The Handygirl's Guide to Doing Home Projects Yourself

Ladies, when something breaks or when you want to improve your space, don’t call a handyman. You’re no damsel in distress, after all! You just need the know-how to get those jobs done. That's why we teamed up with Sherwin-Williams® to create the Handygirl's Guide.

Part-life hack, part-adulting manual, we're here to arm you with the steps to completing household DIY projects all on your own. Our projects will help you fix up and level up your living room, bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Follow along and then conquer your home to-dos just like the capable, empowered woman you are.

Living Room: Paint a Statement Wall
Living Room: Mount a Hanging Chair
Living Room: Install a Hanging Picture Gallery
Kitchen: Paint Two-Toned Cabinets
Kitchen: Apply a Peel-and-Stick Tile Backsplash
Kitchen: Upgrade to a Fancy Faucet
Bedroom: Add Trim and Paint a Drop Ceiling
Bedroom: Create an Upholstered Headboard
Bedroom: Hang Colorful Curtains
Bathroom: Refinish an Apothecary Cabinet
Bathroom: Install Floating Shelves
Bathroom: Replace and Extend a Shower Head

Living Room

We’re giving your most lived-in room a practical and trendy upgrade. Scroll on to learn the basics of patching and painting your own walls, mounting an egg chair, and installing a hanging gallery. These projects came beautifully together in a living room, but you can literally do these projects in any room in your home.

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Living Room: Patch and Paint a Statement Wall

Learn how to patch pesky holes *and* give the room a vibrant, multi-colored effect. Why stop at just one shade when two will do?

In partnership with Sherwin-Williams

Gorgeous and easy! Didn't catch all that? Here's the step-by-step gallery to walk you through the nitty gritty of completing this gorg statement wall look.

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Living Room: Mount a Hanging Chair

Hanging a basket chair in your home is a creative and cozy way to utilize small spaces while adding dimension, style, and comfort. Learn the safest and most stylish way to add one to your living room.

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Living Room: Install a Hanging Picture Gallery

Create a colorful hanging gallery with your favorite artwork to completely transform the look of your living room. Mix and match photography, paintings, and anything else that tickles your curating fancy.

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Get The Look from Our Living Room: UO Lazro Printed RugUO Cappa Curtain RodUO Tufted Yoursa PillowUO Marisol PillowFrametory Gallery Wall FramesUmbra Conceal Floating ShelfBayou Breeze Julissa Swing ChairArbor Hammocks Ultimate Hanging Kiteborder Macrame RopeNovogratz Brittany Sofa Futon.

Now, let's get cookin' in the kitchen!

Kitchen

No matter what you use your kitchen for — making toast, practicing for Top Chef, or a mix of the two — it’s truly the heart of the home. Give it some love by elevating your cabinets with colorful, two-tone paint, adding a bold tiled backsplash, and upgrading your old faucet with a chic new fixture.

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Kitchen: Revive Old Cabinets with a Two-Toned Facelift

Don't replace your old cabinets, refresh them. This straightforward, two-toned painting project breathes life back into your old cupboards to make it a space you'll love entertaining in again.

In partnership with Sherwin-Williams

And voila — you've got beautiful new cabinets! Need a full recap? Here's the step-by-step gallery to walk you through each phase of achieving that next-level kitchen look.

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Kitchen: Apply a Peel-and-Stick Tile Backsplash

Add texture and personality with a stick-on backsplash to your kitchen wall. It's much simpler than *actual* tiling and creates a seriously Insta-worthy effect.

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Kitchen: Upgrade to a Fancy Faucet

You love everything but the kitchen sink. Instead of removing it entirely, install a beautiful faucet to make your fixture look elevated and upgraded.

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Get The Look of Our Kitchen: Smart Tile Metro Ava, Anthropologie San Sola Dish Towel, Cost Plus World Market Marble Pattern Ceramic Canister, Anthropologie Soren Small Planter, UO Leera Linework Printed Rug, Anthropologie Luna Ceramic Knob.

