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Five Easy DIY Tasks for Beginners

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If you are just getting into DIY, home improvement or self-sufficiency, you may be wondering what you can do as a beginner. Below are five simple DIY jobs that nearly anyone can do.

Paint a Room

Nothing upgrades a room like a fresh coat of paint. The dramatic result of changing your walls' color is satisfying. You need a brush, a roller and a pan, and drop clothes or newspaper. And paint. Whether you should use tape is debatable, but it does help keep lines neat.

Re-caulk

Re-caulk around your tub/shower, sink, or toilet. Remove the old caulk using a softening product and a utility knife. Clean the surface. Cut the caulk cartridge nozzle at a 45-degree angle to the desired bead width, insert the cartridge into a caulk gun, press the nozzle at a 45-degree angle against the joint, and slowly squeeze the trigger to apply the caulk. Smooth the bead with your finger, and wipe excess with a damp cloth.

Update Your Cabinet Pulls

This is so simple. Buy new hardware. Use a screwdriver or drill to remove the old hardware and install the new pulls. It's like you have a whole new kitchen!

Upgrade That Table

You can know how to paint a table. Re-staining wood takes effort, but you can do it. Clean the surface, sand it with coarse sandpaper (60- or 100-grit), wipe, and then do a second pass with a finer grit (120- or 150-grit). Apply your stain with a brush, let it soak in for a few minutes, and then wipe off any excess stain. Once it's dry, you can do a final sanding with 220- or 360 grit paper, and reapply the stain.

Grow Herbs in Pots

Fresh herbs are expensive, especially when you only need a few basil leaves or rosemary sprigs. Herbs are also easy to grow outdoors or inside. Plant any herb in a pot and place it in a spot that gets sun. Near a kitchen window makes sense, and don't forget to water it.

Becoming self-sufficient is a worthy endeavor that will save money, build confidence, and improve the look and functionality of your home. You are a few basic tasks and a YouTube tutorial rabbit hole away from being handy. So, don't hire someone to change a light fixture when you can acquire a few basic tools and do it yourself.
 

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