3 Little DIY Projects that Make a Big Difference

3 Little DIY Projects that Make a Big Difference

Nancy Mitchell
Feb 23, 2014

Some of the most satisfying DIY projects are the ones where you can invest a little bit of effort and get a big payoff. These three projects from our video archives won't take you a ton of time — but they'll have you seeing your home in a whole new way.

Lighting is one of those things that tends to be an afterthought, which is a shame, because the quality of your lighting can make a huge difference in the feel of your home. That's why I love this video about how to add a dimmer switch to a lamp you already have. Dimmer switches are great because they allow you to adapt a single fixture for a huge variety of lighting needs — parties, a quiet evening at home, right before bed. I predict that being able to customize your lighting will make you just a little bit happier with your space — even if nothing else changes.

Hardware is another thing that people tend not to give a lot of thought to, but which also has a big impact. By using salvaged antique hardware, you can add a little bit of the charm and character of an older home to your own space, even if it's a newer place. Visit an architectural salvage shop in your area and see what your options are. You may be surprised at how much bang you can get for your buck.

And finally, if you're feeling shy (or lazy) about painting a whole room or even a whole wall, why not paint just the inside of your front door? It's a quick, doable project that will still have a big impact.

Thanks for watching, and happy DIYing!

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