“Help! I’m intimidated by power tools!” If that’s you, you’re in the right place. Most handy home DIYers didn’t start out that way—they started out knowing nothing about home improvement, and had to do a beginner DIY or two first.
Instead, it’s something you have to learn. And you can—power tools aren’t just for professional construction workers. But don’t start by ripping out a wall or tiling your shower. Instead, start small, with some beginner DIY projects you can tackle easily.
Here are 10 cute and fun beginner DIY projects you can do for your home.
If you love farmhouse style, this is a perfect beginner DIY project for you. You can buy the door, buy the hardware, and all you have to do yourself is hang it!
Whether it’s your dining room table, an upcycled nightstand or any other piece of furniture, you can update the look with a couple coats of chalk paint! Learn how to use this paint for any beginner DIY painting project you have in mind.
Open shelves are a big design trend! And you can make them yourself so they look the exact way you want. This is also a good beginner DIY project to start using power tools, saws and a drill.
Shiplap Your Walls as a Beginner DIY
Shiplap is all the rage, and it’s an easy beginner DIY you can do too, which you can also fit into a smaller budget. And it will help to update any room in your home.
If you like that chippy furniture look but can’t find an accessible (or affordable) authentic vintage piece you want, try this simple DIY to get the look for less! The main ingredient you need for this is school glue (yes, that’s right).
Faux fireplaces exude charm without needing a working fireplace. But the question for all faux fireplaces is what to do with the middle. You can solve that problem with an easy beginner DIY faux fireplace insert.
DIY Wall Paneling as a Beginner DIY
Adding paneling for an accent wall or a full room of interest is a great way to learn how to work with wood, a drill and a basic saw. And you can vary this project for any space in your home.
This is a project that uses mortar (the substance used to adhere brick or tile) to create an old, whitewashed look to brick. This project will be great for learning how to work with mortar, and get you ready for tiling or doing real brickwork.
If you don’t like your tile floors, but don’t quite feel up to learning how to tile yet, try this project. You’ll paint your existing tiles to make them look like the fun, updated version you want.
This project borders on intermediate, so don’t use this as your very first wood project. But it’s a good beginner DIY to use as your second wood project! You can use pallet wood for this, or to make it easier, buy wall panel boards at a home improvement store.
Victoria is a brand advisor, marketing strategist, writer and editor. She was the editorial director of American Farmhouse Style for almost 10 years, and now enjoys writing occasional articles for the magazine and receiving the beautiful copies in the mail. Victoria is also a wife and mom to three little ones: two on earth and one in heaven. With any (not so spare) time, she devours books, dabbles in fiction writing and works on her house. As a home décor enthusiast and DIYer herself, she knows what a little paint and patience can do for a room!