Although women are increasingly getting into DIY, Dad is often still the go-to individual when it comes to doing handy things around the house. Even if you’re generally into hiring people to do stuff for you, your Dad kudos will get a boost from doing a few easy DIY projects. For busy Dads (and who isn’t busy these days?) the trick is choosing simple projects that have a big impact. Check out these easy projects that will give you bragging rights for years to come.
1. Install Some Garden Lighting
Need a flashlight to get from the kitchen to the BBQ area? Tripping over paving in the dark on the way to the front door? Make outdoor spaces more welcoming with an easy garden lighting project. Solar lights offer a simple solution, and in many cases, it’s just a matter of finding the right spot for each one. If you decide to go for regular electric lighting because it’s brighter and more reliable, you will have a larger task on your hands. Do remember to find a professional to check your work and make the final connections. I just searched for a Fort Lauderdale electrician online, since I didn’t happen to know one, and a certified expert finished the job in minutes.
2. Build Raised Planters for Flowers or Veg
Raised planters make gardening so much easier. There’s none of the crawling around on all-fours, and the results look awesome since you can stagger heights to create a really attractive design. If you happen to have some old planks or decking boards lying around, this project is almost free. Just remember to get a good coating for the interior since it will be filled with soil and conditions will be damp – an ideal environment for wood rot.
3. Install Rollout Drawers in Kitchen Cupboards
Unless you went for bespoke kitchen cabinets, chances are they’ll have reasonably standard dimensions – and getting rollouts for them will be a simple matter at most well-stocked hardware outlets. Since they come in kit format, installing them is a quick and easy task. If you have to work to custom dimensions, your project will be a little harder, but it’s still worthwhile. Instead of having to scratch around to find things in the back of cupboard space, the contents can be rolled out for easy access. What could be handier than that?
4. Time to Paint? Get Creative
If it’s getting time to redo interior paint jobs, you may as well make the job more interesting. Best of all, you can turn it into a family project in which even quite young children can lend a hand. Try out a few decorative paint effects and choose ones that everyone in the family likes. Sure, the project will take a bit longer, but if you do your homework, the results will look great. Who gets the credit? You, of course!
5. Make a Playground for Next-to-Nothing
You’re already the number 1 dad in the world as far as your kids are concerned, but you can earn extra points by building a playground using old tires. It’s amazing just how quickly and easily you can make it take shape and there’s a lot more to do than just make swings. You also get the feel-good factor that comes from recycling something that’s problematic for the planet – and your kids will get an opportunity to wear off some of that extra energy with outdoor play in their own backyard.