Next up — let's work on that bedroom!

Bedroom

There’s nothing sleepy about these projects that will leave you with a striking ceiling, a new headboard, and colorful curtains. Scroll below to see the dramatic difference a few updates can make.

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Bedroom: Add Trim and Paint a Drop Ceiling

Elevate your bedroom's vibe by adding custom trim and eye-catching paint color to the walls and ceiling. The final product promises to deliver twice as much character as your typical one-coat paint job.

In partnership with Sherwin-Williams

Ready to make it happen? You've totally got this! Just to make sure you have it all down, check out our step-by-step gallery to walk you through how to paint your own bedroom.

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Bedroom: Create an Upholstered Headboard

Upholstering your headboard with an oh-so-you fabric will revive your entire sleeping environment. Toss in a few jewel-toned pillows and you've got a dazzling space where you can dream away.

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Bedroom: Hang Colorful Curtains

Your windows can make an eye-catching statement dressed up with playful curtains, so don't let the task of putting up rods keep you from that look. Paired with some natural light, these colorful ones deliver the dose of cheer your room *desperately* needs.

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Get The Look of Our Bedroom: VClife Checkered Duvet Cover, UO Rainbow Airbrush Border Window Curtain, UO Luna Chenille Stripe Rug, UO Jasa Ceramic Arc Pendant Light, UO Shelly Round Velvet Pillow, IKEA Sanela Cushion Cover, UO Chenille Sweater Throw Blanket, UO Modern Berber Rug, Sykting Purple Couch Pillow Covers, Cost Plus World Market French Yellow Taryn Chair, Anthropologie Embroidered Rue Pillow, UO Velvet Body Pillow, UO Elle Side Table, Langley Street Phoebe End Table.

And now, it's time to step up your bathroom game.

Bathroom

A girl's bathroom is all about morning routines, quick afternoon zhushes, and evening relaxation. Give it a sparkling makeover by installing decorative wall shelves, replacing your showerhead, and revamping an outdated apothecary cabinet.


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Bathroom: Refinish an Apothecary Cabinet

Your useful yet unremarkable apothecary cabinet deserves a dazzling new look. Add a vivacious pop of color and a decorative knob for a complete DIY transformation.

In partnership with Sherwin-Williams

Now it's time for you to take that drab cabinet to the next level. Follow along with our step-by-step gallery and add a ton of color to your ho-hum bathroom.

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Bathroom: Install Floating Shelves

Give your bathroom serious character (and free up much-needed counter space) by installing minimalist, floating wall shelves. Add a personalized touch and deck out with sculptures, air plants, a Himalayan salt lamp, and everything else you love.

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Bathroom: Replace and Extend a Shower Head

Why settle for weak water pressure or a low-hanging nozzle? You'll be singing in the shower when you replace and extend your showerhead in just a few simple steps.

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Get The Look of Our Bathroom: IKEA Ekby Hemnes Shelf, IKEA Ekby Bjarnum Brackets, Anthropologie Ceramic Toothbrush Holder, Anthropologie Totemic Trinket Stand, Ebern Designs Aryanna Contemporary Country Linen Tower, UO High Pile Shag Bath Mat, Anthropologie Plusso Knob, UO Himalayan Salt Lamp, UO Hilde Tower Vase, Hotel Spa Chrome Extension Arm, Moen Adler Chrome Four-Function Spray Head Standard, UO Peaches Shower Curtain.

Expert panel: Matt Fraser, Carpenter at Wine Country Builders, Holly Huntley, Contractor at Environs, Chip Wade, HGTV Home Expert and Liberty Mutual Insurance Consultant, and Jason Pickens, DIY Expert for HGTV.com.

Production + Styling: Cassidy Miller, Alonna Morrison, and Kayla Haykin

Authors: Lindsey Graham-Jones and Sarah Koller

Video: Michael Sullivan, Ryan Shelley, and Trevor Tillman

Photography: Brittany Griffin + Chris Andre

Design: Torii Burnett

* Please note: WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

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