3 Home Improvements You Can Make Without Going to the Hardware Store

Check these to-dos off your list.
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Good news: While hardware stores haven’t closed their doors yet, you technically don’t have to leave your house to accomplish most home projects. Unsure of where to start? A new survey from the U.K. ranked the most common DIYs in order of the number of tools required. (Psst: Hanging a shelf actually involves a lot of stuff.) Not only do the simple tasks below call for very few supplies (two max), they also won’t stress you out, according to the report. Make do with what you have and feel good at the end of the day by checking these to-dos off your list.

Change a Door Handle

Tool required: screwdriver 

The tiniest updates, like swapping out dated interior knobs and handles for modern alternatives, can have a big impact on a room. All you need is a Phillips-head screwdriver to take off the original components (knob, faceplate, and latch plate) and assemble the new fixture (see a handy how-to here). 

Sand Furniture 

Tools required: sanding block and sandpaper 

Give a tired vintage piece of furniture new life by peeling back the paint with some sheets of sandpaper and a plain wood block wrapped in sheets of sandpaper or ready-made hand sander. As long as you move with the grain and switch out the paper often, you’ll achieve that distressed look in no time.

Remove Grout 

Tools required: oscillating power tool or manual saw and a utility knife

Kick off your bathroom remodel with the simplest chore: refreshing the grout. If you want to speed up the removal process, use an electric tool such as a reciprocating saw. Or if you’re only working on a small area and are afraid of cracking the tiles, switch over to a carbide grout saw. (The hand tool is cheaper, though you’ll be chipping away at the walls for longer.) Ensure the lines are clean by scraping off any lingering residue with a utility knife, so when you eventually apply the new grout (hot pink, anyone?) it will look flawless. 

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Lydia Geisel

Home Editor

Lydia Geisel has been on the editorial team at Domino since 2017. Today, she writes and edits home and renovation stories, including house tours, before and afters, and DIYs, and leads our design news coverage. She lives in New York City.