This ensures that you have something extra to work on when you find your supply short.  This saves you effort, time, gas and money buying the same thing again, and for just an extra piece.  The best thing about the keep one extra rule is it saves you from a great deal of stress and guarantees you uninterrupted DIY work.

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What if you actually didn’t get to use those extra pieces of some things?  It should not be a problem since you can always sell or give to friends who might need them, or better yet keep them for emergency, which always comes up.  You will reap the same benefits as when you have it as stockpile when you’re doing your DIY project.  Another great use?  You can create some nifty stuff out of them, meaning get a new DIY idea in the works inspired by your DIY “leftovers.”

Easy Ways To Remove Wallpaper

Do you use wallpapers to add design to your room? There are a lot of pretty wallpapers around, in all prints and colors. Having wallpapers in your room gives it an instant glow, but what about when it has been there for years and you want to change it? Here are some easy ways to remove wallpaper today.

Prepare the room by placing drop cloths on the portion of the floor where wallpaper will be stripped. After that, create small holes on the wallpaper using a scorer.

Mix a solution of hot water and fabric softener, works better and easy on the pocket too. Combine one to one of these in a spray bottle. Remember to protect your hands as water is needed to be hot in making this then soak walls using this solution.

Carefully pull wallpaper upward.

When is the last time that you have your wallpaper removed? Did you do it on your own or called a professional to help?

You can also get a putty knife to help you remove little pieces that stuck on the wall. Then clean the wall with this mixture: a tablespoon of dish detergent in hot water. Remove all traces of adhesive then rinse with clean water and use towel to try. Now you have your wall ready for the next treatment.