Hot in home improvement DIY

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


If you’ve watched an episode of Holmes on Homes, you know that home improvement DIY doesn’t always go right.

Graduating from sewing a pillowslip to installing cabinetry can be more than daunting and it would be helpful to know which improvements one can pull off without jeopardizing a home’s resale value.

Turning to Home Depot’s expert Fiona Wilson, it turns out there are certain projects in the home that are outrageously popular due to their affordability, ease and beauteous results.

Painting power

“The hardest part of painting is moving the furniture,” Wilson said. Painting is always the easiest way to update the home and the latest paints come with primer included, have low toxicity and can be matched to any sample or scrap of coloured paper you’ve ripped from a dentist office magazine. Bonus: The tools-plus-paint can be purchased for under $100.

Walls are obvious choices for a paint refresh, but don’t overlook the cabinets, Wilson said. If they’re not wooden, you can just paint right over them. DIY tip: Don’t forget the drop cloth!

Changing the hardware

“A surprisingly easy way to make a change.” Swapping out the knobs on cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen changes the whole appearance, said Wilson. And hardware is cheap! New cupboard bling costs around $2.50 to $7 apiece.

Fast new floors

“Vinyl plank flooring has come a long way,” Wilson said of the increasingly popular material that can be installed on top of existing floors. These panels you snap in aren’t glued down and its edges disappear under moldings. Wilson categorized this DIY as “super easy” and vinyl planks are great because they are warmer than a ceramic (your feet will thank you in the early morning!). They are also water safe for kitchens and bathrooms, and fabulously priced at $2.25 to $4 per foot.

Privacy please!

One of Wilson’s favourite trends in easy and affordable home improvement DIY is privacy film. A lot of people have lower-level windows, Wilson said, and naturally want to keep wandering eyes out. The privacy film is like a static cling film that affixes to the inside of a window, but it comes in a variety of decorative designs — from faux foggy glass flowers to colourful stained glass.

Hello, gorgeous backsplash

The backsplash is a fantastic way to add a bit of personality behind the sink, said Wilson. It’s a bit messy, and it’s not a one-day project, but in a weekend you can manage the process easily. And if you ever need help, Home Depot offers DIY workshops once a month as well as a host of online courses and videos on the subject, just head to


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